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Checking In

Post by fbenross » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:25 pm

I had better check in before some of the old timers think I’m a pile of bones in the Owyhee Desert. I just spent my first year retired and went over 39k miles on my PW/RV. It is a Dinosaur and will be 12 in April. All but 2000 of those miles with a Ton of popup camper and gear on the back. I took the camper off for this winter and it’s like having a new truck. The tires are chirpy when shifting that 6 spd, and it rides like a Buckboard. The wife was following me the other day and later she said “you have the biggest truck on the road” so I took her out to dinner…out smarted by her again!
I’m surprised I still have the stock F brakes, but it is pulling to the right slightly under braking now. All is still working well with the stock 06…lockers, sway bar, and winch still working fine. I am on my 3rd P.S. pump, both changed in the field by this old man. I finally got around to doing the recall on the air bags and clutch lockout switch/spring, and after 12 years outside by the ocean, there is no serious rust yet. No Snorkel has been needed yet, but I have dared to get the Smart Bar electrics wet twice :doh: …I still love banging the gears in the old girl, and I did notice the guy checking it out in the Safeway parking lot. She is one good looking, scratched up girl but every scratch was worth it.
The Camper will be going back on this May for a D.V. trip, retirement has been a whirlwind, I find myself spending less time on line and more time doing home, yard, and vehicle projects. I feel a bit left behind on the forum with an old 3G, but there is a price to pay for having the best Gen PW. I Hope all are well. Ben
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Post by olyelr » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:33 pm

Nice to see ya around again. Enjoy retirement!
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Post by Colibri » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:39 pm

Glad you’re doing well! Don’t worry, there’s still some of us third gen guys around. Good to see you back around these parts sir
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Post by Ducky's Dad » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:49 pm

Well, it's about time. My '05 is still the best truck I have ever owned, and I plan to keep it for as long as I am able to drive. Also retired, and too damned busy to enjoy life.

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Post by RustyPW » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:05 pm

Glad to hear from you Ben. Thought maybe you got lost out in the desert. Yeah, retirement has been something else. :lol:

3G's forever! :rockon:
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Post by w2dodge » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:12 am

:cheers: enjoy ..

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Post by Mule007 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:54 am

:rockon: :rockon: Love ours! Keep enjoying retirement !
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Post by TwinStick » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:31 pm

Glad to hear from you again Ben ! :patriot: Nice to see you out using your truck. Don't worry, there is still a few of us 3rd Gen guys left on here, & I am still loving banging the gears on my old girl as well. 39k in 1 year ??? :notworthy: Take care.
Traded to 2019 ZR2, Red.

4Runner was a GREAT vehicle but could not even tow our 6x10 enclosed utility trailer comfortably, even when it was empty-ish.

It was time. Truck was still leaking BADLY every time it rained or snowed & melted. It was leaking at every single gasket (rear window, front window, all 4 doors). You could sit inside & watch it run down the inside of windshield, rear window & drip off the upper side door beams. It was molding on the inside & starting to stink. Needed new steering gearbox, shocks, new upgraded T-style steering, tires, brake lines, d/s manifold bolts that are barely recognizable due to rust-removed & replaced. Everyone around here would not even touch em once they looked at them.

So, say what you will. PW turned into a money pit. Was no longer a joy to drive. Hoping that this downsized 4x4 with lockers will fill the bill & have minimal problems, but..... As long as manufacturers keep making engineers design things that fail soon after warranty is up, we are going nowhere fast. Regardless of what you buy. :rockon:

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Post by DamageWagon » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:57 pm

Glad to hear from you man! Sounds like you’re enjoying life! I really enjoy having you 3rd gen guys around, you have real problems and real solutions and enjoy your rigs more with all the work you have to put into them haha

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Post by NovA ProspekT » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:42 pm

Glad to see you still around! I haven't been on much recently myself...

Not to hijack, but what happened to the front page of the website(not the forum)?
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