Its been an interesting year or so. I picked up and moved out of Las Vegas back closer to family in Overland Park, KS. It seemed a good time to get out of a city that will probably become another L.A. in a couple years, and quite frankly, when the water runs out... I don't want to be around. The mass shootings and the general civil, political, and moral unrest out there just doesn't spell out "family values" so time will tell if I was right or not. Regardless, I picked up a neat vehicle I hope will be mine a long time, a 2012 FJ Cruiser in Cavalry Blue!
This is in fact the first Cavalry Blue FJ I've seen for sale with my own eyes, though I bet there was plenty of them made. Its an amazing color that actually shifts with the light quite dramatically, and in person it looks gorgeous (IMO.) The brand new Tacomas and Tundras run this color for their TRD Pro models, so it definitely fits well with the offroad Toyota theme. The other option was a silver one, which just didn't get my goat since I was trading a silver WRX...and it was time for a splash of color.
So here's the pic of it as I was signing the papers. She isn't perfect, but its hard to find good FJ's for a reasonable price...debatable if my price was reasonable or not at $25k and 81k miles on the clock; and she looks pretty good for coming from Minnesota (yeah... its got some surface rust for sure) but overall, not bad IMO.
Before I even got my green slip, I set off to clear fix some of the rust. I really didn't get into taking "after" pics nor too many "before", as I figured in the end its going to get handled. But here's some gems:
Not so much rust as an odd rubbing point. The door is hung right though.
So anyway, I took a lot of the truck apart (pretty easy for an FJ, and the build quality of the plastic and parts and such is really good), and cleaned it up best I could with Naval Jelly, Evap-O-Rust, and many cans of Ace Rust Stop in varying sheens of black. I'll make another pass through the truck to tear out the ruined matting underneath the vinyl floor, as it appears ice melt, salt, and dirt got under there. It isn't heavily rusted underneath, just really gross compared with a nice clean floor. Clearly, this was someone's winter ride. I can't blame them, these things are amazing in the snow.
Next, I'll show you the lift I installed!