Progress Thread The Tale Of Elsuperpinto (On The Back Burner Again)

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A leaky water pump isn't a big deal.... I'll be sad if you get rid of it and don't post any more updates. Do you want people to be sad? :(

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If you do sell it, whomever buys it has to automatically become a member here if they aren't already.... lol
 
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He ain't sellin'. He's bluffing. How long has he been hemming and hawing about a new daily to replace that F-150? How many times has he said of a spare parts II, "If only I had the money and a place to park it"? HOW MANY TIMES HAS HE THREATENED TO SELL THE II?

I'm telling ya, he ain't selling.
 
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He ain't sellin'. He's bluffing. How long has he been hemming and hawing about a new daily to replace that F-150? How many times has he said of a spare parts II, "If only I had the money and a place to park it"? HOW MANY TIMES HAS HE THREATENED TO SELL THE II?

I'm telling ya, he ain't selling.
First person to give me $4500 cash can have the title, keys, and all the spare parts I have.
 
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lol

I do understand the feeling though. Tbh, I've been throwing the idea around of selling mine lately. Right now I'm in a little financial mess because of that damned restaurant endeavor. I could use an extra few grand right now that's for sure! I do know, however, that I would kick myself in the ass if I did it. I've had my car since I was 18 (to make the math easy, that's almost 28 years...). It's gone through 2 divorces with a 3rd that looks imminent, lost jobs and unemployment, a career change and 2 cross country moves. It's the only constant in my life, so we'll see what happens - but I sure could use the cash!!
 

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lol

I do understand the feeling though. Tbh, I've been throwing the idea around of selling mine lately. Right now I'm in a little financial mess because of that damned restaurant endeavor. I could use an extra few grand right now that's for sure! I do know, however, that I would kick myself in the ass if I did it. I've had my car since I was 18 (to make the math easy, that's almost 28 years...). It's gone through 2 divorces with a 3rd that looks imminent, lost jobs and unemployment, a career change and 2 cross country moves. It's the only constant in my life, so we'll see what happens - but I sure could use the cash!!
I used to get sentimental about cars, but after parting out Papaw's old Chevrolet a fee years back and selling the 2010 GT, I haven't been attached to one since.
 

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Well, the financing with the bank is worked out, and the new daily beater is picked out. If all goes well tomorrow, I'll no longer have a 2014 F150 for a daily beater, I'll have a 2008 Toyota 4Runner with lower payments, the same gas mileage, only 30,000 more miles, 4WD instead of 2WD, and for the love of God almighty, a 4.7L V8 engine instead of that damned 6 cylinder I've been putting up with for 3 years.

The Toyota needs a new left front hub assembly, and could use a ball joint and pair of sway bar end links, and needs a little cosmetic work (rear bumper cover is gonna need some time with a heat gun, some filler, and some paint), but she's loaded, tows more than the F150, is MUCH nicer to drive, and the price is out-freaking-standing.
 

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Doesn't look like a bad driver! Congrats!!
Thanks. Doing new hub assembly this weekend (had it almost all the way back together and one of the four bolts decided to crossthread... can't find a 12x1.25 tap anywhere in this damned town, mine is locked up in my toolbox 50 miles away, so I'm heading down there (on one of my extended days off for ASE testing, no less) to pick it up. Discovered a previous wrencher didn't install the brake hardware on the left front correctly, so I'm replacing that (how on earth do you screw up two pins and a spring on a fixed caliper?), new timing belt kit (with water pump), RF ball joint, and spark plugs are here (next weekend's project), then it's a fresh set of Bridgestones away from being the new daily beater. I'll have less than $1500 and two weekends tied up in getting it ready, so that'll be a $10,500 beater that would've retailed for $20,000 at my dealership (I love our employee discount plan on wholesale cars!)

They only kicked it to wholesale because it's been in a collision and had the RF innner apron repaired before. At any other dealership I've ever worked at, that would've been no big deal and the truck would've retailed, at the dealership I work for, prior structural repairs, no matter how insignificant, disqualify it from being a retail unit.
 
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Finished the new hub assembly install, got new tires on it (went with Firestones instead of Bridgestones, same company, different tire), and I've been driving it back and forth to work for two weeks (Still need to do the timing belt, brought tools home for it this weekend). It's a damned good beater truck. Leather, sunroof, amazing heat, and I love that silky smooth Toyota V8. I'll probably always have a Mustang or two around, but I don't know if I'll ever go back to a domestic truck. I'm digging the better fuel economy from a V8 truck with a 5 speed automatic an full time four wheel drive (no joke, it's been the same or better than the average from my 2wd V6, 6spd auto F150 every tank so far!), how solid it feels at 93,000 miles vs how solid my F150 was starting NOT to feel at 61,000 (I bought it new). We'll see. Maybe when the "honeymoon" is over, I'll hate the thing... or I'll love it so much that it becomes a second project like my last "beater" truck (my '99 GMC).

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I honestly think the 4Runner and II compliment each other the way the Sierra and II did. I got an awful lot more done on the II back when I had the Sierra as a daily, so hopefully that holds true this time too. Having something more fun as a daily always seems to motivate me more on projects.
 

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Glad to hear you're happy with your purchase! My buddy has been looking at some newer versions for the past few weeks. I'm sure if he pulls the trigger he'd be happy too! Congrats on the "upgrade!"
 

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Timing belt time on the 'yota.

Not a difficult job, just time-consuming.

To be honest, my workload at work lately has been less than stimulating, not a whole lot of fixing anything, just inspections, diag, and maintenance, felt really good to actually tear into something. The II had better watch out. I might be attacking it with tools next.
 

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