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#595696 04/19/2021 5:31 PM
by FallCreekFan
One of my grandsons who turns 5 today (Happy Birthday, pal) calls the 4WD Tacoma that I bought new 24 years ago, "Poppa's huntin' truck".

I see that Prince Philip had one as well. And while it was loaded with a list of features including custom "bronze green" paint and was referred to as a "gun bus" (mine is also customized but with scratches, dings, dents and chips - all honest earned) his turned out to be a most appropriate hearse for his final outing.

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My 2 year old grandson, despite its 31" tires, has taught himself to climb up into the front seat and sit there waiting on me while repeating, "Ride. Ride. Ride." I may have to give some thought to mine also providing a final ride before it goes to my eldest son.

Prince Philip's funeral procession certainly was colorful. I suspect the colors at mine might lean more toward blaze orange and camo.

Do you have your own personal gun bus/huntin' truck that you might consider for similar duty?
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#595738 Apr 20th a 12:21 PM
by oskar
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My Granddaughter calls it the "Magic Van" anytime she wanted some candy I usually had a couple stashed somewhere.

Ford 3/4 ton with posi-traction and a set of V-bar chains gets me just about anywhere. It is set up with a solar panel, propane furnace, bunk, table, cabinets and locking gun rack. I can park anywhere, no need for electricity, I have probably saved the cost of the vehicle in camping and motel fees.

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And if I can't get the truck there this does the trick.
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#595714 Apr 20th a 12:54 AM
by Stanton Hillis
Stanton Hillis
'87 Jeep Wrangler
350 cid Chevy engine w/ Edelbrock intake and Edelbrock 4 barrel
TH350 Chevy tranny and Dana transfer case
12.50 X 35 tires (tires shown in pics are 12.50 33s)
4.10 gears
Ramsey 8000 lb. front winch
3M Camo wrap (has been removed because it didn't last)
10 mpg, like I care

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Gets us there ................ AND back.
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#595713 Apr 20th a 12:33 AM
by Replacement
Dodge PowerWagon. Mother ship for our group hunting trips. Goes just about anywhere it will fit. Roof rack for my casket.
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#595916 Apr 22nd a 11:03 PM
by GLS
Many car mags and "gurus" decry Tacoma and 4Runner for the failure of Toyota to upgrade electronics and drive trains compared with the mags Cars/Trucks of the Year selections. This "failure" is exactly why I'm a Toyota fan. If it ain't broke, don't "fix" it. Gil
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#595771 Apr 20th a 09:23 PM
by FallCreekFan
This thread has certainly brought back good memories of a lot of good days in a variety of "huntin' trucks". Counting back I've had 3 Jeeps (CJ-5, CJ-7, & a Cherokee), 2 Land Rovers (a long wheel base station wagon & a SWB 2-door) and 5 Toyotas (4 Tacoma/Hilux and 1 4Runner). All 4WD.

The CJ-5 was my primary vehicle during my waterfowl years with Charlie (my black lab) sitting shotgun and the canvas covered back filled with decoys, waders and gun & gear.

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The Land Rovers were both Series IIA models with the 2.25L 4 cyl petrol engines and the old style headlights positioned between the "wings." I was a passable double clutcher from my boyhood farm years but I became a double clutching fool after these two vehicles. They had 4 speed trans but non syncho 1st and 2nd gears and particularly on steep mountain tracks or long stretches of sand they required A LOT of shifting because of the underpowered engines (and you'd better be smooth and quick or you'd lose momentum and be in trouble.) They also both had manual engine cranks that got more use than you might imagine. Deep in the bush and far from any help, it was reassuring to be able to crank the "car" back to life when you crawled out of your bedroll to a dead battery. Also, (and I mean no offense to our British brothers here), you'd better be a pretty decent mechanic. It was always something. I carried two tool boxes and a small spares store with me including shackle bolts and half shafts. They did love to snap axles. This is the SWB 40 years ago literally on the back side of the desert (the Kalahari). 4WD Hilux in the background. Eldest son finding a quiet place to read.

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The same “little fellow” somewhere above 12,000' with Dad.

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And as for the Tacoma/Hilux/4Runner(Gen 1-4) family of vehicles. Nothing to say. They just go.
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#595706 Apr 19th a 10:14 PM
by Cold Iron
Cold Iron
My first hunting rig, well that had 4 wheel drive, bought ~1980 with my first reenlistment bonus. 1977 FJ55 Iron Pig.

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Current Taco although she is getting long in the tooth she still gots it and gets 'er done

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First thing did was ripped out the bench seat and made a platform for the dog and store recovery gear and guns.

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Rock sliders are set at zero degrees to help prevent damage from lateral slides on icy trails, not pivoting off rocks.

Up until I hit 60 the dog and I would often sleep in the back while hunting.

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Not anymore, bones don't care for it and I don't either. I get a cabin for a month or more. And got tired of beating up the truck. And myself in it. Couple of years ago went with a Polaris Northstar Ranger and built a dog box for the back.

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Best hunting rig have ever owned, should have done it sooner. Taco is now a tow vehicle. Will replace it in a couple of years with something along the lines of my first 4x4 thinking a Lexus GX or 4Runner. Will likely be my last vehicle ever.
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#595707 Apr 19th a 10:36 PM
by Lloyd3
This one's been here before. Bought it new in 2001. The clean picture:

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and, the more normal one:

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At about 130k now and still working well.
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#595807 Apr 21st a 01:06 PM
by Marshgrass
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78 Scout. It's a little wet in the rain, but that's part of the "romance" of an old Scout.
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#595800 Apr 21st a 10:13 AM
by GLS
Ah, the romance of a LR. The straight lines and flat surfaces of the first ones were the result of LR's use of surplus aluminum sheets left over from wartime aircraft construction. Originally designed and used as farming equipment. The cheetah on the roof was optional. Gil
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#595907 Apr 22nd a 07:44 PM
by FallCreekFan
Awhile back the 5 year old was going somewhere with me in the “huntin’ truck” and asked, “Poppa, what’s that?”

He was pointing at the window crank. 😁
The next generation won’t even know what they are.
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#595925 Apr 23rd a 01:51 AM
by canvasback
Mike, if I’d known all this I would have taken a closer look at your ride when we were up on the Minnesota coast. Instead I was mesmerized by the steaks!
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#595945 Apr 23rd a 02:05 PM
by bavarianbrit
There was reported to be a second identical LR in the wings waiting to take over if the worst should have happened.
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#595791 Apr 21st a 02:30 AM
by LGF
FallCreek - my Series IIA Landrover made a mechanic and a Landcruiser driver out of me. "If you want to drive a hundred miles into the bush, buy a Landrover. If you want to get home again, buy a Landcruiser." You start repairing a Landrover the day after driving it out of the showroom. My LR's only saving grace was that it usually waited until I reached Nairobi before self-destructing; the chassis once broke in half as I pulled into a friend's driveway. You always carried spare front axles (halfshafts) because even after thirty years of breaking, Landrover could not bring itself to make them slightly thicker.

The Series III LR with the Range Rover suspension was an instant hit when it arrived in East Africa in the early 1980's because they were so comfortable compared to the brutal ride of the Series II's. However nearly everyone who bought one rolled it within weeks because they unwittingly drove far too fast for the 'road' conditions. I have to admit, however, that I have twice tipped a Landcruiser driving at a perfectly reasonable speed going downhill on a gravel surface, and the same happened to my field assistant in another one - they suddenly go sideways and the high center of gravity just pulls them over. Another time I was carrying three drums of diesel in the back and tipped over on a muddy slope.

LC's are as close to indestructible as a vehicle can be; you can count on several years of heavy use on appalling roads before anything goes wrong. I am still driving a 2002 pickup with probably a couple hundred thousand of bush miles on it (odometer died once or twice), albeit after an engine rebuild and a new transmission. And the African tradition of gas stations adulterating diesel with much cheaper kerosene makes for occasional new fuel pumps.
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#595783 Apr 21st a 12:36 AM
by Argo44
1986 CJ-7 - India 3 years, Greece 3 years, Italy 2 years, Dalmatian Coast, Crete, Bulgaria, Turkey, USA...25 years of going everywhere, coast, sand, rock, mountain, forest, rocky passes, Marathon beach...Croatia just after the war...hunting the Gangetic plain.. In Europe I could hunt, cruise, crawl...and pull up to an opera and everyone would be looking at the Jeep, not the Rolls behind me.

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#596226 Apr 28th a 09:19 AM
by GLS
Here's a photo of 67galaxie's Willys. He's working on it and hopefully more photos soon. Gil
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