Soooo.....The story goes like this: I had a 3rd gen. 4runner limited (sweet truck!) and wife had a 2000 Corolla. Wife needed 4WD for safer work commutes but did not like driving my truck. We were suffering from that old Italian disease "Fundz-R-Lowe" and decided to sell the 4runner, buy something new for her...and I could handle the Corolla in any weather. (awesome little beater in the snow!) So we bought her a new 2010 RAV4 sport and things were great! I got tired of the shoe box and convinced my wife to allow me to look for a great deal on a wreck that would be significantly cheaper than low mile used or new. I had a little bit of money to work with and a decent line of credit from the bank and the Corolla had low miles and was mint. We got a pretty penny for her in a private sale!
I started scouring every resource I had to find a Taco but you would not believe how expensive these are even wrecked! I thought my hopes of finally getting the truck I have wanted forever were going down in flames! So..I needed a new truck and I started to compromise. I was at the auction and noticed this Tacoma and thoroughly checked it out. After some thought I decided to walk away because from a body man's stand point this was a perfect hit! "Soft hit" is what some call it. All damage is above the frame rails, no engine damage, cab is straight, with a new temporary rigged radiator could run and drive to Europe and back because it is still straight as an arrow! And it only had 36k on it! Problem is that these go for really big money here at this auction so I passed and actually started to look at the F-150 that was going up to the block right behind the Taco! Well as I was standing there at the auction block waiting for the Taco to sell so I could get to work on the F-150, I noticed that the bids were staying low so I thought..."holy sheet"...I need to get over there and see what is going on! I ended up winning the truck and got it for a GREAT deal!
As of right now, I have torn it completely down and purchased 98% of the parts. Everything is OEM and even managed to get a great deal on a one month old scooped hood from a local guy! (still can't get over that one!) The biggest pain are the airbags. The passenger bag blew and it takes out the dash when that happens. I somehow managed to find one of those as well! All that needs to be done right now is have the Pass (right side) Apron and front Core support cut out and replaced. Once that is completed at the shop, everything gets painted and I start to reassemble at home! As of right now though I am a week or two out from getting to that point but the cool thing about rebuilding is the ability to justify some mods! So far I got my hands on a TRD skid plate which I feel is only good for looks but.....that is what I was going for! But I am also planning on doing the Satoshi grill. I only have a few pics as of right now but will update with more in the next few days!