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Start of the Toyota Tacoma project

I have always wanted a truck project. Something that I could rebuild, add some custom features, fix up and call my own. When friends and family members come over I would tell them all about the truck, what I did to it, the attention to detail, and just brag on my accomplishment.

There is just something about working with my hands, getting sweating, dirty, greasy, and even bleed a little that makes me feel more like a man.

A few years ago I bought a 1981 Jeep CJ-5 that was supposed to be my project. The Jeep was parked near a creek, there were some strong rains, the creek rose and water got into the motor and transmission. Realizing that the jeep was going to need a complete new power train kinda bummed me out.

I pulled the jeep into a field and parked it there. The plan is to build a pole barn over the Jeep and my wifes 1981 Toyota truck. Then when the pole barn is built, maybe then continue working on it.

In April 2014 I ran across a great deal on a 1999 Toyota Tacoma 4×4. The truck had been abused like a redheaded step child. A tree limb had gone through the front windshield, a front tire was off the rim, gears stripped in the rear end and a front end hub was stripped. In short, the truck was going to take a “lot” of time and effort. It just so happened time was something the previous owner was short on.

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Toyota Tacoma Project

Toyota Tacoma in need of TLC

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.

Hauling Scrap Iron And Cutting Trees

Pulling trees with a Toyota T-100

Another weekend of cleaning up the homestead has come and gone. This weekend I focused on hauling scrap iron to the local recycler, picking up trash and cutting down some trees to make room for a pole barn.

For those of you following this blog, yall know some of my family members, and their friends, used a piece of the homestead as a landfill. They did not have permission to dump trash in a washed out area, they just did it. Most of the stuff is glass, metal and plastic.

My brother has a tractor with a grapple on the front it, which is what we used to pull a lot of trash out of the hole. Now that the trash is in a pile on flat ground, it’s time to sort through it and dispose of the trash properly.

When we first started cleaning out the hole we started loading various pieces of scrap on the trailer. This weekend right off the bat the first load was ready to go. The scrap metal on the trailer was a mixture of wire, box fan, washing machine,,, and a few other things.

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