One could probably start a whole blog or maybe just a tumblog dedicated to desert trucks. Typically bought and parked while the owner finishes up “other projects”, they end up for sale after somewhere between 6 and 60 months of sitting. They come from places like Tehachapi, El Centro, Brawley or in this case, Ridgecrest. The background any photos almost always has a collection of desiccated machinery that’s equally odd and awesome. Not unlike a certain Southeastern example, they tempt by being theoretically roadworthy with some line like “This vehicle has driven from Long Beach to Ridgecrest before and in much worse shape than it is now, but it is sold as-is where-is with no warranty implied“.
Who’s up for a little road trip?
This particular example of Truckus Paleoaridus is of the Moparis variety, powered by a slant six backed up by a granny-less four speed. It’s got a 5 inch lift to clear 35 inch mud tires, which probably puts the original gearing right in line with decent highway cruising. It’s got the typical torn vinyl that looks like it’d slice you right open, which is why they make Mexico Blankets and bungee cords.
What’s odd is that the seller claims it’s got rust. “…rust in all the usual places. All of them. If you have a fear of rust, this is not the truck for you.” Looking at the pictures, there’s not much in the way of body rot that typically accompanies a truck with serious rust issues. Hopefully he’s taking the Southern California definition of rust, which is to say there’s some surface corrosion present, not crumbling ferrous oxide. All in all, it’s got the vibe of the skinny old prospector who doesn’t look like much, but’ll put a pickax through your skull with his freakish old man strength. $4000 ain’t cheap, but the grizzliness/dollar ratio is hard to beat.