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Here's the seaplane at the dock at Lake Union.

Here’s the seaplane at the dock at Lake Union.

A couple of weeks ago I got on a seaplane docked at Seattle’s Lake Union and flew to Victoria, on Vancouver Island, to pick up our truck, which we’d left behind when we sailed from Canada. It turned out that flying was the most convenient, quick way to get there. Sweet. The plane belonged to Kenmore Air and the flight was $140 one way.

Here are some photos of that trip.

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If you don’t already have a similar app on your phone, this website might come in handy.

GasBuddy maps the price of gas in your local area (if you’re in the United States). Zoomed out it gives you average prices. Zoom in and get specific prices at specific locations. Pretty cool.

Click the image or this link to go to the live map.

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This is a “Spotted” post but in this case the seller of this beautifully restored FJ45 Troopy spotted me (or the site rather). It’s WCXC’s first seller submission. Here’s the story:

The seller states that this right-hand-drive, 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 Troopy started its life in Australia where it racked up only 127,000 km (~79, 400 miles). In 2011, it was legally imported into the U.S. and given a ground-up, frame-off restoration during which the frame and body were stripped, chemical dipped, and epoxy sealed. The frame was then painted with POR-15, and the body got a fresh respray. Truck has clocked 600 km (~375 miles) since then.

The seller also reports that the engine, the venerable 4.2-liter 2F, was rebuilt, balanced, and blueprinted. A new H55F, 5-speed manual transmission was fitted and mated to custom drive shafts. The suspension is an Old Man Emu system, fitted with heavy springs, and greasable shackles and spring pins. The addition of custom sway bars are said to virtually eliminate body roll while cornering. The seller further reports that the axles, differentials and transfer case have all been refreshed with new Toyota parts. Six new 33″ BFGs round out the picture — no pun intended.

Up front, the ARB bull bar is ready for your choice of winch. Out back, a dual swing-away bumper, carries two spares and a Hi-Lift jack (not pictured but said to be included). The roof and doors are removable.

Perhaps the biggest change from stock is the conversion to a dual-fuel system, meaning the truck can run on propane or gasoline. The big advantage of propane is significantly reduced vehicle emissions. Cleaner burning fuel also means a cleaner, longer lasting engine. On the downside, propane packs about 25% less power per gallon than gasoline does. It also sells for about 25% less than gasoline, based on national averages. According to Petersen’s 4Wheel & Offroad propane’s relative lack of punch should only result in a 10% drop in mileage. But a 10% mileage loss at a 25% savings means you’ll still come out ahead. With 12 gallons of gasoline, and 15 gallons of propane on board, the range should be an improvement over the stock 22 gallon tank.

The seller goes on to say that throughout the $72,000 restoration, every nut, bolt, seal, and bearing on the truck was replaced — nothing was left untouched. The result is an almost 30-year-old truck that looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

The cost of this beige beauty with comfortable seating for eleven? Significantly less than cost of the restoration at $55,000. Given what restored FJ40s have been selling for at auction lately, this Troopy seems like quite a deal.

Click here to email the seller directly. The truck is located in northern Colorado.

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Here’s another nice, vintage 4×4 find: a 1969 Toyota FJ40 showing 52,000 miles on the odometer. The ad states that it’s equipped with its original 3.8l, F145, straight-six engine and an old-school, three-on-the-tree, manual transmission. Other nice, stated features include dual factory heaters and jump seats.

The ad states that this FJ40 was treated to a frame-off restoration in 2006 with minimal miles since then. The white-on-beige color scheme is classic-looking plus.

The truck is located in Colorado and is being offered by a dealer on ebay. Bidding currently stands at $14,600 with about 4 days left on the clock. There’s no “buy it now” button but the ad states they’ll sell it for $22,000.

More photos after the jump.

Update: The truck generated a high bid of $18,200 but the seller ended the auction early and cancelled all bids.

Link trail: Bring a Trailer > ebay > Photobucket

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The time portal keeps opening up. Here’s the latest car to drive out. A 43k-mile, 1986 Subaru Brat. Although I’ve never driven one, I’ve always had a soft spot for these scrappy, little 4x4s. This one is equipped with its original 1.8l flat-four engine and 4-spd. manual gearbox.

Although this one isn’t fitted with the optional, rear-facing seats, the seller has a set he’ll include for an extra $350, according to the ebay ad. What is included at no extra charge are what appear to be factory T-tops. Pretty sweet.

This Subaru is located in Torrance, California (basically L.A.). Bidding currently stands at $9,500 with five days on the clock. See the rest of the post for more pics.

Update: This Brat sold for $13,200.

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This looks like quite a nice rarity, a fully restored 1971 Land Rover Series IIA 109, that’s been re-powered with an intercooled Cummins 4BT turbo diesel engine. In addition to the roof rack, it’s fitted with a custom bumper, 8,000-lb Warn winch, and dual fuel tanks. From the sound of the ad and the look of the photos, this is a first-class truck.

Can you imagine yourself sitting in that clean, purposeful interior as you rumble across the terrain? The seller is asking $31,000. More images below. The seller offers a full write-up on his blog.

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Just where is the time portal from which people are pulling these pristine 80s-era 4x4s? This sub-10k-mile, 1980 GMC Jimmy isn’t even covered in ecto-plasmic slime. It looks straight from the showroom floor.

This model, in Sierra Blazer K5 trim, is equipped with a 350 V8, automatic transmission, and removable half-cab rear top. It’s rare to see one in such stock condition.

If you want this one, you’d better hurry. It’ll only be on ebay for a few more hours. Bidding currently stands at $17,600. The seller reports that it sold at a Barrett Jackson auction for $20,500 in 2006.

Update: This truck sold for $18,800.

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While this 1980 International Scout II just misses qualifying for the Relic Run, I think it’s pretty cool none the less: Tahitian Red paint, 345 c.i. V8, Torqueflite automatic transmission, and Dana 44 axles, not to mention those cool, desert-sunset fender decals. An added bonus: the roof is removable.

The seller mentions a recent restoration and engine overhaul. Check with them on the details, if you’re interested. The truck is for sale in Atlanta at Motorcar Studios for $18,900.

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Here’s something you don’t see every day, a 1959 Chevy NAPCO Suburban. NAPCO was the company that made aftermarket 4-wheel-drive systems for GM trucks in the 1950s, before GM made them in-house. This truck has reportedly had a frame-off restoration, including a rebuild of its 6-cylinder engine, and has covered less than 1,000 miles since then.

Although it can seat at least seven people, this is a two-door truck, not counting the clam shell rear tailgate.

This one is available in Colorado via ebay. Buy it now for $29,950 or make an offer.

Link trail: Bring a Trailer > ebay

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I don’t know if this falls into the “too good to be true” category but there’s a reportedly restored 1947 CJ2A Willys Jeep on Craigslist in Illinois right now for $8500.

I think these early jeeps look great in gray and the rear-mounted PTO winch is a bonus. Drill down for more pics.

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