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All I have to say is LandCruiser FJ40!

Life is full of unexpected bumps, bruises and surprises. Sometimes it feels like your taking shots from all sides at once, with no chance to defend yourself. Then there are times that things just fall into place and it makes you really wonder if some things are just meant to be.

But before we get into all that. I finished another book about a week ago and am just now getting to updating my progress on the list.

Every pirate must read this!

Part of this is due to one of my best friends getting married. Part of it was being a dad to a very rambunctious 18 month old that can walk up to me and I will literally drop whatever it is I’m doing to go play with that lil guy. Then there is what I always say with things start getting hectic, Life just gets in the way.

I picked up Treasure Island for the first time when I was 12 years old and visiting my grandparents. I can’t remember exactly what happened, but it ended up sitting on my book shelf for the next 20 years. In those 20 years I discovered Jimmy Buffett and island music, and have dreamed about sitting around living on an island or a boat. That type of lifestyle just resonates within my soul. If there is such a thing as reincarnation I believe I was a pirate in a past life and that lifetime has left a residue on my soul that just won’t wash away, nor would I want it to.

Back to the actual book. I really enjoyed Treasure Island and was happy to be able to say I went back and read it after dragging it along with me through life for 20 years. It really is the origin of the romantic pirate lifestyle. If you haven’t read it your depriving yourself of the true pirate tale. The ultimate pirate, whose name just happens to be John, and the eager wide eyed youngster caught up in the adventure that is the basis for all the pirate tales that followed, I mean what’s not to like? Treasure, pirates, the high seas…I will say that I expected a damsel in distress, or a damsel at all, but it was great none the less.

Should be required reading for all young men to fertilize their adventurous spirit.

Now to my BIG news. First I want to thank my wife for putting up with all this nonsense and supporting me to go out and chase all this stuff I want to do. She really is my best friend and I would give everything up for her in a minute. She gave me the greatest gifts in my life when she married me and gave me my son. She also goes along with me on trips and is behind me on all my adventures and misadventures. I know that sometimes she doesn’t understand what I’m thinking, but she has my back no matter what I decide I want to do next. So just in case I don’t tell her enough…Thank you Dani. I love you!

So originally #186 was to own another Jeep. I had a ’84 Jeep Wrangler and I loved that vehicle. It was the funnest ride I ever owned. Even in the winter when I had to have the top on and the heater wasn’t great it still was fun to drive. I had to rebuild the engine in it and that is still the foundation of all my motor/engine knowledge (which is limited) and one of the proudest achievements of my life. My biggest regret was selling it so that I could get my Chevy. I do love my Chevy also, but it’s not nearly as fun. It is the truck that I need to have to pull the trailer and haul stuff. You know really manly things that you have to be able to pull off in order to keep the ol man card.

Having a Jeep is just plain fun. Not to mention that there really is a brotherhood among those that drive Jeeps. They wave, they check out your ride, and there is a level of respect you are given, even if it’s just a stock Wrangler. Now when I say Jeep I am strickly talking Wranglers, CJ’s and such. A Cherokee, Liberty, or Grand Cherokee is not a Jeep. I know it has that name on it, but come on. When you say Jeep you have to think of the old Willy’s from MASH. Anyway, back on topic…I really thought that I was looking to buy another CJ or Wrangler and have to fix it up. Then life threw a curve…

My brother in law got a early 60’s CJ5 for his 30th birthday from his grandfather. It has become a family tradition that is passed down from generation to generation. Talk about being jealous! I had forgotten how much my Jeep had meant to me. Dani must have had a little jealousy going to because she started pointing our Jeeps for sale and dropping hints that she would be happy for me to get another one. So I started looking also. I even pulled my brother in law aside and asked if he would mind if we got a Jeep also. I just didn’t want him to think that I was taking something away from his gift and everything that it meant. No matter what happened I wasn’t going to get a vehicle that meant that much.

I wasn’t finding anything that I was really into or could afford. I would be on Craigslist and be getting excited about settling for just getting something. Which is something that I told myself I didn’t want to do. If I was going to spend money on something I wanted to really love it. Then here comes The Cartman who has to give his opinion on everything that I’m doing and he was thoroughly disgusted with the thought of me getting a Jeep. Why this man cares so much about what I’m doing is beyond me. I guess it’s just a testament of the depths of his friendship. He said that I should be getting a hot rod like a ’32 Ford coupe or something similar. Not at all what this item is all about. Then I mention that I also like the Toyota LandCruiser FJ40’s. This The Cartman approves. So I had that going for me, one more problem. People really like their FJ’s. I mean REALLY like them and don’t want to give them up, at least not cheaply. So I was just about to give up on that idea, which sucked because I was really digging the FJ look and that everyone seemed to say they were bomb proof. Then I found a listing in Petaluma which is one of the closest FJ’s that I’ve been able to find. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but thought that it would be worth the look. So I talk Dani into going, she really wanted a Jeep so this took a little begging.

It's not a Jeep, but I love it.

When we got there we met an older gentleman that explained that he was a mechanic that had hurt his back and wrist and just couldn’t drive and 4×4 like he wanted to anymore. He had restored this LandCruiser and put in a lot of work in her. The engine is a straight six (same type I rebuilt in my old Jeep) and purrs very smoothly and quietly. He had built a Rubicon rack that sits up on the roll bar and has tons of extras that I would never had expected. Air compressor, hi lift jack, CB radio, extra fuel tanks and thats just a few of them. I was so excited! However, like I said it was more than I discussed with Dani and I thought it just wasn’t going to be able to happen. Then the guy starts lowering his price, without me even asking yet. I have hope. Another couple minutes of chat and I was able to get him to lower the price again. This time to a number that I think I can make happen. I figured I was going to have to wine and dine Dani to get her to be on board. Not only is this not the vehicle that I said we were going to get, but it’s more expensive. We get back in the car and head to dinner, first thing she says is “Did you love it?” and I try to play it off. Yeah its good, but I want to get something that the family is going to like. This is as much her’s as it will be mine. Then comes this…”Well, if you love it you should get it.” I love this woman!!!! But I still play it cool and say I want to think about it. That lasted til after dinner and I called and said I’d take it and be back to get it the next day.

Good looking good.

I hope he's actually driving this in another 15 years.

The rest is self-explanatory. Dani grew to like it more as everyone said how jealous they were and what a cool rig it is. I love it! I love driving it! The no power anything is actually making me get a workout when I drive it. Going back to my truck was almost too easy and steering I almost pulled into a curb. As soon as I fix the parking brake cable it will be ready for almost anything. I can’t wait to take my lil boy out on a camping trip in it. I think that we are going to have a blast in it, especially going with his cousins in their Jeep.

Another item off, another one that I thought was going to take a long time. I really am living a great life!

Got to love the original logos.

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