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Continuing with the English buggy theme of the last post, allow me to introduce the Ariel Nomad. Remember the Ariel Atom, that bare-bones, tube-chassis tarmac sprinter? Well, this is its dirt-loving brother.

The specs are similar to the Rage Comet R. The Nomad is a little heavier at 670 kg (1,477 lb.), gets a little more power from its 2,354 cc Honda engine, 235 hp to be exact, and reaches about the same performance bar of 3.5 seconds 0–60 mph. It’s also from England. I’m not sure it’s set up to jump as well Comet but check out the video. It looks pretty fun.

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Ariel Nomad

Check out this XCAR video featuring the Rage Comet R, a 200hp spiritual successor to the dune buggy. Like the dune buggy it’s a simple, rear-wheel drive machine, with a borrowed engine, and a penchant for on-and-off-road fun.

Whereas the original dune buggy’s performance could be described as peppy, the Comet R’s is absolutely Herculean. Instead of a 50 hp VW motor, it’s powered by 200 hp Kawasaki ZZR 1400. The 1,325 cc engine revs to 11,000 rpm and will hurl the 600 kg (1,323 lb.) Comet R from 0–60 mph in about 3.5 seconds. That’s supercar performance from a buggy that’s just as comfortable jumping berms as it is melting your face at a track day.

As a footnote, the original Meyer’s Manx dune buggy weighed about 635 kg (1,400 lb.). Oh, and the Rage Comet R hails from England. Blimey!

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Rage Comet R

Toyota Landcruiser 70-series 30th Anniversary, via WCXC

You’ve probably heard that Toyota is rereleasing its iconic 70-Series Land Cruiser in Japan. Well, Motor Trend recently got its hands on one and published a “First Drive” article. Although they weren’t able to take it off-road, they do give readers a sense of what driving this reissued Landcruiser is like.

In case you’re fuzzy on the details, Toyota will be releasing the 70-Series as a pickup truck and an SUV—Toyota refers to the latter as a “van.” Power will come from a 4.0-liter V6. The sad news remains that this is a Japan-only release, and even that is said to be for one year only.

The price will be about $30,000. How I wish they would bring them to U.S. shores!

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Motor Trend, Toyota Land Cruiser 70-Series First Drive

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Land Rover Series 3, West County Explorers Club

This fully restored 1984 Land Rover Series III 109 wagon was listed on ebay this summer. I haven’t seen that many long-wheelbase two-doors. The truck looks stunning in grey with cream steel wheels.

Here’s what the ad had to say:

During the process of the restoration the car was fully dismantled and all automobile components, frame, engine, transmission, body details, wiring, brake system and cooling system has been checked and rebuilt.

All components have been cleaned from dust, rust and the old layer of color. After cleaning the metal components were galvanized, covered with powder color or colored. All aluminum body panels were cleared from old color and covered with qualitative primer, which shields it from oxidation.

The floor, the roof, the engine cover and the doors have been lined with sound-proof panels. Individual roof side and floor lining has been set up.

Regulation of valves, carburetor, wheel alignment, brakes, manual brakes and front lamps, as well as tire balancing has been carried out.

A 500km long test ride has been made with the automobile, after the test ride, a technical test has been carried out and regulation was checked no defects were found.

The automobile is in excellent technical and visual condition, it is ready to participate in road traffic or increase a collection.

The asking price was $49,000 and the truck was located in Latvia, in eastern Europe.

More photos after the jump.

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WCXC on Pinterest

Although I haven’t been so great at keeping on the blog lately (though I will be changing that), I have been good at keeping my Pinterest account up. And through a fluke of nature (which was Pinterest recommending one of my boards to new users), I now have over 20,000 followers. Whoa.

If you like your overland, off-road, camp, and adventure information in bite sized chunks, check out my Pinterest page. I have boards on camping, truck mods, Land Cruisers, Land Rovers, Skills, and a bunch of other stuff too.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you’ll probably dig it.

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Here are all of the WCXC boards.

And here are all of the pins.

Of course you’ve probably seen Mercedes-Benz’s G63 6×6, with its 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V8 and its 561 lb-ft of torque. We covered it on the blog last year. If you haven’t seen Top Gear and Motor Trend flog it around desert and the test track though, you’re in for a bit of a treat.

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Mercedes -Benz G63 6×6 previously on WCXC

 

1953 Dodge M37 • WCXC

This is a 1953 Dodge M37, 3/4-ton, 4×4 truck. We spotted it outside of Jack’s Auto Upholstery in Healdsburg, California. It turned out Jack was the owner. He graciously showed me around the truck.

The M37 was built between 1951 and 1968, and fitted with a 230 cubic-inch (3.77-liter), flathead straight-six engine which produced 78 hp and, as far as I can find out, about 190 lb-ft of torque. This engine, the Dodge T245, was in production from 1929–1968 and had quite a long stroke. This enabled it to produce a lot of torque but also caused it to throw connecting rods, if the truck was driven much over 45 mph, hence the notice on the dashboard.

The transmission is a 4-speed manual. The truck even has its original radio. Jack’s had this one for just about a year, in which time he fitted, among other things, a 8,000-lb Braden PTO winch, and converted the electrics from 24V to 12V. The canvas tops and interior he also redid, of course given his profession. They looked quite good, as did the whole truck.

It was a pleasure to see. Check out the links below, to learn more about the M37 or Jack’s shop.

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Jacks Auto Upholstery

Wikipedia: Dodge M37

Dodge M37 Specs

Dodge Flathead Engines
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The early Jeep, it’s about as plain as a cardboard box, and about as versatile too. It’s an honest thing—the essence of the 4×4. You can’t distill it down to get anything simpler. And here’s one for sale, a Willys CJ-2A from 1946, the first year of production. It came with a 60 hp, 4-cylinder engine good for 105 lb-ft of torque, a 3-speed transmission, and a 2-speed transfer case.

This one has been treated to a three-year, father-and-son rebuild. The engine was rebuilt as well, but the job was done by a professional. It has a new Solex carburetor, 12V electrics, larger-than-stock rear brake drums. I love the side-mounted spares on these.

This jeep is available for the more-than-reasonable price of $6,000 in northern Idaho.Click through at the end of the post to read the original ad text.

Links:
Original Craigslist ad

Bring a Trailer post

Wikipedia: Willys Jeep CJ-2A

The CJ-2A Page (for further research)
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This is a nice looking 2004 Toyota Tacoma DoubleCab that the owner reportedly converted to PreRunner 4×4 spec using all Toyota 4WD parts. It has a 2.7-liter, 4-cylinder motor, and an automatic transmission.

The truck has all kinds of overlanding goodies, like an ARB front bumper, an Outdoor Logic rear bumper with swing out, a Safari Snorkel, ARB front and rear locking differentials with 5.29 gearing, a complete OME suspension, and BudBuilt skid plates.

It looks like it’s been set up right. The diff. breathers are said to be routed to under the hood and the effect of the larger 255 BFG Mud Terrains has been corrected by a Dakota Digital speedometer calibrator. I like the little touches like the front-mounted hitch receiver under the license plate and the black Toyota trim.

The truck has 225,000 miles, but on a truck that’s been well maintained, I no longer see that as an issue. Just keep up the maintenance and drive it.

The truck is located in Modesto, California and available for $14,000. As is usually the case, you couldn’t build it for the asking price. See the original ad text at the end of the post.

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The ad on Expo
The truck’s build thread on Expo
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The Ford Bronco in this video is a remote control, 1/9th-scale model. It was hand built, out of wood, by Headquake RC Creations, which seems to be a guy working happily in his workshop in rural Ontario, Canada.

The level of detail is amazing—the miniature driver has foam arms and looks like he’s steering—and it’s fun to watch them roam their magically out-of-scale worlds. There are more videos after the jump.

Links:
Headquake’s YouTube Channel

Headquake’s Facebook page

RCCrawler: Forum post in which he talks about his process
First spotted on Offroad Action

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