Do you know what a blacked out Tundra Toyota is? I most certainly do! Essentially, it’s just a regular Toyota Tundra (any edition will do) that’s painted black. But that’s not what it’s all about. A black Tundra is (certainly was back in the say) a symbol of greatness, a true bad-ass car and a really great accessory for picking up hot girls 🙂 Me, I’ve had a very special experience with a blacked out Tundra – it’s one of my best memories from the early days. Probably THE best, because it was not only the result of my efforts – a lot of folks helped me out throughout this, so, that’s why this car has a very special place in my heart.
A Fan Of Cars – Past, Present And Future
As you might know, I’m a big fan of cars – Toyota brands especially. I told you the story about how my Dad bought me a 1996 Toyota Tacoma when I was still at school. Well, three years later my uncle gave me his Tundra 2000 (four-wheel drive, 4.7-lit V8 engine – a true beast) as a gift for my 21st birthday. Yep, I was lucky that way! Still am. So, as much as I loved my 1996 Tacoma, this Tundra was SO MUCH better. Me and my boys used to drive it around the block all day long. Those were the college years, when we were growing up, learning about stuff and trying to look cool and act like we were grown ups…
Customizing Toyota Tundra – Making It Unique
One day my best friend Chris came up with a great idea – to customize it! At first, we just wanted to paint it, transform out piece of junk into a blacked out Tundra Toyota, but soon we got this idea in our heads that we could pull out even the hardest job and decided to go big. To tell you the truth, my uncle’s Tundra wasn’t in a very good shape. I mean, I wasn’t complaining, but still, it was really old and rusty. The first day I got the car I immediately noticed that the exterior looked ridiculous. The paint was bad (it had water damage on it), plus the body was deformed by a lot of dents, scratches and stuff – paint wasn’t constant anywhere and the Tundra was kinda trashy-looking.
Saving Money For The Greater Cause – The Blacked Out Tundra Toyota
But me and the guys didn’t really care about all that – we loved this car with all our hearts and wanted to make it better; make it our own, unique. So, we started selling whatever valuables we had: I sold my Playstation; Chris sold some of his stuff, and all the other guys invested as well. Plus, we were collecting money – hard. I had about 500 dollars saved, the boys had about 1K, some other fellas and girls gave us some of their saving too. Yep, it was like my town’s own little project, you know? Even my mom and dad game me a few hundred bucks for my “Glorious Project” (that’s what they called it).
So, one day, when we had enough money for a decent customization, I, my best friends and a couple of boys/girls from the block got together and we started brainstorming – collecting ideas that would make my/our rubbish Tundra one of a kind. I even remember that they had Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” playing on the radio really-really loud 🙂 The next morning I went to the closest shop and bought an “Astro Black” paint, which later turned out to be more of a gray/dark-blue, rather than point-black like me and the fellas wanted. And I was super-worried that my blacked out Tundra Toyota would actually be a blued out one. I even went back to the shop to change it, but they were already closed.
My Own Black Tundra
As for rims, I had no idea where they came from – my uncle got them as a gift for his birthday some time ago, and so even he didn’t know the exact brand. But, at that time I was working part-time at his (my uncle’s, that is) dealership got myself a very sweet deal on some cool 285/60/20 duratrax – nobody had that back in the day (I was probably the first one), so, this was a very lucky day for me! After we finished with the rims, we moved on to the body. We painted it with that “Astro” color, and, despite our deepest fears, it looked really cool when we were finished – a true black out Toyota Tundra. Plus, we also switched the seats with some cool new ones and even installed a new exhaust tip.
On the next day we thought it would be really cool to lift our newly-born Toyota Tundra. I don’t want to get into too many details about that, mostly because I honestly can’t remember much of that, but I’m just gonna say that it doesn’t really take a genius to lift a car. If you’ve got the basic skill-set, I’m sure you’ll pull this one off easily. Check out my “4Runner Lifted” article – I’ve got some valuable tips for you there.
Now, it was a very adventurous experience for us, because back in the day the Internet wasn’t what it is today. Sure, you could find some valuable information on the World Wide Web in 2000, but certainly not about making a blacked out Tundra. We only had our imagination and the tips from some of our elder friends. But still, with a modest budget we managed to transform out old and rusty Tundra into a state-of-the-art bad-ass. By the way, if you’re interested in customizing, or, should I say, “Pimping” your ride, I suggest you visit the nearest body shop or study your favorite forums – you can get tons of priceless info these days if you just make yourself sit down and read carefully.
The Best In The Game
As for the expenses, you’ll be surprised by how little money you’ll need to paint and lift your truck. Check out a couple of local customization shops and learn about the current prices. One of the best car customizing shops in the US are Monster Customs (Atlanta, GA), 813 Customs (Tampa, Florida), Krazy House Customs (South Brunswick, NJ), Globe Tire (Los Angeles, CA, been around since 1932), CEC (also from LA), West Coast Customs (Corona, CA – gotta know about this one if you ever watched Pimp My Ride), and, of course, Platinum Motorsport (LA again!); obviously, these are way above our pay grades, but still, go check them out online – you can learn a lot over there.
And also make sure to visit http://www.yourhotcar.com/: they’ve got a lot of amazing stuff for customization. If you want a blacked out Tundra Toyota of your own, this is the place to start. Another great place – http://www.andysautosport.com/. Ok, that’s about it for today! If you’re a fan of customizing, I’m sure you’ve done all that we have back in the day. This is a lot of fun, and, as I said, my blacked out Tundra has a very special place in my heart. Don’t be afraid to experiment and ask any questions you have in the comments. I’ll even give you a few pointers myself.
Watch 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro 4×4 Crew Max 5.7L V8 Exterior Interior : All Blacked Out on video: