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Current truck:

Chevrolet Sonic LT, 1.4L Turbo, Wrong wheel drive, 6 speed auto

4"+ lift kit, 100% GM stock components

215/75R16(28x8)General AT2's

Warn Axon 55S, rear mounted

On board air w/air horns

Accessory lighting and a front receiver for the winch are in the works. Still considering a set of 10" travel, dual rate coilovers on the back and a pre-runnerish style bumper up front.

With next to no concern for aesthetics or structural integrity, she can be driven just about anywhere. Soft sand is a no go. I do carry extra recovery gear. I also carry plenty of spare parts, from a set of axles to a pile of zipties, and carry plenty of tools to make sure I can destroy what ever breaks, for good. 

I know posting a pic of such an amazing ride, the modern marvel of over-engineering that is, opens me up to vehicle theft, big time. I'll risk it this one time, cause I'm pretty sure you're all decent folk.

 

 

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Wrong wheel drive isn't so bad on a small truck, but ramming speed can help out when it gets dicey.

Soft sand nogo? Air down and float., and if you get stuck whip out your cloud hook recovery gear:).

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I like it!

Some equipment makes more sense if it is disposable. Vehicles fit this slot perfectly. 

I knew a fellow who prospected in a PT Cruiser. It was a bit extra effort for him but it sure didn't hold him back.

You can tear up a $40,000 pickup in three or four seasons and get a couple miles closer to "the spot". Or you can tear up a dented Kia Sportage in four seasons and spend a thousand bucks. Either way you find just as many rocks.

I have driven a 1976 fj40 Land Cruiser for 35 years. It has 650,000 miles on it. When the forces of erosion weather the mountains to dust I will drive it in the flats.

I paid $3000 for it in 1984. I figure I could give it a paint job and sell it for $10,000 today. It has sentimental value after all those miles. That sentimental value is a liability sometimes. 

 

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10 hours ago, DaveZ said:

Current truck:

Chevrolet Sonic LT, 1.4L Turbo, Wrong wheel drive, 6 speed auto

4"+ lift kit, 100% GM stock components

215/75R16(28x8)General AT2's

Warn Axon 55S, rear mounted

On board air w/air horns

Accessory lighting and a front receiver for the winch are in the works. Still considering a set of 10" travel, dual rate coilovers on the back and a pre-runnerish style bumper up front.

With next to no concern for aesthetics or structural integrity, she can be driven just about anywhere. Soft sand is a no go. I do carry extra recovery gear. I also carry plenty of spare parts, from a set of axles to a pile of zipties, and carry plenty of tools to make sure I can destroy what ever breaks, for good. 

I know posting a pic of such an amazing ride, the modern marvel of over-engineering that is, opens me up to vehicle theft, big time. I'll risk it this one time, cause I'm pretty sure you're all decent folk.

 

 

20191028_085733.jpg

Nice to see some people have a sense of humor.:rolleyes:

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6 hours ago, Stillweaver hillbelli said:

Wrong wheel drive isn't so bad on a small truck, but ramming speed can help out when it gets dicey.

Soft sand nogo? Air down and float., and if you get stuck whip out your cloud hook recovery gear:).

I usually don't bother with anything less than ramming speed. Full send is all too common, as well. Not having an anchor, sand is only an option if other vehicles are involved in the trip.

Safety third!

24 minutes ago, Bedrock Bob said:

I like it!

Some equipment makes more sense if it is disposable. Vehicles fit this slot perfectly. 

I knew a fellow who prospected in a PT Cruiser. It was a bit extra effort for him but it sure didn't hold him back.

You can tear up a $40,000 pickup in three or four seasons and get a couple miles closer to "the spot". Or you can tear up a dented Kia Sportage in four seasons and spend a thousand bucks. Either way you find just as many rocks.

I have driven a 1976 fj40 Land Cruiser for 35 years. It has 650,000 miles on it. When the forces of erosion weather the mountains to dust I will drive it in the flats.

I paid $3000 for it in 1984. I figure I could give it a paint job and sell it for $10,000 today. It has sentimental value after all those miles. That sentimental value is a liability sometimes. 

 

I have that same thing goin on with option 2, the 67 Bronco that sits in the garage, needing a motor.

Option 1 is full coverage insurance and a 7yr note. Kinda like a rental you have to maintain a bit. Keep it running and trustworthy for 150k+, get a couple "free" years out of it, then do it again with the next one.

99% of my dithering is done on my own, VERY FOOLISHLY. Rarely, does anyone have any idea as to my whereabouts. Some amount of uncommon sense, mechanical ability, abstract thinking, and will to survive have brought me this far. Other than what I do to it, my vehicle has to be the very last of my worries. A 4000 mile round trip is the standard for my "vacations", so security, comfort, and driveability are all huge issues. The Bronco on 35s, with lockers, a manual 4spd, no top, no doors, no AC, no heat, and 50 year old seats doesn't really meet any of those criteria....man, is she a fun fling, though, when she aint broke.

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