A Couple Of Old Off-road Warriors

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  1. Midnightpass

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    The 51 year old VW Baja Bug I've had, and modified for the last 6 years... The 36 year old Suzuki Samurai, I bought about a month ago... It is bone stock except for the rims and paint... The Samurai will go any place the Baja will, but at a much slower pace... A 1.3 liter engine, and short suspension travel, won't allow for any speed off-road... Both fun cars in the desert, but at a different pace....

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    I have seen those Samurais moderately built up do amazing things in the dirt.
     
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    Yea... Heavily built, they are the ultimate rock crawlers...
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    Funny how a 31” tire looks huge on them....but you got great approach angles.
     
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    The Sammy was my only vehicle where passengers wanted to walk and meet at the bottom of the hill we just went up . The low range is amazing for tight rough stuff . My daughter learned basic driving in mine at age 9 just incase she had to go for help on one of our adventures . School called me a few days latter requesting a conference , said that she was lying to the classmates saying I taught her to drive , Jaws hit the floor when I said I most certainly did . She still comments about how many vehicles we towed , " Out of the hole" so to speak . Kinda wish I still had mine . Have fun with it limitations and all , they sure fit between the ruts and still don't get brush striped too bad . Best $200 vehicle I ever bought even with a rod sticking out of the block . COOL photo , WR
     
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    Fun stuff Butch. That Baja bug is sweet ! Nice job on that build.. I had a Hi Jumper rail years ago with a built 2276 and dual 40 Weber’s. Was a little rocket at Glamis. I also had a Manx ( knock off ) several years ago with a little 1776 motor in it. Lots of fun at Borrego. Bruce Myers ( Myers Manx ) lived 2 houses up from me, and I used to chat with him about his latest creations. Unfortunately, he passed away last year. Was a neat guy.
     
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    Both my grand kids learned to drive in the Baja.. Good place to learn, out in the desert..
     
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    The Baja is pretty mild.. An 1835 with a Weber knockoff... There is some pretty nice suspension modifications though and roll cages, and other safety equipment...
    I might add some new springs, a mild lift and go up from 205/70R15 to 215/75s on the Samurai (Thanks for the suggestions William Ritchie)... I'm gonna keep it as stock as I can... I want it safe on the hiways too...
    Butch
     
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    I saw one of those Suzukis (modded) creep up out of Deep Creek (Big Bear) when the trail was all washed out. All the other vehicles had to winch their way up. Such cool vehicles.
     
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    Yea, some those modded up Samurais are amazing to watch rock crawl... Look up some on Youtube...
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    If you want something fun to watch, Google "Turbo Calle"... Dirt drags from Puerto Rico, mostly using Samurais with engine swaps
    Butch
     
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    Please do a burn out on a bush yelling lets go Brandon
     
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    Sorry.. Too old and non-political to do that...
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