Until Kinja fixes my inability to post on all blogs (including my personal one), I’m just gonna recycle this poo post for random things I wanna say.
Repost? Why the heck not?
I drove my grandfather’s ‘08 (ish) Ford Ranger he has had since new. It still drives like new, so underpowered, noisy, and sloppy, but somehow entertaining. Remarkably, after 100k of driving, it still tracks straight and true and only a few minor interior surfaces show wear, such as the driver’s side bolster and the glossy plastic radio trim. I’ve been trying to suggest the idea of detailing it for him. He is thinking about selling after he moves, which is why I was driving it.
Still, there is something so straightforward and honest about this truck. Everything feels mechanical to the touch. Of course the power sucking automatic transmission and power windows were a luxury feature, but they still feel old school.
As you can see, it needs a good clean. But the truck is still basically mint under the dirt. Was this the last American market vehicle left with a mechanical PRDNL selector?
It handled moving some heavy furniture and books like a champ. I didn’t notice any significant decrease in acceleration, but when pulling a trailer, you can feel the engine straining as a passenger. Speaking of passengers, don’t stick a normal sized adult in the sideways facing flip-down back seat for a long trip. Ask me how I know.
I also rode in my uncle’s old work truck. Even though it (260k) has less miles than my dad’s same year green TRD model (285k), the truck has clearly had a harder life. The paint on these doesn’t just fade, the entire clear coat dissolves and leaves a strange purpley color underneath the green.
So many people know had 02 Tundras and Sequoias of all different trim levels. And I can tell you, these are a ton of fun to drive with the light back end, quick but not overboosted steering, and torquey V8. Here is my dad’s TRD model. Note the fender flares and wider track width and ride height as well as the brown interior.
The Sequoias of this era could be optioned with power passenger seats and independent rear climate control like my friend’s white one. On an SUV in 2001! I still see these everywhere and probably will continue to 10 years from now. Absolutely rock solid trucks in every sense of the word (except for rust).
Don’t let the cold weather get you down. Just go for a ride in your. . . errr. . .
Hmmmm, might want a rain check on that one.