On Sat, 7 Apr 2007 12:20:30 -0500, "Ray O"
Post by Ray O Post by Danny G.
Sorry im off topic.
"I do not recall Toyota ever selling a "Custom Cab" in the U.S.,"
I thought the truck's are called "Cab & Chassis". Am I wrong?
My California registration also cost more money than a normal "pick up"
and it's called a "truck" on the paper work.
I know when I buy parts at the dealer I have to say it's a C&C
to get the right parts for things like the brakes and clutch.
oh BTW: Those C&C trucks should have a second manufacturer's label.
One from Toyota and one from the manafacture of the bed or whatever.
(mine has one from Toyota and one from Texas auto body)
1) CBU's, or completely built units. Some base short bed pickups came from
Japan with the bed installed.
2) Incomplete trucks, where the beds were installed at the port of entry.
If you look at the LF corner of the bed, there will be a sticker with an "S"
or "L" for short and long bed, along with the bed's serial number.
3) CC's, or cab and chassis. These were sold to dealers, who sent them to
3rd parties who installed beds, boxes, campers, sweepers, etc. They should
indeed have a second manufacturer's label.
The first CC's were half-ton but were later upgraded to 3/4 and 1 ton, some
with dual rear wheels.
The later ones that were upgraded by Toyota were fine - it's the
early ones manufactured as 1/2-ton or 3/4-ton 'incomplete vehicles'
and the GVWR upgraded by the final manufacturer that were trouble, and
you have to watch out for them. And it got worse when the Motorhome
makers added tag-axles to carry even more weight - tag axles mounted
on air springs that only carried their share of the vehicle weight
when they were properly inflated...
If your "dual rear wheels" are 'siamese' rims on a common six lug
wheel-face (and not the usual 8-lug deep-dish wheels that mount
separately), you have a conversion on a conventional (not a
full-floating) axle and WILL have problems. There is way too much
overhung load on the axle flange from those funky wheels...
Been there, saw what happened when the axle flange snapped and the
left rear wheelset went through the shower pan and the bathroom floor
on the way out the back...
The final manufacturers tried to point the finger of blame back at
Toyota for axle failures, but they aren't the ones that re-rated the
chassis. After the problem was identified, When (not if) the axle
shaft broke, Toyota ate the costs and did a recall where they shipped
you a crate with a complete full-floater rear axle and a set of rims,
installation costs not included.
Oh, and you have to watch where the Toyota frame rails were extended
by the final manufacturer, they love to crack at the welds. Even
after they've been repaired and properly reinforced with fishplates
and box members, they tend to crack /again/ at the welds.
--<< Bruce >>--