A good friend of mine (who works too much) was back in town yesterday, so we decided that it was about time I took my truck out.
On the trail as a comparison, they bring along a 1964 Jeep Forward Control crew cab. It’s funny to see the two together. The Mighty FC looks like a bulldog. The old Forward Control looks like a loaf of bread. It’s great to see footage of both of these truck on the road!
Via West County Explorers Club: Jonathan Ward, of TLC and Icon fame, shows off what he calls a “142,” basically an FJ62 on an 80-series chassis. This truck was built through TLC, his Land Cruiser restoration shop in Southern California.
As you can imagine, this was an extensive rebuild. Even the engine was replaced with a GM Vortec unit. They went through the truck inside and out and everything looks to be first class.
These extraordinarily capable trucks were built in the 1970s for the Swiss military by the Austrian manufacturer
Steyr-Puch (who, coincidentally, also build the G-wagen for Mercedes-Benz).
I am finishing this article less than two hours after driving the Forward Control
concept vehicle from the Jeep design team.
Overall, I was impressed with the feel of the vehicle, although I did find I was a little disappointed in the ground clearance; In addition, the suspension travel wasn’t anything to write home about.
Cerocahui to El Fuerte on the Old Road
Introducing Stories from the Vault
Here’s something for all of you G-Wagen fans, a short promotional film for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
Here in the US, the Patrol always seemed (to me anyway) like the lost icon of Japanese four-wheel drive.
My affection for the 70 Series Land Cruiser has been well documented on ExPo, a vehicle I consider to be one of the best overland platforms ever constructed.
I’m really impressed with the thought and detail Greg put into his truck. It’s a capable off-roader that I’ve enjoyed seeing in action.
What is the best overland vehicle in the world?
Land Cruisers are classic and authentic, and have always placed an emphasis on durability and capability over luxury and domestic ‘functionality’.
Driving a Suzuki Jimny on an Old Smuggler’s Route Through the Pyrenees.
The 2011 Expedition Portal Overland Awards
4wd SUV of the Year – North America (US and Canada)
A Tour of the New FWC Production Facility
This jeep carries 48-star flag from days before Hawaii and Alaska joined the union.
Via West County Explorers Club: My friend Greg just sent me a link to this outstanding travel video by Munich-based freelance filmmaker, Vincent Urban and Clemens Krüger. Part 1 of a five-part series, it shows three friends traveling through southeast Asia in a Land Rover Defender 110. There is hardly any narration, hardly any dialogue. Moments of the trip are just strung together like memories. It’s beautifully shot and edited and gets to the heart of why we all travel.
Thanks for the tip, Greg!
via West County Explorers Club: Here’s a recent Vimeo find documenting what appears to be a group of Czechs on a 2008 off-road expedition in the Ukraine. It looks like they had a great trip. And I like the video.
Just be careful about driving over those winch cables guys. Oh, and Smokey the Bear says to clear a five-foot-radius ring around that campfire but other than that, nice one…
The most difficult part of driving the NuKaiser is keeping the sand out of your mouth from smiling so much.