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Old 03-04-2020, 12:07 AM
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Black Bart; Wifey-Mobile Extraordinaire

Occasionally deals find me. It is very rare, so when they do one must strike while the iron is hot, as the saying goes. Such was the case with Black Bart, my wife's new ride!

A couple of years ago one of my coworkers who had been having major trouble with his 4Runner threw up his hands in defeat and offered to sell it to me as a project. Mostly his wife wanted it out of their yard, and he couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. After looking it over I offered him $1200. After all it had at least one blown head gasket, torn leather seats and was in general disrepair. I suspected that it would not be overly cheap to fix, but it had good bones, no rust and was a 1999 Limited, so it had a locker and all the bells and whistles. He said no. His wife's instructions were, "don't let that guy take advantage of you, the lowest you can take is $1500!" I wasn't willing to go that high because of the afore-mentioned problems. He wouldn't come down. So no deal.

6 months later he offered it to me again, this time for $800. But he had driven it more, and only made the problems worse during that time. The stars just weren't lined up at that point, not to mention my wife thought it was a bad idea, and I told him I wasn't interested.

6 more months went by, and he offered it to me again, $600. His wife was begging him to get rid of it, and I was the only Toyota guy he knew. I jokingly mentioned it to my wife, saying that I could part it out and keep the locker for my own ride. Much to my amazement she said, why dont we buy it so I can have a 4x4 again? SOLD! I called the guy right then and told him I would take it!

So this truck followed me home. And got acquainted with its stable-mate.

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