My love of the Toyota truck started with this:
Back to the Future was a great movie no doubt - but it also made me realize that this was the vehicle I wanted to drive.
So, after leaving college I got a loan from the old man & bought this:
87’ 4x4 extra cab w/ the carbureted 22R motor. As I recall it had 40K on it…
I don’t have a shot from when I bought it new but the above was after my first accident! (I rear-ended an Oldsmobile)
Modding started back then too... I picked up a replacement bed & did a swap. The beds on the mid eightes toyota's rusted really bad.
This truck was just a great big TOY! I had a roll bar, cap & tonneu cover & I would switch it up for the seasons… I also went a little nuts with the pinstriping…. That grid pattern took several days. (give me a break – it was the 90’s)
Spring dance with my GF at West Chester University:
A snowboarding trip to my parents vacation house in the Poconos…
We had a hell of a time together! Then in the summer of 1999 I decided I was due for an upgrade so we parted ways and I bought my first brand new Tacoma:
My 1st get Tacoma was a 99’ TRD Off Road Extended Cab 4X4. 3.4 V6 w/ 5spd manual. Surfside Green Mica exterior & Gray Interior. 1st Gen TRD Supercharger, K&N Intake, Sony HU Carpet Bed liner Custom Diamond Plate mud flaps & Bed Rails + all the Lund Crap I could get for it.
At 178K she was recalled for the frame rust issue & Toyota bought her back for $11,970.00!!!
(1.5X the “excellent” Kelly Blue Book Value)
I was happy with the deal of course, but it was also very sad. I did EVERYTHING with that truck. I drove coast to coast in the spring of 2000 & camped out in YellowStone National Park. I cruised through the Bad Lands in North Dakota. Numerous trips towing my ATV's all over the Mid-Atlantic.
I took as much of the aftermarket items I could off before she went to be put down. This is the last picture I have from where she sat in Team Toyota's Shop waiting to be hauled away...
There are a few parts from her in my new truck…
As luck would have it, the day I got the check from Toyota for the buyback I found this:
07’ double Cab TRD Sport 4x4.
4.0 V6 6spd Manual
36K on the ODO and bone stock, save for the Wade vent shades the day I got it.
Here is a more recent pic of what she looks like today:
And with the current 35's:
I won't list all the mods but instead I'll post a few shots of the places I've been blessed to visit:
Abandoned Pa Turnpike:
Texas Gulf Coast:
And of course my tag: