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Classic Skin on a Great Chassis: ’64 Suburban on a ’02 Diesel 2500HD Chassis

1964 suburban diesel swap for saleWhile scheming about my own Wagoneer, my escalations of “if you’re going to fix ______, you might as well upgrade to ______” often end with the idea of transplanting the majority of a modern 4×4 into/under it. This tends to make more sense in the context of swapping a late-’70s, early-’80s chassis under a ’50s-’60s era truck, as they use simpler technology and often mounting points are shared. Today’s example stretches that gap, dropping the body of a ’64 Suburban on an ’02 Chevy 2500HD diesel chassis.

You could spend copious quantities of cash upgrading hardware before you’d have the power, efficiency, steering, brakes and drivetrain beef offered by this swap. Unfortunately, there are a few details I’d do differently. The wheels and tires scream 90s show truck, while some narrower, hub-capped painted steelies would be more period appropriate. Getting a current-gen electronics to play nice with old gauges is no small feat, so I sympathize with the seller’s choice to transplant the new dash into the old truck. Unfortunately, the aesthetics of it need some work; early ’00s GM wasn’t exactly the pinnacle of interior design.

 So…then there’s the price. I’m not sure who the buyer of a $31,000 custom truck is, but that’s well outside my budget for a vehicle that’s still going to be a project no matter how well executed the swap is. He does strong suggest we make any offer, though…

1964 Suburban on 2002 2500HD Diesel Chassis – eBay Motors

Are We Missing Something? Surprisingly Cheap ’71 Unimog 404

1971 unimog 404 for saleHaving evolved from farm truck to its current heavy duty hardware, there’s no denying Unimog’s place as the ne plus ultra of 4x4s. Wrangler, CJ, Land Rover or FJ guys all quit slapping at each other with limp wrists to acknowledge its superiority. Unfortunately, most examples that come up for sale are later, massively heavy-duty examples from a German fire and rescue crew or the like. In fact, that’s exactly what our own Dearthair test drove so many years back.

It’s with great excitement, curiosity and a little skepticism that we present this 1971 Unimog 404 (there’s a “404 Not Found” joke in here somewhere but I’m too tired to make it…). There are no obvious condition or maintenance issues. The seller’s gone through a lot of recent maintenance, per this response to a question:

Yes original gearing. Never had it on highway I’m told they can go 60 but that would be winding it up. The only issue is all the gauge and switch info is in German or whatever. I don’t know what all the switches do. I have done all hard stuff (front axle seals mega bitch, etc) engine front oil seal has a very small leak, a few drips after running. I don’t think it is worth fixing. Everything else I have gone through. It also has a compressor for trailer breaks that works but I cut off the belt because unless you wanted to pull trailer with air breaks or to power air tools it’s just a drag on the motor because it pumps all the time.

That response really makes me want to buy it just to equip it with “MEGABCH” vanity plates.

Bidding’s at just $9,600 as of this writing, which is a damn good deal for a vehicle that could drag your house down the street in low range.

1971 Unimog 404 for sale – eBay Motors

What to do with an Engine-less FJ45 Wagon?

1965 toyota fj45lv wagon for saleAs a California resident and total Jeep fanboy, the FJ40-series Land Cruisers don’t set my heart aflutter the way they do those from saltier, less sunny climates. They’re everywhere out here and always have been. However, we get into the oddball models and things get a notch more interesting. Here we have a remarkably rare 1965 FJ45LV Wagon in halfway decent shape, just minus the drivetrain. The tailgate is removed due to some rust issues, but otherwise it’s typical surface-wear type rust.

I guess the tricky part with a rig like this is whether it’s best to restore it in stock(ish) form or build it to your liking. Dropping in a Chevy drivetrain is pretty much a one-weekend affair–in fact, I’d wager there are more Chevy-swapped FJs on the road than originals, at least in the US. But really, if you wanted a Detroit-powered 4-door 4×4, there are plenty of those around. Maybe keep it in the family and drop in a TRD supercharged 5VZFE from a later Tacoma? Maybe a UZFE?

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The reserve’s unmet at $5700, which seems like a lot for a project truck with no drivetrain. Then again, try finding another example in better (or any) condition…

1965 Toyota FJ45LV Land Cruiser Wagon for sale – eBay Motors

1956 International Travelall: Bring ALL THE THINGS to ALL THE PLACES

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Apologies for the memey title; it’s late. While Jeep lives on as the brand synonymous with Barbie 4x4s, International gave them a run for their money back in the middle of the century. Case in point? This Travelall Model S120, which looks like a medium-sized bus with rare-for-the-time four wheel drive. I’ll be 100% honest and say no one here knows much about these, so there’s not much to add. Even the requisite Wikipedia search tells us they the S120 is the heavier-duty option and that straight six is a 220ci unit (probably making something like 90hp). I fully expect commenter Scoutdude to weigh in with more details and perspective.

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So, what you see is what you get: a bus-like thing that you could spend countless dollars and hours restoring to original, or a canvas to create your own camping/mountain lodge shuttle/gigantic family off-roading masterpiece. It’s sitting with 1 day to go an a $5,500 Buy-it-Now.

1956 International Travelall S120 4×4 for sale – eBay Motors

 

Junkyard Benzamino Verdict is in…

mercedes benz 220s junkyardI stumbled across this 1965 Mercedes Benz 200-amino while using Row52 to hunt for an alternator donor for my Falcon. With only one picture to go by, questions outnumbered answers 10:1. After pulling the alternator I needed from a 1970 Fairlane wagon and a 10 foot battery cable from an e30 BMW (for future trunk battery mounting), I burrowed deep into the SUV section of the yard to find our subject…

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Truck Thursday – A 1955 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside Pickup That’s Not What it Appears to be!

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Many of our longtime fans here on the Hooniverse know my feelings about RestoMods, but every once in a while, I become enamored with a well executed modernized classic, like this one. This is a 1955 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside Pickup that has been highly modified, but not in the way that you imagined. No, there isn’t a modern big block Chevrolet V-8 under the hood, or a modern Chevrolet Pickup chassis lurking under all the smoothed over body work. No, this truck was modified to accept a fully functioning 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML-320 Chassis and interior. Yes, a Mercedes-Benz ML-320! Make the jump to read a lot more about this interesting ride…

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Get Your Vintage 4×4 Fix for Cheap with this Scout 800A

1968 scout 800 for saleVintage 4x4s are getting more expensive by the day. This guy just got $31 grand for a ’69 Wagoneer (which puts the scheming portion of my brain into overdrive). Land Rovers, Cruisers, Classic Broncos and K5s are rapidly graduating to collectible status, with the accompanied price jumps. Bare-bones utilitarian vehicles meant for park rangers, selling as luxury items, huh. Luckily, Scout 800s are still widely acknowledged as being the crappy little 4x4s they always were. As such, they’re still available with prices like “will trade for 5hp chipper shredder”.

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This one’s a nice exception to the general crappiness of the 800, as it’s equipped with a 266ci V8 and a 4-speed manual. That said, plan near total dis- and re-assembly to get drain every fluid and replace every seal and hose. There’s more rust than we’d expect from an Arizona car, but it’s still on the low end for an ancient Scout. The nice part is you’re really under no obligation to restore it beyond grinding down the worst of it and getting the thing running. I’d keep it basically stock, save a grumbly exhaust and skinny mud terrain tires.

Opening bid is a mere $1500: 1968 IH Scout 800A for sale – eBay Motors

 

Goodwood 2014: Ford Mustero: Professional Hack-Job?

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When I’m drunk and armed with a Sawzall and absolutely no safety equipment nor any prior planning, there’s nothing I enjoy more than cutting the rear end from a perfectly serviceable car and “converting” it into a pick-up truck.

I don’t really, of course; but if eBay and Cragslist are anything to go by, there are an awful lot of people out there who do. Not all of them can string a sentence together, but they all have access to power-tools. Usually, though, they start off with some rough old beater before commencing their round of “improvements”.

This machine, seen on display at the Cartier Style Et Luxe competition at Goodwood, promised to have rather more provenance; though I’m not quite sure. Make your own judgement after the jump.

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1965 Mercedes Benzamino Inspires Junkyard Quest

1965 Junkyard BenzaminoThis is a picture of a 1965 Mercedes Benz 220 station wagon (or possibly sedan) at the Newark, CA Pick-N-Pull. You now know what I know. However, I’ll be stopping by tomorrow to take advantage of their 4th of July weekend sale and I will investigate further.

Care to speculate what this thing was or where it came from? It really has the look of the hacked up vehicles one finds in war-torn failed states. Those folks know what lasts and what doesn’t, and an ancient MB will outlive its owners if treated well. I’m hoping some junkyard archaeology will reveal if this was an enterprising farmer’s sheep hauler or some stupid art car from Burning Man.

Found courtesy of the craigslist-for-people-who-want-something-below-the-bottom-rung: Row52.

Truck Thursday: The Trucks of Alaska’s Dalton Highway

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A couple of weeks ago, I took a van trip up Alaska’s Dalton Highway to the Arctic Ocean. The Dalton, also known as the Haul Road, parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and was made famous by the TV show Ice Road Truckers. I saw many pieces of unusual heavy machinery, like this Euclid B70 dump truck.

My ride was a Ford Econoline E350 with the V10 Triton. It transports people, bicycles, and canoes up and down the Dalton. My round trip fare was $500. Coincidentally, this van burns $500 of fuel for the round trip between Fairbanks and Deadhorse (1,000 miles total). Since the road was mostly gravel (and mostly rough gravel), we rarely exceeded 40 miles per hour. The steepest grade was 12%, at the Atigun Pass.

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