1. This should not have Chat. It should truly be individual Bio's. Feel free to start up another thread within our TAC community forum about someone or there rig if you like, but we would like to keep this thread as clean as possible.
2. The title to your post should be your MUD username with a dash then your name "only if you want".
3. Introduce yourself i.e; place you live, family, hobbies, what you do, etc... what ever you feel like telling us.
Hello, name is Zane Zwerenz. I live in Lee's Summit, MO.; have a beautiful wife (Cheryl) and two children; a very handsome 3 year old boy and a cute little 1 year old girl. I have enjoyed the cruiser life for almost 9 years now. I will be the first to admit that I don’t get out that often, but when I do I enjoy every minute of it!
I work at Sprint in Overland Park and have for 10 years this June!
The first cruiser I purchased was a 1978 FJ40. I have since sold it. My most recent rig is my 1997 40th Anniversary FZJ80
My wife drives a 2007 Hummer H3 that she clames is much cooler than my 80. I can with out a doubt say she is wrong about at least one thing.. ha..
I'm Andrew Booth and I live in Olathe, KS (south suburb of KC) with my wonderful wife Kasey. I have a ton of hobbies but mostly into electronics, wrenching, and camping (although I don't really get to camp that much, I still love it).
Year, Make, and Model:
1994 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80
4.5 Liter 1FZ-FE Inline 6
Factory FR and RR E-Lockers
Stock Gears, Tranny, and T-Case
Suspension Lift, Wheels/Tires:
Stock suspension with 1.5" aluminum spacers up front for now (got some OME 850/851's you can part with? )
285/75/16 BFGoodrich AT's
Stock FZJ80 16x8 Wheels
Removed 3rd row seating
Installed CDL switch
Extra 12v outlets installed in side of shifter console with switched fuse block
Cobra 18WXSTII in-dash CB
Cheapo Sony CD player with front AUX in for iPod
Replaced crappy OEM front speakers with some shallow Pioneer 5-1/4's
Removed dash speakers
Rotted leather seats and water stains from pesky leaks
TJM T15 steel winch bullbar
FireStik FireFly 4ft CB antenna mounted on bullbar with foldover
150W KC Daylighters
"N.T. Outback" Australian license plate covering winch hole on bullbar
Removed roof rack and running boards
Added OEM mud flaps
Repaired rust bubble on back hatch very poorly (but at least its not rusty anymore )
As it sits today
Crossing Peru Creek in Colorado
Coming down Storm Mountain in Colorado, running from rain and a mudbath
They call me Matt Isley. My wife (Kaylin) and I have 2 ½ 4yr old daughter (Hannah) and a 1/4yr old son (Jacob). Frequently I can be seen exiting a public place of business with one of the three four of us kicking and screaming as I carry them under my arm.;p Those with young kids feel my pain.
This is my 3rd 4th year here in Topeka, KS. Currently I work for the “state”; I’ll leave it at that. I spend my weekends doing home improvements (budget permitting) and family time. The last few years my free time has come at a premium but I still have hobbies which include (in no particular order): Mountain biking, camping, hiking, cruisers and other Toyota trivia , computers, and most recently 80’s era Mercedes Benz’s.
Currently I’m without a real trail rig. I have two cruisers, a ’96 fzj80 which my wife drives '78 FJ40 which no one drives and an ’87 fj60 that is serving as weekend work truck/light duty trail rig. Of all the cars I’ve owned the ’60 is my favorite. I am almost embarrassed to post my boring rigs...
Year Make and Model:
1996 Toyota LandCruiser FZJ80'78 FJ40
DriveTrain (engine, lockers, gears, tranny, etc.)
Factory Front and Rear Lockers Axles
167 74K caught up on PM items currently and runs like a topcrap
265/75/16225/75/15 continental street1980' snow treads on stock rims
Scion no stereo waiting to go in
At one point it was flareless but not now (I like the “UN” the '40 look – she doesn’t)
Bone stock save for the PO’s home brew hitch with weathering steel protection
Year Make and Model:
1987 Toyota LandCruiser FJ60
DriveTrain (engine, lockers, gears, tranny, etc.)
Aussie locker for the rear (just purchased) installed!
Stock 4 speed and t-case
235K not caught up on PM items currently and still runs like a top
285/75/16 Goodyear MT/R’s on Tacoma rims
Stock springsOME Dakar coming soon
Sony cd player with a knob
ARB front bumper
Other cars I own or have owned:
'08 Toyota Corolla (her DD/our commuter car)
'07 Toyota Tacoma (my DD/ lawn clipping hauler)
'96 Toyota FZJ80 (sold to buy taco)
’85 Mercedes Benz 190D (sold to buy corolla)
’87 Toyota Supra turbo (In storage)
’92 Toyota pickup regular cab long bed (deeply missed)
’85 Toyota pickup extended cab (trashed when I got it: parted out)
’97 Dodge Intrepid (sold this to buy my ’60)
’00 Nissan Maxima (sold to buy my house)
’97 Nissan Maxima (sold to buy newer maxima)
’91 chevy lumina (died but put up a fight)
’87 olds cutlass (died)
’84 chevy celebrity (my first car—didn’t last long)
my '80 at flatnasty (Buckru in background)
my '60 at tuttle creek (pic taken by bob G.)
my previous trail rig at Iron Range ORV park, Gilbert MN
Name’s Kris Holt, I reside in Wichita with my Wendy. I’m currently working in Quality Assurance for Hawker Beechcraft Services (formally Raytheon Aircraft Services) at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. My hobbies include this money pit, motorcycles, geocaching and other stuff to a lesser extent.
What got me involved in Land Cruisers was a CJ-7 whoops I had in college. It was a nightmare mechanically but nice looking, sort of a polished turd. At any rate I sold that and quickly ended up with a ’74 40 series that I took to school in Denver. I drove the wheels off that thing and aside from the drum brakes the only thing that was any issue was an oil leak coming from the fuel pump. All the while living in CO I always thought it would be awesome to have one of the new fangled, mega $$$ 80 series mall Cruisers. So after putting 50k miles on it in just over two years I had to sell my ‘74 as it wasn’t practical as a daily driver in Minneapolis. Fast forward to January 2004, I got into an accident and my truck was totaled. I started looking for another truck and then it dawned on me that the 80’s were now affordable. I found a one owner ’94 not far from my dad’s in NY and the rest is history. Let’s get on with the important stuff.
My name is Randy and I live in Shawnee, KS with my wife Caroline. We met back in St. Louis while in highschool and both attend UMKC. We have been married 16-years and have a 5-year old son Alex, and a 2-1/2 yearold son Christopher. Both were adopted from Russia.
I work for HNTB Architecture Inc. If I'm not working, I can usually be found outside with the family rock climbing, hiking, camping, mountain biking or working on the 4Runner.
What got me started in wheelin was a trip to Buena Vista, Colorado with the KC Whitewater Club. (This was shortly after I purchased my 00 4Runner) In the campsites next to us were all these modified 4Runners in town to wheel in the nearby mountains. Recognizing that as time passes, motorized assistance in the mountains will be just the thing for me
I spent the next two years building up my 00' 4Runner only to realize I would have more fun wheeling a "beater" rather than my daily driver. Thus my decision to sell the 00' and buy my current project for $400.
Year Make and Model:
2006 Sequoia for towin'
1985 4Runner for wheelin' (specs below)
Dual Cases (stock gears)
Marlin Twin Stick
5.29's in diffs
Bobby Long Birfs (27-spline)
Aussie Locker F&R
4" Marlin lift in front
5" Marlin lift in back
Bestop Bikini Top
Front/Rear Bumper, exhaust and frame plating by Techtafab
Warn M8000 winch
#1 - 00' 4Runner at Tuttle
#2 - 85' 4Runner before build
#3 - 85 4Runner now
Chris Bailey, I live east of St. Louis in Edwardsville, IL.
I transplanted here about 3 years ago with my wife Jules.
She grew up up right around the corner.
I have a 14 year old son that lives in Nevada with his mom.
I moved here from Dallas where I got into the cruiser scene.
My wife thinks I have some sort of illness and accuses me of
being a member of a "cult".
I have no idea what she is talking about.
My daily driver is a 2006 Ford F250 Superduty, 6" lift with 35's.
My wife's daily driver is a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, stock for now.
Resto project for my son and I, 1979 FJ40, all stock
Year, Make and Model:
SM420, stock T-Case
Locker F & R
Spring Over lift
37" Swampers for around town
35" BFG Muds for the trails
Custom bucket seats
Restored rear jumps seats
Full roll cage w/console for stereo, cb and lights
Custom F & R bumpers w/rear tire and cooler carrier
SHOTGUN - KIRK SHEA
I live in Topeka married to Kathy ,sons Stephen 21 and Spencer 18. I work at the Goodyear plant.
YEAR MAKE MODEL
1978 FJ 40
Holley truck avenger carb
stock 4speed and transfer case
4wheel disc brakes
aussie lockers front and rear
AGR rock box power steering
OME Dakar 2" lift
OME shocks bushings and steering stabalizer
4plus u-bolt flip kit
1.5" over stock shackels
Front shackle reversal
33" Goodyear MTR's
montero bucket seats
Tuffy console with Pioneer stereo
Cobra 19 Ultra 3
4" pipe bumpers
FJ45 cab stretched 2"
FJ40 roof cut to fit . Thanks scott
cool cruisers mirrors
rear fender flares
23 gal confer gas tank
TRAINRECH - Chris Rech
I live in Emporia and am married to Shannon. We have a son - da Coop, and I have 3 daughters - Shelby, Reid, and Aubrey.
YEAR MAKE MODEL
Lockrite - Rear
ARB - Front
4 Wheel Disk Brakes
BTB 4" Rear
BTB 2.5" Front w/ BTB Series 1 Shackle Reversal (aka "Rock Finder")
Saginaw Power Steering
Greasable Fixed & Shackle Pins
GY 35x12.50x15 MTR's
Smitty-Built Rear Hoop
Metal Tech Front Profile Kit
CJR Custom Family Hoop in Rear
Tuffy Overhead Console
Hyundai Front Buckets
Amiga Rear Buckets
Custom Front Bumper
Custom Rear Swingout (on part-time)
Bestop Soft & Bikini Tops
York Onboard Air
Mobi-Arc Onboard Welder
Hello, name is Maxim Goralov. I live in Napoleon, Mo. I have a american fiancee'. I'm just getting into the off road market. I am originally from Estonia (Eastern Europe). When we go off-roading in Europe it's usually to get to our "dacha's" (cabin in the woods).
I work with kids at Wentworth Academy in their international dept.
I currently have a 1988 Lada Truck and I'm working on finishing my Lada Jeep. I have shipped both over from Europe and parts here are tough to find. It isn't a Toyota but I don't have the correct finances to purchase such a vehicle.
Here's some info about my truck.
It's been lifted and painted camoflage.
Stock F155, 3 speed on floor, 3 speed case, 4.11 gears
2.5" lift springs - unknown manufacturer
Aussie locked rear
33x10.50 Super Swamper Boggers on stock rims/hubcaps
Bobbed front bumper
Bucket front seats - unknown origin
This was my daily driver for 2 years - now it's a toy. It's been neglected recently due to moving and buying/selling houses. I've just recently gotten it up to our new place. I'm hoping to spend some time on it this summer and get it back to pristine running condition.
Sorry for the poser shots - of the group I normally wheel with, I'm the only one that doesn't forget the camera.
Loaded up during a 3 day trek through the Ozark National Forest in NW Arkansas. Do this trip twice a year - it's a blast.
The red cruiser in front is a friends- SOA, 6.2 diesel, locked f/r, 39's, etc. I usually let him be my depth finder.
Erik invited me to join, so blame him
I have a '66 FJ40 that began as a Father-and-Son project. How he arrived on an FJ beats the hell out of me. Bought the truck in 2000 for waaaay too much money and have continued on the same tack ever since.
Rebuilt 2F transplanted in 2006, bored, cam, lifters about $1400 worth of machine work and parts.
H42/Orion 4:1 from Poser
4WDB...Monte rears, '77 front end, Corvette non-boosted master
ARBs F/R(Poser again)
Custom Skidplate (uh, Poser)
MetalTech Family Cage with frame tie-ins(Poser installed)
3 1/2" lift, SUA
Hardtop(later than '66) STC soft top
33 x 9.50 BFG MT on stock rims
Hawkdriver bumper with my mods for the Warn, synthetic rope
Header, SOR 2-piece
'74 F carb....my rebuild
'85 FJ60 Big Cap dizzy
Some other home made s***
Im an old fart (57) with a 23 year old son, a wife, 2 ex-wives, a Brittany, an English Pointer(geriatric) and a friggin' cat
I am a dentist and practice here in Harrisonville and Kansas City.....because my overhead was not high enough with one office
I hunt a little, fish a little, take a few pics, drink a little and try to enjoy my life. I've been helped by several Mudders with advice, parts and everything else related to LandCruisers.
Much of it has come from TAC members.
Also, I am a wheeling pussy, but getting therapy
Realized I've been here a little while with no bio. I'm Jason and my wife (Sarah) live in the KC area with two dogs. We've been to a few TLCA and TAC events and love it. And since mine's a daily driver I take it pretty easy
I work in a lab for the government, and Sarah's in medicine
Year Make and Model: · 2001 Toyota Tacoma double cab TRD
My Name is Mac Plymale, I live in Overland Park KS (how'd that happen). I live here with my two daughters (10 and 12), and two Labradors with a fiancee (Cassie) in Colorado Springs who also has two daughters (14 and 19). Cassie and I split time between our two homes and make the best of an intersting lifestyle.
I am an outdoor addict who loves to Hunt, Fish, Ski and anything else outdoors. I love to travel and see the world.
I am High Tech Geek with "no" Mechanical background, but a strong will to learn.
I fell in love with Cruisers in my youth, it was nurtured in my many travels to Africa and I finally broke down and bought my own in November.
I have a 79 FJ45 "Troopy" Right hand drive, somewhere along the way converted to an HJ.
While I have just begun to dive into all the mechanic's, I did make the conversion to Front Disc Brakes and slapped on a "Turbo Glide" charger.
At 10K' in CO, the old Diesel left me with a lot to be desired!
This is all new to me. I am looking forward to learning and meeting you somewhere along the way.