Vehicle ToDo List

The truck I’ll be taking is a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. I’m the truck’s 3rd owner and the previous owner really let her go. It has 201k miles on it and required a *lot* of work to get it safe to drive.

Got the truck back from the shop. I decided it was best to have a real mechanic go over it and then fix/replace things that I would have no idea (or business) how to do. So the following has been done.

– Complete frontend work (cv joints, boots, rack and pinion, tie rods, etc)
– All belts (timing, ac, etc)
– Engine oil leak fixed, flush/fill (bad seal)
– Diff oil leak fixed, flush/fill (bad seals)
– Transfer case output leak fixed, flush/fill (bad seals)
– Radiator flushed/filled and leaks fixed
– Water pump replaced
– Tune up

I had been planning on doing things like the radiator, tune up and oil change but I didn’t want to deal with tracking down all the random leaks the previous owner ignored. The things I need to do now are directly related to making the truck trip ready.

Here’s a list of things that I need to do to the truck before heading out in 2018.

High Priority

Medium Priority

Low Priority

  • New shocks and springs
  • Remove bedliner and get spray in bedliner
  • Set of Goodyear MTR tires (puncture resistant which will be helpful on the Dalton Hwy)
  • New set of tailgate cables
  • Aux fuel tank


On 5/21/2018 I will be traveling from my home in North Carolina to Fairbanks Alaska and then on to Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Circle.

The Why
Growing up my dad talked about how beautiful (and cold) Alaska is and I’ve see numerous pictures and documentaries over the years on Alaska and a combination of those things has had this trip in my mind for several years.

The How
This part is still very much in flux. More updates as I make them!

Why Are You Telling Us About Something That Is Happening 2 Years From Now?!
Well, this is something I really want to do and honestly it’s going to be really hard to plan, supply, and execute. My hope is that by putting it out there to my friends, family and the world I will be able to draw motivation to keep this dream alive when times get rough. And I really like having something to look forward to!

So this is going to get published now, expect more updates in the very near future and some fun contests/raffles etc. I hope that you will follow along with me as I undertake this trip of a lifetime.