We liked our write-up for the first Scout we featured so much, we decided to use part of it again for today’s featured Scout.
We didn’t see Johnny Depp’s Lone Ranger but remember vaguely watching reruns of the TV show. Tonto refers to Lone (they were on a first name basis) as Kee Moh Sah Bee. Some Native American linguistic scholars translate that to mean One Who Peeks or Scout. So the folks at International Harvester picked a good name when they landed on Scout. Kee Moh Sah Bee would have never worked. The first Scout was introduced in 1960. The Scout II was introduced in 1971. The basic sheet metal remained unchanged until production stopped in October 1980. During the 20-year period, 532,674 Scouts were produced. Read More
The Jeep-like FJ40 Land Cruiser is one of the most collectible and capable classic 4-wheel drives but there is another Land Cruiser lurking. It is the favorite 4X4 of the Taliban, all sorts of terrorists and the UN – the Toyota FJ62 Land Cruiser. Okay, so maybe they prefer the less flashy white and not today’s Freedom Red find, but you have to admit seeing news footage of screaming terrorists waving rifles out of the windows of these Cruisers. Read More
These FJ40s appear at almost every big top auction and the numbers they pull are extraordinary. They are relatively easy to restore with a huge parts support system here in the USA. But it is always nice to see an original FJ40 in terrific condition. The body is sufficiently rust-free and so is the chassis. The drivetrain is a relative youngster with only 44,000 original miles. Read More
Ronald Reagan had a ’78 BRAT at his ranch for 20 years. Actually, President Reagan’s BRAT was restored and returned to the ranch. The BRAT had these unusual rear facing seats in the bed area. That was to avoid the chicken tax imposed on commercial vehicles imported to the US. The seats, however ridiculous, made the BRAT a passenger vehicle. Read More
Well, what is left of the paint is Freeborn Red. We had a FJ60 in this color and it is really neat. What we like about this FJ is the originality of it. Yes, of course, the paint is a tip-off, but finding an almost solid FJ40 convertible is not an easy thing. This one has typical corrosion in the lower part of body in the rear but it appears to be localized. We think with this one, it is an easy fix. Same with the paint, although one could leave it as is and wait until you see if the mechanicals hold up. Read More
If you ever watch a Mecum or Barrett-Jackson auction on TV you will have undoubtably seen a restored FJ40 cross the block at almost 6 figures. Insane as it is, FJ40s have become the daring of the restored 4X4 crowd. Maybe that isn’t so insane since Icon4X4 has made a living selling recreations of FJ40s at over $135,000. What is the allure? We can’t really say for sure. The FJ40 is basically a slightly better Jeep than a Jeep. After all, they were virtual copies of the Jeeps left behind during the war. Read More
We really love it when someone recognizes that even a lowly IH pickup deserves to be saved. These folks did and by the looks of the photos they have taken, it appears they have done a pretty good job in preserving the originality of it. Let’s face it, we don’t need another perfect nut and bolt restored pickup. What we do need are cool pickups and this is one of them. It is a 1/2 ton, 4X4, single cab with patina everywhere. Read More
We’ve always liked the early G-wagens. You know, before they became the darling of the Hollywood/Marthas Vinyard set. They’ve gotten ridiculously expensive and overly complicated in our opinion. They were originally designed as a multi-purpose military vehicle so when we found this one, we thought it represented the original spirit of the G-class. It looks tough as nails and probably is. The tires are serious off-road capable but must be a pain on the street. we will keep them for those times when we know we are going in the boonies. Read More
We haven’t had a nice beach cruiser in some time. Perhaps that is because we are expecting an ice storm over the weekend. But it is warm somewhere in the country. That is not to say this ’69 Jeep couldn’t handle ice because it can. It is a very capable off-roader and shod with the proper tires, we are sure it would do fine. This one was sent to us by a reader, Jeffrey V., and it has a few neat things going for it. Read More
We love to feature these Armageddon-prepared vehicles when we come across them. This one wasn’t built for getting out of Dodge when the grid goes down but to rescue people trapped in a fire. That is a very noble thing for a truck to do (and the brave folks who drove it). So the Traveler has lots of cool stuff in it and on it. All kinds of vintage radios and blinking lights plus a working winch up front. Equipped with proper wheels and tires makes this one pretty unstoppable in the down and dirty. Of course it has a hi/lo transfer case a trailer hitch and its share of bumps and scrapes. But it has no rust to speak of. We think this will be a bargain and you won’t be able to build anything like this for the price. Buy it, benchmark the service needs and address any non-functioning issues they head for the hills. Click here for the listing. Photography courtesy of Shadow Man.
This is a mostly original Ford Bronco that has remained uncut and largely unmodified for 43 years. And during that time it has accumulated only 13,000 miles. It is documented but the mileage is not really that important considering this is a 4X4 you want to use and enjoy. It is outfitted with a roll bar and the interior has been weather-proofed. Read More
The original 460-series Geländewagen went on sale for civilian buyers in 1979, after having debuted in February of that year. It was offered with two wheelbases, a short wheelbase (SWB) of 2,400 mm and a long one (LWB) of 2,850 mm. One could choose between three body styles: A two-door short wheelbase convertible, a two-door SWB wagon and a long wheelbase four-door wagon. They were built in Graz, Austria. The 460 was popular with military and off-road enthusiasts, with more than 50,000 built during the first decade. Read More
We thought we would contrast the classy, original Land Rover Series 2A in original condition with a challenger. In this case the challenger is a fully restored Toyota FJ40. This is a very nicely kitted example in a great color for a Cruiser. It has a hi-lift jack, shovel and roof rack plus a host of suspension upgrades. Read More
Northwestern Auto Parts Company has been around since 1918. But, like many manufacturers, during WW II, they supported the war effort by supplying specialized parts and systems for the military. These military tested components served to help build quite a business converting pickups into 4-wheelers. As early as 1942 NAPCO began building 4-wheel drive assemblies to be fitted to Ford, GMC, Chevrolet and Studebaker vehicles however NAPCO is primarily associated with GMC and Chevrolet pickups. Read More
Motor trend called it a tank in a tux. We won’t argue that point at all. The Gelandewagen is not a familiar sight on American roads. We would wage a guess if you left New York City and headed west you might not see another one until you got to California. Maybe in Colorado in the ritzy ski towns but not so much in Nebraska or Iowa. Now before Mercedes-Benz federalized their own version of the G-wagen, Europa International was the only way to get one. Read More