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    Quote Originally Posted by BraapTastic View Post
    So sick and so horridly overpriced! There's a sweet backwoods monster power wagon suv above felton, not sure if y'all have seen it driving around.
    I grabbed this photo from that link. Back in the 1980ís a guy in my area had this exact Power Wagon dressed in white. It had skinny tractor tires that had to be 80Ē tall and a huge lift. A swapped in mopar 440 with a Six Pack setup out of an old Roadrunner. A beast of a truck fully done to the 9ís. I wish I had taken photos of it. I recently searched the net looking for the same truck in hopes someone posted photos of it but failed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Here's another FJ builder. https://www.icon4x4.com/fj#
    Yeah, ICON has been around for a while. Not much Toyota left on those. Do they even use metric fasteners?

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    The one near felton is the Carry All body style, like below, but rolling on ~44" swampers and I think has a few skulls on the outside. Like, real ones. It's a true monster. LOVE LOVE the styling of those trucks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottParsley View Post
    Yeah, ICON has been around for a while. Not much Toyota left on those. Do they even use metric fasteners?
    I don't much about them, other than seeing them around Palo Alto a few times. Quite pricey.

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    Then there's this......

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I grabbed this photo from that link. Back in the 1980ís a guy in my area had this exact Power Wagon dressed in white. It had skinny tractor tires that had to be 80Ē tall and a huge lift. A swapped in mopar 440 with a Six Pack setup out of an old Roadrunner. A beast of a truck fully done to the 9ís. I wish I had taken photos of it. I recently searched the net looking for the same truck in hopes someone posted photos of it but failed.

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    DJ, I'm heading to a company party tonight and the owner has a massive collection. If I remember right from last year he has a built cherry Power Wagon... I'll try to get a picture.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    DJ, I'm heading to a company party tonight and the owner has a massive collection. If I remember right from last year he has a built cherry Power Wagon... I'll try to get a picture.....
    Picture? Get the keys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Then there's this......

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    '58 is great!
    45=25

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    '58 is great!
    Yes it is, and one canít forget about the one year only rear end. With the trunk chrome spears. The louvered hood also.

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    On the '58 'vette, the hood vents were intended to be functional. The dies for the '58 hood were cast already, but when Bill Mitchell was on a test ride at the GM proving grounds, an oil pressure gauge line came off under the hood. The vents allowed oil to spray all over the windshield. Mitchell ordered the body finishers NOT to open up the vents. The dies for '59 hoods were made smooth.

    Car guys and the press of the day roasted Chevrolet for the fake vents, but there at least was a reason for it. Not like 70's and 80's cars.
    45=25

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    On the '58 'vette, the hood vents were intended to be functional. The dies for the '58 hood were cast already, but when Bill Mitchell was on a test ride at the GM proving grounds, an oil pressure gauge line came off under the hood. The vents allowed oil to spray all over the windshield. Mitchell ordered the body finishers NOT to open up the vents. The dies for '59 hoods were made smooth.

    Car guys and the press of the day roasted Chevrolet for the fake vents, but there at least was a reason for it. Not like 70's and 80's cars.
    Love that kind of trivia and I didnít know that. I do know the non functional vents have been talked about in auctions like Barrett Jackson. Iím amazed I never heard any of the commentators mention those facts.
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    Chuck, coincidentally I was just watching Barrett Jackson and a 1963 Spilt Window custom Vette just went across the block. The hood vents as you know on a stock 63 were non functional. This one had a twin turbo motor and the hood vents were custom made and functional, feeding the turbos on both sides. Pretty wild stuff. Iím not a fan of custom vettes but this one was done right.

    https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Even...W-COUPE-225119

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    Aussie Rigs that Tacomas Envy

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Chuck, coincidentally I was just watching Barrett Jackson and a 1963 Spilt Window custom Vette just went across the block. The hood vents as you know on a stock 63 were non functional. This one had a twin turbo motor and the hood vents were custom made and functional, feeding the turbos on both sides. Pretty wild stuff. Iím not a fan of custom vettes but this one was done right.

    https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Even...W-COUPE-225119

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    Bad ass!
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    I accidentally posted this in the Taco Envy thread. Since I can't erase it, I'll just copy to a more appropriate thread:

    Way back when I was in the market for a new SUV, I was torn between the Tahoe and the 'Burb. A pickup wasn't in the offing, because I liked the enclosed body for security. For me, there wasn't enough (any?) difference in the fuel mileage between the two, so I opted for the additional space that the Suburban offered. When I found my 2500 (3/4 ton) 'burb, I actually worked the dealer down because I was really wanting a 1/2 ton. I was just sure I would never have a need for the extra towing/carrying capacity. Was I ever wrong! The best thing I did was get the 2500 series.

    Not only do I tow with it regularly, everything in it is upgraded. The axles, the suspension, the brakes, the transmission, are all heavier duty than the 1/2 ton equivalent. With nearly 180000 miles on it, I just changed the brake pads for the first time, in November. I'm still on the factory shocks, bushings, ball joints, CV joints, hubs... My friends with 1/2 tons had all that stuff changed out before they hit 120K miles.

    My wife keeps telling me it's time to look for a new one. They don't make the 3/4 ton any more, so I'm really not interested. I'll probably drive this one into the dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
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    Chuck, I agree why buy a newer one when they donít offer the heavy duty 3/4 ton anymore. Sounds lkie the ideal setup for your needs, keep on driving it.

    FC, have you checked out the new diesel Chevy Colorado? Pretty sweet rig if you ask me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    I accidentally posted this in the Taco Envy thread. Since I can't erase it, I'll just copy to a more appropriate thread:

    Way back when I was in the market for a new SUV, I was torn between the Tahoe and the 'Burb. A pickup wasn't in the offing, because I liked the enclosed body for security. For me, there wasn't enough (any?) difference in the fuel mileage between the two, so I opted for the additional space that the Suburban offered. When I found my 2500 (3/4 ton) 'burb, I actually worked the dealer down because I was really wanting a 1/2 ton. I was just sure I would never have a need for the extra towing/carrying capacity. Was I ever wrong! The best thing I did was get the 2500 series.

    Not only do I tow with it regularly, everything in it is upgraded. The axles, the suspension, the brakes, the transmission, are all heavier duty than the 1/2 ton equivalent. With nearly 180000 miles on it, I just changed the brake pads for the first time, in November. I'm still on the factory shocks, bushings, ball joints, CV joints, hubs... My friends with 1/2 tons had all that stuff changed out before they hit 120K miles.

    My wife keeps telling me it's time to look for a new one. They don't make the 3/4 ton any more, so I'm really not interested. I'll probably drive this one into the dirt.
    That truck is like an airplane, if you can keep the maintenance and replacement schedule up, it should have a near infinite lifespan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Bad ass!
    Very cool setup on that Vette, although I question those vents in a rain event. Back in 1983 a friend of mine bought a brand new Trans Am Turbo. The first year of the body redesign. The turbo hood had a flap door. I went with him out to a nightclub the first night he had it. We had a torrential downpour that night. We came out and it wouldnít turn over. We had to have a tow truck come pick up his new ride. Turned out water went down the intake and the motor hydro locked because the hood scoop flap door didnít seal good. Pontiac replaced the motor and I think they had a recall on the turbo hood intake design. Pretty sure they made the flap non functional after that.

    This is the hood design Iím referring to.

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    And now back to vehicles thatís Tacos are envious of. Because it sure isnít this one.
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    Land Cruiser 70 series.

    Unfortunately not "NorCal" or even North America but DEFINITELY the rig that Tacomas envy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottParsley View Post
    Unfortunately not "NorCal" or even North America but DEFINITELY the rig that Tacomas envy.
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    I just had a sit down discussion with my Tacoma. I pushed and prodded to get a confession of what other vehicles she was envious of. As this photo crossed the dashboard she stuck her hood up at it and snarled with her grill. It wasnít exactly the most comfortable discussion Iíve had with her but from her expression, I walked away thinking this is not one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I just had a sit down discussion with my Tacoma. I pushed and prodded to get a confession of what other vehicles she was envious of. As this photo crossed the dashboard she stuck her hood up at it and snarled with her grill. It wasnít exactly the most comfortable discussion Iíve had with her but from her expression, I walked away thinking this is not one of them.
    On the contrary, I believe what you witnessed was the jealousy only experienced by siblings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    On the contrary, I believe what you witnessed was the jealousy only experienced by siblings.
    Not putting one down while building the other up was the challenge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottParsley View Post
    Unfortunately not "NorCal" or even North America but DEFINITELY the rig that Tacomas envy.
    https://cityperformancecentre.com/po...ser-70-series/

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    I have a Taco now, but I had an 80 Series Land Cruiser for about 12 years before they were popular with off-roaders here. Hauling four bikes in 2006 or so:
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    And on the Rubicon in 1998, no bikes:
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    In some ways I miss it, but the Taco is faster, quieter, and uses almost 1/2 as much gas. I sold it to a guy in Pacifica and I actually saw it up on 280 a few years ago ... heavily modded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Not putting one down while building the other up was the challenge.
    You said a mouthful!
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    My Mall Cruiser

    06' 4runner. 2/1" 6112/5160/OME/SPC UCA suspension. Pretty basic.
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    Aw Jeez! I found the FJ honey hole over the weekend. I'm so screwed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Aw Jeez! I found the FJ honey hole over the weekend. I'm so screwed.
    Is you wallet a bit lighter?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Is you wallet a bit lighter?!
    Not yet, but it's going to happen before then end of Spring, I'm thinkin.

    I can't share much out of respect for the guy's privacy, but Holy Shmolians!

    Numerous restored FJ40s, 45 pickups, 45 wagons, a 60 here or there, Project rigs, parts rigs, an engine pile, transmissions, x-fer cases, tops, glass, you name it...
    45=25

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Not yet, but it's going to happen before then end of Spring, I'm thinkin.

    I can't share much out of respect for the guy's privacy, but Holy Shmolians!

    Numerous restored FJ40s, 45 pickups, 45 wagons, a 60 here or there, Project rigs, parts rigs, an engine pile, transmissions, x-fer cases, tops, glass, you name it...
    The suspense is killing me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    The suspense is killing me.
    Yeah! Way to tease and keep us in the dark Chuck!

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    I couldn't ride yesterday so I went for a snowy adventure with a Jeep and a Ram 2500 and learned some things.

    1. Big heavy trucks are terrible in snow
    2. Always carry proper recovery gear
    3. Buy a quality air compressor with a 20min+ run time
    4. The Falken Wildpeak A/T3W and my truck are pretty capable in snow
    5. Airing down the tires is a VERY good idea, especially for heavy rigs

    Northern California is getting hit with a little storm that is dumping a bunch of snow in the Sierra Nevada. That means it's snow wheeling time! My buddy (Nathan Barton) sent me a text at 7am yesterday asking if I was going wheeling. He recently picked up a nice Jeep Wrangler and has been itching to go out with me. So of course I dropped everything I was doing (house remodeling stuff), loaded up the truck and headed out in search of adventure.

    The first stop was Tractor Supply in Auburn for some sand bags. Last time I was in the snow I had some traction issues on inclines with the heavy wet snow. I figured some weight in the rear would be helpful. 300lbs of sand should be good. :grin2: I bought 2 extra bags for the work truck. But I like how much better it rides I'm going to leave 200lbs in the bed for while.
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    I met up with Nathan at Worton's Market. Nathan along a friend with a huge Ram 2500 diesel with a 3" lift and 37" mud tires. But I'm not intimidated by these guys.... Nope. lol We planned to head up Foresthill Road and see how far we could get. It didn't take long before we found snow. Unfortunately it was a really wet rainy sleety type snow. That is fine from a traction standpoint but it sucks getting out of the rigs and getting drenched.
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    We let the Ram lead since he lives in the area and knew where we were going. It didn't take long before our progress was halted. Turns out the Ram is so heavy that it keeps sinking the front end in the snow and getting stuck. They tried shoveling snow from around the tires considering the snow was only 1.5' - 2' deep at most. That didn't work. Nathan then used his Jeep to try and tug the Ram free but that didn't work either and was starting to look unsafe so I grabbed the Maxsa traction boards. Originally we placed them behind the tires but didn't get the front edges under enough tire tread to grab. We repositioned them and viola, instant success. I was happy to see that despite 30F temps and that heavy truck the boards didn't crack or melt when he spun the tires on them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ7J...ature=youtu.be

    After that the Ram backed down the hill and tried to park but promptly got stuck again. Nathan and I continued up the hill without even a hint of slippage. At the top we parked and Nathan walked back down the hill to check on the Ram and see if he wanted to leave it parked and ride with us. I waited up top with Ellie where I threw sticks for her to fetch in the deep snow drifts and took glam shots of my truck.
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    Still waiting....
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    After awhile I went down to check on the group and they were trying to air down the massive tires on the Ram but nobody had a pressure gauge down here. lol So we all took pieces of broken twigs to depress the tire valves and release air while we tried to visually judge what 20psi would look like in a 37" E-metric mud terrain.... We air them down until we can see a decent sidewall bulge then head back up the hill towards the other rigs and the Ram slowly creeps up the hill that had thwarted his progress multiple times when his tires were at regular street pressure. Once he was up with the other rigs we used my pressure gauge to set his tires at 23psi. We had gotten them to around 28psi+- using the twigs. They had some serious bulge at 23psi and without beadlocks we didn't want to risk blowing a bead. I don't have experience with such heavy trucks and he usually drives it in sand. 37s, powerful diesel and massive King shocks must be a blast!


    Nathan leading us now with me behind and the Ram behind me. As we climbed the snow got a little deeper and tracks from earlier traffic were disappearing. Still, no trouble with traction. It became a game to see who could get out of the deep ruts and stay out of them the longest.
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    After a few more miles we reach a peak and the tracks ran out and the trail headed downhill and curved to the left. Both trucks stopped at the top and the Jeep proceeded forward to scout it out a bit so we wouldn't risk all of us getting stuck. Up to this point the Canyon and Jeep had zero issues. We just floated on top of the snow but the Ram and gotten fully stuck twice and semi-stuck more than a few times. With the storm just getting started we knew that everything we had already been through would only be getting worse on the return trip.
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    The Jeep made it just around the corner before getting stuck.
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    I stood around for a bit to see if he could get unstuck by himself while his dad and dad's friend went down to help/watch. So I took more photos.

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    After a bit it looked like he was definitely stuck and the Maxsa boards were up here in the bed of the Ram. Here was my chance to rescue a Jeep! I proceeded to do a 20 point turn between the ruts while avoiding hitting the Ram. It's amazing how hard it is to get out of deep ruts without momentum. I finally got turned around and started to back down the hill so I could tug the Jeep free. As I pulled into view of the Jeep I noticed Nathan was methodically but frantically trying to back the Jeep up the hill. He kept sliding into the little ditch on the left side of the road but he was always able to extract himself with a little back and forth "rocking" and some steering wheel input. I stopped my truck and watched him slip and slide around the trail going this way and that and almost doing circles while making his way back to the top. It was comical to say the least. Short wheelbase vehicles are so much fun. LOL Unfortunately I didn't get any photos or videos of the action.

    We decided it was safer to call it here and turn around. There were plenty of side trails back down the mountain where we could explore with less risk of getting stuck on the wrong side of the mountain. I figured since we couldn't really plow fresh snow and look Instagram cool we could at least ram the ruts and have some fun.
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    One the way back down the hill we took a side trail and found a little puddle to play in. I had seen an "overland outfitted" Tacoma run through it a few minutes before and from my angle it looked a lot deeper than it turned out to be. It was still fin trying to drench my cell phone though. The phone survived (it's waterproof) but the sound got kinda funky after the first pass and I had to let it dry by the heater vents before I could plug it back in to charge.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXsv...ature=youtu.be

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    We lefts the rigs in 2wd and had a bit of fun. Again, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the Wildpeaks did in the muddy snowy slushy muck. Especially in 2wd. It was actually kinda hard to break the tires loose and get sideways without putting the pedal to the floor. All traction nannies were turned off.

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    We started back down the main paved road towards Michigan Bluff/Foresthill but it was raining pretty hard and no one wanted to pull over and air up the tires in that so we drove for a bit keeping max speed around 45mph. I was keeping an eye on my tire pressure on the dash display to watch for evidence of the tires heating up. After 5 miles or so I observed a 2psi gain and that was enough for me to call it. I figure if my tiny 33" tires are heating up then the 35s on the Jeep and the 37s on the Ram are probably worse off. We found a spot to pull over and the rain let up slightly. I pulled out my little Smittybilt 2.54CFM compressor and Nathan produced a little cigarette lighter powered compressor. Everyone came over to check out my setup and we discussed the merits of a decent compressor vs. the cheap units from Walmart and scuba tanks pre-pressurized. I mentioned the importance of run time when considering a compressor. On average it takes about 2min to air up a 33" tire from 20psi to 35psi. So times 4 that's umm 8 minutes. My compressor has a continuous duty run time for about 40min at 40psi and 75F temps. That is more than sufficient for my personal needs. But if you are airing up multiple rigs and temps are in the high 90s or higher than you can start to run into trouble and will overheat the compressor. As if to make my point for me. When Nathan unplugged his little compressor to air up the remaining 2 tires the compressor quit on him and wouldn't turn back on. So we used my compressor to air up his remaining tires and get the Ram aired up to a decent street pressure of 35psi. I didn't take photos of the airing up process but this was pretty cool! The heater system in the Jeep had stopped working and while airing up we noticed his return lines? were completely white with frost. It looked pretty neat.

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    From this point we parted ways. It was a good day.

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    JC, your photos arenít loading for me. Iíll check later, maybe itís my connection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    JC, your photos arenít loading for me. Iíll check later, maybe itís my connection.
    For me either.
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    *FIXED*

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    Great story and Pics JC.

    They very much reminded me of some exploring that we did many years ago around the Blue Canyon area off of I80 heading up to Truckee.

    If I can find pics of the rig. I'll post them. It was a '61 Willy's Wagoneer that used to belong to Fred MacMurray (think, My Three Sons).
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    Found 'Em!

    Okay, I referred to this truck above, but it's worthy of it's own post.

    This belonged to the actor Fred MacMurray. My buddy bought it from him in '87 and drove it around for a bit just like he found it, with a Chevy 307 in it.

    Then, he went to work on it:

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    He shortened a '73 Chevy 3/4 ton truck frame and used the axles and running gear that was in it, except for the L88 spec 427 Chevy. (this pic is from the trip I mentioned above)

    Here it is after he cut the top off and painted it:

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    This thing was a BEAST. It was funny to see it with three kids seats strapped in the back.

    You could NOT get this thing stuck as pictured in the first photo. (There's more to that story, too.)

    Fun times!
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    Have 2 Scouts now! One has a removable top!!NorCal Rigs that Tacomas Envy-img_2489.jpg

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    FC, Did you see the Scout that went on BringaTrailer yesterday, by chance? $38K. Stunning!

    This:

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    FC, Did you see the Scout that went on BringaTrailer yesterday, by chance? $38K. Stunning!

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    wow, thank you!!! Looks like that thing is ready to wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    FC, Did you see the Scout that went on BringaTrailer yesterday, by chance? $38K. Stunning!

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    Quite a nice piece of work rightchthar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    FC, Did you see the Scout that went on BringaTrailer yesterday, by chance? $38K. Stunning!

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    That's hot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    FC, Did you see the Scout that went on BringaTrailer yesterday, by chance? $38K. Stunning!

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    Not a bad price. You couldnít find and restore for this price counting the value of your labor.

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    Found a place in Campbell that will fabricate some custom skid plates for my Tahoe. I purposely bought the LT with max trailering package instead of the Z71, as the trailering package has a far better suspension. The fabrication guys told me the skids they build will be lightyears beyond Z71s. Will be interesting.

    Anybody ever go here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Found a place in Campbell that will fabricate some custom skid plates for my Tahoe. I purposely bought the LT with max trailering package instead of the Z71, as the trailering package has a far better suspension. The fabrication guys told me the skids they build will be lightyears beyond Z71s. Will be interesting.

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    Huh? I thought the Z71 was the top notch level for off-road. Used my Google, what an I missing here?

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    Huh? I thought the Z71 was the top notch level for off-road. Used my Google, what an I missing here?
    The LT Tahoe with max trailering package has stronger coils and air leveling shocks for towing that the Z71 doesnít have. It also has the same low gear differential and G80 locker. It doesnít have stock skid plates. So, Iím having custom made, better skid plates than the Z71. But in all honestly, neither are the Z71 or my souped up LT are good for much more than light off road. Check out the border patrol Tahoes, after they lift it 6 inches, strip off the bumpers, put on tubular skids and 35 inch tires. Those can go nearly anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    The LT Tahoe with max trailering package has stronger coils and air leveling shocks for towing that the Z71 doesnít have. It also has the same low gear differential and G80 locker. It doesnít have stock skid plates. So, Iím having custom made, better skid plates than the Z71. But in all honestly, neither are the Z71 or my souped up LT are good for much more than light off road. Check out the border patrol Tahoes, after they lift it 6 inches, strip off the bumpers, put on tubular skids and 35 inch tires. Those can go nearly anywhere.
    Weird that the Z71 is lacking in the towing department compared to the LT. I guess the LT is more oriented towards a family SUV vacation vehicle with premium interior trim. I hate it when companies charge a premium for a package like the Z71 off road yet donít give all the goodies that even the lower LT has. Badging it with fancy emblems brings 10K more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Weird that the Z71 is lacking in the towing department compared to the LT. I guess the LT is more oriented towards a family SUV vacation vehicle with premium interior trim. I hate it when companies charge a premium for a package like the Z71 off road yet donít give all the goodies that even the lower LT has. Badging it with fancy emblems brings 10K more.
    The Z71 package has become very lame duck for off-road. In fact, you can even get the Z71 package on 2wd vehicles now. For the Colorado the ZR2 is the top off-road package (2" lift with Multimatic DSSV spool valve shocks, front/rear lockers, off-road tuned leaf springs, off-road bumpers etc) and for the Silverado the Trail Boss is the top off-road package ( 2" spacer lift, rear auto locker, Duratrac tire) In the GMC lineup the AT4 is the off-road model (similar to the Trail Boss).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    The Z71 package has become very lame duck for off-road. In fact, you can even get the Z71 package on 2wd vehicles now. For the Colorado the ZR2 is the top off-road package (2" lift with Multimatic DSSV spool valve shocks, front/rear lockers, off-road tuned leaf springs, off-road bumpers etc) and for the Silverado the Trail Boss is the top off-road package ( 2" spacer lift, rear auto locker, Duratrac tire) In the GMC lineup the AT4 is the off-road model (similar to the Trail Boss).
    Yep. My plan is to drive mine as a luxury light off roader/family wagon for a few years, then it will become my MTB wagon taking the place of my R50. I will probably do a 6 inch coil lift, metal bumpers, bigger tires, tubular skids etc. The Tahoes do have a good base to build on with body on frame construction, solid axle, 2 speed transfer case etc. In 2020 I hear the body on frame is over..... unibody.......that is a shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Yep. My plan is to drive mine as a luxury light off roader/family wagon for a few years, then it will become my MTB wagon taking the place of my R50. I will probably do a 6 inch coil lift, metal bumpers, bigger tires, tubular skids etc. The Tahoes do have a good base to build on with body on frame construction, solid axle, 2 speed transfer case etc. In 2020 I hear the body on frame is over..... unibody.......that is a shame.
    Arabia's is awesome, I haven't had any work done by them but I've been by the shop and they always have cool toys in there. If I ever put long arms on my JKU I'll prob go there as I don't really have space to deal with cutting a bunch of brackets off and re-welding them.

    With your Tahoe be careful about adding too much weight or getting to rough with em, they're still fairly light duty trucks so you'll kind of need to watch things like the front diff if you plan to lock it, and weight/tires/gearing and all that stuff. I've never really wheeled a IFS rig, much less a full size one but they can work pretty darn well. For the GM stuff my wife's 2wd truck has a G80 in the rear and that stupid thing work surprisingly well... Her lead foot helps that as well. Dunno if your tahoe has one, but they work well considering.

    I wonder if there should be a Hollister Hills run sometime soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rho View Post
    Arabia's is awesome, I haven't had any work done by them but I've been by the shop and they always have cool toys in there. If I ever put long arms on my JKU I'll prob go there as I don't really have space to deal with cutting a bunch of brackets off and re-welding them.

    With your Tahoe be careful about adding too much weight or getting to rough with em, they're still fairly light duty trucks so you'll kind of need to watch things like the front diff if you plan to lock it, and weight/tires/gearing and all that stuff. I've never really wheeled a IFS rig, much less a full size one but they can work pretty darn well. For the GM stuff my wife's 2wd truck has a G80 in the rear and that stupid thing work surprisingly well... Her lead foot helps that as well. Dunno if your tahoe has one, but they work well considering.

    I wonder if there should be a Hollister Hills run sometime soon...
    Hollister Hills would be good with me. I have a Nissan R50 (old QX4) getting some new mudslingers, coils, struts on it right now! That's my MTB battle wagon/hell raiser. It's a surprisingly good 4x4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Hollister Hills would be good with me. I have a Nissan R50 (old QX4) getting some new mudslingers, coils, struts on it right now! That's my MTB battle wagon/hell raiser. It's a surprisingly good 4x4.
    Nice! Those are fun little trucks. Nissan does 4x4's very well, my dad has a pro 4x Xterra that had zero issues dragging a trailer around on the Mojave Road when we did that trail a couple years back. What'd you get for tires?

    ... and speaking of tires... I need to get new wheels and tires for my jeep at some point but that is 2K I'm not super looking forward to spending. Its geared for 35's right now but I have 33's on it and yeah, it isn't too happy above 70 on the freeway.

    For Hollister, I think something in March would work for me... dunno about anyone else tho, Feb is pretty busy with some fam stuff and then I'm taking my kid on a camping/expedition trip out to AZ to see the Grand Canyon and Hover Dam and to do some exploring/wheeling out that way and then hitting the Mojave Road on the way back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rho View Post
    Nice! Those are fun little trucks. Nissan does 4x4's very well, my dad has a pro 4x Xterra that had zero issues dragging a trailer around on the Mojave Road when we did that trail a couple years back. What'd you get for tires?

    ... and speaking of tires... I need to get new wheels and tires for my jeep at some point but that is 2K I'm not super looking forward to spending. Its geared for 35's right now but I have 33's on it and yeah, it isn't too happy above 70 on the freeway.

    For Hollister, I think something in March would work for me... dunno about anyone else tho, Feb is pretty busy with some fam stuff and then I'm taking my kid on a camping/expedition trip out to AZ to see the Grand Canyon and Hover Dam and to do some exploring/wheeling out that way and then hitting the Mojave Road on the way back.
    I'm going to test fit some steel wheels and KM3's this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    I'm going to test fit some steel wheels and KM3's this weekend.
    Nice! You better post pics.

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    ZR2 looks like an awesome truck. Raptor and TRD doesn't have front locking diffs???


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    ZR2 looks like an awesome truck. Raptor and TRD doesn't have front locking diffs???


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    Lol
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    Great catch! I like how he shows the Tacos etc slinging dirt trying to get up the hill, then says 'this is actually my wife coming up the hill in the ZR2.' She's out for a Sunday cruise! LOL!

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    Great vid for sure. Iíd love to take some of those rigs out and thrash them like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    ZR2 looks like an awesome truck. Raptor and TRD doesn't have front locking diffs???

    looks like those were gen1 raptors in the video...but, correct, even the gen2 raptors do not have locking front diff's. The gen2 has: electronically-locking (driver selectable) rear diff - standard - and a TorSen front - optional. most are equipped with the TorSen front.

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    That video looked like a lot of fun. I've been thinking about getting a 4wd pickup for off road shenanigans. Maybe in the next couple of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riderup View Post
    looks like those were gen1 raptors in the video...but, correct, even the gen2 raptors do not have locking front diff's. The gen2 has: electronically-locking (driver selectable) rear diff - standard - and a TorSen front - optional. most are equipped with the TorSen front.
    How does the TorSen compare with a G80 for offroad climbing, sand, mud, etc?

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