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Greetings from Arizona!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NomadicFrog, May 6, 2018.

  1. May 6, 2018 at 10:11 AM
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    NomadicFrog

    NomadicFrog [OP] New Member

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    Gaffer tape over door lock/unlock beeper.
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    My fiancee and I moved to Arizona from the east coast, and while I knew I loved the southwest, I wasn't really prepared for how completely addicted to the region I became. Can't spend enough time up in northern AZ and southern UT.

    More to the vehicular point, I drove a Ford Focus hatchback, which has the ground clearance of a skateboard. The fiancee is rocking a 2001 Ford Escape. Couple of things: it's a 17-year old Ford. It's the first year for the model. The only good news is that most of the major things that crap out on it already have and have been replaced, but short version, it isn't the thing to get me too far from civilization, or least not to rely on to get back alive.

    So I went shopping for a truck. Seemed like a Tundra was the way to go. I liked the idea of Tacomas, and most of my friends around here have them, but I have a lot of gear (like a portable darkroom I use for my photography work) and I want a space to live and not have to shuffle stuff around all the time.

    I was looking for a cheaper used one. My price range seemed to be early 2000s first gen, with around 200K miles. A dealer called me up and said I just had to see this one they got in, yes it was more than my budget, but omg you just have to see it. I made the mistake of going, just to prove to myself that I was right in looking at older higher-mileage Tundras. Ooops.

    Truck details: It's a pretty basic 2003 Tundra Access Cab SR5 TRD Off-Road, with the 4.7L V8, in Phantom Gray Pearl. Please correct me if I have the nomenclature wrong - seems like there are many different combinations, but at least I see those badges and stickers on the truck!

    The only thing that seems to be special about it, so far, is that it looks about the same as when it rolled off the assembly line in 2003 - the previous owner must have showered and put on clean clothes before ever getting in the truck, and I'm wondering if my trip out to Apache Junction to make those photos yesterday was the first time it was off pavement. And only 95K miles of pavement at that!

    My first purchase was a Hayne's Manual, then Jim Allen's Four-Wheeler's Bible. I have very little off road experience, and very tame at that, and I have much to learn. I think the price tags are going to get larger from here, though. Next up are Weathertech floormats and a rubber mat for the bed.

    First mod: put a piece of gaffer's tape over the damn beeping thing on the door lock system. Mutes it down quite nicely, but a pair of wirecutters may be in its future. Cost: < $0.01

    Unfortunately I stumbled on a massive Plastidip thread, and $8 for a can of gunmetal gray sounds like the cheapest way to have some fun - at a per square inch price, it may even be cheaper than the gaffer's tape! I've seen tons of ideas, but couldn't really find any pics of one thing I was considering: pding the fender flares. Maybe matte black? Maybe something else? Or maybe there is a reason there are no pics out there, which is that it's a dumb idea.

    Plans:

    As for more serious stuff, I've already started building a storage system to replace the access cab seats. If anyone's curious, I think they take up about 6.55 ft3 of cargo volume. Screw that. I'll post pics once there is something worth seeing.

    FOR SALE / TRADE! The first major change will be swapping the tonneau cover for a camper shell. I want to make a space to live in back there - it has been a day dream since before I got my driver's license. So, if anyone has a mid-rise or high-rise shell with screen windows (windoors would be ideal) and wants to sell or swap, get in touch!

    Once I have a shell then I am looking forward to building a bed platform / storage system. The idea is to have a space on one side where I can sleep, and a higher surface on the opposite side that I can use as a desk. The "foot well" down the middle could be covered to make a wider bed for, as somebody I saw put it, "romance mode" if I can get the fiancee to come along.

    Then of course I need the usual recovery gear: hi-lift, sand boards, onboard air, etc.

    I have already benefited greatly from the information and advice in this forum, and I look forward to contributing if I can.

    And in an effort to avoid as much noob hazing as possible, here are some pics to make this post not worthless! They are, of course, pretty much stock, nothing special. I'll post my projects as I get to them!
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  2. May 6, 2018 at 10:25 AM
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    HamHands

    HamHands Honey-Glazed Member

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    That thing is absolutely gorgeous. I would have a hard time not babying it in the garage!
     
  3. May 6, 2018 at 10:29 AM
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    porkitt

    porkitt New Member

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    Welcome from SoCal. That looks like a well maintained truck overall. Best of all, the truck is far more reliable than any other brands.
     
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  4. May 6, 2018 at 10:31 AM
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    seniramsu

    seniramsu Pro Runnin

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    Welcome from NC
     
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  5. May 6, 2018 at 10:33 AM
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    NomadicFrog

    NomadicFrog [OP] New Member

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    Gaffer tape over door lock/unlock beeper.
    Yeah, I definitely would have had fewer reservations about messing up some of the beat-up 230K mile trucks I was looking at, but I just have to remember: I bought this to get out there and so I just need to do it. After it gets a little bit of desert pinstriping I'll probably relax a little.
     
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  6. May 6, 2018 at 10:38 AM
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    HamHands

    HamHands Honey-Glazed Member

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    Well said. Use it for what it was meant for. You can make some good memories with that truck.
     
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  7. May 6, 2018 at 10:39 AM
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    Ely010606

    Ely010606 New Member

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    Welcome from Nevada, wow that looks great, my first Tundra was a 2002, and it sure didnt look like that. Awesome buy.
     
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  8. May 6, 2018 at 12:28 PM
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    Darth Tundra

    Darth Tundra I AM....YOUR FATHER

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    One word.........SCORE !!!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup:....Welcome to the forum !!
     
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  9. May 6, 2018 at 12:42 PM
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    Professional Hand Model

    Professional Hand Model A.K.A ‘Golden Hands’

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    She is spic and span clean. You scored. Welcome and enjoy your outings!
     
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  10. May 6, 2018 at 1:47 PM
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    Larmand

    Larmand SSEM #6

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    Welcome to the party!! CONGRATS!!!
     
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  11. May 6, 2018 at 1:49 PM
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    TXRailRoadBandit73

    TXRailRoadBandit73 RUNNIN' WITH THE DEVIL RÖCKIN' N RÖLLIN'

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    None yet
    Welcome from Texas
     
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  12. May 6, 2018 at 1:51 PM
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    T-Rex266

    T-Rex266 Independentoffroad who? That's cute. Staff Member

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    Welcome from CO!
     
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  13. May 6, 2018 at 2:31 PM
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    drhntr

    drhntr New Member

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    Welcome from NH
     
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  14. May 6, 2018 at 2:33 PM
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    COMiamiFan

    COMiamiFan SSEM #3. Don't forget to try the search bar. #PSL

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    Nice find. Welcome from Colorado.
     
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  15. May 6, 2018 at 6:30 PM
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    Bappa

    Bappa Off the grid

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    Welcome from Mesa, AZ
    Nice truck!
     
  16. May 6, 2018 at 6:31 PM
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    Grumpy Uncle

    Grumpy Uncle Pushing string down the hall SSEM #10

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    Welcome from CO.
     
  17. May 6, 2018 at 6:46 PM
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    nk1794

    nk1794 Always torque to spec

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  18. May 6, 2018 at 7:07 PM
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    Taco-Blender

    Taco-Blender Old Guys Rule

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    Welcome from Tucson! Man, that's a super nice 1st Gen. :thumbsup:
     
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  19. May 6, 2018 at 7:11 PM
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    Bprose

    Bprose Old member

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    Wow, very clean. Welcome
     
  20. May 6, 2018 at 7:18 PM
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    NomadicFrog

    NomadicFrog [OP] New Member

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    Gaffer tape over door lock/unlock beeper.
    Howdy neighbor! I live in the little corner of Tempe, Scottsdale, and Phoenix, and bought the truck at Earnhardt there in Mesa.
     
  21. May 6, 2018 at 7:21 PM
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    SuperECR33

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    Welcome from Texas!

    Great looking Tundra. No doubt youre gonna love those adventures.
     
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  22. May 6, 2018 at 8:58 PM
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    Sunnier

    Sunnier “DO it!”

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    Wow, what a great score! Welcome from SoCal!!
     
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  23. May 6, 2018 at 9:03 PM
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    Tracker

    Tracker New Member

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    Welcome from Colorado
     
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  24. May 6, 2018 at 9:05 PM
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    Welcome from Nashville Tennessee
     
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  25. May 6, 2018 at 9:09 PM
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    az chip

    az chip New Member

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  26. May 6, 2018 at 9:19 PM
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    PRO BLANCO

    PRO BLANCO Dirt biking & fishing

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    WELCOME!
     
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  27. May 6, 2018 at 9:37 PM
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    Bappa

    Bappa Off the grid

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    I’m on Dobson, when I’m in the valley. We built a cabin outside of Seligman where we spend most of our time.
    I bought mine at Earnhardt in Mesa too (Superstition Springs)
     
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  28. May 6, 2018 at 10:03 PM
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    zcarpenter92

    zcarpenter92 Yotas, Coronas and 'Merica

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    Welcome from eastern CO!
     
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  29. May 6, 2018 at 10:35 PM
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    4x4_Angel

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    Nice ride!!! Welcome from Texas!
     
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  30. May 7, 2018 at 2:46 AM
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    Prostar 190

    Prostar 190 Super Secret Elite Member #9

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