12 Modernized Vintage 4x4s You Can Buy Now - Old ironPosted in Features on August 26, 2013
Would you like to own a vintage, modernized 4x4? Well, guess what? There are companies that specialize in turnkey vintage 4x4s and these rigs feature all the latest and greatest technology wrapped in an old school package.
The beauty of these turnkey vintage 4x4s is that you can just purchase one and go. All of the engineering is done for you. You won’t have to spend long nights in the garage and you won’t have to spend vast amounts of time hunting for parts.
Here are a dozen modernized turnkey vintage 4x4s that you can own now.
Handmade in Los Angeles, California, ICON offers its interpretation of three classic 4x4s. There’s the FJ Series, BR Series, and CJ Series.
The FJ Series is available in four different models, FJ40, FJ43, FJ44, and FJ45. In base form, the gasoline-powered models include an original Land Cruiser frame updated with Art Morrison-crafted 2x4-inch, 0.180-inch-wall mandrel-bent mild-steel rails; handcrafted 5⁄32-inch-thick 5052 H32 aluminum body; 350hp, 350 lb-ft fuel-injected V-8 engine; Aisin-Warner AX-15 five-speed manual transmission; Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case; Dynatrac rear Dana 60-based axle; Dynatrac front Dana 44-based axle; vented and slotted power disc brakes; 12-inch-travel suspension using Eibach coil springs and Fox Racing 2.5 emulsion shocks; Currie Anti-Rock front and rear sway bars; and mandrel-bent stainless steel exhaust system. The FJ Series is available in eight Teflon hybrid polyester powdercoat exterior colors. The underside of the main body and fenders, plus inside floor surfaces, are coated with a heat-cured polyurea coating. Interior features include seats finished in top quality OE German marine-rated vinyl; a polyurea floor surface coating; removable rubber plugs for drainage; and Auto Meter gauges. Each model in the FJ Series is also available with diesel power that uses a Volkswagen 1.9L four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Additionally, there are a vast number of optional upgrades available for each model including a Baja Edition and New School package.
The heart of the BR Series is an original Bronco frame updated with Art Morrison-crafted 2x4-inch, 0.180-inch-wall mandrel-bent mild-steel rails. On top of that is an all-original, premium condition, stock Ford steel body with removable top and doors. The body also includes custom touches like an ICON-designed stainless steel grille and tailgate insert. Standard features include a 5.0L Ford Coyote engine that makes 412hp and 390 lb-ft of torque; alloy radiator with electric fan; headers; mandrel-bent exhaust system with high-flow stainless steel muffler; Aisin-Warner AX-15 five-speed manual transmission; Advance Adapters Atlas II 3.0:1 transfer case; rear Dynatrac Dana 60-based axle; front Dynatrac Dana 44-based axle; 4.09:1 ratio gears; 12-inch-travel suspension that includes Eibach coil springs and Fox Racing 2.5 emulsion shocks; vented and slotted power disc brakes; front and rear tunable sway bars; and a 21-gallon fuel tank. Interior touches include a polyurea floor surface coating; seat surfaces finished in top quality OE German marine-rated vinyl; Dakota gauges; air conditioning; removable rubber plugs for drainage; instrument panel with LED lights; 12-volt power ports; and locking center console. When it comes to the exterior, ICON generally prefers matte finishes, but the BR can be finished in gloss or matte in any color you wish. There are a wide variety of options available for the BR, including a 4R75W four-speed automatic transmission, sport suspension, hand-tailored softtop, removable rear seat, ARB Air Lockers, and various audio packages.
Under the hood is a 2.4L GM Ecotec four-cylinder engine that makes 210hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. This fuel-injected engine sits on custom motor mounts and it’s cooled by an alloy radiator with dual electric fans. Mated to the engine is an Aisin-Warner AX-15 five-speed manual transmission and a NP231 transfer case with Advance Adapters slip-yoke eliminator splits power to the axles. The axles are custom-width production Jeep Wrangler Rubicon-based units with 4.10:1 gearing and electric lockers. The CJ Series suspension features 24 inches of travel and includes coil springs and Fox Racing 2.0 nitrogen-charged remote-reservoir shocks. The frame of the CJ Series is hand-crafted from 2x4-inch, 0.140-inch-wall mandrel-bent mild steel and the rigs hand-built body is made from steel with a grille designed and manufactured by ICON. Other standard features of the CJ Series include a black windshield frame; seven body colors; seating for four passengers; LED headlights; Ididit-designed steering column; and 10.6-gallon fuel tank. Many options are available including a New School package, Old School package, and Volkswagen 1.9L four-cylinder turbodiesel engine.
Legacy Classic Trucks
Crafted by artisan auto mechanics in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Legacy Classic Trucks offers six vehicles in its Legacy Power Wagon line including a two-door, four-door, Carryall, Woodie, Extended Cab, and M-37.
2-Door Legacy Power Wagon Conversion
A vintage Dodge Power Wagon two-door pickup is meticulously restored and fitted with your choice of either a fuel-injected 426ci V-8 engine or a 3.9L Cummins turbodiesel engine. Transmission choices include a NV4500 five-speed manual or a GM 4L85-E four-speed automatic. Power is split to the front Dana 60 axle and the rear Dana 80 axle (both with locking differentials) via an Advance Adapters Atlas II 3.8:1 transfer case. The long-travel leaf-spring suspension system features Bilstein shocks. Other standard features of the two-door Power Wagon includes a 16,500-pound winch; leather captain’s chairs; 10-gauge instrument cluster; 32-gallon fuel tank; and Rotisserie paint with lifetime warranty. Options include a fifth-wheel gooseneck hitch, integral rollcage, long-range fuel tanks, common-rail diesel engines, and Allison transmissions.
4-Door Legacy Power Wagon Conversion
This four-door Power Wagon is created by painstakingly grafting two Dodge Power Wagon cabs together and shortening the pickup bed to 6 feet in length. The result is a rig that has room for five passengers. The truck can be had with either a fuel-injected 426ci V-8 engine that makes 425hp or a 3.9L Cummins turbodiesel engine that makes 150hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Behind either one of these engines you can choose between a NV4500 five-speed manual or a GM 4L85-E four-speed automatic. The truck comes standard with an Advance Adapters Atlas II 3.8:1 transfer case. The four-door rig is fitted with a Dana 60 front axle and rear Dana 80 axle, and both have a locking differential. The long-travel suspension includes leaf springs and Bilstein shocks. Other standard features of the four-door Power Wagon include leather captain’s chairs; a 16,500-pound winch; 32-gallon fuel tank; 10-gauge instrument cluster; and Rotisserie paint with lifetime warranty. Options include portal axles, a rear winch, fifth-wheel gooseneck hitch, integral rollcage, long-range fuel tanks, common-rail diesel engines, and Allison transmissions.
Legacy Dodge Carryall
This two-door Carryall has the ability to transport up to seven passengers. Inside, it has a completely modernized interior that includes leather captain’s chairs, a rear bench seat, air conditioning, a custom dash and control panel, and 10-gauge instrument cluster. The vehicle can be powered by either a 425hp, fuel-injected 426ci V-8 engine or a 150hp, 460 lb-ft 3.9L Cummins turbodiesel engine. Transmission choices include an NV4500 five-speed manual or a GM 4L85-E four-speed automatic. An Advance Adapters Atlas II 3.8:1 transfer case routes power to the front Dana 60 axle and rear Dana 80 axle, both equipped with a locking differential. Suspending the truck is a long-travel leaf-spring setup that includes Bilstein shocks. Other standard features of the Legacy Dodge Carryall include a 28-gallon fuel tank, 16,500-pound winch; and Rotisserie paint with lifetime warranty. Options include a rear winch, portal axles, fifth-wheel gooseneck hitch, long-range fuel tanks, integral rollcage, common-rail diesel engines, and Allison transmissions.
Power Wagon Woodie
Yep, that’s real wood, and as you can imagine this rig is not easy to build. As a matter of fact, Legacy Power Wagon says that each Woodie begins with 2,000 hours of woodworking. Add to that 500 hours of bodywork, 200 hours of leather upholstery, and over 400 hours of mechanical labor, and it becomes clear that this is a unique machine. The Woodie is powered by a fuel-injected Chrysler 360ci engine that makes 320hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the engine is a Dodge NV4500 five-speed manual transmission. An Advance Adapters Atlas II 3.0:1 ratio transfer case routes power to modified original Power Wagon axles with 4.89:1 gearing. The Woodie rolls on STA Superlug 900-16 tires that are mounted to original Budd wheels. Luxury abounds in this rig and features include leather seating for 10 passengers, cruise control, air conditioning, digital climate control, leather fly-rod storage on ceiling for up to eight rods, and shotgun storage for up to eight field guns.
Legacy Extended Cab
This extended cab model is basically a two-door model with 12 inches added to the cab to create additional space. A corresponding 12 inches of length is removed from the cargo bed. Like the standard two-door, the extended cab is meticulously restored and fitted with your choice of either a fuel-injected 426ci V-8 engine or a 3.9L Cummins turbodiesel engine. Transmission choices include a NV4500 five-speed manual or a GM 4L85-E four-speed automatic. Power is split to the front Dana 60 axle and the rear Dana 80 axle (both with locking differentials) via an Advance Adapters Atlas II 3.8:1 transfer case. The long-travel leaf-spring suspension system uses Bilstein shocks. Other standard features of the extended cab Power Wagon include a 32-gallon fuel tank; 16,500-pound winch; leather captain’s chairs; 10-gauge instrument cluster; and Rotisserie paint with lifetime warranty. Many options are available..
The regular cab M-37 is an animal. It’s fitted with a fuel-injected 502ci V-8 engine that makes 500 horsepower. You get your choice of a NV4500 five-speed manual transmission or a 4L85-E four-speed automatic. An Advance Adapters Atlas II 3.8:1 transfer case sends power to the military Dana 60 front axle and the Dynatrac ProRock 80 rear axle. Both axles are fitted with disc brakes, 4.56:1 gears, and ARB Air Lockers. The front suspension consists of leaf springs and 12-inch-travel Bilstein 5100 shocks and the rear suspension uses leaf springs and 10-inch-travel Bilstein 5100 shocks. Some of the other features of the M-37 include air conditioning, three-passenger split bench seat, marine-grade five-channel stereo, Hutchinson military beadlock wheels, and 38.5x11.0-16.5 Interco Super Swamper Bogger tires
Both of the companies spotlighted in this story also have associated businesses that offer restoration of vehicles in a stock or modernized format. Southern California-based TLC 4x4 (818/280-3330, www.tlc4x4.com) buys, restores, services and sells Toyota Land Cruisers exclusively. But, if you have a vehicle you want to restore, TLC 4x4 says that they have skilled and dedicated craftsman that can build just about any type of vehicle. Legacy Classic Trucks (888/589-1664, www.legacyclassictrucks.com), based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offers restoration, customization and modernization of vintage trucks and Dodge Power Wagons.