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Could you climb a gigantic sand dune with a 4-cylinder, 2-wheel drive truck? This guy does it. It’s very impressive and just goes to show that momentum counts for a lot, even for getting over less grandiose obstacles.

This great video from Jay Leno’s Garage the other day features Montana-based Legacy Classic Trucks and their restomod 6×6 Dodge Powerwagon. Restomods, as you may know, are classic cars or trucks that have updated mechanicals. This truck is powered by a 4-liter Cummins 4-cylinder diesel with mountains of torque. Such a nice truck…

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All photos: Gregory McDonald

Greg on his way to Overland Expo 2015

Dear Readers!

I apologize for the radio silence the past few months. I’d like to get the WCXC ball rolling again with series of posts about last spring’s Overland Expo 2015. I had initially invited my good friend Greg from gadmachine to go with me. When a scheduling conflict came up, Greg, always up for adventure, accepted our press pass (kindly provided by Overland Expo) and headed to Arizona solo. He had a great time, met some great people, and took the fantastic photos you see here.

I’ll cover the Expo in four posts: Trucks, Products, Camp Vibes, and the Obstacle Course.

Next year’s Overland Expo will be held May 20–22, 2016 in Flagstaff, Arizona. The event offers a chance to work on your overland driving skills, attend workshops and classes, watch films and demos, and offers a tangible air of camaraderie. They’re already taking reservations. If you’re interested, click here.

On to the trucks! The Expo is a great place to see adventure vehicles. Here’s what Greg spotted. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been on a bit of a Pinzgauer kick lately. Here’s a video showing a body-off look at the drivetrain, how 4-wheel-drive is engaged, how the differentials lock, and how the axles articulate. It’s interesting to see how this top-level 4×4 works.

This is just gratuitous hooniganism. An 800 hp trophy truck tears through the streets of Ensenada, Mexico. Squealing tires, girls in bikinis, jumps: all the tropes are there. That suspension though… the way it soaks up every ledge and bump, that’s the highlight for me.

 

1978 Pinzgauer article, via WCXC

Did you know that in the late 1970s Steyr-Puch contemplated bringing the Pinzgauer to the U.S.? I recently found this June, 1978, Car and Driver article in which a young David E. Davis, Jr. (who later went on to found Automobile magazine) writes about driving a Pinzgauer 710K as a year-long test vehicle.

At the time, the estimated base price was $30,000 ($108,928 in 2014 dollars). As far as I’ve been able to find out, they were never imported to the U.S. when new.

It’s interesting to read a first-hand report of the driving experience, having never had a chance to get behind the wheel myself. See the scans of the article after the jump or link to them at the source site below.

Links:
1978 Car and Driver article, Pinzgauer article
Other articles from the same website

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Here’s a well-shot video of Pinzgauer 710M negotiating the Defense Mine / Cummings Cutoff trail in south-eastern California’s Panamint Valley. The driver doesn’t always choose the best lines, and the trail is pretty tough, but the ability of the vehicle is unfailing. It’s amazing to see what these trucks can do.

 

This video explains a bit about the Pinzgauer’s central tube chassis which keeps the vehicle torsionally stiff and its center of gravity low. It dates from between 2000 and 2005 when the rights to the Pinzgauer were sold to Automotive Technik Ltd. in the UK.

The guy doing the explaining has a Scottish accent, which is awesome.

Surplus Hummer, via WCXC

If you’re interested in a used Hummer but don’t want to pay $30k–$70k for a civilian H1 model, a government-issued Humvee could be the way to go. The website GOV Planet currently lists 100+ AM General Humvees to be auctioned off around the country. The opening bid on all of them is $10,000.

In case you’re hazy on the Hummer’s specs, here’s a refresher: 6.2L diesel engine, automatic transmission, 7,700 lbs. GVWR, portal axles, and 37″ tires.

They’re all 20+ years old and do look pretty bare bones. But who needs a fancy leather interior, if you’re just going to be overlanding and camping?

The site does make a point to mention that the trucks are for “Off-road use only,” though the veracity of that claim was debated in the comments of the Reddit post where I found the link. That said, caveat emptor.

More photos after the jump.

Links:
GOV Planet: the Hummer in these photos
GOV Planet: all the Hummers available
the Reddit Post
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A couple of weeks ago I dropped by Thorson’s Off-Road in Santa Rosa for a quote on a new skid plate. We got to talking and I was given a quick tour of the shop. They were prepping an insane looking Jeep for the King of Hammers, a 165-mile desert race in which teams must blast through open terrain at 100+ mph and also negotiate difficult, slow rocky sections.

The week-long event takes place in Southern California near Twentynine Palms, features motorcycles and buggies, and starts on Friday, January 30th. The main event takes place on Friday, February 6th.

See the rest of the post for links and photos of Thorson’s crazy Jeep.

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