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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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I’m not usually into guitar-heavy videos, but this one of BJ Baldwin winning the 2013 Baja 1000 is pretty awesome. The way his truck flies across the top of some of the whoops seems to defy physics. And the music is pretty decent halfway through.

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.

Links:
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.

Link:
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.

Links:
Jacks Auto Upholstery

Wikipedia: Dodge M37

Dodge M37 Specs

Dodge Flathead Engines
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Unimog U1300L • WCXC

Here’s a Unimog mash-up from ebay (via Bring a Trailer). The truck is described as a U1300L with a U1500 sourced 5.7-liter, turbo-charged, six-cylinder diesel. The ad states 72,302 for the the odometer reading.

If you go for this check it out well, given engine swap. The buy-it-now price is $28,500 and there are just about 3 days left on the ebay clock. The truck is located in Colorado.

More photos, and the original ad text after the jump.

Links:
ebay: 1978 Mercedes-Benz Unimog

Bring a Trailer: 1978 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1300L

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OVexpo

Overland Expo West is in about seven weeks. It will be held this year from May 16–18 in Flagstaff, Arizona. You may know that Overland Expo is the big event on Overlanding calendar. Classes, exhibitors, and about 6000 people, are expected to converge on Mormon Lake Lodge this year.

Registration is $270 per person (including one vehicle) for the Overland Experience package. A day pass is $15 per day plus $10 to camp. The difference, for the most part, is the classes. With the Overland Experience package, you can register for classes. With the day pass, you can’t. Exhibitor and vendor booths are open to all.

For those of you on the East Coast, Overland Expo is branching out to Ashland, North Carolina, on October 3–5 of this year. Registration will open in April.

Links:
Overland Expo Details

Overland Expo Registration

VW LT 4x4 • WCXC

Here’s something I’ve never seen before: a Volkswagen LT 45 DoKa 4×4. Think of it as the commercial truck version of the Vanagon Syncro. This one hails from BC, Canada, and has been given the off-road treatment with bull bar, snorkel, and front and rear winches. It looks quite capable.

The one featured here is not for sale, unfortunately, but check out the linked page for lots of info about the truck and the mods that were done.

According to sources on Wikipedia, the VW LT has existed in 4×4 form since 1985, so finding one for import under the 25-year rule (currently 1989 or older) is a possibility.

Link:
1993 Volkswagen LT 4×4
Wikipedia: Volkswagen LT

VW LT 4x4 • WCXC

We all know about the Unimog, but have you heard about Mercedes-Benz’s other tough truck offering, the Zetros? The Zetros is Mercedes’ answer to extreme-terrain hauling. Do you need to transport a mobile generator to a remote job site or haul ten tons of scientific equipment down a road scratched into the Alaskan wilderness? If so, this is your truck.

The Zetros is available in either 4×4 or 6×6 configurations. Both versions are equipped with a massive 7.2-liter, inline-6 diesel that floods the drivetrain with a mind-bending 959 lb-ft of torque. The differentials lock. The tire pressure is adjustable on the fly. A single axle can carry 9 tons of load.

What if you need all of that hauling ability to carry luxurious living quarters over any conceivable terrain? Well, it can do that too.

More photos of one of those trucks after the jump.

Thanks to our friend Mas for the tip!

Links:
Car & Driver
: Ultra-Luxury Mercedes-Benz 6×6 RVs Tackle Mongolian Wilderness

Mercedes-Benz Zetros Web Special

Wikipedia: Mercedes-Benz Zetros

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