I have dreamed of one car since I was 15. Which for many of you out there, was when you were 1 years old. Yeah, I have loved cars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris... Even still have a big crush on the 1st gen Lotus Esprit. I'll own one someday. I've had some of the cars that I crave, but two cars have ever come to me in my dreams. Good dreams. Good dreams that in reality have been nightmares. One of these cars was a 1970-1973 Firebird Formula. God, I love those cars. I had 2. One I had for a week before the courts, a hefty fuckin speeding ticket, and my poverty made me get rid of. The second one plagued me with problems and bad timing, and I had to end up Giving it away. The other car, is actually a 1st gen 4Runner. The ones with the removeable caps. God, I always dreamed of these things, all their buttons and switches, the cramped interior and that bad-ass look of the older Toyota trucks. Every inch of the truck, inside and out, makes me want to spend time in it. I got my first 4Runner in Colorado at the base of Pikes Peak. I drove that up in the mountains EVERY DAY when I lived in Colorado, then I drove it across country to CT where I continued to enjoy it. But my joy was only part-time - My GF had actually bought the truck, and she was the primary user. No matter to me though, because I would own it someday when she got something else. 2 years ago that became the reality. I had my own 4Runner. I could jack that sonuvabitch to the SKY. I could paint it all funky shades of primer and camo. I could do anything I wanted. But,. alas.. it was worn out. And every fuckin day that it snowed, something critical broke on the truck. When I fixed it (After a month in the garage) and got it back out on the road, it was fine until it either snowed, or rained heavily. Then it was broken again. I decided "enough of this shit" and I rebuilt the motor. Well, I rebuilt most of the motor. I decided to leave the connector rod bearings alone. Hey, if it aint' broke - dont fix it. And ask Clayton -I have some shitty luck with rod bearings. So I get it done, took me 4 months. It now has a new head (Not a rebuild), new ISKY megacam and new injectors. Pacesetter header (Ick) and it's at 90% completed. new 33" tires, and suspension on order. But I can't fix this damned fuel leak. Well, I'll send the truck to my buddies shop for repair of this fuel leak. 5 months go by. He never gets around to it. Every week "Tim, get anywhere on the truck?" "Nope... maybe next week". Finally, I forgot I EVEN OWNED A GODDAM 4RUNNER and I stopped calling. I decided to get in touch again. "Tim, get it ready. I'm coming to get it" The Optima is dead, and it won't idle. the tires are STILL rubbing the fenders. He did NOTHING to it for 5 months. Feh. Anyway, I get it tuned a bit in the rain, and bring her home. 10 minutes into the ride, I'm enjoying all the power of the new cam and setup. It's beautiful. I barely touch the throttle to go. I didn't know life could be this good. I'm in my DREAM vehicle, and nothing can stop me. Remember the rod bearings ? Yeah, they stopped me. Blew em. So here it is, massive amounts of rain, upcoming snow, and the bottom end decides to let loose. BACK IN THE GARAGE for the 3RD winter.. I have a 4Runner that has YET to see snow for me. ARGH ! So you're thinking "Well shit, Uncle Cel, what the hell are you going to do? Sell the goddam thing?" NO! muahahahahahahaha I'm rebuilding it muahahahahahahah I'm fuckin sick. 280k miles, and I just ordered a rebuilt crank from ebay, WITH the bearings pre-installed, and the motor is coming out and getting done a 3rd time in 100 miles. HOOOOOOOOOOOllly shit I'm stupid.