Colorado TacomaThis was taken on Colorado Highway 131 at Yampa. Snowing and blowing the 74 miles from Wolcott to Steamboat. My ’10 TRD Off-Road Tacoma six-speed manual got me through. I run gen-three wheels, shocks, struts, and TRD intake and after-cat exhaust.
Woods RescueThis here is my ’76 Chevrolet Bonanza 10. As it sits now it has a 350, SM465, twin-sticked 205, and 3/4-ton running gear. She’s sitting on 37-inch Super Swamper TSL SXIIs with Mickey Thompson Classic III wheels. Also has an 8-inch Superlift suspension with a bunch of Offroad Design goodies, G2 rear diff cover, and a RuffStuff Specialties front diff cover. My uncle and I pulled her out of the woods about three years ago. It was far from what it is now. As you can tell she’s got some rust. I lucked out mostly because it sat in the woods for 20 years without a motor in it, so I was spared from having a truck that’s completely rotted out. The box is pretty much shot. When I got it running, whoever had it before me used rubber fuel line to mold the body line for the rear wheelwell with Bondo. There are some holes in the floor on the passenger side and driver side by the kick panel. Both rocker panels are shot and so are the cab corners. Fenders aren’t so good either. Despite all the rust she’s one hell of a rig. I get plenty of looks from people with way nicer vehicles then mine. Whether or not it’s because they’re surprised that junk still runs or because they think it’s cool? I like to think it’s the latter.
K5 Goodness: Part 2I really appreciate you selecting my “K5 Goodness” into the September 2018 Inbox department. It was like I’d won the lottery. I was planning on building it so cool that I’d land a feature spot someday in the magazine. That won’t happen for me with that rig though.
I got the K5 from my buddy Chuck Kroepelin up in Paradise, California, about five years ago. He had it for about 12 or so years and made some memories with it. He also had a ’71 Bronco affectionately dubbed the “Great Pumpkin” as well. He wanted a wheeling buddy (yours truly), so he made me a great deal on the Blazer (because he loves me, lol).
Well, I’m sure you’ve heard the news that Paradise was almost destroyed by the recent fire. Chuck lost everything, including the Great Pumpkin, and he and his daughter reside with me at the moment.
I decided I’d bring him some joy and have happily given him back the K5. After all, he has a more sentimental attachment to it than I. He cried, and that was a happy moment for me. He’s a great guy.
Now he returned the favor and picked up a ’47 Willys wagon for me to continue my build. So, I’m still on track to get it on the K5 frame, 2.5-tons, and 46s. Whoohooo!
I just wanted to share this with you all at the magazine. Wheeling is awesome, and I love your magazine. Hopefully I’ll get my Willys in it when the build gets to a good point. You know it’s never “done.”