: Bye Bye Tacoma :-(


bradleyem
08-30-2008, 05:59 PM
Well, it is a sad, sad day today. I bid my final farewell to my 1995.5 Tacoma Xtra cab daily driver. I bought it new off the showroom floor, and it has served me very well. But, the headgasket has been blown for over a year (for the second time), and it started making a knocking sound that sounded like a bad rod bearing. It got much worse on Thursday, and I decided to trade it in before I couldn't drive it to a dealership, while I could still get something out of it. Unfortunately I had to leave my ARB Bullbar and rims/tires on it because I didn't have stock ones to replace them with, and had limited time before a rod came through the side of the block. I figured that I have enough 4 wheel drive vehicles (another Tacoma under the knife for SAS, and a 73 FJ40 Land Cruiser), and that I wanted something more sporty, and with more creature comforts. So I started looking for another Mustang. To make a long story short, I ended up with a 2005 GT350 Mustang. It was a little more than I wanted to pay, but it would've been harder to get financing on an older model with more milage, especially with only my trade to put down as a down payment. So, here are some pics:

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h154/bradleyem/2005%20Mustang%20GT/SANY1272.jpg

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h154/bradleyem/2005%20Mustang%20GT/SANY1274.jpg

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h154/bradleyem/2005%20Mustang%20GT/SANY1276.jpg

NEV2DEP
08-30-2008, 07:37 PM
Sucks about your purple Taco to bad your frame wasn't rotted. Congrats on the new Stang.

bradleyem
08-30-2008, 08:38 PM
Sucks about your purple Taco to bad your frame wasn't rotted. Congrats on the new Stang.

I took it in for a frame inspection a couple of weeks ago, and they said that when it came in, they immediately were sure that it would fail. They were really surprized to see that it was one of the cleanest frames that they've looked at. Other than some surface rust on the under side, it was totally solid. I guess that I just take too good care of my stuff......lol

Thanks for the congrats....I really like it so far. Its very fast, and in perfect condition. The sad thing is that so far I'm averaging 19-20 MPG, and my 2.7L taco only got 16-19, and this is a 300HP+ V8

My daughter took it really hard though. Here's a pic of her saying good bye to it while I was removing the stereo, amp, CB, scanner, inverter and alarm:

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h154/bradleyem/SANY1270.jpg

I had to pry her out of it so they could take it away :(

Shakerhood
08-30-2008, 11:06 PM
Sorry about the Tacoma, but the Mustang looks really nice. I had an 02 GT that was almost the same color, it was called Mineral Grey. I manage a good 22MPG in my 92 GT, which is obviously better than my Taco.

06indigoinktaco
08-30-2008, 11:21 PM
i love the new stangs! my dad has an 07 gt/cs. but they made a gt 350:confused: i thought those were only sticker kits added on by dealers?

bradleyem
08-31-2008, 08:37 AM
i love the new stangs! my dad has an 07 gt/cs. but they made a gt 350:confused: i thought those were only sticker kits added on by dealers?

Yeah, it probably is only a dealer sticker kit. I didn't see anything under the hood that was different. But at a stock rating of 300HP/320TQ, It'll be fine for now. I cant ever own a vehicle without modifying it, so that'll change as funds allow. I definately want a set of bullit rims for it. I may do something along the lines of an Elanor body kit. It'll probably get gears and an Auburn Ected E-Locker. Of course, the mandatory off-road H pipe, exhaust, and long tube headers. Eventually I want to do a supercharger or turbo. It just never ends with these things.....:D

Shakerhood
08-31-2008, 02:31 PM
A set of Gears really gives a good seat of the pants feel in the Mod Motored Cars, Bullitt Wheels will look sweet on there and those Eleanor Body Kits really look nice too.

RCBS
09-02-2008, 12:52 PM
I took it in for a frame inspection a couple of weeks ago, and they said that when it came in, they immediately were sure that it would fail. They were really surprized to see that it was one of the cleanest frames that they've looked at. Other than some surface rust on the under side, it was totally solid. I guess that I just take too good care of my stuff......lol

Thanks for the congrats....I really like it so far. Its very fast, and in perfect condition. The sad thing is that so far I'm averaging 19-20 MPG, and my 2.7L taco only got 16-19, and this is a 300HP+ V8

My daughter took it really hard though. Here's a pic of her saying good bye to it while I was removing the stereo, amp, CB, scanner, inverter and alarm:

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h154/bradleyem/SANY1270.jpg

I had to pry her out of it so they could take it away :(

take her out for some doughnuts in dad's new 'Stang...that'll cheer her up!:)

bradleyem
09-02-2008, 05:58 PM
Yeah, the mourning period is about over now that she's gotten to ride in the Mustang some more. It's like that Bold Moves commercial that Ford had for the 2005 Mustang when it first came out. Here it is on StangNet:

http://www.stangnet.com/Ford-Mustang/ford-mustang-bold-moves-commercial-051706.html

It sure is fun to :driving: . The grin hasn't left my face since I've left the showroom :D

RCBS
09-03-2008, 01:31 PM
i've never had a sportscar. have driven a couple and they are very fun....too fun. i'd have all my liscense points used up in no time. and one hell of a tab at NTB. lol i'll stick with my VW. it's not really fast at all...but a ball to drive on twisty two lanes. glad to hear you AND your daughter are having fun with the new ride.