Eighty to 90 percent of Unimog 404s in the U.S. are military surplus. So says 'Mog meister Scott Ingham, owner of Expedition Imports. He notes that most 'Mogs are ex-German, Belgian, French, or Swiss army. So, class, with these 'Mog facts we dive into today's lesson on this cool 404, which is owned by Matt McKee of Camarillo, California. This rig is in fact ex-military (from Belgium), but it has undergone several mods that make it unique in the 'Mog world.
McKee, an HVAC contractor, purchased the rig seven years ago and since that time has wheeled it over many of the west coast hotspots, including Truckhaven Hills, Stoddard Valley, The Hammers, and Hungry Valley. "They [Unimogs] are a more-than-capable stock rig that are known for their dependability. My mantra has been 'go stock or go home,'" McKee says.
How attached is McKee to his rig? He says, "The Unimog is a member of our family, and I have been forbidden from ever parting with it. We've had great times in the 'Mog and we have met a lot of great people."
Owner/Hometown: Matt McKee/Camarillo, California
Vehicle/Model: '73 Mercedes Unimog 404
Estimated value: $25,000
Type: Mercedes 2.2L I-6
Aspiration: Pallas-Zenith two-barrel carburetor, high-compression head Output, hp/torque (estimated): 95/111
Transmission/Transfer Case: UG1/11 with PTO and supplemental crawler gear VOG1/11
Front: Coil springs, torque tube, shocks, track bar
Rear: Coil springs, torque tube, shocks, track bar
Front: Portal/factory mechanical locker
Rear: Portal/factory mechanical locker
Final drive: 7.56:1
Wheels: 20-inch, stock
Tires: 335/80R20 Continental MPT81