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
- 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.
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