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    The most basic Wrangler will be better off-road than the brodozer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    The most basic Wrangler will be better off-road than the brodozer.
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    Great video! My brother did it on a bone stock CJ7 with no damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini2k05 View Post
    If you're buying an LX450 and worried about the cost of gas...you're doing it wrong. That's like buying a Ferrari and complaining about how much tires cost.
    hahha..i asked a few drivers i see around..and i swear - nobody has given me a straight answer. this one dude with a super clean bone stock FJ80 at homeDepot simply GROANED! hahha. he groaned!
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    Check out this one. Not a bad deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    Those are some sweet 4x4's. The price is pretty hard to beat. How hard would it be to make it street legal in CA?

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    I doubt these can be made street legal since they lack modern safety features -- they can't be worse than old Jeeps however. $14k is cheap and it is interesting they're built in the U.S. now. I wish we had access to more basic 4x4s in America. I'm a fan of hose out floors and manual transmissions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    Great video! My brother did it on a bone stock CJ7 with no damage.
    I did the Rubicon in a 2wd Dune Buggy (club event) years ago. More of a tube chassis rail that could run sand or rock with the right tires. Damage was inevitable and it was anything but "crawling" Our biggest issue was slow Jeeps. We often had to wait as they took their time crawling through the rough, finding room to pass. But it was a hoot!

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    Here we go... overhaulin weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Likely an ICON built Bronco. They do extraordinary work

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    Likely the last pics I take of it before it goes up for sale.

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    Looks like itís in great shape, 2006íish?
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    There's gonna be a Jeep Gladiator Rubi in our future... My wife drove one and fell in love instantly.

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    Out of curiosity, I priced out a new Rubicon with the diesel (sweet!) and it was $60k!!!!?!?! How does a wrangler cost that much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BraaapTastic View Post
    Out of curiosity, I priced out a new Rubicon with the diesel (sweet!) and it was $60k!!!!?!?! How does a wrangler cost that much?
    Its all in the options.
    I bought my JKU new, for 24k. Granted it had Zero options, but thats what I was looking for. I've prob put 15k in mods and repairs and other stuff to it though. I would have had to do most of those with a Rubi as well, so for me it didn't make sense to get one. For my wife.. well. the Rubi has a ton of "round one" mods that we'd be doing to a base model one, and as it'd be her truck she doesn't want a ton of mods. So it makes sense to pony up the 50k for a new rubi gladiator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BraaapTastic View Post
    Out of curiosity, I priced out a new Rubicon with the diesel (sweet!) and it was $60k!!!!?!?! How does a wrangler cost that much?
    I would skip the diesel. Mine was amazing when it ran well but it was not drama free.

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    I see some valid points, but mpg isnít one. My popís psd gets the same as my 4runner. Yes itís not as good off-road, but mpg is the same, if not better. My old obs f150 is about perfect for me....in-line 6, manual trans, manual t-case. Seats six, ex cab, 6.5í short bed. Not quite as good offtoad, but Gets better mpg than the 4runner. I would love a diesel for hauling, but this is a great compromise. Luckily what I lack in quality vehicles, I make up for in quantity.

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    I was reading that Jeep is coming out with a small offroad "beast." Something similar to the old Willys Jeep? Something like the Mahindra "jeeps." Anyone know about this?

    https://gearpatrol.com/2019/12/13/je...i-jimny-rival/

    https://www.foxnews.com/auto/bad-ass-baby-jeep-2022

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    New wheels and rubbers.


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    Been enjoying my new non-taco bike hauler

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbd View Post
    Been enjoying my new non-taco bike hauler

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    Iíve never seen one with all the bikes on the wall like that


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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiantsfan View Post
    Iíve never seen one with all the bikes on the wall like that


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    Well, my Tacoma might be jealous since I brought this home. Been busy working on it, fun winter project, took a while to find a clean one with three pedals....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rglsr View Post
    Well, my Tacoma might be jealous since I brought this home. Been busy working on it, fun winter project, took a while to find a clean one with three pedals....
    love it, what're your plans with it?

    I've got a 97 4cyl 5sp. Rowing gears is like going backwards sometimes with the 2.7L. Almost 300k, just keeps going.

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    I've only owned it a month, so still working on baselining it stock. It's a one owner fairly low mileage 4Runner, so kind of a time capsule condition-wise (even got the orig. window sticker). Also a 2.7/5speed which is what I wanted. I've primarily driven Toyota pickups since '92, funny I never paid more attention to these, great utility vehicle.

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    Fj40

    It Lives!

    My son over revved it a couple of years ago and it developed a pronounced TICK in one cylinder. He drove it VERY sparingly up until a few weeks ago when I took the offending lump of 6 cylinder cast iron out of it.

    I rebuilt a new F motor for it last Summer and our schedules finally permitted a swap. Took a couple of Saturdays and Sundays, but it's running like new (it better!).

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    ^^^ Cool man! What was causing the tick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    ^^^ Cool man! What was causing the tick?
    Broken compression ring on #6. This truck will go 100,000 miles at 60 mph. It won't last fer shit at 70-75 mph. He knows that now.
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    Well, I posted in the OC, but this is NorCal content, so...

    The deal is done and my new project is safely tucked inside my garage. Now the fun begins. It's surprisingly complete and rust free.

    It's a '66 Toyota LandCruiser FJ45LV. Olny 5000 of these were made Worldwide from '63 to '67. Only 1000 Left hand drive versions were made and imported to the North American market. It's estimated that only 100 or so are currently on the road in the US.


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    Tucked away in my garage.

    I have my work cut out for me. It just need to be put back together after being painted 5 years ago. "Just"

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Well, I posted in the OC, but this is NorCal content, so...

    The deal is done and my new project is safely tucked inside my garage. Now the fun begins. It's surprisingly complete and rust free.

    It's a '66 Toyota LandCruiser FJ45LV. Olny 5000 of these were made Worldwide from '63 to '67. Only 1000 Left hand drive versions were made and imported to the North American market. It's estimated that only 100 or so are currently on the road in the US.

    I have my work cut out for me. It just need to be put back together after being painted 5 years ago. "Just"

    Cheers!

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    Yeah Chuck!!!!!! That wagon is awesome. I don't recall seeing it before. Is it listed in the registry? Have you starting a thread on Mud? I haven't worked on mine in like 8 years but I did get some headlights for it in December. I should probably clean all the crap off of it and out of it, and pick a project to do. Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottParsley View Post
    Yeah Chuck!!!!!! That wagon is awesome. I don't recall seeing it before. Is it listed in the registry? Are you starting a thread on Mud? I haven't worked on mine in like 8 years but I did get some headlights for it in December. I should probably clean all the crap off of it and out of it, and pick a project to do. Cheers!
    I didn't know about the registry. Do you have a link? This one may or may not already be in it, but it has been off the road for seven years.

    I haven't been to mud yet, but I have seen numerous links to it when looking for info.

    I'm understandably excited about this one.

    Have I seen yours? Post it up!
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    So wish that I could justify this:

    https://sacramento.craigslist.org/ct...089958381.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loadnreturn View Post
    Well that is a toy for 'a man who has everything.' But imagine rolling up to your local ride in a f&cking 4x4 Japanese fire truck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    I didn't know about the registry. Do you have a link? This one may or may not already be in it, but it has been off the road for seven years.

    I haven't been to mud yet, but I have seen numerous links to it when looking for info.

    I'm understandably excited about this one.

    Have I seen yours? Post it up!
    Look at this - Check your VIN against the list and post in this thread.

    https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/lv-list.548565/

    Then read this (take your time, it's a doozy)

    https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/196...-thread.39575/

    Mine is stupid. 1967. Been in my garage covered in stuff for 10+ years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post

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    Pretty awesome Chuck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottParsley View Post
    Look at this - Check your VIN against the list and post in this thread.

    https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/lv-list.548565/

    Then read this (take your time, it's a doozy)

    https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/196...-thread.39575/

    Mine is stupid. 1967. Been in my garage covered in stuff for 10+ years.
    Well, I've done it now... We should talk, Scott.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Pretty awesome Chuck!
    Thanks Man! I can't believe I have it. Even my wife is excited for it. She's a GREAT sport and I'm incredibly lucky to have her in my life.
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    At the risk of "outing" another member. I know of another LandCruiser purchased this last weekend.

    C'mon man, share!
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    Before this thread gets bombarded with awesome Landcruiser stuff (my family owned 3 of those FJ40s in the eighties... felt like driving on stilts but man, were they reliable!), I ended up lifting my 2001 Pathfinder (thanks to 50 cents who I hope still peeks here once in a while). It took me the whole day to do it, and as expected, the strut install was the most difficult. NorCal Rigs that Tacomas Envy-raise-1.jpgNorCal Rigs that Tacomas Envy-raise-2.jpgNorCal Rigs that Tacomas Envy-raise-3.jpgNorCal Rigs that Tacomas Envy-raise-4.jpgNorCal Rigs that Tacomas Envy-raise-5.jpg

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    Looks good with a lift on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron m. View Post
    Before this thread gets bombarded with awesome Landcruiser stuff (my family owned 3 of those FJ40s in the eighties... felt like driving on stilts but man, were they reliable!), I ended up lifting my 2001 Pathfinder (thanks to 50 cents who I hope still peeks here once in a while). It took me the whole day to do it, and as expected, the strut install was the most difficult.
    Awesome ride! I have a twin! Here's mine with FC creeping up on me.

    If you're looking for skid plates I know a guy in Canada that makes them pretty cheap for the Pathfinder R50. Shoot me a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Awesome ride! I have a twin! Here's mine with FC creeping up on me.

    If you're looking for skid plates I know a guy in Canada that makes them pretty cheap for the Pathfinder R50. Shoot me a PM.
    Lol! Don't know if I'll ever go off-roading... might be one of those things I may end up enjoying. I'll hold off on the skid plates until then, thanks.

    I ended up doing the work because an NPORA buddy gave me a set of medium OME springs after I complained of rear tire buzz (lol! even my truck does the same as my bike!). Was only planning on shock/spring replacement but I thought that this would also be a good time for a modest lift, so I bought this 2-inch urethane spacer on Ebay from a highly recommended vendor.

    The first strut was a battle to put back with the spacer but I realized that if I clocked the steering wheel, it could work. The other side took half the time. The rears were straightforward. I am sure this would have taken much longer without air tools.

    Then I drove it around and it sucked... not the lift but I was hearing a ton of noise.

    Was so pissed until it dawned on me that i was late at night and I haven't tightened stuff yet (the strut mount, the shocks, etc). LOL!

    After torquing everything down, it rode noise-free. Alignment was way off as expected, but everything was put back to factory limits.

    Looks great... but my wife hates it (we're both vertically challenged, btw). The tire rub is gone, and it rides great. I did see a slight dip in fuel efficiency.

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    Finally got wheels! Tires are not gnarly but they were free

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Finally got wheels! Tires are not gnarly but they were free

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    Got some wheels for the Taco the last time I was home a few weeks go too.

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    Fancy. Is that a OE roof rack? The rails look larger in diameter for some reason..maybe the angle. Are you going to lift it @all?

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    Look at my white truck green with envy at this guy's daily driver.

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    Quarantine Progress

    This could not have landed in my lap at a better time.

    Significant progress has been made. It runs and drives. All the gauges and lights work and it has seatbelts as of an hour or so ago.

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    Now, if I only had all (or any) of the glass installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    This could not have landed in my lap at a better time.

    Significant progress has been made. It runs and drives. All the gauges and lights work and it has seatbelts as of an hour or so ago.

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    Now, if I only had all (or any) of the glass installed.
    sweet! and that color can't be beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    The most basic Wrangler will be better off-road than the brodozer.
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    'off road' casts a pretty wide net.

    Crawling, tight trails, etc...you're spot on.

    But if your idea of 'off road' doesn't include going zero.something miles an hour with a guy standing along the trail giving commands on wheel placement, the equation changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riderup View Post
    sweet! And that color can't be beat.
    >x2<
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riderup View Post
    'off road' casts a pretty wide net.

    Crawling, tight trails, etc...you're spot on.

    But if your idea of 'off road' doesn't include going zero.something miles an hour with a guy standing along the trail giving commands on wheel placement, the equation changes.
    A spotter is not always a requirement. Big balls and and tire placement is key.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    No reason not to start the one-year-old off right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    No reason not to start the one-year-old off right...

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    This could not have landed in my lap at a better time.

    Significant progress has been made. It runs and drives. All the gauges and lights work and it has seatbelts as of an hour or so ago.

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    Now, if I only had all (or any) of the glass installed.


    Dammmmmmmmn. How much is that worth? Chicks (old ones) will be jumping in to your car when you go cruisin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Dammmmmmmmn. How much is that worth? Chicks (old ones) will be jumping in to your car when you go cruisin.
    Shockingly, Haggerty and I have an agreed value just North of $50K (when done, and I'm close).
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    Definitely a worth upgrade for Tacoma owners...

    Will it clear 35's at full stuff with minimal trimming?

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    Was waiting for a reason to upgrade to 35's. Finally, some rationale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Shockingly, Haggerty and I have an agreed value just North of $50K (when done, and I'm close).
    Can you walk us through the process for the greater than 50k haggerty dance?

    I've read varying accounts that receipts work, or just an appraisal, but sometimes both. Curious about the process!

    What mileage limitations (if any) did you settle on?

    Thanks! and beaaaautiful LC!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    Can you walk us through the process for the greater than 50k haggerty dance?

    I've read varying accounts that receipts work, or just an appraisal, but sometimes both. Curious about the process!

    What mileage limitations (if any) did you settle on?

    Thanks! and beaaaautiful LC!
    Thanks Man!

    It was easier than I thought it would be and to be honest, I didn't request that price.

    I started with the Haggerty website, but they didn't list anything but the standard FJ40, for 1966. So I called.

    I spoke with a very nice young woman and told her what I had (1966 FJ45LV) and the condition. She tried to find one in their directory and couldn't. I suggested she do a google search and then look for recent sales. She found a January Mecum auction sale of one (a '67, I think) that sold for $53.8K before the buyers premium. Then she asked the condition of mine and I told her it was a project but it was well along. I sent her some pictures while we spoke.

    We chatted about my intended use for it and what I thought the yearly mileage might be. I estimated 5k miles or less per year and the occasional car show. She also stipulated that it had to be garaged when not in use and I had to maintain normal liability insurance on it. I agreed to both.

    While she was poking around on the googler, she found a 2015 (I think) sale of one that went for $180K, but it was a "perfect" nut and bolt restoration and is probably sitting in a Saudi museum right now.

    We left it at $50K as the target value and she gave me the yearly cost of $422 per year. She also said to call back when I got it done and we could adjust the value as necessary.

    Yesterday, I found this: https://www.gatewayclassiccars.com/A...67-Toyota-FJ45

    ...for $88K. Um, no! There's just too much to be done under the hood of that one. Mine is way nicer in that department, but I need to update my interior next winter.
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    Front Hitch Receiver Install

    My cheap answer to having more bike loading capacity (plus I love not having to lift the bike up on the roof).

    FYI: I already have a two-bike hitch rack (same Yakima Holdup). I am using a spare Holdup for the front with a DIY bracket (still need to secure it better but it was solid during tests). Also have two roof mounts (a Big Mouth that really holds the bike sketchy, and a fork mount). So theoretically, I can carry 5 bikes, but don't tell my shuttle-dependent friends.
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    New bike, new bike rack. Seasucker Mini-Bomber. Definitely took some getting used to, but feels solid.

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    The jeep got some new shocks and front hydro bumps a few weeks ago. Testing the flex out a bit to check bumpstop engagement, clearances and so on. It still has a few more inches of flex too as the rear bumps weren't touching yet when I took this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rho View Post
    The jeep got some new shocks and front hydro bumps a few weeks ago. Testing the flex out a bit to check bumpstop engagement, clearances and so on. It still has a few more inches of flex too as the rear bumps weren't touching yet when I took this...
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    My Dad just finished a rebuild/restore on this Avanti, an everyday driver for my Mom. Might have to get him to find me one. Italian looks on an everyday driver beer budget.

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    Is that a real Avanti or a kit car? Those were bad ass back in the day. Still sought after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Is that a real Avanti or a kit car? Those were bad ass back in the day. Still sought after.
    It's a 1980 Avanti. You can find them for less than 20k in pretty good shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    It's a 1980 Avanti. You can find them for less than 20k in pretty good shape.
    Ahhh, The Avanti II. So sort of between the original and a kit. I forgot they did a remake in the 80s. Nice ride, fun car!

    When Studebaker introduced the original back in late '62, it was the fastest production car in the world (when ordered with the supercharger, a Paxton, centrifugal).
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Ahhh, The Avanti II. So sort of between the original and a kit. I forgot they did a remake in the 80s. Nice ride, fun car!

    When Studebaker introduced the original back in late '62, it was the fastest production car in the world (when ordered with the supercharger, a Paxton, centrifugal).
    If you want something cool for cheap, the Avanti and Avanti II are hard to beat. There was a technical reason he likes the II over the 60s model, will ask, can't remember why. Both are about the same price used. Another awesome everyday exotic is a TVR.

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    Just picked up a 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel and a 2019 Grand Design Imagine XLS 17MKE travel trailer. I'm working from "home" through September so for much of the summer, home will be our spot at Tahoe Timber Trails near Truckee. Also hoping to spend some time in late summer at Russian Gulch State Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy f View Post
    Just picked up a 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel and a 2019 Grand Design Imagine XLS 17MKE travel trailer. I'm working from "home" through September so for much of the summer, home will be our spot at Tahoe Timber Trails near Truckee. Also hoping to spend some time in late summer at Russian Gulch State Park.

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    Chuck- You're doing a stellar job on the 45. I'm super impressed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottParsley View Post
    Chuck- You're doing a stellar job on the 45. I'm super impressed!
    Hey Scott, Thank you! I'm still having fun with it.

    I thought you fell into a void. You doin okay? I'd love to see pics of yours regardless of condition.
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    Newest mod to the FJ...

    Some lady decided not to stop while we were at a red light while we were on the way to the vet with one of our pooches.
    The FJ suffered some cosmetic damage on the right quarter and the right lower control arm needs to be replaced. I am tempted to just fix the suspension and "enjoy" it, or sell as is so that someone else can "enjoy" it since I was kind of ready to move on before this happened.


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    Quote Originally Posted by c-wal View Post
    Newest mod to the FJ...

    Some lady decided not to stop while we were at a red light while we were on the way to the vet with one of our pooches.
    The FJ suffered some cosmetic damage on the right quarter and the right lower control arm needs to be replaced. I am tempted to just fix the suspension and "enjoy" it, or sell as is so that someone else can "enjoy" it since I was kind of ready to move on before this happened.


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    Pocket the insurance money, leave the beauty mark.

    I would get that fixed on the ladies insurance for sure.
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    I think I am leaning towards moving on whether it's completely fixed or keeps the "beauty mark". Still waiting on a police report to see if the lady even has insurance. My insurance has been good about it so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    If you want something cool for cheap, the Avanti and Avanti II are hard to beat. There was a technical reason he likes the II over the 60s model, will ask, can't remember why. Both are about the same price used. Another awesome everyday exotic is a TVR.
    Speaking of TVRs, I just saw this on BaT. Classic TVR. Odd but cool.

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1974-tvr-2500m-11/
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Speaking of TVRs, I just saw this on BaT. Classic TVR. Odd but cool.

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1974-tvr-2500m-11/
    My dad had a TVR 280i that got rolled on the racetrack when I was in high school. I think he still has it in the back of his garage somewhere!

    TVR's are odd ducks, but they don't get lost in parking lot like a Porsche. You can bang them up on the track like a Miata and not worry about the $$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rho View Post
    The jeep got some new shocks and front hydro bumps a few weeks ago. Testing the flex out a bit to check bumpstop engagement, clearances and so on. It still has a few more inches of flex too as the rear bumps weren't touching yet when I took this...

    Yeah, they need to get trimmed/replaced at some point but it'll fully flex out the 12" of travel on the shocks right now. Its silly what it'll walk up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rho View Post
    Yeah, they need to get trimmed/replaced at some point but it'll fully flex out the 12" of travel on the shocks right now. Its silly what it'll walk up.
    Even with stock suspension you went up some pretty gnarly stuff at Hollister. The photos never do the size of these obstacles justice. That was a great day of off roading with the MTBR crew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Even with stock suspension you went up some pretty gnarly stuff at Hollister. The photos never do the size of these obstacles justice. That was a great day of off roading with the MTBR crew.
    It still has the same 2.5" lift on it :P
    Just bigger tires...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    My dad had a TVR 280i that got rolled on the racetrack when I was in high school. I think he still has it in the back of his garage somewhere!

    TVR's are odd ducks, but they don't get lost in parking lot like a Porsche. You can bang them up on the track like a Miata and not worry about the $$$.
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    We need more pics of this rig. I absolutely love this Body Style of the "pathfinder".

    Back in the early 2000's There was a giant fold-out poster for this Infiniti in the paper. I liked it so much I taped it up in my cubical at work.


    Looks really good with a lift, tires and a roof rack. And I am glad to see you using it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    We need more pics of this rig. I absolutely love this Body Style of the "pathfinder".

    Back in the early 2000's There was a giant fold-out poster for this Infiniti in the paper. I liked it so much I taped it up in my cubical at work.


    Looks really good with a lift, tires and a roof rack. And I am glad to see you using it.
    I actually bought that QX4 brand new in 2002 and kept it as a utility vehicle all these years. It's my son's trail blasting machine now. It has a 2.5" lift with Range Rover springs, full skid plates, 15" steelies with 32" Wildpeaks, rock sliders (still sitting in my garage) top racks, 1Up rear rack, straight exhaust no muffler (sounds like a rally car coming down the trail), and a CB/Ham radio! He's thinking to cut off the bumpers and build some custom metal bumpers with a winch. I'll post some action shots of my son raising some hell in it with MTBs on the back! He's supposed to leave for college this fall so likely will part with it next year.

    Here's a guy I met at Hollister's Pathfinder. Fully armored beast with frame drop and 6 inch lift.

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    A very fun go anywhere car. At home in snow, dirt or paved! Jeep when traveling light, truck when more room is needed.

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    No denying those things can wheel! Your '81 looks like a nice, clean rig.
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    Gettin Anxious

    Patience is not a virtue that I possess.

    My stock steel wheels are off to powder coating and it's been 16 days, dammit. As soon as they get back, I get to squeeze these onto them:

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    The good news though... My glass is in!

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    I want to start driving her!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Went wheelin on Father's Day!!
    Wait... What? Damn, those are cool!
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    And Fred got his front diff fixed, so itís on now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    I actually bought that QX4 brand new in 2002 and kept it as a utility vehicle all these years. It's my son's trail blasting machine now. It has a 2.5" lift with Range Rover springs, full skid plates, 15" steelies with 32" Wildpeaks, rock sliders (still sitting in my garage) top racks, 1Up rear rack, straight exhaust no muffler (sounds like a rally car coming down the trail), and a CB/Ham radio! He's thinking to cut off the bumpers and build some custom metal bumpers with a winch. I'll post some action shots of my son raising some hell in it with MTBs on the back! He's supposed to leave for college this fall so likely will part with it next year.

    Here's a guy I met at Hollister's Pathfinder. Fully armored beast with frame drop and 6 inch lift.
    Pretty sure that ARB makes a replacement front bumper for R50s so a custom job isn't necessary unless you have very specific needs. All of this Pathfinder and QX4 talk makes me pine for my old 99.5 Pathfinder. Still one of the best cars I ever owned and it never gave me a lick of trouble over 140k - I should have never gotten rid of it. Used to frequent the 4x4Parts Pathfinder forum a lot back in the day.

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    And Fred got his front diff fixed, so itís on now!
    I like the sound of that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiddyHitch View Post
    Pretty sure that ARB makes a replacement front bumper for R50s so a custom job isn't necessary unless you have very specific needs. All of this Pathfinder and QX4 talk makes me pine for my old 99.5 Pathfinder. Still one of the best cars I ever owned and it never gave me a lick of trouble over 140k - I should have never gotten rid of it. Used to frequent the 4x4Parts Pathfinder forum a lot back in the day.
    ARB = $$$. My son and his robotics friends can fabricate one for very little $. He has a friend on his robotics team who has a complete machine shop in his garage with CNC etc. Pretty crazy. It's a great rig, only 130k on it. Needs CV's at the moment which I will do soon.

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    ARB = $$$. My son and his robotics friends can fabricate one for very little $. He has a friend on his robotics team who has a complete machine shop in his garage with CNC etc. Pretty crazy. It's a great rig, only 130k on it. Needs CV's at the moment which I will do soon.
    Ah gotcha. FIRST Robotics is an amazing opportunity for high schoolers to learn invaluable technical, project, and team skills. I started a team at a school I used to work at, and wished that something like that had existed when I was growing up.

    More importantly, what type of bike parts are coming out of that garage shop?

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    New Shoes on The LV

    Well, that took way longer than it should have.

    I took my wheels in for powder coating in early June and was told they would be done in 3 weeks, but they thought they might be able to squeeze them in and possibly get them done in 2. That didn't happen. A month later I got them back.

    They look fantastic. Got them back last Tuesday, got the tires (Cooper Discoverer STT Pros, 31x10.5-15) mounted on Wednesday and back on the truck later that afternoon along with a really nice set of repop original style "acorn" hub caps.

    Here she is:

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    Getting closer, but I'm getting anxious to get it done. Here it is July already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Well, that took way longer than it should have.

    I took my wheels in for powder coating in early June and was told they would be done in 3 weeks, but they thought they might be able to squeeze them in and possibly get them done in 2. That didn't happen. A month later I got them back.

    They look fantastic. Got them back last Tuesday, got the tires (Cooper Discoverer STT Pros, 31x10.5-15) mounted on Wednesday and back on the truck later that afternoon along with a really nice set of repop original style "acorn" hub caps.

    Here she is:









    Getting closer, but I'm getting anxious to get it done. Here it is July already.

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    The Bronco is back....

    the return of an icon. and it appears that they've tired really hard to get it right.

    discuss.

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    That Bronco 4 door Wildtrak looks pretty sweet. Front and rear lockers on it.

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    I'm already a believe btw

    at least I'm going to take chase. if it doesn't work out for me, there are dozens of fat-asses who'd love to have this parked at their second home in Tahoe...so I think the re-sale will be easy. Only 3,500 of this edition.

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    Website says "Reservations Full" for the First Edition! You got in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    That Bronco 4 door Wildtrak looks pretty sweet. Front and rear lockers on it.
    yes, we know you have a 'fondness' for dual lockers ;-)

    also:
    sway bar discontent
    'HOSS' system for added articulation on the Bilstein dampers
    Radius-decreasing wheel locking
    full skid plates
    cameras galore
    steel bumpers with tow hooks / accommodation for winch (available from dealer)
    35's
    all rigged for lights
    more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Website says "Reservations Full" for the First Edition! You got in!
    ya, in. no special privileges involved. it was like Sea Otter...be on the website when it opens and have a dozen windows open...refresh...refresh...refresh...it's worked for me for 22 straight Sea Otters so why not now? ;-)
    just random website luck, actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderup View Post
    yes, we know you have a 'fondness' for dual lockers ;-)

    also:
    sway bar discontent
    'HOSS' system for added articulation on the Bilstein dampers
    Radius-decreasing wheel locking
    full skid plates
    cameras galore
    steel bumpers with tow hooks / accommodation for winch (available from dealer)
    35's
    all rigged for lights
    more...
    Haha! I hear "dual lockers" and the rest sounds like the teacher on Charlie Brown!

    You pull up at West End Tap in that thing and some eyebrows will be raised, in a good way!

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    Shiiiiiiitttt....this thing is cool.


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    On another note, the Nikola Badger started taking orders. Looks interesting.

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    That Bronco and all the electric trucks will be a quality nightmare for a few years. Good strides but so much new shit with new bugs.

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    The Bronco is based on the Ranger that has been around for a few years another markets. Maybe it won't be a service bay queen -- still good to wait however. In the long run I see this as more reliable than a Jeep.

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    Not Intentionally Derailing the Bronco Love

    But, I just found pics of my FJ45 at a Bear Valley, CA FJ45 specific run back in 2002. The truck was driven regularly up to 2005 when it was pulled off the road for its restoration and it's eventual abandonment and now resurrection.

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    NorCal Rigs that Tacomas Envy-2002_45-gathering-6.jpg

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    Now I have to figure out what happened to that PTO winch. I'd love to put it back on.
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    What platforms are the motor and transmission currently deployed on? Looks great on paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssalinas View Post
    What platforms are the motor and transmission currently deployed on? Looks great on paper.
    the motors are widely-deployed: F-Series, Mustang, Explorer, Edge, Focus, etc

    The manual tranny is new (or, at least, a derivative of something else) given it's crawler gear. The 10 spd auto is current used across F-Series and Mustang, at least...maybe more. It's the same box as in my Raptor and it's super sweet. (it's the tranny that was co-developed with GM)

    here's a good piece on the suspension tech:
    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/07/13/...#slide-2249321

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