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Building and Wheelin' Vintage 4x4s

Posted in News on December 22, 2013 Comment (0)
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I need another project like I need a hole In the head. I already have plenty to work on. I want to swap out the closed-knuckle Dana 44 front axle in my '73 J-2000 for an open-knuckle Dana 44, which I already have stripped apart in my garage. My '85 CUCV needs rocker guards built, a T-case skid plate, a winch mount, heavy-duty driveshafts front and rear, a tool box, and many other items before it's "complete". And don't even get me started on my two-year-old '45 GPW flatfender Jeep project. It pretty much needs everything done. I have the axles and about half of the suspension fabricated. But the engine, tranny, and T-case are sitting in the corner of my garage, waiting to be installed.

So why am I looking for another project? I'm not! They find me! A friend recently sent me a link to a basket-case '56 International Harvester 4x4 pickup. I'm not really an IH fan but the body lines of the '56-'57 IH trucks speak to me. The fact that these trucks are somewhat rare, especially as a 4x4, made it even cooler. I didn't want the truck, I needed it. I sent an email to the owner, actually two emails, fortunately I never got a response. The reality is that even if I was able to buy it, it would have likely sat in my yard untouched for a year or more.

When I'm not looking for a new project, I'm extremely picky. However, for some reason, when people hear I'm looking, they always want me to purchase their rigs. Word of advice, don't bother trying to unload your 4x4 on me. I won't pay you what you want, I'm a cheap ass and I'll only frustrate you.

Ultimately, there are a few trucks that will make me come out of hiding and hit the classifieds. Eventually, I hope to build up a cool old truck someday, not as a resto, but as a high-horse trail truck with all the body panels intact, and severely trimmed fenders of course. My dream list includes the '56-'57 International Harvester pickup, '47-'53 Chevy truck, and pretty much any '49-'59 Studebaker pickup.

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