As I chat with Justin Robbins about the frame in front of us, I’m reminded of the scene in Days of Thunder (don’t hate) where Harry Hogge (Robert Duval) is speaking to the frame of his latest race car creation. Justin is a lifelong Cruiser lover and his passion for building amazing trucks permeates this not-so-little shop in eastern Colorado Springs. While we’ve known about this project for quite some time, seeing it rise from an aging 80 Series, a shiny new aluminum body, and parts strewn about brings this vision a little closer to reality.
Driving down the street in Denver on a typical beautiful afternoon, I looked at the Tacoma next to me and realized that something wasn’t normal. Of course seeing a Taco without badging is nothing out of the ordinary, but at the next red light, I noticed the rims and the ride height. Then I saw it, a TRD PRO badge on the tail gate. NO WAY! They are not supposed to be on the street yet . . . Well, it was a PRO and here it was with applied for tags. So, what to do now?
Pelfreybilt has been in business since 2012, offering Toyota Tacoma owners a well machined product line with great customer service. The owners are a husband and wife team, with Satin heading up the ordering and customer service, and Tyler designing and fabricating the products. They offer a variety of armor products including bumpers (front and rear), sliders, and front to rear skid plates for 2005+ Tacomas.
Every once and a while a new product comes to market that you never thought you would need and once you use it a few times, you never want to leave home without it. Therein lies the new Dutch Oven Camp Table. Taking your cooking from the fire pit to the grand vista is a rewarding culinary experience. Cooking in a Dutch Oven is an exercise in patience and finesse but the rewards are vast, as they have been known to end wars and begin friendships. At the very least, they can provide the user with a great feast whether it be a mid-morning snack of deliciously warm cinnamon rolls or evening meal of pot roast.
The beauty of this dish is the simplicity of the Roasted Pasilla Cream Sauce; which can be prepared ahead of time and pureed in a blender, for a smoother consistency, or prepared in the field for a more rustic consistency. Pasilla chilies, also known as poblano chilies, can be found in most grocery stores and are identifiable by their shiny, dark green color and heat-shaped profile. Pasillas produce a mild heat when cooked and are as versatile in their use as this cream sauce is.
• 1 tablespoons (1/8 stick) unsalted butter
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• 1 pasilla chile, charred, peeled, diced
• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1/3 tsp salt
• Dash of pepper
• 8 – 6 inch corn tortillas
• 1lb pulled pork
• 6 eggs – scrambled
• 1/2 cup Pico de Gallo
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the diced pasilla chile and cook for 1 minute to blend flavors. Add the heavy cream and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until reduced and the cream coats back of spoon, about 6 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and let cool. Makes 3/4 cup of sauce.
Assemble the tacos by placing 2 oz of pulled pork onto a heated tortilla and top with scrambled eggs, 1 Tbsp Pasilla Cream Sauce, and 1 Tbsp Pico de Gallo.
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Driving to Tooele (Too-ILL-uh) for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. Located in the next valley west of Salt Lake, Miller Motorsports Park rises out of the myriad of farmlands and cookie cutter sprawl. Enter the main gate to this 85 million dollar megalith of concrete, asphalt and steel and you are as likely to see individuals as you are entire families engaging in every form of motorsports imaginable. You will find go karts, supercars and bikes galore circumnavigating the four main paved tracks. At this point you are wondering how your dusty, creaky and less than speedy Land Cruiser will fit in and more importantly….where you will pitch your tent. You navigate to the back corner of the course and suddenly it all makes sense.
Marc Fossi purchased a 2011 Trail Edition 4Runner primarily for improved trail accessibility for fishing. It wasn’t long before Marc saw the potential for what his new truck could do. We asked Marc about the evolution of his build, where his truck has taken him, and what the future holds.
Like many serious off-roaders, when they purchased their 4Runner, they didn't have plans to take their new truck down the off-road modification path. Something along the way occurs that ignites the pursuit of a more aggressive rig. What's your story?
The forested Oregon terrain attracts folks who enjoy the outdoors, as well as those who wish to reside in the remote wilderness. As a result, situations can develop requiring coordinated rescue operations. These operations can span many miles from base to rescue resources. To avoid a breakdown in communications, temporary repeaters are necessary to bridge the airwave gap. Cory Smelser of Portland, OR, serves as a volunteer communications technician, and plays a vital role in filling that gap.
Cory participates with a search and rescue (SAR) group that specializes in emergency communications. His 1992 4Runner 4x4 has evolved into an ultimate off-roading communications response unit, as well as a rescue and recovery rig. With a solid front axle, rebuilt rear suspension, and low gearing, his truck is the ideal remote access vehicle.
Over the last 10 years Toytec Lifts has strived to become the top name in lift kits and accessories for Toyota Cruisers, Trucks, and SUVs. Like many other great success stories, Doug Gosh started Toytec as a part time gig in his garage. Today his company occupies thousands of square feet of warehouse space in Northglenn, Colorado and ships well over 300 packages full of custom lift kits, parts, and accessories every day.
Toytec has been a part of our extended family since 2008, when we started FJC Magazine. In fact they were our very first advertiser and have supported our efforts in nearly every issue (January 2008 being the only exception). We’ve tested prototype parts, spent time with Doug and Sarah at events around the country, and have come to call the entire Toytec family our friends. I figured it was high time we show off a little about what Toytec does to keep thousands of Toyota enthusiasts fully modded up and ready for adventure.
“You’re driving through Mexico, are you crazy, it’s so dangerous, you might die.” This is a common response we receive when telling people about our upcoming travels through this unaccustomed country. My usual response entails something along the lines of, “Really. What do you mean? Have you ever been there?” This is traditionally followed by an answer of, “Nooo. No, I’ve never been there.”
In the overlanding community, it is a fact that Mexico stands out as a major highlight of any Pan-American adventure. This is mostly due to the country’s abundance of culture, incredible food, warm people, and one cannot forget that it’s great on the budget. As these parking lot conversations arise before your departure, attempt to just nod and smile. Don’t be rude. You know the real deal. You did your homework.