Well, my Panhard Correction Kits for the 3rd generation 4Runner are fairly popular; I’ve sent out 54 PCKs to forum members thus far, and am now keeping an inventory on hand for folks who need them.

Ironically, I haven’t had a chance to mount mine on my own truck.

I’m planning to do a ton of deferred maintenance before Independence Day this year, so I’ll have my kit installed before our week in the mountains. I’ll post photos.

And, I completed the deed transfer on 207 today. That foray into real estate left a mark, but it’s over.


My father has been living with us since my mother passed in December.  Yesterday we returned to my home town to finish up some unresolved items relating to the funeral – by 3:00 dad was in the ER.

It’s been an intense year already and we’re barely into February.  I’m interested to see what the new normal will be.

With any luck, he and I go back [to my] home tomorrow.


While looking for a factory 4.10 e-locker for the 4Runner, I inadvertently ended up joining the Carolina 4Runner Off Road Group on Facebook. In less than a week, these guys have either helped me source, or sold to me the locker, a donor axle assembly with links, replacement front seats (96/97 cloth), replacement steering wheel (also correct for 96/97), rear cargo cover, and factory cargo net.

In addition, I’ve picked up replacement carpet, cargo area side panels (from an ’01 for the larger storage bin), cup-holder console (from the ’01), and conversion parts to make the passenger window auto/express. I believe I’ll add the 2001 rear seat backs and bases (I’ll reupholster with the 96 cloth), replacement power antenna, and replacement exhaust to the list of used/salvage items that the truck is getting over the next few weeks.

Having access to a local network of enthusiastic, like-minded folks is invaluable, in case you didn’t know.


taking a basic Blueprint reading class 

– because I’ve caused some confusion during machining when my self-taught printmaking allows interpretation 

3 errors in the textbook so far (1/3 in)