Tundra Deconstructed: Video Deconstructed

Toyota Gifted Anderson Cattle Ranch a Tundra.


Anderson Cattle Ranch Drove it for 100,000 Miles.


Toyota Deconstructed the Tundra.


Despite Rough Conditions, the Tundra Held Up.


The Tundra Surpassed Every Expectation.


What would you do if Toyota called you up and asked, “Would you like to test drive a Tundra for free?” I’m not much of a truck man myself, but even I wouldn’t turn that down. Now, imagine that you’re a cattle rancher. Trucks are what keep your business going, especially if you owned near 300 square miles of land. For one cattle ranch in Texas, this was the exact scenario they found themselves in.

Anderson Cattle Ranch was gifted a Toyota Tundra with one objective in mind: put 100,000 miles on it. It didn’t matter how they used it. All Toyota wanted was to see how the Tundra would hold up in the rough conditions of western Texas. As foreman Van Brown points out, temperatures can reach as high as 114-115 degrees fahrenheit in the summer. There are very few, if any, paved roads on the ranch, and Brown will sometimes drive up to two hundred miles in a single day. Don’t just take my word for it, though. You can see the conditions for yourself in the first part of Toyota’s Tundra Deconstructed video below.

In the first video of this three part series, we are introduced to not just the foreman Van Brown but also the owner of the ranch Mike Harrison. Harrison explains that these Texas roads are not what we are used to in Indiana. They are beyond bumpy and rough. The roads are paved with nothing more than dirt and dust. Brown adds that rain can worsen the conditions. Some of the roads are even considered “washboard” roads. Imagine an old-timey washing board that settlers would clean their clothes on. Now imagine a road with that same kind of bumpy surface, knocking a truck along at every opportunity.

But the washboard roads don’t bother Brown in the Tundra. In fact, he says, “The Tundra is the best truck, or pickup, that I’ve ever driven on the washboard road, as far as the durability of it.” Christian Schwier, one of the engineers who deconstructed the Tundra, agrees. “Basically, from a suspension standpoint, brake and steering, nothing was replaced on the truck during the time period.” Eric Stec, the head technician in charge of deconstructing the Tundra, chimes in, “My honest opinion is it could go well into 200,000s.”

The highest praise of all comes from the Mike Harrison. “It’s just a heavier built. You just don’t have anything go wrong with a Toyota. It just holds up a lot more.” He finishes out the first video with the words, “It’s just a better built truck, just that simple.”

In the second video, Van Brown expresses the doubts he had when they received the truck. “I had my doubts. I didn’t think it was big enough, and I just didn’t think it would hold together. But it did.” Not only did it hold together, but it outperformed their expectations by a wide margin. Despite the vehicle having a towing limit of 10,800 lbs., Brown admits to overloading the truck.

Because of this, Brown thought he was going to break something. “I was really expecting to break a spring. Yes, a rear spring.” He adds, “I was expecting them to break, but they didn’t, so I guess they’re tougher than I thought they were.” He wasn’t the only one surprised nothing was broken. Even the team deconstructing the truck was shocked nothing was broken. As the narrator says, “Even though they were towing heavy loads, we really didn’t find any major issues with the truck after 100,000 miles. The transmission, the ring gear, the frame, and suspension, everything held up really good.”

Throughout the video, Brown has high praise for the Tundra, but he maintains a cool and composed air. Very little emotion creeps through. Yet, there is a hint of astonishment as he declares, “There’s no other pickup we’ve ever had, anytime, anyplace, anywhere, that you did not have a stirring problem or suspension problem within 100,000 miles used in the environment that we use these trucks in.” With those words, the second video is closed out, and we head to the finale of the series.

Part three opens with a look at the engine of the Toyota Tundra. It is dirty and worn. The once dark gray equipment has grown lighter with the amount of dirt that has made its way inside the Tundra’s hood. As they take pieces apart, dust flies free, bringing a little bit of Texas to the Michigan location where they are working. Russ Klobe, the product manager, shares what he is looking for as they tear the engine apart. “What we’re looking for with a 5.7-liter is how well it performed and how tight is this engine and how much performance is still there after one hundred thousand, a hard one hundred thousand miles.”

As the team takes the engine apart, they are surprised to find how well the engine has held together. Jeff Legowsky, a senior technician, is impressed with how well the seals on the gaskets have held up on the upper intake manifold. He remarks that there are no leaks or signs of cracks. As he continues to inspect the vehicle, he pulls out one piece and remarks, “They don’t even look like they’ve got fifty miles on them.”

The engineers inspect the engine as the scene flips back to the principal engineer Jason McDonnell, on-site at the Anderson Cattle Ranch. As the wind blows around him, he declares, “We were expecting to come out here and have more problems, and we didn’t have any serious issues.” He finishes out with these words: “This is a great truck. I’d drive this truck for another 100,000 miles.”

Against a dark backdrop, we find out the final tally for the truck’s maintenance. After 100,000 miles, the Tundra had only received regular oil changes, a battery replacement, an audio unit replacement, and two washes. Remember, we are not simply talking about 100,000 miles of gentle highway or city driving. This Tundra went through the rigors of Texas cattle ranching for 100,000 miles and came out the other side looking like it could go 100,000 more.

This is the quality that Toyota brings to its vehicles. If you are interested in purchasing a Toyota Tundra of your own, you can visit us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We hope to see you soon.