Build your own Toyota Tacoma Overlander, instead of buying it


a fresh land truck does not have to be expensive. that of Micah Weber 2001 Toyota tacoma The construction budget is proof that you don’t need more money than common sense to turn a humble off-roader into awe-inspiring piece of equipment. Most of the time, what you need to know is how to solder and use AutoCAD.

Or, as Weber explained to Shipping portal, you could start with a love for Lego. These other technical skills will follow and eventually you can buy a first generation Toyota Tacoma and turn it into this:

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Weber would have paid $ 7,500 for the truck in 2019 which is about what I would expect to pay even for an older one Tacoma. He slowly added DIY parts to the truck like a light bar, skid plates, sills and a bumper.

Weber wanted a “small hotel room“on the back of the truck, so he made one out of aluminum composite panels and plywood. Weber lists the materials he used to make the motorhome as follows:

Frame: 3/4 inch square tube 1 / 16th of wall

Base and pop top cover: 1 × 2 16th wall

Walls: 3mm thick Compbond panels, buy at sign shop $ 80 for 4 × 8 sheet, $ 190 for 5 × 10 sheet for pop top

Insulation: Owens corning 1 inch solid foam think (home deposit)

Interior walls: 1/4 ply of birch $ 32 per sheet 14.5 pounds per 4 × 8

After manufacture, the motorhome was installed on a steel platform, which Weber also manufactured.

Obviously you’ll need tools (maybe a full garage) to build something like this, but I think finding the equipment is way better than paying tens of thousands of dollars for a comparable machine. And that doesn’t even take into account whether a completed project will have been built to someone else’s specifications in one way or another.

Also, a lack of experience isn’t really a deciding factor, that’s what I would have thought. Weber explained to Shipping portal that he did not in fact have the necessary construction knowledge before purchasing the Tacoma:

“I didn’t know how to weld, I had never used AutoCAD, and I had no experience with metallic or composite materials,” Weber explains. “Other than modifying my motorbike, bicycle and rc car, I had never made parts for a vehicle before owning the truck. The only things I had made were a coffee table, a bed frame, a closet organizer, and our kitchen table. Despite this, the project was ultimately about having fun and nurturing his love for design, creation, and construction. “I grew up building Legos and love the process of making stuff,” he admits.

Weber started with Legos, moved on to bike mods, then basic furniture, and finally budget build Tacoma. I mean, take a look at these ‘aftermarket’ 16 inch steel wheels:

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They are the perfect expression of “by landt “idea. They’re inexpensive and basic. They don’t look fancy, but they still look good! They’re just functional, have a style of their own. The rest of this Tacoma version follow suit.

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