My first 4x4

Nimrod

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Finally forced to do so by a leaky roof, I just unpacked a box of pictures that’ve been in storage for over 20 years and came across a picture of my very first four-wheel drive vehicle, which is pretty danged cool since I thought I didn’t have a picture of it. Here it is — a Korando K9.



The front end looks like a CJ5. With the two center-facing jump seats down in the back it’d carry 9 people. (That’s my son on the left, with one of his pals.) I owned it for two years, from 1993 to 1995 while living on Saipan and thought about shipping it to California when I came back. But I had no idea what’d be involved in making it legal here, so I decided against bringing it with me. Man did I enjoy that rig!

My next 4x4 after the Korando was an S10 Blazer, followed by ZJ, then a ‘93 Bronco, followed by my current ‘99 XJ.

I was just so jazzed to find that picture of the Korando that I thought it worth posting.
 

chasdb

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Nice rig, cool picture. Looks like it's a bit longer than a Scrambler even. I bet that was an awesome vehicle to explore the island.
 

Bent

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What was it running for a power plant? Diesel?
 

Nimrod

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Six banger. Gas. I don’t recall the displacement or any other specifics about it.
 

Skwerly

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Man that's cool! Mine was a '76 K20 with a 400 sb in it, NP 203 full-time case. This thing got me to some very, very surprising locations.

 

David_Bricker

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Not at all a good picture, but only one I have digitized. Back in 1874, when I was 18, they hadn't yet invented digital cameras. All my stuff is on 35mm slides. One Of These Days, I'm going to transfer them all to digital. I even have the scanner.





1966 Dodge A-100 van. Short wheelbase (90"). Full length new subframe, brazed to unibody. Engine and trans pushed forward 20" in order to fit. 24" driveshafts front and rear, 9 1/2" drop on rear driveshaft :wow:

W200 axles (D44HD/D60), custom springs, 440 Magnum V-8 (back when Magnum actually meant something), NP435 trans and 203 full time t-case.

Scary thing is that it still sits in my driveway in NY, slowly but surely rusting away. I need to sell the darn thing.


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Nimrod

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Don’t sell it. Restore it! It’s awesome.

BTW, you look pretty good for a guy your age.
 

David_Bricker

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Noah wants it, to restore. I fear if he comes and gets it, it will just then sit in the desert, slowly fading away, for another 25 years.


I have some nostalgia towards it, but I can't see shipping it to Hawaii to use.



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Skwerly

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Holy cow, Brick, I didn't know you had this thing. What a... well, it's something! Likely the coolest thing I've seen in weeks.
 

victorfranko

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1968 Dodge Power Wagon W200, built a 360 ci small block out of a Dodge Polara. Good times with this truck.
Picture circa 1976-1977

 

Bent

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1968 Dodge Power Wagon W200, built a 360 ci small block out of a Dodge Polara. Good times with this truck.
Picture circa 1976-1977

Nice truck. I'd sure like to have my '64 back.
 

Nimrod

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A good buddy of mine — some of you met him in Moab — wound up owning this International Harvester from Grumpy Old Men.

 

David_Bricker

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Cool rigs. I had a 1974 W200 plow truck for 12 or so years. I paid $500 for the plow, and they threw the truck in for free. I sold the plow 12 years later for $300, and threw the truck in for free. That thing was close to indestructible,



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