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Old 04-03-2013, 05:07 PM   #2601 (permalink)
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LEGIT newbie now... I signed up a while back to let you guys know about our NE Georgia Swap Meet... never had a 4x4, but always wanted one, just never fit in the plans or the budget.
Well, last month at the swap meet, I came home with a real nice '76 Dodge Power Wagon; it's been gone through and has gotten a semi-restoration... interior is perfect, paint looks good, everything that's supposed to be on the truck is... little things like a new overflow bottle, good dash pad, gauges look good, etc... the stuff people don't bother with when rebuilding a truck.
Big block, auto, full-time 4x4. 9 1/4 rear, Dana 44 front, non-divorced transfer case.
The guy I bought it from isn't a Mopar guy, he traded for it; he was told by the PO that it's a 383, and the repaint got 383 call-outs on it, but in '76 it would have been a 400.
I'll find out, because Number 6 is only pumping 50psi, while something has squashed the electrode on Number 1's new spark plug, so the engine is coming out this week.

The front driveshaft is out "Because the last guy had a high school kid, and didn't want him getting in trouble with it in the woods."
I've got a high school kid, and bought this truck SPECIFICALLY so he can get in trouble in the woods!
It will not surprise me to find that the gears don't match front-to-back.

Other than that, the big project is lock-out hubs up front. I found a Ramcharger in a yard today with them, so I'm going to do a post to get some advise.

Looking forward to spending more time here, and having off-road fun with my 17 year old.

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Old 04-09-2013, 06:39 PM   #2602 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the info! I'm looking for my first 4x4 (had AWD in a Subaru but that's a different deal), I love my Toyotas and I'm DELIGHTED I found this site.

So hi!
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:16 AM   #2603 (permalink)
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ooops!! new noob here. trying to gather knowledge. Looking forward to trying a new medium.

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Old 04-10-2013, 10:27 AM   #2604 (permalink)
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Hey guys. New member to pirate, been lurking a few years. Just checking in.

Here's my 1980 K30.

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Old 04-10-2013, 10:48 AM   #2605 (permalink)
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Hello all!! Great forum you have here. Lots of useful info. Been 4 wheeling my whole life with family. Mostly in the Jeep game. Now looking to switch over to the custom side. Hopefully begin a tube chassis in the near future. Stay safe!!
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:15 AM   #2606 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Been lurking on here since around 2006, but just now posting for some dumb reason. Thought I'd share my quick little 4x4 story. My earliest (absolute earliest) memory as a child was sitting in the middle of my dad's old CJ shifting gears for him whenever he pushed his clutch pedal in. I loved that thing. It climbed anything, and whenever my mom didn't want to go wheeling with him and his buddies, me and our dog Duke (a fully bird trained GSP) would be right there waiting to go riding. This was around 1993-94 timeframe.

Fast forward to 2011. I'm a few years into my first enlistment into the USAF. I'm an F-16 Avionics guy by trade, deployed out of Aviano AB, Italy to Bagram, AFG. When you're deployed, you talk to family all the time. About the past, and how much you miss home, everything. Long story kind of short, me and my dad start talking about that old CJ that he had, and I start lurking PBB and other forums again. Shortly after that, I got in contact with one of my military car sales guys back at Aviano and put in an order for a Crush 2012 JKU to be delivered to Vegas (I already had my next assignment at this point).

I left Bagram after about 5 days short of 8 months in the desert, went to Italy to pack up all my shit, went on leave back home to Alabama for a month, then on January 13th, 2012, I picked up my very own Jeep for the first time. Since then, I've honestly beat the shit out of it. Already been through a clutch. But everything's worth it in the end. Hope you guys welcome me somewhat heartily!

Living the desert life in Vegas for now and enjoying all of the rocks out in this part of the country. I still love the mud whenever it actually does rain here though!!

After one of the 5 or so times it rains per year in Vegas...

Our solid liver GSP, Emma Leigh, and our Lab-Beagle mix, Maggie Lou

She cleans up nicely every once and a while

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Old 04-15-2013, 12:34 PM   #2607 (permalink)
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Been lurking for a bit, but I like the write up's here so I decided to make an account to ask questions from time to time. I got a half ton recently, mainly for towing stuff. Also, I'll be able to camp in the back when I'm at the track.

'03 C1500 Suburban LT w/ tow package.




Plans:
trailer brake controller
trans cooler, temp gauge, fluid & filter change
electric fans
intake tube
thrush welded muffler
maybe a CB / scanner setup
replace the missing fog light housings and do the 4high thing.
get it so that I'll be ok with it as a daily driver

edit: turns out I have a question - https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/newbi...-question.html

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Old 04-17-2013, 08:44 AM   #2608 (permalink)
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usually the newbie thread is at the top so let me have it

have a locker question in general 4x4
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:59 PM   #2609 (permalink)
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Just found this now, and as I'm definitely still somewhat of a noob, I should probably check in here. I'm a 25 year old student about to graduate with a Diploma in Exploration Information Technology. I live on a rural address, am completely obsessed with cars (why I have 3 lol), and enjoy light to moderate wheeling. My Canyon is my DD and what sees the light to moderate wheeling. The current spec list for it is a bit long for here so anyone who's interested in the current specs can check it out via the following link. Future plans for it are more power via a 4.8L V8 or more ideally a 4bt Cummins, and likely a Corp 12 bolt/Dana 44 axle combo, and whatever transfer case I decide to swap in place of the current Isuzu T150.

http://www.canada355.ca/index.php?topic=5787.0




My next vehicle I picked up last summer. It's a bone stock (other than a second fuel tank) 1977 Chevy K5 Blazer in Cheyenne trim. Truck has 59,000 miles, Dana 44 front axle, Corp 12 bolt rear, np205, SM465 (6.55:1 granny low...giggity), and a fairly worn out but totally reliable 350. Still undecided how I want to go about building it, but it's going to become a streetable wheeler (no tow rig). Absolutely fantastic orange plaid interior.




And finally, not a 4x4 but I'll inclde a picture anyways for shits and giggles. My 1964 Chevy Impala convertible in candy apple red. 283/2 speed powerglide. I also have a nice low hour 1987 Yamaha Warrior that I ride every day in the summer.

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Old 04-19-2013, 02:31 AM   #2610 (permalink)
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Ok, so I'm a new guy. Glad I'm new at something seeing how I'm 58! Bought a new to me ZR2, 1998 version. Been tinkering with the idea of fixing it up to do some trail riding so I'll see where that goes. Will be moving to Albia when I retire so I can do some wheeling over by Humbolt.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:54 AM   #2611 (permalink)
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Hello

Just joined, wanted to say hello.
My name is Lynn I'm in York, PA. Looking at getting my 1st Jeep.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:24 AM   #2612 (permalink)
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It's time to get rid of the newbie tag! I have been a member since 09
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:34 AM   #2613 (permalink)
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checking in

Another newbie checking in! Just joined.
1996 Honda Passport EX 4X4 3.2L V6
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:15 AM   #2614 (permalink)
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'Nother newb

Been around 4x's for awhile, had a 94 XJ I patched together on a highschool budget and wheeled for a few years. Sold that and now have an F150 that is going to get a SAS as soon as I settle into the new house and the life of home ownership
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:50 PM   #2615 (permalink)
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I am a new guy to pirate 4x4, but not to forums in general. I stupidly already posted in the international specific area of the forum, but after a second glance around the forums I found this area, so introductions are in order. From 29 palms, CA have a 56' international 4x4 frame I'm looking to do something with. My first 4x4 truck/vehicle. Not to be cocky, but I have pulled my fair share of wannabe rock crawlers, mudders, out of holes with far less "perceived" capable trucks AKA 2wd, and the fact that everyone sees 4x4 as far superior always pisses me off. First off, it adds complication and more shit, like weight, that can break, and secondly, you think you're better so you can act like a dick head and do stupid shit?............... like get stuck, and it doesn't make a difference, I still get in and out of the same places you idiots get stuck in. Ok, rant over. I understand the value of 4x4, don't get me wrong, but I have never needed one, even though I live in the desert. I got this for 100$, yes, you heard me correctly, the guy needed the cassis "cab and bed" for a rat rod truck with a custom z-d frame and sold me the original frame plus the running gear. I now have no pink, no vin, but a very solid 4x4 chassis on which I will build, and sell, a very nice rock crawling rig at a very reasonable price. Looking for advice and a way to exhibition my setup to gain interest. If you get a chance, google the "xb assault", I was on the team that was responsible for building that. I know, an off road scion xb awd? sounds nutso, but toyota got started in rally and off road so It's not a complete stretch.

my other thread is located here

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Old 05-06-2013, 08:03 PM   #2616 (permalink)
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Another newb checking in.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:19 PM   #2617 (permalink)
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Time to lose the newbie title:
Besides a 79 4x4 Toy sb Hilux truck now repairing a 73 CK20, lifted 4" fresh 350 sbc(mildly warmed up).
Been wrenching on vehicles since 1972 - machine maintenance mechanic since 1980.

Lurked here long enough I suppose - time to post a thread or two.

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Old 05-07-2013, 10:36 PM   #2618 (permalink)
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Hey, I'm a newbie checking in. I'm 19 and eager to learn about wheeling and about anything dealing with cars. I have a 99 4runner with a AllPro diamond housing front axle, king coilovers upfront, 5.29 gearing, and arb front and rear.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:17 AM   #2619 (permalink)
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Whats goin on guys, just picked up a 78 suburban to play around with. 350/sm465/np205/1ton axles 177k miles with a full service history (was owned by a local fire department) the body is a little rough but the frame is damn near perfect. Planning on finishing the axle swap (rear is done need to swap the front over) putting 37" military tires under it and eventually freshen up that 350
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:11 PM   #2620 (permalink)
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2 year newb from ky checking in
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:24 PM   #2621 (permalink)
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Newbie here from N.C.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:46 PM   #2622 (permalink)
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Newb from Central Oregon

About time I joined the forums. I have been lurking and using the write ups. I have a buddy of mine that has a ZJ (jeep grand cherokee) and he wants me to lift it for him and put some goodies on besides. I have had multiple 4x4 rigs myself. Everything from a 57 chev to 78 ramcharger and have carried on to my 92 dakota that I currently have. I have been working on cars/trucks since high school and have pretty much worked on everything but a diesel. But got lots o questions so will see you all online!
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #2624 (permalink)
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:54 PM   #2625 (permalink)
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Hey my name is Zach and I'm from Apple Valley, Ca. I recently picked up my first 4x4, a 1990 Jeep Cherokee 4 door. It has a little suspension lift, nothing too crazy.

I've done a fair amount of off road driving. I've had 3 Ford Ranger prerunners built to varying degrees. The first two, 97 and 93 I just had a Camburg bent beam lift up front and the third was a 92 with extended beams, coilovers up front with Deavers in the rear and a bedcage. Traded that to get a Toyota Pickup, caged with custom long travel up front. In between those, I also had a 1977 C-10 with a caged cab and an old Fabtech kit up front. I'd never been "cruising" offroad, Til this past weekend when I got to ride in a friends K-5 at Deep Creek to pick up another buddy's immobilized Bronco. Liked it a lot, so I traded the Yota today for the Cherokee. I'm kinda a habitual trader, so I wanted to try out something else besides the "always on the gas trying not to get stuck" shit I'm accustomed to.

Tomorrow I'm trimming the fenders, fixing the brakes and going out to have fun with it. I joined here to mainly get some technical/mechanical tips as I go. Dezert Rangers isn't 4x4 centric by a lone shot haha. It's something new and I'm excited to try it out.
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