Current Bushcraft Vehicle

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by tanman2003, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. tanman2003

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    I guess you don't really have a vehicle when you are bushcrafting, but it is nice to have something that can get you to remote places or through mud or snow. I saw some threads in a search but they were kinda old.

    So lets see what you got? 4 wheels or 2

    Heres mine.

    1991 Jeep Wrangler
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    1985 Toyota 4Runner
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    The 4Runner has a leaky master cylinder that I need to get around to fixing.
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    82 CJ5 151 Gm Iron duke 4 cyl.I had a new wrangler in 98 and only kept it for a year.It wasnt real handy as a primary vehicle so I traded for a Dodge truck.Now I got this a newer Dodge truck ,the old Dodge I traded for and a gas sippin Ford focus for a work car.I thought about trying to find me an inline 6 for the Cj but have gotten attached to the little 4cyl.I may swap it one day but for now the way I use it to tool around here in the summer time I believe it will be just fine.
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    here is my "Bush Buster"

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    it's a 85, CJ8 Scrambler ..

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    I Love My "8" :)

    Talon
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    I bet you were loving that extra wheelbase when those pics were taken!
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    if I didn't know better that looks like johnson valley ... mine were taken on bullfrog :)

    How Cool !!!!!!

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    yep the 103.4" have saved my butt many a time ....

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    Yes sir! That is a pic of Jeep eater on top and the V-Notch on the bottom! Cougar Buttes is one of my favorite places to wheel!
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    1995 Jeep Wrangler... I have a newer Dodge Quad Cab but the Jeep is my friend and will not be replaced by anything but another Wrangler...
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    Things That Could Have Been...

    Prior to the job loss I had two nice trucks throughout the late 80s - 90s. Truck one was a 1974 F-250 4x4, 390 4V, 4 speed, 35" BF Goodrich Mud T/As, and truck two 1984 F-250 4x4, 6.9 L Navstar, 4 speed, 35" BF Goodrich Mud T/As. Since they were both the same type, one was the red truck and the other was the black truck, or the diesel and gas. At the time, I was working on buying one of these,

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    Unfortunately, my countrymen bought me out of my manufacturing job, so I not only had to give up hopes on the M-35A2, which I've wanted since the early 1970s, but also my two Fords because I just couldn't afford them, so I unloaded them in the late 90s.

    Right now, my bushcraft vehicles are these:

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    That was a lot of humble pie to eat, but I've largely adjusted to the change despite being rather bitter about it.

    Cheers,
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    My 2003 Nissan Frontier Kingcab 4x4 XE completely stock but very capable off-roader.
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    These pictures were taken at Kahikinui, Maui one of my favorite places on Earth my "fortress of solitude". This place took 1.5 hours to get to from my Kula home. I could fish for Ulua from shore, pick Opihi from the rocks, dive for lobster, and hunt goats all from this same location.
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    She also got me to the summit of Mt. Haleakala to my Chukar Hunting grounds close to 10,000 elevation

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    If I ever buy another 4x4 truck it will be a Nissan Frontier.
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    The family really liked "midnight"

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    but....I decided to wheel my daily driver at a National level event called Madness in May one year...
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    that's about a VERY expensive trophy he's holding there!
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    (needed a new engine we barely made it home!)

    It never ran right after that...so I went thru SEVERAL....
    an XJ (got it cheap, didn't like the roof - too closed in
    a CJ - looked great...easy build...got another stupidly large offer...sold it
    a H3 -ugh...I plead temp insanity...although I did wheel it very hard and it did well


    Till....we ended up in a most unlikely spot....
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    which morphed into this
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    which does THIS very well
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    much better than I ever expected actually....



    but....honestly...nowadays....this is what he's normally called upon to do:
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    because I really don't want him to end up like
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    and one day I hope to end up doing this with him
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    thanks for following along with my silliness! :7:

    :42: awesome thread everyone!!!!!
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    No Action/Off-road shots but here is mine:
    Lot's of leaks, Creeks, and rattles but I love this burb. My Son named it Clifford

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    My transporter, I still need to get the winch.
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    My current 2003 GMC Sierra. I built it with the intentions of doing a lot of overland traveling but haven't managed to quite get the the "a lot" part. I've done a few 2-3 day trips through the forests in Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina but nothing big like I had planned. This is a shot back from last March, it's changed a little as far as lights and the bed area but I don't have an updated pic yet.
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    My very much missed and beloved Suburban. I regret selling it every single day but I simply had no other choice at the time, it was my only vehicle and I couldn't afford the gas to drive it to work. :( Someday I'll have another one. The plan was to finish outfitting it for overland travel and swap in a Cummins diesel from a 99-03 Dodge. That setup in this 'burb would have gotten ~18-20MPG compared to the 6-8MPG from the factory 454.
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    oh, i hear ya. i have the 5.7 in mine and get ~11mpg. my daily driver is an old 96 civic that i didn't expect to last more than a year but i've had it now for 3:) not bad for $1,500
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    Here are my "bush" vehicles. The mrs. is not shown but it's a '04 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition blacked out.

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    My current stable is a 97 Ram on 3' skyjacker with 35x12.5's and some massaging on the 360.

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    And a 99 Grand with a 2' OME lift, and a sensible set of 31's.

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    And a 17' 1979 Sea Nymph Fishin Machine, that I hope to use several bushcraft outings this year.
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    I did the "wheel you daily driver" jeep club thing for a long time, but it got too expensive, and too political.

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    This is my daily driver and current bush vehicle, the "Mega Pig". It's an 07 Ram 2500 mega cab with a cummins and 6 speed manual. It's putting about 430 hp and 950 lb. ft. of torque to the ground all while averaging 17-19 mpg. I'm also building a fullsize bronco into a trail rig with a straight axle swap, winch, full cage, 5 point harness', and custom built evrything, but it is a long term project that I don't have any pics of that are handy.

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    Her next mission is the backroads to the Boundary Waters this summer

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    Lots of Jeeps in here fellas, good to see
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    This thread proves there is more to life than gas mileage, a loud stereo, and shiny rims.
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    13 lousy mpg and gets stuck in a little dusting . Had to get out my 1900 dollar minivan and go to the grocery on this day last year .

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    Nothing special, but it gets me into some places...some times places i shouldn't be.
    My 07 Jeep Liberty.
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    Great pics guys. Ill have to post pics of my new to me truck.
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    05 liberty CRD. Will be getting new tires soon as the taxes are in. going to throw on some 245/70/16 gerneral AT2's on her. oh yeah forgot gets around 30-35 MPG I love the diesel

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    :6: Is that an aftermarket 4x4 sticker? Unless the tires are completely bald I'd expect that truck to do at least as well as a mini-van in the snow.

    Edit: Oh yeah, I drive a '96 saturn sedan. I really want some kind of compact pickup or mid size SUV but my dog-gone sedan won't die.
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    You'd think wouldn't you . Wouldn't hurt to get some new tires . Mini vans have app 75% of the effectiveness of 4 wheel I heard somewhere . It is really tough to get my little Caravan stuck . Also I broke trail with the Silverado that day . I used to have a Suburban that did better prolly could use some weight in the bed of the pickup too .
    It is stock 4 wheel .
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    Just out of curiosity, do you have a gov-lock locking differential in the rear end? My wife's astro has a gov-lock diff and it's kind of lame, you pretty much have to get stuck before the diff will lock. Basically one wheel has to spin a few hundred rpm faster than the other wheel for the diff to lock, once it locks both wheels are spinning at the same rpm so it unlocks right when you need it to be locked. I took the van up to play in the snow a few weeks ago and got stuck in some drifted snow that was deeper than it looked. I thought I was going to have to get some help but just kept mashing the gas so one wheel would spin then lock and roll an inch then get stuck, spin, lock, roll and repeat, eventually the van struggled out of the drift.
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    That sort of sounds like mine , but to tell you the truth I put it in 4 wheel so seldom Im not as familiar as I should be . I actually bought 3/4 ton 4 wheel to pull the camper out of sticky situations more then anything . The camper weighs app 9 or 10 k so the pickup is actually pretty good at doing that .
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    Here's what I run now: The '99 Urban Assault Vehicle/HoardHauler/Larty
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    Drove this '70 M40A1 tanker a lot in the desert around SE Arizona. 45 mph highway, 45 mph across the open desert...whatta blast!
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    My much loved '86 CJ7 when I first got it:
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    Next to our old '90 4Runner:
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    Day before I left Montana for Arizona...
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    Shortly before i had to sell her...stupid California smog bull****. One of my saddest days...
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    Kids even had one until they wore it out:
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    All these Jeep pics....

    ~sniff~

    I need to go cry now...
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    Lots of nice vehicles. I have a 2000 Jeep TJ. Which is currently sitting at my brothers house back east.
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    My crew cab GMC pick-up was a little too unwieldy for some of my bushcraft outings, so I just bought a new (to me) bushcraft vehicle. Its a 2004 Jeep TJ. It needs some modification, but its in great shape (70,000) and I expect it will be around for a long time.
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    Well you guys are killing me! All I ever wanted was a nice beefy Jeep but with a need for tools for myself and 5 kids in the family van I'll just have to dream for a few more years. Tried to find some old pics but this is all I could find of my old Yukon and Suburban
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    Man do I feel bad looking through this thread...

    Here is my prior vehicle:
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    My Old TJ by ViewsFromMyJeep, on Flickr

    I had to move companies and the new one I landed was much further and less pay... So here is my new vehicle. You can see I still get off road, just limited to where I can go now.
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    I paid $700 for this in July. With winter the way it was I might buy one every year.

    '83 GMC for plow duty. Only way I can get my dog to cross the invisible fence boundary for a woods walk is inside this beast.

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    Nothing special for me, just a basic F150 4x4 with limited slip rear end. It gets me where I want to go and even better it brings me back. It has the little V8, 4 Litre I think, but does OK by itself. Hook up my utility trailer and mileage goes down the drain.
    Used to have a 1957 Jeep station wagon, what an ox. It would go anywhere with that little 4-banger and the forest of sticks in the floor.
    Had a 1975 International 3/4 Ton Travelall, 2wd 292 cu in six and 5-speed, 1100x16 tires and Cepek wheels. That's the only vehicle I've ever owned or driven that I never got stuck.
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    No action shots, but here is a pic of my Rubi. Mine is the bright red on the right.

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    I've had a few burly 4x4 trucks and still miss them. But I couldn't bear the gas mileage any longer so this is my current setup:

    2005 VW Jetta TDI 5-speed gets me down most dirt roads and gives 60 mpg on the way there; it's also just big enough to sleep in the back:

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    Then the Redline Monocog Flight takes over from there when the "road" gets too ugly for the car:

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