- Oct 24, 2005
- Fall River Mills, CA
Well last week I came across a deal, thru some friends of some friends. An FJ40 that’s been sitting in a barn from about 2000, (that really doesn’t seem that long ago). I went back and forth about even going to look at it. The owner wasn’t advertising, but looking to start liquidating something’s. I finally decided it doesn’t hurt to look, and the poor quality pictures I had seen looked pretty good. Waited till the kid got of school and made the trek. It was a six hour round trip just to look. Well sure enough, showed up and a 79 40 sitting in a barn, in better shape then I truly expected. Hadn’t run since 2000, unknown why it got parked. Crawled over it for about an hour, looking at everything I could look at to convince me to pass. ( I wasn’t shopping for one, before this). Spoke to the owner for awhile, and he gave me his bottom dollar, which was pretty reasonable, and almost impassable. Went home and chewed on it for a few days, talked with the wife, and really evaluated my options. Was this something I wanted to commit to with, family, kids sports ( Senior, Freshman, and 8th grader) and work, just life going on. It was getting close to start looking for car for the boy, and he was convinced after looking this was something he wanted try. Evaluated his scheduled and funds, and the sacrifices he would be willing to make to get this going and on the street. Well not wanting to pass up a smoking deal, and giving my son the opportunity to learn how to work on his own vehicle with his step grandfather ( he really has the mechanical skill, I’m a 2 mechanic at best) I took the risk and agreed to purchase. Here it is the day we picked it up.