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Overlanders and SUVs • Gear Patrol

Overlanders and SUVs • Gear Patrol

We requested; you delivered. Under, a few of our car-enthusiast readers’ private rides, with the tales to go together with. There are a lot extra to share, however this time we’re concentrating on SUVs and Overlanders… and the off-grid life has by no means beckoned more durable. In the event you’d like the prospect to share your personal automotive or motorbike, submit all the data about your journey right here. It’s thrilling for us to see the venture, day by day driver and/or satisfaction and pleasure in your secure, so thanks for sharing. Hold ’em coming.

1992 GMC Hurricane

Neal M, Thousand Oaks, CA

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? The GMC Hurricane was solely produced for 2 years [and fewer] than 5,000 complete vans have been made. It got here inventory with all-wheel drive, and a turbocharged four.Three-liter V6 placing out 285 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Zero-60 in 5.2 seconds and the quarter mile in 14.1 seconds. Which beat the Ferrari 348 of the identical yr. I really like these vans as a result of they’re the last word sleeper and will nonetheless blow the doorways off most of right now’s automobiles. They’re tremendous uncommon, and in fact, Clint Eastwood STILL drives one.

The perfect story about your automotive? My greatest story got here shortly after I obtained my Hurricane. I used to be driving in Burbank, CA, once I observed a GMC Syclone (the pickup truck model of the Hurricane made in 1991) up forward. I sped up and pulled alongside of the Syclone and none aside from Jay Leno himself was driving it. He seemed over and gave me a thumbs up! Years later I bumped into Jay at The Rock Retailer in Malibu, CA, and informed him about our encounter years earlier than; he obtained a great giggle from it, and stated he nonetheless owns his Syclone.

Has the automotive been a great deal? I purchased my Hurricane in 2006, with just a little over 14,000 miles on it for $16,000. For the time it was an ideal deal. A low mileage truck in wonderful situation would run you round $30okay. Nevertheless, you possibly can nonetheless rating an awesome deal on a truck in good situation with underneath 100okay miles for round $17-18okay. It’s a few of the least expensive dollar-to-performance you will get!

Any recommendation for future house owners? In the event you don’t know something about automobiles, you’ll after proudly owning one among these. They are often temperamental, and you do want to remain on prime of upkeep… but when correctly tuned, they’re a blast to drive! Watch out although, the velocity bug can chew you and earlier than you already know it you’ll be upgrading the turbo, for extra horsepower.

1985 Land Rover Santana 90

Sam B., Philadelphia/PA

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? Firstly, I discovered my truck on Deliver a Trailer, after Gear Patrol turned me on to them. I purchased it from the Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco as a result of Defenders are out of my worth vary. I like it as a result of it’s really distinctive. The vents are minimize into the physique as an alternative of getting plastic inserts. There isn’t a tachometer. The engine is exclusive with no house owners guide (be certain that to journey with instruments). I 3D printed a customized half to carry a Bluetooth stereo as an alternative of an ashtray.

One of the best story about your automotive? I drove it down the shore this summer time. I lived in a home filled with associates. All over the place we went, my associates requested to take the “fun” automotive. It turned a variety of heads, sparked numerous conversations, and introduced enjoyment to all passengers. I additionally turned extra widespread on the island as soon as individuals discovered who the cool, previous safari truck belonged to.

Has the automotive been an excellent deal? $10,000. I’m going to maintain this truck for a very long time. I can resell for a minimum of double in the appropriate market. I feel it was an awesome deal.

Any recommendation for future house owners? Most elderly Defenders have a whole lot of rust. Since my automotive spent its life within the Canary Islands on an property, it’s rust free and low mileage (kilometerage?).

1995 Jeep Cherokee

Dennis M., Raleigh NC

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? It’s a basic now! With metal entrance and rear bumpers and four-wheel drive it seems like I’m in a tank by at the moment’s auto requirements.

The perfect story about your automotive? I purchased my Jeep on Craigslist! It was in wonderful situation. Most individuals prefer it.

Has the automotive been a superb deal? $Three,100 dollars. It was an awesome deal.

Any recommendation for future house owners? JEEP stands for Simply Empty Each Pocket.

1974 Ford Bronco

Asa M., Younger Harris, GA

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? This can be a restoration that my father and I did over fairly a number of years and it’s actually become a terrific driver. We stored it fairly inventory with just a few inches of carry and didn’t minimize the fenders nevertheless it’s nonetheless acquired a reasonably imply stance.

The perfect story about your automotive? We discovered the truck within the yard of the native rubbish man. It was utterly unique however had been sitting out for many of its life, so I spent a whole summer time merely eradicating rust.

Has the automotive been a superb deal? I feel we paid about $2,500, which I feel is a reasonably strong deal.

Any recommendation for future house owners? Put together for a great deal of rust restore.

1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Tyler R., San Diego, CA

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? That is the automotive I grew up in. Purchased proper earlier than school. Moved to the seashore. Packed it with surfboards and associates. Took my spouse fishing on our first date. Introduced house my first canine in it. Drove it via regulation faculty. Moved from NC to CA. 11 years later and it’s nonetheless my every day driver.

The most effective story about your automotive? There have been plenty of enjoyable seashore tenting journeys, however by far the perfect drive within the automotive was a tenting/browsing journey alongside the outer banks of North Carolina. We began in Ocracoke and labored our method as much as Hatteras. Seashore, ferry disappearing roads (thanks hurricane season) – this factor dealt with all of it. We spent every week dwelling out of the Jeep, browsing early within the morning till late afternoon, discovering a great campground, making a fireplace, grabbing our guitars and having fun with a number of beers.

Has the automotive been a very good deal? Acquired it used for about $7,000 in 2007. It was in unimaginable form.

Any recommendation for future house owners? None – this factor is constructed to be abused! Plus, there’s virtually nothing on it you possibly can’t repair your self. And should you can’t do it, there’s a nationwide group of Jeep house owners prepared to help both on-line or in individual.

1973 Land Rover Army Light-weight Collection Three

Gary P., Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? It’s distinctive — simply totally different. Old fashioned.

The most effective story about your automotive? It was [found] at a home in an open storage. Have completed a number of journeys with it — different individuals like it tons and supply to purchase it.

Any recommendation for future house owners? No, it’s a Land Rover.

1965 Jeep CJ5a Tuxedo Park Mark IV

Chris H., Rochester, NY

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? It’s the first ever [special-edition trim package offered on a] Jeep which consisted of chrome bumpers, chrome windshield hinges, a chrome mirror and a reputation badge: Tuxedo Park Mark IV. Apparently, [in the late 1800s] Tuxedo Park was a ritzy neighborhood north of NYC. I’m the second proprietor; first man died as a cheerful previous man and his son-in-law bought it to me to make extra room for his tractor assortment. Got here with unique key and a receipt from the dealership, [located] down the road from the man. It was used as a farm utility car.

The most effective story about your automotive? Discovered on eBay. Humorous advert: “vintage Jeep, this ain’t junk, call me” – however there was no quantity. It took me a number of emails to elucidate to the man I needed to talk with him. He was two hours away so I went to look with a trailer and a pocket of money. As per the VIN, I knew that there have been solely about 1900 of those made so I needed to test it out.

Has it been an excellent deal? Paid $5K. An amazing deal, I might promote it for $12Okay as we speak.

Any recommendation for future house owners? You’ll need to study what the Jeep wave is all about.

1972 Worldwide Harvester 1210

Chris L. — Raleigh, NC

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? My “Mint Julep” jogs my memory of my childhood, driving in an IH truck and Travelall.

The perfect story about your automotive? I discovered her on-line and purchased it sight unseen. You simply gotta belief people. Now greater than ever.

Has it been a superb deal? $5,000. To me, an amazing deal.

Any recommendation for future house owners? Adore it and cherish it. It’s historical past.

1998 Toyota Land Cruiser

Ron B., Canton, OH

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? I really like this automotive greater than life itself! It does all the things. Hauls gear and individuals in all circumstances too.

The most effective story about your automotive? How many individuals fly over 1,000 miles to purchase a 20-year-old automotive with 1 / 4 of one million miles on it?

1970 Nissan Patrol LG60

Kirk D. — Austin, TX

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? The key love baby of an FJ40 and a Collection IIa, the Patrol is rarest of all right here within the USA. Seating for eight and simply the correct quantity of patina signifies that in all places I’m going, we get consideration! A real resto-mod, it sports activities a Chevy 350 V8 and automated transmission from the earlier proprietor, LED headlights and is all new from the body right down to the bottom, together with disc brakes.

The perfect story about your automotive? I first noticed the Patrol on a Sunday — [it was] sitting on a shady used automotive lot on the aspect of the freeway. Earlier than I might name on it the subsequent day, I suffered a stroke and was coping with life points for some time. Two weeks later, it was gone from the lot. I tracked down the proprietor and satisfied him I used to be its subsequent rightful proprietor. Now, at the least as soon as every week when out and about, I’ll discover a word or enterprise card from somebody making an attempt to persuade me they’re subsequent in line. Not but… not but.

Has it been a great deal? Extremely used however at $7K, I really feel it’s a nice discount!

Any recommendation for future house owners? Benefit from the journey of fixing up a automotive like this – make an inventory and be ready for plenty of contingency gadgets to pop up alongside the best way. Hold the highest off and drive it on a regular basis.

1971 Land Rover Santana Collection IIA 109

Liam F. — Medfield, MA

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? It’s so sluggish that it’s unusable until driving round city. It seats 11 individuals whereas being a 4WD convertible getting 30 mpg. It’s good at the whole lot however nice at nothing.

The most effective story about your automotive? Whereas driving off the seashore I attempted to shift the switch case from four Low into 2 Excessive, nevertheless it wouldn’t shift. I climbed underneath the automotive and discovered the linkage damaged, so I took a hammer and banged it again into place, tossed a pair zip ties on it, and it did the trick for an excellent six months.

Has it been a great deal? $12,000 — in the long run it wanted a number of work, nevertheless it has been a superb first automotive.

Any recommendation for future house owners? It’ll want loads of work to get it right into a principally dependable state, however as soon as all of the work is completed it really works like a appeal. Be careful for rust within the body, bulkhead and the flooring. In any other case, they only run and run and run.

1976 Worldwide Scout II

Ben G. — New York, NY

Why do you’re keen on your automotive? My Scout isn’t a car you see daily. A piece hourse that has a rugged a modern type. Not your avarage every day driver.

The perfect story about your automotive? Taking my four-year-old to her first film at a drive-in-theater with the highest eliminated and, listening to the V8 rumble right into a parking spot, watching everyone’s heads turning. My daughter says to me “this is my ride.”

Has it been a very good deal? I traded with a pal for it.

Any recommendation for future house owners? Nope. Get one. And luxuriate in life!

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