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It's tough to work on your truck when it's cold outside

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by DonkRollings, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. Nov 14, 2009 at 8:42 PM
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    DonkRollings

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    I'm finally going to get my '99 Tacoma TRD set up for some off-road fun after driving it for the past couple years like my grandpa would. My largest problem now is that I don't have a garage and it's starting to get too cold outside for me to be tearing my truck apart. I have to find someone I can trust to do a thorough engine service; timing belt, valves, etc., and hub, bearing, and fluid service. If that works out then I'll get them to start upgrading my suspension. Does anyone have any recommendations for this in the Seattle - Everett area?

    Any support would be very helpful

    :D--------- Donk ---------:D
     
  2. Nov 14, 2009 at 8:48 PM
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    ETaco23

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    I know what you mean man, I was outside today doin some work on the truck. Its damn cold! Sorry I have no recomendations..
     
  3. Nov 15, 2009 at 3:06 AM
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    ChrisYoTaCoMa

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    Welcome!

    It was like that for me last year when I was in MA. That sucks. Couldn't do crap because it was so cold. Here in FL it's too frickin hot out in the summer to do anything without getting heat stroke. I feel your pain.
     
  4. Nov 15, 2009 at 4:08 AM
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    badguybuster

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    Find some of those halogen work lights or a small propane force heater. They help a little
     
  5. Nov 15, 2009 at 5:16 AM
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    Janster

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    I know exactly what you mean...and I asbolutely HATE the cold weather!!!

    But - do you really need to get the stuff done this fall/winter?

    I'm just thinking of the amount of money you'll end up paying versus waiting till the spring and you can do this work yourself. Save you some $$$ if you wait.

    This is a really 'out there' kind of thought.... Look around in your area for rental garage space. I don't even know how much it would cost - but maybe you'll find someone who's nice enough to rent a space out for a few days. Buy yourself a space heater, throw the tools in the bed, and get to work.
    Just a thought - and a wild one. But hey....if you hook up with someone with rental space, you might have that option open to you whenver you want or need it.

    Other than that - Take the easier stuff (fluid changes) and do that yourself. Suck it up, dress warm, and do the work. YOu'll be glad you did.
    For the larger jobs - get muliple quotes from different garages and go from there.
     
  6. Nov 15, 2009 at 5:18 AM
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    Come on down to FL, it is perfect "work on the truck" weather.
     
  7. Nov 15, 2009 at 9:14 PM
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    DonkRollings

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    I wanted to thank everyone for their input... So Thanks!

    When I was a kid I changed an engine out of an old Volkswagon Bug in the driveway in more than two feet of snow, and I've fried my back laying on the pavement in Phoenix replacing a driveline. So I started calling around and contacted an old friend that just happens to be a mechanic, so he says he'll set me up in his shop for a few days for free. And if he happens to be blowing smoke up my ass then I'll con a family member into giving up their garage for a couple days.

    Appreciate the quick response in Tacoma World's forum. Should've joined years ago...

    --------- Donk ---------
     
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