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THis is my first post, but I wanted to offer some other Tacoma ideas for those out there who run double cabs.

I am a Deputy Fire Chief in NY State and use my truck for this purpose and for work. The truck is set up to work.

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ARB Bull Bar
Whelen Warning lights and Siren
Hella 4000 series lights
BFG AT tires 265/75/16
Weatherguard treadplate tool boxes
OME front suspension and HD springs
Rear Tripple add-a-leaf setup, custom worked at a local spring shop
Toyota Block heater
Kussmaul 1000 Battery Conditioner and shoreline power

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Chief, The file system you are useing takes way to long to open for me because I'm still on dial up but it sure sounds like a great setup! Mike
 

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THis is my first post, but I wanted to offer some other Tacoma ideas for those out there who run double cabs.

I am a Deputy Fire Chief in NY State and use my truck for this purpose and for work. The truck is set up to work.
Looks good! :tu:

Looks like you can carry enough gear to be ready for any kind of emergency. Are the box support legs rest on the bottom of the bed? What you could look into is a big box frame with drawers you could pull out, that would work with the boxes you have already. Maybe some of the 80/20 products, since they have slide brackets, frame work and just about anything to custom build to your imagination. Throw on their panels to keep it all enclosed and watertight.

Hope you dont mind, but I resized your attachments so those that are on dial-in can see what you have.
 

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Pretty sweet.

Some days I'd love one of those ARB bumpers, yet others I just want a simple Westin style bull bars.
 

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sweet truck man, that's really great to see the Tacoma out there helping people. looks like you did some great upgrades and have all the gear you'll need.

and...DONT EVER USE PDF PHOTOS AGAIN...that is all

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I like the idea of the slideout drawer in the back. 80/20 products?

What I have done currently is used the unistrut tracks on the side with strut nuts, bolted T6061 aluminum 4" angle under the cases to attach them laterally, then run 6061 down the back corners to the steel frame at the rear of the bed. The two boxes are tied together with an aluminum structural frame, across the front of them. The main big box is through bolted into the wheel wells--the composite bed made me a bit uneasy, but utilizing extra large HD fender washers spread the load okay.

Sorry for the PDF pics, the photos I had were just too large otherwise. Thanks to the reformatter!
 

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I like the idea of the slideout drawer in the back. 80/20 products?

What I have done currently is used the unistrut tracks on the side with strut nuts, bolted T6061 aluminum 4" angle under the cases to attach them laterally, then run 6061 down the back corners to the steel frame at the rear of the bed. The two boxes are tied together with an aluminum structural frame, across the front of them. The main big box is through bolted into the wheel wells--the composite bed made me a bit uneasy, but utilizing extra large HD fender washers spread the load okay.

Sorry for the PDF pics, the photos I had were just too large otherwise. Thanks to the reformatter!
80/20 Inc. - The Industrial Erector Set®

I first learned about it through some engineers at work, they use it to build their assembly machines. I saw that someone built a wall mount network switch rack, which really sparked my interest. I'm not sure if I'll have them build one or just order a different rack, but I like the idea you can customize it. If I go the 8020 route, Id like to mount two of the bars on the wall so I can slide the rack back and forth, and have the ability to mount other stuff on it as well. Considering the server room walls have steel beams behind the sheet rock it should be able to support anything. We were just joking around today about building a car out of the stuff. Realistically, its possible, it would look pretty strange, would be one of a kind thats for sure. All sorts of sizes, widths, thicknesses, hinges, rollers, etc. Would make a pretty nice rack for storage, in the home or in the bed.

I see you shot the pics with a D200, nice camera :tu:
 

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Snakii, Thank you! The pics look great that way.

Really nice setup Chief! My brother is a retired fire chief from Akron. He had over 40 years in, Mike
 

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It is funny, in the fire service, the majority buy Fords or Chevys or Dodges--every few years because they keep developing issues.

For the most part, I have found the Toys to be pretty bullet proof. I started with them in 89 with a pickup, then a 95 Taco, then a 95 4Runner, and a 94 x-cab pickup, then the new Tacoma.
 

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It is funny, in the fire service, the majority buy Fords or Chevys or Dodges--every few years because they keep developing issues.

For the most part, I have found the Toys to be pretty bullet proof. I started with them in 89 with a pickup, then a 95 Taco, then a 95 4Runner, and a 94 x-cab pickup, then the new Tacoma.
Plus in a lot of countries they use Toyotas for various work. I think in the US its just one of those things that stuck in the minds that only the Big 3 provide "work" trucks. You rarely see a Ford, Chevy or a Dodge overseas, usually when you do its because someone had their personal vehicle transported over there due to them being in the military or whatever. Toyota, Land Rover and other similar rigs are the majority.
 
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