Let's talk 4x4

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by Nailhead Ronnie, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Well-Known Member

    What's a good 4x4 of the 80's and 90's.
    Something reliable. What are your experiences?
     
  2. OHC JOE

    OHC JOE BUILDIN A 1970 GSX CLONE

    Man Ronnie your all over the map with ideas four by fours burned cars what's next airplanes...just messing around with you...no ideas on 4x4s
     
  3. Grandpas67

    Grandpas67 Well-Known Member

  4. ilikebmx999

    ilikebmx999 Well-Known Member

    I guess it depends on your purposes for said vehicle. Dependable isn’t much to go on.
     
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  5. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

    I've always liked the K5 Blazer. But boy do they rust!
     
  6. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    What size truck are you looking for, Ronnie? Toyota/S-10 type, 1/2 ton, or bigger? Suv?
     
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  7. gs66

    gs66 Well-Known Member

    49EB0173-014E-483B-B7EB-0430FAF14D4C.jpeg DEE652CB-CE12-4872-BE12-570C5C3FFD18.jpeg I miss our Ramcharger which was very reliable right up until we sold it. My wife needed something smaller when the grandkids came along to be able to get them and their seat contraptions in and out. That thing was trouble free and I like to be drive something different from the crowd. Guess that’s why I have Buicks too.
     
  8. jay3000

    jay3000 Well-Known Member

    Jeep cherokee with the straight 6. If you can find one with the full time 4WD transfer case you have a good deal. Parts are cheap and everywhere.
     
  9. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

  10. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    You're not kidding. Had to fab the entire floor, "cab" corners in the jams, and the usual rear quarter patches for this one (done on a budget, so made our own and didn't buy patches). When we pulled the seats out, I was surprised I hadn't fallen through the floor and ended up sitting on the road yet.
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  11. ilikebmx999

    ilikebmx999 Well-Known Member


    My K5 has persevered considering its past life in the military. Lived life in Alaska, overseas, Kansas, Illinois and now Colorado. Currently needs a rocker on the passenger side and a rear quarter panel corner on the drivers.
     
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  12. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

    When I was stationed in California I saw these all the time and they weren't rotted. Could never get one.
     
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  13. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Well-Known Member

    Dirt roads. Nothing fancy, no jumps
     
  14. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Well-Known Member

    Anything even the suvs.
     
  15. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Well-Known Member

    I just love cars man lol
     
  16. TexasT

    TexasT Texas, where are you from

    My brother bought a k5 on eBay from Colorado. It is a green that leads me to believe it was in the forest service. It has a 350 and a granny four speed. Just have to get one from a place that doesn't salt the roads .
    I had a 73 k5 when I was un high school. Lots of fun, really poor mileage. The frame was weak I guess as the steering box ripped right off of it. It had a 350/ th350 and a np203 full time fwd t case.

    We have a 1999 k2500 suburban. 454/4l80e and the np246 tcase. These t cases have a problem with pump rub. Not hard to fix but a hassle. If you can get the price down it is worth it.
     
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  17. bw1339

    bw1339 Well-Known Member

    Yup. It was a great design for its time.
     
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  18. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Any 4.0 liter Jeep is a great choice. Try to get an h.o.
     
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  19. gs66

    gs66 Well-Known Member

    Yes, those are tough. A guy at work gave his to his sons and they couldn’t kill it.
     
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  20. ilikebmx999

    ilikebmx999 Well-Known Member

    Like others have suggested, the I6 Jeep XJ’s are a great reliable choice. Parts are cheap, used parts are plentiful and they’ll get the job done. Grand Cherokees can be found for cheap as well from the same era and drivetrain with a bit more comfort.
     

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