Purchased in Nov. 2010....
The perfect vehicle for my lifestyle.....photographer, union camera operator, Car racer, district 37 moto racer.
In 1 year of ownership......No mods but lots of fun.
First trip (1 week after I bought it) was to vegas (for work) so I visited Red Rock for some inagural photo ops....
still had paper plates!!
Great for towing my "small/light" racecar....I race with VARA (vintage auto race assoc.) 1969 1602 BMW. I built the car myself.....cage, paint, rust resto, engine.....you name it.
On the way to my friends shop for some work....
Got a hitch mount for my Dirt Bike!!
(taken at Cahullia creek MX track)
After a day of muddy fun at Gorman
After my 1st place finish at the Glen Helen Grand Prix!!
Packing the "mule" with alot of movie making gear....(shooting a movie in NM) I'm always amazed at the amount of gear I can carry in the FJ!!
It did all fit! I had to polish up my Tetris skills!!!
Also got a special hitch mount for my "Handfree" segway that I use for work.
In case you were wondering what I use the segway for........I'm a "Steadicam" owner operator. I can ride it or mount my steadicam arm to it and do many kind of amazing shots for movies (up to 12mph) with the segway. Offroad and onroad.
Here is me riding the segway with my steadicam and a ARRI alexa camera. Check out my offroad tires....you can see my FJ in the background....
you can see the steadicam arm actually mounted to the segway. In this configuration the segway carries the weight instead of me. Pretty cool huh?
Speaking of my job......I got a rental for the FJ the other day! I used it as a "camera car". It's one way to make the payment!!
In this scenario I have a specially made hitch mount that I attach my steadicam arm. I lock the door open, which makes for a great windblocker! This is how sometimes we do car shots in movies....
This is me testing it out during the day (night shoot).....there is no camera on my steadicam since I was just testing....
Crazy fun stuff!! Yes I'm blessed to have such a cool job. I'm living my dream. it's not easy going and it's a tough business but I'm making my way....
So after a great fun year of ownership and paying off some bills.....I finally did my first MOD!!!
The desperately needed upgrade in the audio dept.!!!! So that first up!
My intentions are to own this car for a loooong time. I just can't imagine a more perfect car for my life.
So I have big plans for it in the future!
I've decided to keep the suspension stock for awhile a forgo the 3" lift or the suspension lift ladder......and just save up all my pennies for a ultimate LT setup.
-Possible flat black wrap job
-Total Chaos LT front and rear
-Baja tube bumper
-allpro rear bumper
-Custom roof rack.
Like I needed another "Hobby" in my life.
Good thing I'm not married and have no kids or this would all be a pipe dream.
I Hope to have some time off and do a trail run with some of you guys soon!!
I have tons of tarmac racing experience (intructor with NASA) and race dirtbikes.........but absolutly NO wheelin' experience at all!!
but that will change soon!