Infinity-Cleaning-Mobile 3.0, aka Truck Norris


#21

One thing to consider @Alex_Lacey, if you do that extensive of a modification, will any vehicle warranty be voided? Moving the fuel fill could be problematic with various engine management sensors.

You’ve probably thought of this, but figured I’d mention anyhow.


#22

Possibly the frame warranty, due to drilling new holes into it. I’m ok with that.

The fuel filler I’m thinking should stay right where it is, and just have a shroud fabricated around it.


#23

Ya I keep getting a mixed bag. I as told it’s no big deal , An was told I hate pulling a trailer
I know I would get good at it. It’s just I don’t wan to regret it if I decided to go that route
I’m 100 percent convinced the flat bed with a single axle is the way to go.
I like the idea , also of having my power washing stuff with me when doing a window cleaning. Job., although lots of times your on a time schedule. it will be beneficial in the long run.

Can’t tell you how grateful I am that you put this post up. I was very disappointed looking around at these double axle prices

I’m shocked you don’t see many doing this.
It’s the first time I’ve seen any mention of it.


#24

Updates from my PWR build thread:

Lettering on, flatbed purchased, water tanks ordered.


#25

Im happy for you bro :sunglasses:


#26

Thanks man!


Another update from ‘the upside-down’:

I’m doing a full cost breakdown of this build as I go. At the end I’ll do a spreadsheet of everything involved with the setup. I’m attempting to keep things somewhat reasonable without cutting corners if I can help it. Hopefully this’ll be useful to anyone wanting to do a similar project.


#27

Alex found this video. Not sure how durable the aluminum bed is , but this stiff looks pritty good.

Also is there room for a box underneath with these beds ?


#28

The aluminum beds are supposed to be fairly robust. I won’t be putting as much weight on it as these guys do, since it’s just a Tacoma. And I don’t think I’ll need a rubber mat like what was shown in the vid. (Though now that I’ve seen it, I like their “bathtub” approach to keep small spills from seeping down onto the truck frame… :thinking:)

I plan on getting some cheap aluminum underbody boxes off ebay. There are one or two sellers that have them for around $100 each. If I have to reinforce them a bit, I’m alright with that. The name brand ones go for $300+ a piece :fearful:

I should have enough space for 16” long boxes in front of the wheels, and 30” boxes behind. That’ll give me loads more storage space.


#29

Settled on a name: “Chuck”, aka Truck Norris

“Truck Norris doesn’t have to change his clock for daylight savings. He just goes into 4-low and turns the earth back 1 hour.”

“Truck Norris’ odometer can count to Infinity… and divide by zero.”

I’m open to more suggestions for Truck Norris facts :smirk:


#30

Truck Norris doesn’t just eat toast for breakfast, he eats the toaster :wink:


#31

Update video on the flatbed install:


#32

Mad skills. I have a Tacoma with topper. Plastic bed (really?), can’t add a ladder rack. Can put two bars on topper, but it’s fiberglass, would have to punch holes in it, and was told wracking could rip same out of roof. You have some patience. :sunglasses:


#33

Not sure if they make one that works with a topper, but I think this is the way to go with the stock bed:

http://www.rackitinc.com/fullywelded/weldedtoyotatacoma.html

It ties into the bolt points lower in the bed, so it has proper support.

My friend is the one with the mad skills and patience. I would never have pulled this off without his help.

We finished installing the bed last night:


#34

Alex quick question. If you went with a Tundra , F-150, or Dodge Ram. Would you still feel the need to do the bed yourself ?


#35

I know I already answered your questions on the phone, but I figured I’d reply here for anyone who may be wondering the same:

I wouldn’t say that I “needed” to do the install myself. It would’ve been much easier, and probably cheaper, to have a shop do it.

My first motivation for tackling this myself was timeframe. The shop where I bought the bed was booked way out, and any snowstorms set their schedule back further since they do plowing, too.

After I started talking it over with my friend, I discovered a lot of other advantages to DIY:

  • We could fabricate with steel, keeping the weight to a minimum
  • we were able to design it in a way that would make future maintenance easier. I plan on removing the bed every couple years to change out the rubber padding and do rust prevention
  • we could incorporate some out-of-the-box ideas, like the recessed tanks
  • we used stainless hardware, whereas a shop would most likely just use regular steel bolts

I’m super happy things worked out the way they did going DIY. But this project is not for the faint of heart. It was probably a 9/10 for technical difficulty, and 10/10 for tediousness/patience required. I’d be happy to share some technical details on the design, including measurements, if anyone’s planning to build off a 2016-2019 Tacoma access cab. That should bring it down to an 8/10 and 9/10 respectively :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:


#37

Getting ready to rig up my new work vehicle. I love tundras, thinking about bed drawers, ladder rack ect. Ive always worked out of a cargo van so this will be different :sunglasses: suggestions please.


#38

Nice :+1: good luck !
Might be getting a Tundra myself. Just have to make sure it can handle all the weight I’m gong to be putting on it


#39

Hey. You. Get off of my cloud.

Just kidding. Congrats on the new truck!

Two words:

Flat bed.
SERVICE BODY😝


#40

Lol i had to bro! :sunglasses: once i saw your thread, my van started mifiring, found out cylinder 3 is shot, explains why its drinking oil. Put a non- fouler in it and its only a matter of time, so decided to get a yoda. Ill check out service bodys. Thanks. 🖒


#41

How much weight are you planning on putting on it? Ive got the smaller V8 the 4.6 litre. its still got some power but better on gas than the 5.7