Long Ago.... Before They Had Pigs (1 Viewer)

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Anyways, he had that Scout until the mid-80’s sometime then sold it and bought a 1980 Ford F-150 (which I didn’t pull any pics of).
My Mom sold her 1973 F-100 and bought one of the last of what I would consider a vintage 4wd, a 1979 Bronco. She had that throughout the time I went through HS. Got to drive it several times. Man, I wanted that thing so bad I cried when she sold it. Couldn’t come up with the money she needed for it. Oh well. In 1995 my Dad bought the Cruiser I came to have and the rest is history.

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Oh man, you inherited your Pig from your Dad?

That is too cool!

My Dad did not like to play with cars. He was fully qualified to run a reactor on a sub, but when it came to cars he did not have a lot of interest!

My boy doesn't seem to have a lot of interest either. What is it they say about skipping a generation?
 

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Oh that’s just awesome @tucker74 ! That takes me way back once again to the early 80’s. An uncle of mine had a late 70’s/early 80’s Honcho pickup (blue and white). Was with him one time following behind my Dad and a friend of his in a dune buggy, going up a sand wash and then a steep hill leading out of the wash. We stopped at the bottom and my uncle reached over, opened the glove box and turned a black knob. Then we drove up the hill and continued on. I couldn’t really comprehend what was going on at the time, but remember it being pretty neat.
That sounds awesome! You were like "what the heck is that in the glovebox?".
 

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Yep. We were only three kids, but there were no handouts. I mowed lawns and had a paper route to buy that Schwinn (used, via the local “Thrifty Nickel”), and the “10 speed” after.

Only occasionally got a ride to school.

Dad and Aunt, 4 and 2 years old. Somewhere around Shelly, Idaho. 1940.

It’s not a 4x4 though.

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Same. I hucked the Sunday Chicago Tribune out of the back of a '75 Volvo 245 to buy my bikes. I would ride those 10 speeds to the auto parts store to buy parts for my go-kart. I came in so much they finally offered me a job. I rode those bikes many miles!
 

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Oh man lots of history, love this stuff.
Thanks @PabloCruise

Ouray colorado,KOA campground circa 78-80

A young FJBen getting a bowl haircut. 76/77 FJ40

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august of 78. In my uncles CJ5, Wheatridge CO. We used to drive around the mountains there.
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trip to Ouray in the CJ7. I believe 82 or 83? I believe this is Imogene Pass.
Yes I'm keeping the Jeep from rolling down hill. My mom said it was just staging a funny photo, but thats also what she said about the bowl haircut photo... :confused: :rofl:


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Much later on, probably late 80s with my 4H pigs. This is the vehicle I learned to drive stick on. Half cab, 3 speed bronco, 302v8, mud tires.
The tank in the back was for water for the pigs.


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Dad didn’t really believe in 4x4’s, so I do t have any memories of that type. He used to scab model A’s together as a young man and sell them. By the time I grew up, the one in the barn ( 1932 cabriolet) had been torn apart my whole life. So he sort of understood my cruiser fascination...
Mom eventually paid some else to put his back together after his stroke
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We had a ‘76 Jeep Cherokee Chief - ours was brown/gold with the ubiquitous lettering on the side. Was the 401cid big block with full time 4wd and vacuum lockers. Not a cruiser by any means, but was a cool vintage 4x4 with a rear window like the 55. This was my first vehicle in HS, until I bought an ‘85 xtra cab 4wd my senior year for $2500 (it had AC). Sweated my ass off crawling around in attics pulling wire in the summer heat for that little Hilux.

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Now I’m on the hunt for a pig to make into a family rig and continue “collecting.” I’ve been close once or twice, but still no luck. The Cherokee FSJ is a strong contender as well. Right size, possibly stout( with the right drivetrain) and the ooze style. Oddly, they also seem to suffer from chronic cancer as well. Maybe I have poor taste....
 
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Grew up with Broncos, Jeeps, and Scouts. My dad never owned any but I spent a lot of time in and often driving friend's and relative's. I desperately wanted a used bronco that a dealer had in our hometown when I was about 15 or so, blue with a white top. Must have been around a 1974 +/-. Classmate of mine eventually bought it; much to my dismay. So what did my dad bring home for me to eventually drive, a used Ford Granada with a straight 6 automatic. Beggars can't be choosy so I embraced it for what it was, transportation.
 

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So what did my dad bring home for me to eventually drive, a used Ford Granada with a straight 6 automatic.
Three things in response:

- I went to my senior prom in a baby blue Granada. Double dated with Chuck (RIP) and neither my 1970 Challenger nor his 1966 Suburban (Chuck’s f*** Truck) was going to make it happen with the girls in the kind of prom dresses they wore in 1979. So I borrowed the 4-door Granada when the ask on a 1965 T-bird fell through. (Took a 1976 Kenworth conventional to homecoming though. She loved that move...)

- Things could only get better (unless the Granada breaks down).

- Your dad was possibly trying to keep you safe. I‘Ve left word that in-case of my untimely demise, none of the lifted trucks are to go to our son before he is 25. He drives a stock-height 80 with an airbag. His mother insisted on the airbag.
 
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- Your dad was possibly trying to keep you safe.
Probably. The other two cars I "desperately" wanted were a 1970 Opal GT and a 1975(?) Mustang Cobra. I actually got my father to at least test drive the Cobra; too fast he said. My father was a car guy but had bug eyed Sprites, a Sunbeam Alpine and early Mustangs as second cars so I kinda thought the Opal GT would appeal to his tastes......too small he said.

My granada was metallic brown. Not the ugliest car in the world and I probably would have kept it longer if it had been a 302. I traded it with my own money after I started college for a used silver 1977 Ford Thunderbird with maroon leather interior. Talk about a long car! It had a 400 V8 and I won't say it was a chick magnet but compared to the Granada it was a definite step up.
 
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My dad was a car guy. Worked on Mustangs for a long time. Mom and dad had a 66 and 65 Mustang as dailies. I grew up around cars and hotrods but not a lot of offroad vehicles, although I really liked them.

I think I got the bug from work. Surveying out in the sticks going off-road on powerline roads and trails all day. Got to wheel other peoples trucks and get paid for it.

My car history is unimpressive. I only owned cars I got for free or really cheap. One of those free cars was an 85 Izuzu Pup 4x4 that i had some fun with.

The first car I sought out and bought on purpose was my Pig.
 

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Isuzu’s have flown pretty far under the radar. They had some potential back in the day - them and Mitsubishi. Had a friend whose parents bought a Montero. Think those early models, both the Montero and the Trooper, borrowed heavily from FJ55 styling.
 
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I thought about it a little and it was a 1987 Pup, not 85. I was still living in my home town that wasn't too kind to poor people. My Pup wasn't beat up but it wasn't a Mercedes either. The seam on the muffler was rusted and that 4 banger was kind of a little louder and I got pulled over. While the cop was admonishing me for my loud exhaust a Harley screamed by and he had to stop talking until it passed far enough. I gave him a look like "dude!". He changed it to a fixit ticket. I got the new muffler on and before I could get it signed off, the engine start getting a real bad rod knock. Gave my free truck to the tow company.
 
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Funny, this literally came out 2 days ago -

I remember a trip to Moab back in the early 90's, my friend and I had his Dad's little S-10 Blazer. We saw a Trooper that someone had taken some dark tape to the spare cover to make it into an Isuzu Pooper. My friend and I laughed and laughed.

Maybe that is why they were never taken seriously?
 

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I don’t think they lent themselves to modifications very well. I think they had some weird IFS that scared people off.
 

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