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  • GilaGila Posts: 1,887 Senior Member
    Chevy Tahoe LT - The only 4x4 I've ever owned.  It was great because it was small enough to go places large vehicles could get through.  The only time I ever needed four wheel drive was to pull out others who go stuck in the mud.  That's why I don't own a 4x4 now.

    1994 s10 suv Chevrolet Blazer Used Cars - Mitula Cars

    No good deed goes unpunished...
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,349 Senior Member
    I don't have pics of all of mine over the years.  But here's the list in order, with pics if I have one.

    First truck, 1976 Chevy 3/4 ton, 400 SBC


    1993 Chevy Z71
    2001 GMC 4x4
    2009 Chevy Z71
    2012 Ram Big Horn, 5.7 Hemi


    (current) 2014 Ram Lonestar 5.7 Hemi


    (current) 2001 Jeep Wrangler

  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,985 Senior Member
    Some_Mook said:
    The 'X' factor, symbol of an unknown quantity or, on your Jeep, being prepared to encounter unknown adventures and beyond.

    If you want to see a deer in the headlights look, ask some poser with an Oscar Mike JK  what oscar mike means... 
    I had to look that up, but I see whatcha mean. Looks like you can get Oscar Mike stuff to crap up any Jeep.

    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • kansashunterkansashunter Senior Member Posts: 1,902 Senior Member
    I don't know if I can remember them but I will give it a try. My first was a 72 jeep pickup, feed truck, also have had a 08, 12, 15, 17 wrangler and a 84 or 85 jeep grand wagoner. I had a 88 1 ton and a 98 1 ton gmc. 87 and 99? blazer. 2007 1 ton ram. I had a couple of amc eagles. I really liked that grand wagoner, we drove it to Colorado for an elk hunt and it went places we probably shouldn't have tried. I always wanted a chevy pickup with a 400 sbc, I would buy one today if I could find a decent one. 
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,122 Senior Member
    I did own a Jeep once, an '87 (I believe) Grand Cherokee.  I liked it a lot, but can't post it in this thread.......I am embarrassed to admit......it was a 2wd.  There should be laws against 2wd Jeeps.   :s
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,349 Senior Member
     I always wanted a chevy pickup with a 400 sbc, I would buy one today if I could find a decent one. 
    I loved that one I posted. I regret getting rid of it to this day.  I had pulled the engine out of it to rebuild it but ran into a small problem with the block that stalled the project.  It was repairable, but I couldn't do it at the time.  Life happened, child support and all, and the truck sat under a tree for years.  At the time I had a '74 truck just like that one, but 2wd and it had a flatbed on it.  I swapped the bed with my '76.  That '76 4x4 looked awesome with the flatbed on it.  But someone came along and offered me cash when I happened to need it and I let it go.  I kept that 400 engine for years after that, then sold it as well.  If I knew where that truck ended up, I'd dang sure be trying to get it back...
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,985 Senior Member
    I did own a Jeep once, an '87 (I believe) Grand Cherokee.  I liked it a lot, but can't post it in this thread.......I am embarrassed to admit......it was a 2wd.  There should be laws against 2wd Jeeps.   :s
    Aw, go ahead. We won't tell. ;)
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,122 Senior Member
    Sadly, I do not believe I have any pics of it.  It may not have had 4wd but at least it had a 318 under the hood.  It would pass everything but the gas station.
  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 600 Senior Member

    No gun rack pictures for my '19 RAM 1500 Classic, but it's still a work in progress


    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." - Thomas Paine
    "I know my place in the world and it ain’t standing next to Jerry Miculek" - Zee
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,327 Senior Member


    Hannibal, The White Elephant.

    1978 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser on the day I sold it in 2016, after owning it for just shy of 20 years.  Original big inline six.  Upgraded the bumpers & tire carrier, & rolled it on 31's instead of the original 29's.  One of the last Con-Ferr roof racks made, I expect.

    AWESOME rig in the dirt, but you had to be a fit young guy.  The clutch spring was a workout by itself, and you had a whole lot of vertical travel to lift your foot from the gas to the brake.  No power steering was less of an issue in dirt than on pavement, but it was definitely a thing.

    The hunting trips became a matter of it wearing me out and Dad being too physically deteriorated to drive it at all, so his 4-Runner became the de-facto hunting rig sometime around 2010-2011.  Hated to let it go, but the money was right and, well, reality.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,985 Senior Member
    I like Hannibal! Power steering is nice in larger vehicles, but I like the road feel without. Our '63 1 ton GMC didn't have it of course, and I learned how to drive without it. The '78 Chevy 1 ton that replaced it was a lot easier to steer as it had power, but for some reason the wheels wouldn't cut over anywhere near as sharply as the old Jimmy's. Drove my dad nuts, "Give Me 40 Acres (To Turn This Rig Around)". I think the Jimmy's front wheels would crank over to probably 70 degrees or so, the Chevy was lucky if it did 45! I don't know if the situation was because of the Chevy's power steering or not. (??)
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,203 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:


    Hannibal, The White Elephant.

    1978 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser on the day I sold it in 2016, after owning it for just shy of 20 years.  Original big inline six.  Upgraded the bumpers & tire carrier, & rolled it on 31's instead of the original 29's.  One of the last Con-Ferr roof racks made, I expect.

    AWESOME rig in the dirt, but you had to be a fit young guy.  The clutch spring was a workout by itself, and you had a whole lot of vertical travel to lift your foot from the gas to the brake.  No power steering was less of an issue in dirt than on pavement, but it was definitely a thing.

    The hunting trips became a matter of it wearing me out and Dad being too physically deteriorated to drive it at all, so his 4-Runner became the de-facto hunting rig sometime around 2010-2011.  Hated to let it go, but the money was right and, well, reality.
    Did you investigate the costs involved to correct the above short comings? Sad to see it go. Having been off road in MHS's 4-Runner, that is an acceptable substitute, I bought my Tundra because of that.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 600 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:


    Hannibal, The White Elephant.

      No power steering was less of an issue in dirt than on pavement, but it was definitely a thing.


    The beauty of the old FJs was, if there wasn't enough trail to do a three point turn, with a pair of channel locks and a screwdriver you could just disassemble the thing and put it back together facing the direction you want to go
    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." - Thomas Paine
    "I know my place in the world and it ain’t standing next to Jerry Miculek" - Zee
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:


    Hannibal, The White Elephant.

    1978 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser on the day I sold it in 2016, after owning it for just shy of 20 years.  Original big inline six.  Upgraded the bumpers & tire carrier, & rolled it on 31's instead of the original 29's.  One of the last Con-Ferr roof racks made, I expect.

    AWESOME rig in the dirt, but you had to be a fit young guy.  The clutch spring was a workout by itself, and you had a whole lot of vertical travel to lift your foot from the gas to the brake.  No power steering was less of an issue in dirt than on pavement, but it was definitely a thing.

    The hunting trips became a matter of it wearing me out and Dad being too physically deteriorated to drive it at all, so his 4-Runner became the de-facto hunting rig sometime around 2010-2011.  Hated to let it go, but the money was right and, well, reality.
    I HATE YOU!!!  That is one of my bucket list cars!!!!!
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,327 Senior Member
    edited April 2020 #46
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Did you investigate the costs involved to correct the above short comings? Sad to see it go. Having been off road in MHS's 4-Runner, that is an acceptable substitute, I bought my Tundra because of that.
    I'd pretty much concluded that it was an extreme off road rig and we weren't doing extreme off-roading.  In a perfect world, I'd have found a mid-length wheelbase FJ-43 (never sold on the U.S. market) that would have had more room in the back for gear.  Since that's essentially what Dad's 2010 4-Runner was, with the added benefits of power steering, air conditioning, and the sport-shift automatic transmission that let you run it off road as a manual, there was no reason to open up the money pit.  Also, at the point you do all that to an FJ-40, it's not really an FJ-40 anymore.

    We're rolling a 2016 Tundra now - not as nimble as the 4-Runner, but considerably roomier.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,327 Senior Member
    GunNut said:GunNut said:
    I HATE YOU!!!  That is one of my bucket list cars!!!!!

    Go here and bleed a little. http://www.tlc4x4.com/  :D
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    This guy's on a roll....

  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    1997 Land Rover Discovery...had a 2 inch lift and was a freaking tank...only downside was it was so light you couldn't drag out someone stuck in a snowdrift.
    It still lives in KS as a hunting rig..

    In Africa we had a real Land Rover  ;)
    With that little 4 banger it wasn't going to win any races (top speed just under 55 mph) but it was geared low enough to get the job done.  Don't mistake it for something comfortable to ride in though.  :#
    NICE!!! Always wanted one of those. 
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,985 Senior Member
    This guy's on a roll....


    Yea he is. That's everything a Jeep should be, and nothing that is shouldn't! LOVE IT!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,985 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    1997 Land Rover Discovery...had a 2 inch lift and was a freaking tank...only downside was it was so light you couldn't drag out someone stuck in a snowdrift.
    It still lives in KS as a hunting rig..

    In Africa we had a real Land Rover  ;)
    With that little 4 banger it wasn't going to win any races (top speed just under 55 mph) but it was geared low enough to get the job done.  Don't mistake it for something comfortable to ride in though.  :#
    NICE!!! Always wanted one of those. 

    #metoo

    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,327 Senior Member
    In Africa we had a real Land Rover  ;)

    Ya know. . .you can lift your 4x4.  You can add snorkels and really big tires.  You can bolt on gnarly brush guards and bumpers. . .

    But you know what REALLY says "BAD ASS" to me?

    A spare tire mounted on the hood!
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    And a small dollop of motor oil under the motor.....
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,122 Senior Member
    That Land Rover was bone stock and I never saw it stuck, even under some of the worst road conditions imaginable.  One of the most impressive feats I witnessed involved a Massey Ferguson, a trailer overloaded with wet river sand and a river bank.  The locals didn't take into account the weight of the sand and the steepness of the river bank.....tractor couldn't get up the bank.  My dad hooked up to the tractor with a chain, put it in 4 low and dragged the tractor with trailer of sand up the bank.  I think the tractor was actually doing most of the work, the Land Rover was keeping the front end of the tractor on the ground, but it was still impressive.  It was a tough old bird but the harsh road conditions took their toll.  While on a trip from the capitol city Monrovia (we lived in Liberia) to the far end of the country where we lived we broke a U-bolt on the right rear.  After maneuvering the axle back into place and wrapping a tow chain around it (yep, same chain) we were able to limp into the next town.  Found a shop there that was able to fabricate a new U-bolt.  Since there were no Land Rover dealers in the country we got most of our replacement parts by telegram.......or more accurately, "tell a Graham".  A friend of my dad's named Graham lived in England.  We would "tell a Graham" what we needed and he would purchase it at the local dealer and ship it to us.  :D
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,985 Senior Member
    And a small dollop of motor oil under the motor.....
    Standard equipment on all British vehicles. I think its written into their motor vehicle laws.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    No pics, but I've had 3 Jeep Wagoneers.  A '71, '74 and '84.  I never really considered them true off-road vehicles, although they were 4WD vehicles.

    My current 4WD is a '97 Dodge Ram 2500 with a Cummins Diesel.  I've posted pics of it before in this forum, but they were probably lost in the last forum crash.  She's not much to look at today, but has got me in and out of some pretty nasty stuff.  My only complaint is that the 4wd, the heating/cooling vents and cruise control (?) all run off of the same vacuum line.  If that line breaks or is somehow disconnected, all three go.  I had that happen once while hunting way back in the Colorado flat tops.  The night before I broke camp it snowed, and I had difficulty getting out.  There was one spot that I simply couldn't navigate in 2wd.  Fortunately, someone came by who helped me get past that, and I was able to navigate the rest of the dirt track.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    The flat tops is bad place to have mechanical problems. My last camp trip I was on edges of that area and didn't go as far in as I wanted to because of the age of my truck. Discretion seemed prudent.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    The flat tops is bad place to have mechanical problems. My last camp trip I was on edges of that area and didn't go as far in as I wanted to because of the age of my truck. Discretion seemed prudent.
    Agreed.  I hunted between 2 GMUs, but don't recall the numbers.  I turned north off of I70 at Basalt and followed the Colorado River to Burns, which is nothing more than a post office.  At Burns, I turned left (west), and took a county road for a few miles until I got to a forest service road.  It takes me about an hour to drive 5-6 miles back in on that road.  That's where I lost my 4wd.

    Ask Linefinder how he likes that road. :)
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    I vist the other side, coming in from the west off the Buford/Newcastle road.

    Back by Dotsero my Dad lost the fuel pump in his Blazer. Him and his freind had to drop the tank to reset it. I try to keep that story in mind when I decide how far to go.

    Nice place to be when all is well.
  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,927 Senior Member
  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 1,319 Senior Member
    I'm not sure that it qualifies and its not a 4x4, but I bought my son a Honda fourtrax. Older model that I found for sale online for a few hundred dollars. To my surprise when I went to pick it up, it was a kid that was selling it, about 14 or so being overseen by his grandpa. Someone stuck an aftermarket Lifan 125cc engine in it. Its an auto clutch but manual shift. Kinda rough looking but it runs amazing. My son is only 9, so we usually go trail riding together on it with him sitting in front of me. You talk about a little powerhouse. That thing is surprising for its size. Works out good too because its fairly small but not so much that I look like baby Huey sitting on it. We haven't found a trail or hill that it won't just power right through yet. I've found that kids are a great way to relive your childhood without looking like an idiot. Its for the children 🙃
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