Originally Posted by H Bomb
First, welcome to TW! Thanks! I highly recommend building up a truck as a hobby. It is so much fun...There are tons of accessories and parts available for Toyotas. I did most of the work myself and with help from others. I am still building my tool collection, so I need to borrow tools and knowledge from friends sometimes. Also, I am pretty small, so I often need someone stronger to help me break loose and tighten up bolts.
I have gained all my skills from reading on here and another Toyota forum. Also, I can't stand to pay someone to work on my truck. I started out with easy stuff: When I had my 2008 Tacoma, I added an aftermarket grill, a brush guard and an aftermarket air filter. That is how I got hooked, now I can't stop...
Thanks for the welcome. I totally agree about the "I can't stand to have someone else working on my truck/car". Other people seem to mess up even simple oil changes!! My Acura is leaking oil now after an oil change, and it just seems like the only person you can trust to do it right is yourself. But living in California made it tough for me to do that, as the condo association I lived in forbade working on cars in your own driveway. Now that I finally have a house, I can start getting the tools I need. First is a simple floor jack and jack stands!!!
Thanks for the tips, I am very impressed with your work. Ditto on the "I need help with someone stronger" comment you made; I am also a woman and my upper body strength is lacking.
I don't have a Tacoma yet, hence my comment about future green build. I do have a Subaru Forester though, which has AWD. Funny, it gets about 22 mpg, which is only about 2 mpg better than the truck.... Anyway, I put all terrain tires on it, and tinted the windows. It IS fun to mod the car/truck, and it will be a blast to learn how to do some of it myself. You have definitely inspired me to do that!