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Toyota Tacoma Project

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I have a new project to work on, and that project is a 1999 Toyota Tacoma 4-wheel drive.

A few weeks ago a buddy of mine and his wife invited my wife and I over to their house for a shrimp boil. While we enjoying good company and good food my buddy pointed out a Toyota Tacoma his daughters boyfriend had parked in the yard several months ago.

The Tacoma is in bad shape. A limb had fallen through the windshield, the rear end gears are stripped, the back brakes do not work and one of the front hubs is stripped.

One the good side:

  • Motor runs
  • Transmission and transfer case work
  • Heavy duty front and rear bumpers
  • Toolbox
  • Winch
  • Homemade nerf bars
  • 3 inch body lift
  • K&N round air filter
  • Computer chip to improve fuel economy
  • The body is on good shape
  • It’s a Toyota

I was told the Tacoma spent most of its life on the back roads going to and from a hunting lease.

My buddy told me the owner of the truck wanted to sell it.  The first question I had was how much.  A truck in non-running shape can usually be had for pretty cheap.  I was told the owner would have to tell me a price.  After talking about the truck we went back to socializing, eating shrimp and drinking.

A few days later the owner of the truck called my cellphone. The price of the truck was an AR-15. Ok, I can do that.

During the panic buying after Sandy Hook I bought was what “supposed” to be a Spikes AR-15.  Come to find out just the lower receiver was a Spikes, the upper was probably a DPMS.  I called Spikes customer support and they told me the serial number had been shipped as a stripped lower.  Having a SHTF survival rifle of questionable quality does not play into my long term survival plans.  So why not trade that DPMS upper and a spare lower I had laying around for the truck?

Overall I think it was a fair trade.

First thing I need to do is change the oil and get a rear end.  There is a guy in Silsbee Texas who has a Toyota junkyard.  Around here he is the “go to” guy for anything and everything Toyota.  I need to get a price, hook up the trailer to my Toyota T-100 and make a trip to Silsbee to get a rear end.  Once the rear end is replaced I can drive the truck around the farm.

Forum Thread – Toyota Tacoma Project

Toyota Tacoma in need of some TLC.

Toyota Tacoma in need of some TLC.

Inside of truck with winch controller hanging from dash.

Inside of truck with winch controller hanging from dash.

Rear bumper

Rear bumper

Doors in bed of truck

Doors in bed of truck

Winch and front bumper

Winch and front bumper

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock

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