So why did I buy a truck?
Well, for the last few years, I had done a good bit of theater set building. Here are some examples.
Well, it was pretty hard to get the materials back to my house to build this stuff, and I absolutely needed help to get this stuff to where the play was being staged. That might have been via a trailer when I had the CRV, and that might have been by begging after it died. My regular hobby woodworking fared a bit better, as I didn’t have to transport anything after it was done.
So having a bed was pretty crucial to these efforts, which is why I didn’t go with an SUV. I did consider a 4Runner, which I’ve liked for some time as well. The need for the bed and the lack of a manual transmission made the Tacoma choice a smart one.
The cruel joke about the timing of everything meant that I only got to use the truck once for this purpose. Not long after, my kids decided they at least wanted to take some time off from the theater. And, of course, COVID. So I got to use it to haul things right away, and not since. I’m hoping that I’ll get some woodworking in at some point in 2021, but it seems like adventure is more in the cards than making things.
So, what inspired me to buy this truck and the vision for it? Well, back nearly five (!) years ago, the 2017 TRD Pro model was unveiled with some slick press shots. Here is one of them.
Something just absolutely struck me about this truck and stayed with me for the years to follow. It was in the back of my mind each time I thought I might want to do something else. I didn’t think a Pro would be affordable to me, and in the end I went with a Sport model because of that. No matter, while these aren’t quite as customizable as a Jeep, you can pretty much make them what you wish.
The color was something I hadn’t decided on until the day I bought mine. I wanted dark green, but it was discontinued back for 2016 (Army Green was only available on the Pro when I purchased). So I had to figure out what a second choice would be. I did like the white, but without mods it does look a bit like a service truck. The orange was pretty cool, but I think Barcelona Red was probably my goal.
So on the day in question, the same dealer had the Inferno and the Cavalry Blue. 2016 and 2019, respectively. I actually liked the Inferno a bit better in the pictures, but the Cavalry was newer, less miles, and actually cheaper to insure due to the Toyota Safety Sense. But what sold me on the color and make that drive happen was this picture.
It really went a long way to show how good that color could look, and the entire thread did a good job of highlighting how different the color looks depending on the light. But I love that picture, and has continued to inspire me. It is an Off Road model, and mine is a Sport, so I’m both not able to and not trying to copy it.
Next up I talk about goals.