My Little Black Truck (Deuce ****)

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Let Us know how many hours you have spent enjoying........
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A successful effort like this is rewarded with those hours passed driving Her
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Menaces Nemesis

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Let Us know how many hours you have spent enjoying........
Don't be bashful
A successful effort like this is rewarded with those hours passed driving Her
We want to know about those hours spent too.
Oh man... for the first 30 months I had the truck hardly a day went by that I didn't do something to the truck. It was an obsession. Regardless of weather, I worked my butt off to correct what had been done wrong, and to take care of the things that had been neglected, as well as making things the way I wanted them to be. I have no idea how many hours total I've put in, but just as an example/guestimation, I'd say I probably spent around a hundred hours just on the dash remodel/overlay/gauge restoration alone.

I drive it at least a few times a week on errands or to go to shooting competitions, and I put between 3k-5k miles a year on the odometer.
 
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Menaces Nemesis

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Beautiful work!

How's it drive, is it squirrelly at all at speed?
Thanks,
It steers and tracks wonderfully, but even with power steering, damper, and geometry improvements, at speed there is still some bump-steer encountered over bridge seams and the like. I believe that's just the nature of trying to tame the mass of 4' tires.
 
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Menaces Nemesis

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truck is awesome......just goes to show lots of us that with time and lots of money and a great vision you can make your truck a masterpiece like this one .....Great Job !
Thanks! as far as the time and money goes, it's all relative...
I know nice, stock deuces could be had for a couple grand years ago when the gubment was purging them, and that's where a lot of cost related perception comes from. I've tracked very closely, and I've got about $32k into the truck total. In comparison, many, many people are driving commonplace current production pickups that were $75k or more when new. Everytime I see a "King Ranch" or "Longhorn" fender badge, I think, yep, that was probably as much as my first mortgage. Heck, most folks who buy a new 4x4 Tacoma don't get it bought, taxed, and licensed for less than what I've got into my truck. I've worked on Vipers, more Cobras and Corvettes than I can count, Porsches, Mercedes/Maybachs, all manner of new and vintage sports cars, luxury cars, trucks, etc. I'd rather drive my truck than any other vehicle I've ever seen or worked on, and I honestly put more miles on this truck than any other vehivcle I own. Compared to what others pay for a "Dream Vehicle" (or even many daily-drivers) I got off cheap 😁
 
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