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Old 01-27-2009, 02:57 PM
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Default My ex-military Wagoneer

Me? Pull a thread off-topic?

I guess I need to start a new thread. If Mith buys the Landrover he is looking at, he will want to extend his own LR thread without the distraction of irrelevant comments from the back benchers.

Long ago I once bought an ex-military 4x4, a 1972 Wagoneer. It was a special version with simpler features compared to the domestic model - less soundproofing, no A/C and notably, a floor shifter 4 speed that was usually found in Ford trucks. And a 302ci short-stroke V8 that was perfectly matched to the 3.72 gearing. That thing simply didn't notice uphill grades.

The title docs showed that a Navy base put 80k miles on it in 23 months then sold it for $600. I paid ordinary used-car retail from a dealer, so somebody made some money on that one. I think it was 1975 when I bought it.

Mith, I don't think you have remote public land trails like this to explore. This is the 'road' into an abandoned mine in the Sierra Nevadas. Getting in there requires crossing several washouts like this one. After a few years of this, the frame rails and skidplates underneath were all gouged up. But I'm proud I never put a scratch in the painted side. I finally sold it in 1980 after some idiot broadsided it while it was parked.

If you have any place to use that LR like this, ... that's what it's made for.

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