Here’s another story…..
Back in 2002, my cousins’ husband, Len and I were into exploring old logging roads in our trucks. Len had bought a Land Rover and was able to enjoy taking things a little further than I could. I was using my 1995 Nissan Pathfinder which also needed to get me to work on Monday. So, following in the same line as Len, but staying Japanese I searched for a Toyota Landcruiser FJ40. I found one up in Waterloo. My Dad and I headed out to look at it. We took it out for a test drive and a successful look over by Dad had me sold on it. It was a little rough but hey, that’s what real old trucks for trail riding is all about. We left a deposit and returned the following week to finalize the deal. Len towed it home with this Pathfinder at the time. We chose to tow and not drive so that we could thoroughly look this truck over and not risk things on the 401 from Waterloo to Brampton.
Over the next while, we worked on the truck to get it into good running shape. Dad tuned up a few things and together with a good friend of mine, Craig, we rebuild the rear tire carrier. After being out on a few trail rides I was seeing other trucks with neat storage ideas. Each time I’d mention a cool thing I saw, my Dad made it. He fabricated rear ceiling storage netting, a camera mount, a front bracket to house the license plate and new flood lights, a support bracket for the 8’ CB antenna, secured a toolbox, installed a rear seat with seatbelts and built a middle console box that houses the CB unit. He also rebuilt the carburetor. I think this was a great project for him to have. He had just recovered from his heart surgery and was starting his retirement getting back into things.
I bought new rims and tires. This was ready for the trails! Dad came along on the first couple of rides. I have video of us laughing as we’re bouncing along the trail in Minden. It was so bumpy and rough – especially for the passenger – he was laughing. It was great to be able to share the experience of the trail ride after all that he had helped me with in preparing it. When I look at the FJ40 in my garage today, all of these memories fill the air. It’s a great momento for this Father-Son project.
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