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Why did it take me so long?

Discussion in 'New Members' started by RainHawk, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. Feb 10, 2008 at 5:16 PM
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    RainHawk

    RainHawk [OP] Member

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    ...because I got really tired of paying the repair bills!

    Hi everyone. I'm 46 years young and have finally made the decision to buy a new vehicle. My upbringing has always told me to buy used American made vehicles and just do that for the rest of my life because once you drive a new car off the lot, it depreciates at an incredible rate and your not doing the American economy any good if you buy foreign made. Well, I defied my well intentioned past and bought my new Taco about three months ago with only 5 miles on the odometer.


    It drives really great and I have no issues with it except it lacks a few minor things like heated side mirrors and under dash courtesy lamps. (us older folks like the extra lighting, lol)


    Hope to cya all online and perhaps chat a bit about the mods that you can do with the Tacos. I'm excited about things like HALO rings for the fogs and the new TRD Super Charger. I've been reading up on the forums for the last few days so I'm sorta up to speed on TW.


    Warm regards,


    RainHawk (my real first name is Bruce)
     
  2. Feb 10, 2008 at 5:54 PM
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    squad314

    squad314 Thinks he's Steve McQueen

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    Hey Bruce,welcome to TW.I'm a recent convert myself and couldn't be happier.Enjoy it here.:)
     
  3. Feb 10, 2008 at 6:21 PM
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    mvega1969

    mvega1969 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome bruce, take a look of this picture, you may get back a little bit in time and modify your under the hood appearance... these are from the junkyard (General Motors transplant)... hope you find it positive:

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Feb 10, 2008 at 6:25 PM
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    mvega1969

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    Hey Bruce, take a look of this GM (General Motors) transplant from a junkyard, these are tilt light that are standard on all GM trucks and SUV's, hope you find them appropriate for a modification of your own.


    [​IMG]
     
  5. Feb 10, 2008 at 6:53 PM
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    tacomaman06

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Enforcer

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    getting there....
    welcome to tw, bruce!! enjoy yourself in the forum!! lots of info here!!
     
  6. Feb 10, 2008 at 7:07 PM
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    RainHawk

    RainHawk [OP] Member

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    You read me like a book mvega, how did u know I was (note: WAS) a GMC guy? However, not all GMC's did. I must be behind the times because both my '85 GMC S15 Sierra Classic P/U that I bought in 1990 and my '96 GMC Jimmy that I bought in 2000 (which I still own), neither one had those lights.

    Really cool pick though. Nicely outfitted, hopefully they can be used someday to show off something like a new TRD Super Charger at night (wishful thinking, I know!)

    Maybe I'm just too ancient. :)
     
  7. Feb 10, 2008 at 9:06 PM
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    RainHawk

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    it's been 2 hours since my last post, it just hit me...

    The reason GM added those lights on newer models is because they knew the owners would need them often, and not for showing off!
     
  8. Feb 10, 2008 at 9:52 PM
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    5 lug

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    :wave:Welcome RH,

    :DI'm on my 3rd Toyota P/U, like my intro says. I hope they still make em like they use to.

    :)19 yrs 4 my 1st toy p/u.

    ;)7 yrs 4 my 2nd 219,000 mi, got my 3rd last Dec a 2wd Taco Xtracab 5spd 2.4l w/85,000 mi on it.

    :cool:Aloha 5 lug
     
  9. Feb 10, 2008 at 10:07 PM
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    RainHawk

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  10. Feb 11, 2008 at 4:17 AM
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    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    Welcome Bruce!!

    I was thinking the same thing....a new Toyota shouldn't need lighting in engine bay (knock on wood).

    But actually - adding hood struts is a MUST. I must admit - you gotta get in there and look around once in a while to make sure everything is still in place.
     
  11. Feb 11, 2008 at 5:21 AM
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    007Tacoma

    007Tacoma I dub thee malicious!

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    Welcome to TW!

    Nice setup (even if you never have to use it). :thumbsup:
     
  12. Feb 11, 2008 at 7:00 AM
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    mvega1969

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    As the hunters says... It is better to have it and not need to use it than...
    To need to use it and not have it.

    and it applies to almost anything.
     
  13. Feb 11, 2008 at 7:21 AM
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    RainHawk

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    Well said.

    Thanks for the warm welcomes!
     
  14. Feb 11, 2008 at 11:40 AM
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    Bill in Ky

    Bill in Ky Well-Known Member

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    I got my first 4x4 in 1972...haven't been without one! I still like Chrome!
    Welcome to TW!
    I would like some under dash lights too. I like the ones on my ole 91 chevy 4x4, and it has the under hood mercury switch light too. I think I will slip it over to the Tacoma.
     
  15. Feb 11, 2008 at 12:24 PM
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    mvega1969

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    I will recommend this mode, it will be there once you need it and is pretty simple to install... No push pin for the hood, no earth cable (if desired) only a direct cable to the light (and if desired an in-line fuse between them).
     
  16. Feb 11, 2008 at 3:59 PM
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  17. Feb 11, 2008 at 4:23 PM
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    concrete jedi

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    Broken and scratched tailgate, cracked rear tail light lens, coffee stain in driver seat.
    Welcome rainhawk, I believe you've found a new place and you are most welcomed here, most of us came from that boat, I too am one, I never looked back. :)
     
  18. Feb 11, 2008 at 4:28 PM
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    Dutch

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    Welcome Bruce, I am new as well to this site. It's the best place to find info on upgrades and tech support! I am a racer and find new info from these guys every day!
     
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