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post #3121 of 3139 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Garage day is coming up in a month so I am detailing the lift. Vacuum up everything that makes its way into the pit - mostly a few leaves, polish and wax the painted surfaces and updating the lights. Color changing around the edges and high intensity LEDs for the center to illuminate the bottom of a lifted car. A mechanic's work is never done LOL
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Rob the Elder, how did you do the lettering on your tires? very cool!
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Tire Stickers dot com makes them for all tire sizes in multiple colors The Punisher Pontiac lettering has been on the tires for several years.

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Parts are going onto the PunisheR Support Vehicle. New grille and lights installed on Sunday. I also got the bed extender installed. I install hooks so when its folded into the bed I can hang purchases on it so they don't go flying on the trip home.

I got the Low Range Off Road "leveling kit" Don't tell my wife it lifts the truck about three inches. Maybe she will not notice.

The fender flares are at the painter turning Punisher red. I am not allowed to paint the truck, but this is just bolting on parts! Like when I painted the TOYOTA lettering on the new grille. It was not formally ON the truck so when I painted it, clearly that did not break the agreement.

Got to the printers. He is making me a wrap that copies the hood on the PunisheR Hauler sized to fit the Taco. Again no paint is involved!

I have the high lift jack and a mount on the bench which will go into the bed hopefully next weekend.

Having fun now!
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Hopefully the snow will be gone in the San Juan's by July Rob. I know they will work like crazy to get Black Bear open for the FJ Summit(400 trucks this year, sold out in 28 seconds I have heard). But there is some concern about all trails being open. Imogene and Black Bear are the two most likely to be still closed. Imogene is my favorite. The most snow in many years I guess. Supposed to snow there Wednesday and Thursday.

I am taking the FJ to Ouray, 14-15th of June. Maybe you can bring that puppy down then. Taking a friend from Indiana up the mountain, after we ride the Durango to Silverton steam train on the 12th.

The bed extender was designed by a kid by the name of Willy Musgrave, but his boss took the idea and got very wealthy from it. Willy got very little out of it. All came from motocross.

You will be having way more fun now. You may park that other thing after a few days in the San Juan's. Drive it down and pull the Punisher and drive the Million Dollar Highway and go back thru Delores and Telluride. One of the most beautiful climbs from the desert to the high mountains, going over Lizzard Head Pass. Stunning is the word.

Looking forward to seeing you and Carol.
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The PunisheR saga continues . . .. sigh

The Norm GTO hood has been "in work" for nearly a year. It showed up last June but has been at the body shop since then. It needed some body work to fit it to the car and prep for paint. And they wanted to do some test work with paint that lights up. Then Chipmagic was sold and became Community Auto body . . .And they went with a new paint supplier. This is the third change the shop has done. Every time they go with a new supplier, they need to basically start over matching the PunisheR red paint.

They are hopefully painting and mounting the hood so they can line it up then match the stripes to the car and then have Joe paint the flames. But till they get that figured out I am carless!

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Continuing to make the Taco "mine". I ordered rock sliders just because. The fender flares are at the shop to be painted PunisheR red. Once they figure out the color mix. And I have the proofs for the new custom graphics.

As part of the approval process I agreed to a "no paint" clause. So I am not able to put paint on the vehicle.

I have chosen to interpret that as I can paint items that are NOT on the Taco and then install them. Like all the badges. And the new grille. And the new rock sliders. And the fender flairs. They are all going to be PunisheR red BEFORE they go on the truck.

But I still need (WANT) custom graphics on the truck so am going with custom wrap graphics from my printer, Front Range Vital Signs. Kevin and the crew came up with a design based on the PunisheR Hauler that fits the bill. And does NOT require any painting of the vehicle.

The stripes with flames on the left are going onto the Taco hood. I am still working on a design for the tailgate but you can see the side graphics.
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ordered a bed rack for the Taco. Need more space for recovery gear and food when we go to Moab. Next is a rear locker I hope!

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Picking up PunisheR next week. The new owner was planning on using my old paint code to do the hood but that did not work out. they have to match it with their new paint and they are too busy with production repairs right now so I'm picking up the car as is. Hopefully by the end of summer they will get it figured out.

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Got the 3inch lift installed on the Taco. Five hours of fun. Used the lift in the garage. Lifted one end at a time. Worked great. Now it’s time for ice cream
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Some pictures of the Taco lifted process. The garage in floor lift worked GREAT. I was surprised.
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And because I am expecting Bob to run out of fuel . . . .
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You did a great job Rob!! Looks fantastic~

Are there new wheels and tires in the future?

I read that you got it to commute - are you driving to Lockheed Martin?
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None of the trails are long enough to run out of fuel, but are time consuming. I quit carrying fuel for me years ago, but do sometimes have fuel for others on the trail. I had ten gallons on the rear bumper on a swing out. Never used it one time. I do carry water at all times though. Remember to keep everything as low as you can get it, nothing on the roof if you can keep from putting it high. I don't think it is quite as bad on that Taco, but the FJ is a little top heavy anyway. I almost lost one on Black Bear about 9 years ago. But his roof most likely had 40 gallons of fuel, roof top ten, awning, shovel and axe, High lift jack. We some times get to involved with the preparedness side of the story.. Good tires, good sliders and winch, and a spare the same size are the most important for me. I run 35's on the FJ, locked on both ends, but seldom if ever use the front lockers. I hate the damned things to be honest.

Does the truck have crawl control Rob. That makes just about any trail very easy. I don't have it on my FJ, and am thinking about buying a 2012 Red TRD because of it. I think they started it that year, but may have been the following year.

The one thing you will tear up on any serious off road vehicle are the wheels. Bead locks are nice and very pricey. I have never had them, and never needed them. But have seen people rip the tires off of one side and then destroy part of their truck to trying to move it.

Nothing at the Summit is difficult, other than maybe Poughkeepsie on a rainy day. The rest are much easier than either of these.


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