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Old 05-29-2014, 04:55 PM
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I finally get that engine crank?
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:12 PM
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Good for you, Ricardo. Sorry to see it go.
It is going to a good home in Austin.

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I finally get that engine crank?
Don't you have a winch that gets in the way?
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:23 PM
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You take the winch off to use the engine crank
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:09 AM
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Sold pending receipt of funds and transfer of title to the new owner.
Damn. It's hard to believe you are actually parting with this rig after all you've put into her. I hope you're getting something close to your asking price because she is worth more than that IMHO.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:49 AM
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ATXFJ40 (on MUD) has a new to him, old to me FJ40. While technically this was a run, I'm posting it up in this thread as it will be light on trail details. The trail was in good shape and the run was fun. There, trail run stuff is out of the way.

ATXFJ40 had a flexible schedule for getting back to Austin and was asking my thoughts on routes/side trips that would be cool to do. The best I could come up with was to send him down 285 to Alamosa and then head east. While that is a very pretty drive and would be cool, it felt a tad lame. I mean really, this guy is buying a Land Cruiser. The legendary FJ40 model, go anywhere, do anything, off road vehicle and it just didn't seem fitting to send him home strictly on paved road. That said, I wouldn't have felt it right to point him in the direction of a trail and send him off alone. I knew this is not his first FJ40, but what if trail conditions were not good and he got into trouble?

With all that in the back of my mind, Monday I shot a text off to Nattybumpo.
Lunch and slaughter house gulch tommorrow?
His response was great.
Yes! Perfect timing ricardo! I am suddenly wide open tomorrow!
But I had not yet shared with him there would be company, so I texted
Ok. Mind if the guy buying my 40 joins us?
Natty's response was straight forward.
Sounds great
Cool, everything was coming together. I emailed ATXFJ40 and he was super excited about the plans.


Yesterday morning he flew in from Austin TX, he bought us lunch and then we headed up to Slaughterhouse Gulch via Morrison and Evergreen for his first and my final trail run in the FJ40. Being new to the area, ATXFJ40 let me drive to the trail head. Once there, I handed him the keys.



My hand gesture didn't really convey it, but my thought was - "this is it, my 40 is moving on"



I've had the money in the bank for a week, but took care of the Bill of Sale and Title on the trail after making the hill climb on the back side. While the title was open (seller had signed but buyer had not) there was a brief struggle.



Ultimately, the right guy affixed his name and signature.




Then he promptly got right back to running his new rig through its paces



At the trail end, I removed the plates. We stopped at the gas station and ran into Mr. Koons. I filled the tank up for the journey back to Austin, slapped the back end of the rig and waved goodbye.

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Old 06-11-2014, 09:52 AM
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Boy that looks like a great way to pass it on Ricardo!!

I'm stoked you found the right buyer!!
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:55 AM
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very send off.
The buyer got himself a great rig!

Glad it all worked out for your Ricardo!
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:49 AM
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Notice Ricardo's tight grip on the door as the new owner bounces enthusiastically through the mud hole. I'm quite certain this fine truck will have some great adventures in Texas!
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:25 PM
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Awesome story, thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:06 AM
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Sorry to see it leave Colorado! Wish the timing was better...such a great 40!
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