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As we round out another year with our TTORA family, I thought it might be a fun topic to compare where you were in life when you first joined TTORA and where you are now ... So here goes! Bonus points for pictures!


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Labor Day 2008, followed a group around Tellico ... Oct 2008, first southeast TTORA takeover in Tellico, showed up with my owned a month stock 89 4runner. 22 and just out of school - working a cheese job and just going with the flow of life!

tellico 08


SETO 4


april 09




Now:

December 2014, a lot has transpired in the past years! I still have the 4runner which has under gone a slow transition, but currently driving my soccer mom sequoia, which is awesome. Colin (GOT COPE?) and I got married a little over two years ago in Harlan, and now I'm mama to 7month old Corbin, the most adorable future wheeler on earth ;)

wedding-




family-



seto10!



new ride-
 

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I'll post some pics.
Then:
All started around 2009 ish. First ttora member I met was Rolison... How appropriate. Went to windrock with him and Knoxville guys quite a bit. I was wheeling the 88 at that time.


Emily and I were right around 20 and still dating. We were both in school in Chattanooga. I also had hair on my head then.





Fast forward to now: Quite a bit different.

Emily and I have been married 2.5 years, live in Cleveland, both have jobs we enjoy (engineer and respiratory therapist), and just welcomed our first son, Rowan into the world on November 28th.






As far as wheeling goes, not in the 88 anymore. Upgraded to a 97 and like it a whole lot more. Mostly the same mods as the 88 though. Still wheeling windrock mostly and around the Chattanooga area.



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That's exactly what I was looking for! thanks for the great post!

I mean, that post was so good I have two TTORA tshirts for you next time I drive the mile and a half to your house ;)
 

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I joined back in 2007 (yikes) and was driving this..



I was a freshman in college and looking to get into a tacoma, but ended up in a 4runner.
My first trip was to Windrock in 2008.



Jump to the end of 2014...

Working in Knoxville, TN - playing in the woods a lot more than I was, and currently in yet another vehicle... my 5th since my silver 4runner



No babies, no marriage, but a gf that has the wheeling bug now, and actually enjoys to drive!

 

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My first trip was back in 06. Bear talked me into driving my stock tacoma from Michigan to Arkansas for national takeover....this was the first time i met Colin.



My first SETO was a year or two later in Tellico. This was the year we got horrible directions from map quest and as a result 99TanTaco, Nev2Dep, and myself end up dragging (quit literally) a 2 wheel drive extended cab long box f250 towing a 18' trailer over trail 1 (back before it was smooth at all) at 2 am.....we finally made it to Crawfords only to be greated by a drunk 5keepers (at least some things never change lol)

In all i have been to 6 seto's....2 in tellico, 1 in tracy city, 2 in windrock, 1 in Harlan

Today i roll in this



The only Toyota parts are the cab and frame.....and as soon as i can afford a buggy chasis those are history...i still hang out here because i have made some great friends and always have fun. I don't see myself leaving this hobby anytime soon. I love it, my girlfriend loves it and it's always a good time
 

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bump .... you don't have to be from the southeast to post!
 

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First Seto. Sliders, homemade skid plate, 33s, spacers, custom cut front bumper.
Now long travel, 37s, double locked 4.88s, twin sticks, bed cage, numerous frame and body mods. Battery relocated etc.
And now I have to many things going on at once. Thanks Karl you started this...:cool:
 

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Started TTORA in 2007, started with a 1997 4runner, which I ended up building up and destroying, then trading.

Traded the 4runner for a sas taco and built that up.








Traded that taco for an ifs single cab taco.


Was in 88cleverunner's wedding.


In 2012, left Tennessee and headed West to Colorado. Ended up Selling my single cab and building up another 4runner.




Got Engaged in July this year to a Michigan Girl and getting hitched next year.


Ive also been through 3 lesmobiles:
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Now selling the 4runner and last forester for a newer double cab Tacoma, for once I am looking for an automatic truck haha.
 

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Oh what a fun post. Sadly since pics have gone digital I've lost a bunch over time. I picked up my taco in dec. 01, got into wheeling ttora in 02.
This is the oldest pic I have:
back route to slickrock

super clean around 05

I got serious into building the truck once out of school and practically at the time when gas hit the $4 and parks starting closing.

Got married, had a baby in 13, sold the truck for a baby fund and that was tough. I had tinkered with just about everything on that truck. Super itchy about being out of the hobby I picked up:


Slow and steady, a build into a totally different style of wheeling, hope to make an expo style rig.
 

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My first ride SETO 2010 I ended up having to ride with Mason because the engine in my 4runner went out.


This is what mine started out looking like. Dam she was purty too!


Then followed by some tires and a "modified suspension and running gear"



Moved to Tennessee for school in 2011 and just finished an axle swap that has been about 4 years in the making.


And I get to work on cool shit everyday at work.
 

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Tellico '07 earliest I could find




The epic Highlands overland adventure 2009


Snow wheelin' 2010


Seto 7


Coal Creek 2013 ... rough weekend!


BR's final mods..


New meat...


And may I say Joy and I have made some great friends and had some awesome adventures since joining the TTORA family and hope to continue!
 

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bump ... anyone? anyone?
 

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LOL All I see are newbies. I'm a charter member from 97 or so. TTORA only had about 35 original members nation wide.
Well in that case let's see a then and now
 

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Bought my truck in 2004 completely stock with real pizza cutter 235/75/15's open open with 3.58 gears and started wheeling the crap out of it. Haven't looked back since, spent a little bit here and there to replace, upgrade parts along the way. Met a bunch of cool Toyota owners I love to meet up with now and then when they decide to get out and wheeeeeeelllllllll!!!! was this little green truck that shouldn't have been able to do anything. And now it's a little green truck with 35's locked front and rear with a very little lift and somehow keeps not being able to do much of anything to impress anybody. Sorry for the long post but I am an idiot on the computer and can't post pics but have been told I'm a pretty good driver so maybe that makes up for something. I really think the truck just has a mind of her own she goes when she wants to and still amazes the crap out of me everytime I wheel her. Really the looks of my truck haven't changed a lot over the years other than the bumps and bruises along the way. Can't wait to see you all soon. When are we all going wheeling?
 

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This is where my TTORA experience started(High school, Single, Tacoma, 2wd):



Had a blast in the Tacoma for many years:



http://youtu.be/S4uQPsWjT3s


Now Engaged, been out of school(SPSU) for 2 years, working in construction, and driving a 4x4 FJ


^^^ That picture was taken immediately after being engaged. Of course the FJ and some fun NEGA fire roads had to be involved

Also now have a Toyota boat with a Lexus V8, so thats pretty awesome:
http://youtu.be/y8hRcE55lhg
 
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