Video: Our Cheap-ish Toyota Tacoma Hits The Trail With A SUPER Cheap Ford F-150 | Baby Yota Ep.9

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Yes, our cheap-ish Toyota Tacoma project (Baby Yota) is taking on a cheap F-150 off-road!

We’re beginning to call our Baby Yota the “cheap-ish Toyota Tacoma” as we spent a lot more money on it than we expected. Still, it’s all for charity as we will auction it off soon, and all the proceeds will go to Mountain State Children’s Home.

In this episode of our project Baby Yota, we take our cheap-ish Toyota Tacoma off-road and battle a very-cheap 2004 Ford F-150. Our Baby Yota is a 2002 Tacoma 4×4 with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder. It has open differentials and an automatic transmission. While it is lightweight, it’s kind of weak-sauce at high elevation.

The other truck is a 2004 Ford F-150 4×4 that we recently purchased for a special “cheap” three-truck shootout. We spent $3,900 on it, and (other than the rotten interior smell) it’s a killer bargain. It comes with a 4.6-liter V8 and open diffs front and rear.

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You can read more about the other trucks in this shootout (here) and (here).

On paper, these trucks do not really compare, but that’s not the point of this video. Tommy and Kase wanted to do a shakedown of the project Baby Yota – as it’s pr

etty much complete. We also wanted to see how the recently purchased 2004 F-150 performed in the rough, as it’s going to be doing a lot of off-roading in the future.

Sure, the old Ford has old tires, and it’s untested, but part of this video has to do with discovery – right? On top of that, Tommy and Kase brought Blaze, the wonder-dog to their excursion. So, it will have lots of warm-fuzzy moments as well.

On a personal note: while we did spend a small fortune to get our project Baby Yota up to scratch, I think it was worth it. It is extremely functional for overlanding, and it looks like a million bucks. We’re very proud of the results. Hopefully, the Ford will be just as cool when we’re done with it.

Remember: The cheap-ish Toyota is a finished product, and the Ford is about to get some much-needed upgrades. We’re curious about what you think both trucks need. Let us know in the comments below!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.