Another day. A new day. We made the descent from camp, pulling off and over into a turnout to pop our hoods and air up our tires: we had some driving ahead of us, and for the first time in a while, we’d be pounding some pavement. The goal was to make it to Roddy Turner’s shop in Ridgway, Colorado – which some might recall from his recent 510 wagon feature last month.
Sunrise came early, and day three began with a storybook sunrise. As the horizon began to glow in the distance, the lake below us shimmered and danced in the growing light. The silence of the desert was broken only by the snapping of camera shutters: everyone was up early to witness what I’d imagine we’d all agree was the most astounding sunrise we’ve ever seen.
In 2017, the StanceWorks Off Road crew planned a trip to the mountain ranges of Colorado, set for mid-summer as the temps throughout the country became unbearable and the climb to higher altitudes would offer reprieve from the August heat.
In the days leading up to the famous Monterey Car Week, we took our Land Cruisers up for some trail fun in Big Bear, CA, to escape the heat. With our project FJ60 complete, Jeremy Whittle’s FJ62 tuned up, and our old project FJ62 now in the hands of Andrew Sylvia, it was a perfect occasion to enjoy the outdoors with our four-wheeled companions.
It’s been almost six months since I purchased my FJ60, following an accident that rendered my FJ62 Land Cruiser a total loss. I purchased this particular FJ60, bone stock, for two reasons: it’s completely rust free, and it is, if you ask me, the best color the chassis ever came in. After all, there’s a reason new Tacomas are offered in a similar hue.