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1971 4×4 Eldorado Convertible May be the Zenith of Americanness

1976 Cadillac Eldorado 4x4 for sale

Forget the Escalade. Forget luxury crossovers trying to also be “coupes”. Forget (if you can) the Murano CrossCabrio. This is the vehicle that combines the presence of a 4×4 with the impractical jauntiness of a drop-top two door.

We need to give credit to the builder for not just dropping the body on a Blazer frame, but actually adapting the Cadillac motor and frame to accommodate a 4×4 drivetrain and suspension. Additional points awarded for no American flag hood decal or dumbass bumper stickers. Most importantly, no longhorns on the hood. That said, the conspicuously installed aftermarket stereo system detracts from the gravitas of the whole setup.

Overall, this seems to be the perfect vehicle for a construction boss to roll up to a job site in. He’s not here to do any real dirty work, but a few measly obstacles aren’t going to hold him back.

1971 Cadillac Eldorado 4×4 for sale – eBay Motors

Truck Thursday: 1985 Chevrolet Silverado Fleetside Diesel

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For today’s Truck Thursday contribution from up here in the slushy north, I bring you this 1985 Chevrolet C/K. It’s a Silverado specification with the 6.2-litre Detroit Diesel, so certainly worthy. All of the chrome on it looks so good, even if it stands out well enough by itself.

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Truck Thursday: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo Ain’t No Mystery

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This Must be the Cleanest Diesel Luv on the Planet

1982 chevy luv diesel for saleQuick, think of the Chevy LUV. Is your mental image that of a faded yellow or brown model with an oxidized-to-chalk camper shell on the bed? Dinky tires that cost $15 each when new 18 years ago? Right. Such is the LUV in its natural habitat.

But then we have this thing: with 82,000 miles on the clock, it’s cleaner than any vehicle I’ve ever owned. The silver paint’s still shiny and unoxidized. The red interior’s still red. The seats have no tears. The carpet, no stains. Its only modification is a set of cheap chrome wheels.

I suspect the its powertrain might’ve saved it. GM’s early 80s “experimenting with BDSM diesel” phase didn’t exactly work out, so the (I’m guessing) 58 horsepower this unit’s 2.2L motor made kept it away from serious truck duty or wannabe racer/minitruckin’ influences.

So, um, does anyone want to go to Hardy, Arkansas and pay around $5k for the World’s Nicest Diesel LUV?

1982 Chevrolet LUV Diesel for sale – eBay Motors

Edselchero!

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Why did Edsel fail? Common answers include overwrought, hideous or generally gynecological styling, poor assembly quality and a lack of identity in the Ford hierarchy of brands. Clearly, it’s for absence of a car-truck. Luckily, through the beauty of interchangeable parts, we can create our own from a like-year Ranchero.

This seller’s gone ahead and started us down that road, offering a ’57 Ranchero with an Edsel clip retrofitted in place. It’s a rolling chassis with no engine (though the seller states/asks that he can provide one with a mysterious question mark?). This one’s a true field find, as it’s been sitting for 20 years and the CA DMV has no record of it. Luckily, you can still get Ford FE motors (guess what the “E” in FE stands for?) on Craigslist for a few hundred bucks. Similarly, there’s decent aftermarket support for late-50s Fords, so long as you don’t need some year/trim specific interior trim bit.

Anyway, the seller gives us just this one picture, minimal info and a price of $2500 for the whole thing (and $500 more for the original Ranchero front clip). Surely there’s a joke about paying that much for…that…grille, but we’re too classy to make it.

1957 Edsel Ranchero – Sacramento Craigslist

1990 Nissan Homy 4×4 Does Play That

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Yes, I belie my 1990s formative years with an In Living Color reference. Today’s Homy continues Japan’s tradition of giving vans some of the best names of any vehicles on the planet: Life Dunk, That’s, Scrum Wagon, Every Joypop, Mysterious Utility Wizard, Bongo Friendee, etc.

This Homy is a RHD JDM model that’s been imported legally thanks to it turning 25 in 2015. The interior looks to be in good, clean condition and theoretically seats eight through some jumble of jump seats and benches. Under the hood center console lies a 2.7L diesel good for (searches…) ooof, not much in the way of power or torque. Plan on leaving early and arriving late for any trip to the mountains. Once you’re (finally) there, you could make use of the 4wd system or just fold all the seats flat to make a wonderfully lumpy bed.

If you thought the Dodge Ambulance from earlier today was overpriced at $7500, this one’s gonna hurt even more: $15,000. Now we’re into Westy or even Westy Syncro territory (which I also view as offensively overpriced). Personally, I’d rather have this over the VWs, but driving in the gutter and shifting left handed are going to limit your future buyer pool for sure.

1990 Nissan Homy 4×4 for sale – SF Bay Craigslist

Rambulance! (Again)

1954 dodge m43 ambulance for saleWordPress is telling me I already used that title back in 2010 when I wrote about, well, another Dodge M43 Ambulance (though this seller has his listed as an “M34”). Though…looking through the Wikipedia article on the M37 platform, the 2010 post is most likely an M152 “Enclosed Service Truck”, based on the windows up by the roof. Today’s specimen has no windows and is probably an actual ambulance, converted to forest service search and rescue duty at some point after military retirement.

This one’s in standard condition for a 50 year old military vehicle being sold as a project someone doesn’t have time for anymore: “runs and drives” but “just needs some carb work”. We can translate that to “can be made to run and drive, but probably leaks 20% of its fluids per driving session” and “before you’re done finding carb rebuild parts on a 78hp flathead in a 7000lb vehicle, you’ll be shopping for a 440 on Craigslist“. Which brings us to the seller’s price. Our similar-condition example from 2010? $3k. This one? $7,500. Yes, the economy and values of old 4x4s have both recovered since then, but not that much.

Still, when I see that back end opened up, I can’t help but imagine throwing in a couple of jump seats for the kids, plus enough storage racking and tool box mounts to get through a Mad-Maxian apocalypse/LeMons race/camping trip (it’s really just a sliding scale). Grab that 440 + 727 combo, thrown on a Gear Vendors overdrive and you’re set for whatever could come your way. Just pack a few extra gas cans.

1954 Dodge M43 Ambulance for sale – SF Bay Craigslist

 

Truck Thursday: The Party Fire Truck!

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At first glace it looks like an ordinary fire truck, but take a closer look. It’s all business in the front party in the back!

What we got here is a party fire engine, with a hot tub and some kind of a “refrigerated beer system”

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Truck Thursday: Land Rover Series 3 Project

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When we are not posting cool awesome pointless stories here on Hooniverse for you, we, your awesome writers, exchange hundreds of pointless emails each day. In those emails we discuss future business plans site growth opportunities site monetization returns on investment of time and money dumb ideas which often expose our automotive weaknesses. The esteemed Robert Emslie thought that since I like Land Rovers, this project would be right up my alley.

No.

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Truck Thursday: 1936 Hudson Terraplane Pickup

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For your Truck Thursday enjoyment, I want to share with you one of the more interesting pickups in automotive history – the Hudson Terraplane pickup. … Continue Reading