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We purchased a truck (2004 Toyota Tundra)! | VW Vortex

A number of months in the past I began on the lookout for a winter automobile and one thing that may hold me protected/snug on my prolonged freeway commute a number of days per week (I am going about 140 miles spherical journey a pair days per week). On the similar time, I’ve lengthy been on the lookout for one thing extra sensible as our GX460 would not precisely make the best lumber hauler and junk hauler for family tasks. Quick ahead to a couple weeks again and that i noticed a pleasant Toyota Tundra (2003) on the market about an hour away, pics regarded good, it had a pleasant mattress topper, tan inside, inexperienced exterior, and it was an SR5, excessive mileage, however regarded effectively stored. Importantly, the body beneath clearly had been changed or coated below recall. In order that afternoon i drove down and promptly wasted two hours as when i pulled in, i may see the midway rust repairs across the rear wheel wells from the doorway of the lot…cue inside “you fool” monologue. checked it out and realized whereas the body was stable, the physique was lined in shoddy DIY repairs and the 4WD gentle was blinking (the t-cases and actuators are a dear half). exhausting cross.

effectively, final weekend i used to be at dwelling depot engaged on a undertaking to construct a fire/fireside set-up in the home, loading freshly reduce 4×8 plywood (trimmed to dimension), 2×4’s, and so forth. into the GX. Which in flip results in an hour of cleansing the within of it out and vacuuming, and swearing. i flat stated to my spouse, “you understand, i actually want we had a pickup truck.”

on the way in which dwelling we received diverted off the freeway onto backroads close to our home on account of bridge work, and actually across the nook from our home (brief strolling distance). sat a 2004 inexperienced Toyota Tundra, with a mattress topper, with 200k on it, on the market in a neighbor’s driveway…cue me jamming on the brakes and practically sliding into their driveway.

a fast 10 minute drive later, body inspection (at all times carry a flashlight), stroll round, chat with the proprietor, and so forth…and that i left a deposit.

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Stable tires with a superb season or two left in them, brakes had been greater than 50% and round 20k previous, it began, ran, and drove flawlessly. simply popped out and in of 4hi and 4lo. solely had one body subject – which allowed me to negotiated on worth and was simple to repair. the matched topper was good and in fine condition. the proprietor had additionally finished a T-Belt, WP, and Radiator at 190k…simply 23k prior. Principally, he inherited to the truck from his Dad and did a significant fix-up on it, and now that his grand children had been older, he purchased a similar yr double cab (true 4 door) which was parked proper subsequent to this entry cab (suicide rear doorways).

Right here is the truck on bringing it dwelling:

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Very first thing was first, it wanted a radical cleansing. whereas effectively stored and usually clear wanting, it was clear it had by no means acquired an actual deep clear.

Additionally, have a pal with a welder who came to visit to shore up the one spot that wanted some love on the body. The remaining may be very stable and has handed the screwdriver/hammer check in any respect recognized weak factors, however the sway bar bracket had rusted partly away on the entrance proper, which appeared extra a bracket subject than a body subject, both method, we bolstered the bracket and the body in that space. buddy did an exceptional job and if anybody wants somebody with that skillset in metro detroit, let me know!

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I will even be completely coating the body, underbody, and nearly the whole lot else with fluid movie earlier than salt seems right here. I feel it the injury/rust will be arrested now, this truck may simply see tons of of 1000’s of extra miles. I am a bit blown away as regardless of having 200k, it is rock stable. the motor is a complete gem, quiet, snug, not significantly environment friendly, and so forth.

additionally, the TCL’ers will recognize that i am doing a little youtube stuff after a pal did a 1LE video with me and we received good feedback. the tundra undertaking will probably be a terrific supply of content material and i have already began doing movies about it.

previously week, I’ve finished an oil change, tear down wash, air filter swap, deep cleaned/extracted the inside, did a check panel for polish – it’s going to look nice cleaned up, mounted the body, de-hazed the headlights, and sourced touch-up paint for it is quite a few stone chips.

the extractor on an inside that is 200k+, older man owned, and in any other case effectively stored was fairly eye opening, significantly with the one ground mats being the normal carpeted ones – I will be straight trashing the inventory mats and getting the liner varieties (weathertech, husky, and so forth). you’ll be able to simply see the brown water/foam getting lifted out of the seats, despite the fact that they regarded fairly good.

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carpet and seat water…GROSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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Anyway, I am positive we’ll be posting as we do extra earlier than/after work and comfortable to take any ideas/tips for people who have had these vehicles. total, looks like an excellent stable car for sub-$7500 and can serve me effectively on the lengthy drive/dwelling depot runs.



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