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CRs
08-25-2005, 06:48 AM
So after my last trip i have discoverd that ghost towns are ither right besid the freway or a million miles in the sticks i prefer the later but what do you all us as transportation to your ghost towns i have 2 hevialy modifed rigs that are verry street able but i was wonderign how thae rest of us got to where where going


we use the wifes jeep on short runs and my 4runner on long trips bolth set up with air lockers and we have multi mount winches just in case but i tend to go on the extreme side sence out outher hobbie is wheeling in places like MOAB and the RUBICON in calaforina


http://ravenoffroad.com/gallery/07-31-05_TSF_Quickie_Run/thumbnails/p7310022.jpg

GaryB
08-25-2005, 06:41 PM
1978 IH ScoutII. After the next few weekends it will be lifted and be locked and loaded. :D

CRs
08-26-2005, 06:18 AM
cool im looking at replacing my 4runner i cant deside on wether to get a fj55 cruzer or a 77 travler i have had my eye on ither way its ARBS and 36" swampers

GaryB
08-26-2005, 02:28 PM
Travelers are nice, 18" longer bed than a SII and just a bit longer WB. Now Travel All's are way too big for my taste. Last thing I need to be doing is cutting down trees so I can get my truck down a trail. Like those Hummer guys :rolleyes:

Rockcrusher
08-27-2005, 11:32 PM
Depends on the condition of the trail I plan on using. For mild trails we take the '69 Ford 44. On hardcore trails, we take the '68 Jeepster.

Ghosttowns.com
08-28-2005, 12:52 AM
Heavily modified jeep - TBT alumiflex, cage, bumpers and skids, Rubicon 44's warn full float and arb lockers front and rear and much more but the best thing is the custom 3 car seat cage in the rear so the kids can come!

Post your pics here:

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Cecile
08-28-2005, 09:11 AM
My 4-runner & our partner's Tacoma do a pretty good job of taking us where we need to go.

GaryB
08-28-2005, 07:59 PM
What do you mean GaryB? Those Hummer guys are "NEVER" on or off the trail. Thay might get that H2 or H3 dirty, or worse yet, scratched. They sure look cool driving around Scottsdale, though.


I know of a few H1 guys that like to go out and give the Sierra Club something to complain about. Every H2 (4 so far) I've seen on a trail is either stuck or broke down. I guess the owners really believe the commercials on TV.:rolleyes:

Bob
08-29-2005, 06:46 AM
Around these parts we have streetch limo H1's, riducalous looking, jacked up but scratch free H2s, and a bunch of poser's driving them as well BUT my friends Rod and Chad Hall do a fine job in desert with those big old things so not all Hummer owners are posers :) Me I use my straight 6 92 Bronco, my 300,000 mile 88 Ford Van (Also straight 6), my Suzuki Enduro (If I need a street legal vehicle) or an old Husqvarna if I don't and at last resort, my legs to hike in to ferret out Ghost Towns.

CRs
08-30-2005, 06:04 AM
there are some really nice rigs here i never would have thought well it looks as tho i will be replacing the 4 runner with a FJ55 wagon ford ranger or jeep cherokee what ever i get ill modd the crap out of it becous thats what i do stock is LAME ;)

GaryB
08-31-2005, 03:25 PM
Around these parts we have streetch limo H1's, riducalous looking, jacked up but scratch free H2s, and a bunch of poser's driving them as well BUT my friends Rod and Chad Hall do a fine job in desert with those big old things so not all Hummer owners are posers :)
Rod still do his desert driving class with the H1's?


The limo place is around the corner from my work. Always gets a laugh out of me.

Bob
08-31-2005, 03:38 PM
Rod, Chad and at least one or two others make all our Best in the Desert Races. My favorite Hummer Driver is Chad's Daughter, they let her drive on the pre-runs and she is a better driver than most. She must be about 15 or 16 now but she was a real off-road driver before she was a teenager :)

old judge
08-31-2005, 03:52 PM
Today I GT in a 2003 Silverado w/o many additions. I really can't risk more than a two or three mile walk out, though I sometimes press that. When I first started GTin' in about l967 or so. I drove a l965 VW. I never found much I couldn't do, no matter how stupid, and never got stranded. And yes, I was young and stupid. If I am in an area where I am in communication with someone, or have left clear instructions about my plan with someone who knows what to do, I will .press on, even in my l992 Aerostar, so long as I have 3 days of water and food aboard, and weather is considered appropriately. The hairiest problems I've faced have been not terrain, but passing on narrow roads/switchbacks. On at least one occasion, I was thankful that neither of us was driving a wide vehicle. Someone would have been backing forever on some seriously scary roadway. My own opinion is that anyone driving an all road (that is, my vehicle takes up all of the road) vehicle, needs to be backed on down the road. Mike

ghostrider
09-03-2005, 07:02 AM
well i use a 85 bronco II....lifted 8 inches...with a rancho extended arm kit for better articulation......33 -12.50s limited slip rear and 5 speed......takes me anywhere i wanna go......and some places i wished i wouldent have ......... :D

Goat
09-05-2005, 09:42 AM
I use an '02 Tacoma TRD 4wd, which I got to replace my trusty '98 Tacoma TRD 4wd last year when a guy talking on a cell phone plowed into me and 5 other vehicles at a stop light, and totalled it. The only mods I have on it are a K&N air filter and Pirelli Scorpion A/T's. On the '98, I ran Yokohama Geolandar AT II's. I use a Sportz Truck Tent in the back for chilly weather camping, and a KDX200 for harder to reach places.
Prior to the Tacoma's, I had a stock '67 LandCruiser that was an excellent off-roader, but only hit about 58 mph on the road. I've always regretted selling it but, I had to pay hospital bills before they repo'd my kidney!

dvsww2
09-05-2005, 03:39 PM
I use an '84 Chevy Suburban with a 6.2 diesel and two Polaris ATV's on a trailer. We get to a base camp area and ride the ATV's. I've found that many of the old ghosttown roads are too narrow for many of the modern SUV's. you don't have to worry scratching up the old burb as it's been in the brush a lot. The engine is rebuilt and has a military pump and cam in it that is non-emission. Good thing is that it gets about 21 mpg on the highway and has a 40 gal fuel tank. Back deal is the cost of diesel these days. LOL, Howard

High Desert Drifter
09-12-2005, 10:50 PM
I use a 2004 Tacoma Dbl Cab 4x4 TRD and a 2005 Grizzly 660 Quad. before that I used a 1999 Suburban 4x4. I guess it all depends on what your research tells you the conditions are like that dictates what type of vehicle will access the area. Watch it, If the trail bug bites you...its all over. plan on spending all your extra allowence over the next few years on trail toys..(gps, winch, lift kit, off road lights, mapping software, hi lift jack, and so on, and so on). but **** its fun !

CRs
09-16-2005, 06:10 AM
ha if you only knew about the trail bug we have enuff money in our rigs we quit counting

only ting i need is a better gps

David A. Wright
09-19-2005, 08:16 PM
My rig is a mechanically stock, '02 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 TRD, 5-speed manual. Only changes from bone stock are B.F. Goodrich All Terrain TA's and a SnugTop shell. Inside I have a 200-channel scanner.

I've used the truck in some relatively hardrock areas, enough articulation to require that rear locker on many occasions. The skid plates have a couple of broken bolts, bends and deep scuffs and a few minor and one moderate dent in the rocker panel. And the truck is nearly always filthy. It gets used off road regularly, what with my location on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada with wide open Nevada and Death Valley next door.

CRs
09-21-2005, 06:31 AM
you must love lockers and most of all slectiable lockers

ghostrider
09-23-2005, 08:11 PM
:D lockerz are the only way ta go if u are really gonna get there

oregon4wd
09-26-2005, 03:33 AM
Hi All,
Here, I traded in my wore out '94 Toyota 4x4 for a Rubicon. The only addition so far is a swing out tire and can carrier. (The mileage certainly isn't the same as the 'ol truck.) I haven't really needed to use the lockers yet except to test them out. If it's a difficult section, I generally putz up it-or down, picking out the best line. I've been to a few hundred ghost towns/mining sites and I venture to say that most don't require a much modified rig to get to. (ie. a 4x4 with decent stock clearance and ability) I do admire rock crawlers though and they're capabilities.- Doug

Ghosttowns.com
09-28-2005, 12:11 PM
There are definitely on a handfull that require a rock crawler like Holy Cross in Colorado. However its nice to not have to ever turn around or get caught with severe weather conditions- lockers are a must though - get stuck a few times or have to go too fast over an obstacle so as not to get stuck and break something in the process and youll want lockers - they make such an amazing difference. I had a stock zr2 blazer that had a locker in the rear and was able to go backwards up black bear but only with the locker - limited slips are ok but not the real deal. The first time you go somewhere in a vehicle with a locker you can tell the difference right away. One of the best benefits is that you can go very slow and crawl right over obstacles instead of having to make a "run" for it.

David A. Wright
10-28-2005, 06:06 AM
I run an '02 Toyota Tacoma. TRD off road (larger tires, suspension upgrades, locking rear differential) package, 5-speed manual, V6 engine. The truck is mechanically stock.

Since I live in the eastern Sierra Nevada, I'm always out in the sagebrush in my area and in adjacent Nevada, including Death Valley. Periodically I'm far enough away from home that I camp in the back of the truck. There is always emergency/extraction equipment in and on the truck for use if I get caught in sudden weather or mechanical problems.

I keep the mods down because a.) the truck is pretty capable for my needs as is, and b.) I'd rather not spend $$$ on a truck then spending $$$$ to make it look/act like a monster truck, c.) I don't feel that I need an expedition vehicle to get to 99.9% of the places I want to go anyway and d.) I use the truck for work Monday through Friday and want to keep the truck comfortable and reliable.

About the only additions I'd like to add is a brush guard and good quality off road lighting.

The truck gets a considerable amount of field use, has its share of dings on the rocker panels, the skids plates are pretty beat up, I've torn off all but one of the mud flaps in the field (they get snaged between boulders and the tires when I get hung up on too big of a rock at times when I misjudge my tire position) the truck is seldom clean.
http://www.gbr.death-valley.us/4x4/images/GlacierView_Sugarloaf02.jpg

http://www.gbr.death-valley.us/4x4/images/swansea05.jpg

David A. Wright
10-28-2005, 06:24 AM
you must love lockers and most of all slectiable lockersA true differential locker is a great tool. Even in moderately rough situations, it aids the truck up and over the problem; making it easy on both the truck and driver. In situations where there is any axle articulation, the locker is indespensible. And on rough uphills, it eliminates the need to make a hard run that could cause damage or a stuck situation if the slightest mistake is made in judgement.

I've never driven a vehicle with a front locker, but I think every 4WD that's used off road with regularity should have at least a rear selectible locker. I'm noticing that more manufacturers are offering them now as part of their off road packages.

GaryB
11-01-2005, 05:00 PM
I'm more than happy with my posi-rear, then again I don't use the "gas it till something breaks" approach either. But I am planning on adding a full time locker to the front in the near future.

I don't plan on much upgrades other than the front diff and a small lift as the Scouts are just a hair too low. Then plans are for on board air and maybe an on board welder. Just in case I need to fix something out in the boonies ;) Other than those items, Scouts are pretty much over kill in their stock form for what I do.

caver
11-02-2005, 05:07 AM
Easy road I might take my F150. But several years ago I questioned my sanity of taking an expensive truck down some of the roads I was traversing. Now I use a Suzuki DR650 and get there in a fraction of the time it would take me in the truck.

podunklander
11-02-2005, 10:01 PM
Hoofing it is definetly required in Connecticut. Mostly because of all the stone walls and vegetation. Have had to use a machete to traverse what seemed like an endless growth of pickers. Worth it to emerge and find an example of Americana (moonshine shack - and is why the pickers were there). Have boated out to a site located on a private island in Long Island Sound. Navigating through swamps means at least one person is going to have to be pulled out of the muck. Found out that only two types of vehicles can be driven into the landfill in RI to visit a cemetary site: lesson learned, dump trucks have the right of way and there's no speed limit. If you don't own a dump truck -fire up your armored tank. Having to walk to your destination (if known) is a must because more times than not you will stumble across something amazing.

ghostsofnorthdakota
11-10-2005, 11:15 PM
Depends on where we're going, but most of the time we use the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4. What can I say, but we're spoiled by the AC and power everything.

Plus, every other vehicle we use seems to blow up.

http://www.sonictremormedia.com/gnd/jeepgrandcherokee.jpg

http://www.ghostsofnorthdakota.com (http://www.ghostsofnorthdakota.com/)

ghost_town_huntress
11-10-2005, 11:35 PM
We're finally getting ourselves a four wheel drive. On Saturday we're getting a '95 Dodge Ram and I'm soooooo excited!

Rachel in Utah ghost_town_huntress@yahoo.com

podunklander
11-15-2005, 07:56 PM
Time to play homage to those vehicles which are no longer able to make it to yet another ghost town :( and instead become part of one.

Richard Greville
11-20-2005, 02:57 PM
I use my '93 S10 blazer, 4X4, grocery hauler, its far better than the minivan that proceeded it LOL! Ther are many roads that are beyond its capabilities and as soon I get my old Yamaha dirt bike running, I'II be taking it along to explore those.

Mikejts
11-21-2005, 04:13 PM
I have been using Jeeps for years. Jeep jeeps - not the Cherokees Liberty's etc. Currently running a new Rubicon. Love the front and rear lockers. Just push a button and go.

caver
11-27-2005, 02:11 PM
Time to play homage to those vehicles which are no longer able to make it to yet another ghost town :( and instead become part of one.
Sounds like a plan.
http://caver.smugmug.com/photos/14009524-S.jpg

merlino
11-29-2005, 10:36 PM
For now, I am using my 2005 Hyundai Elantra GT :D

Kinda funny, i don't have much of an offroad vehicle considering i've totaled very old pickup i've bought. Plus being in arizona, most of the ghost towns of my interest are on easy-going 2wd roads that don't worry me too much. Is kinda funny to see the looks people give me when they see my hyundai go flying over a pile of rocks though.

oregon4wd
11-30-2005, 11:00 AM
Way to go with getting the Dodge 4x4 Rachel. Doe's your dog still get to ride inside? :) - Doug

GaryB
12-05-2005, 07:28 PM
For now, I am using my 2005 Hyundai Elantra GT :D

Kinda funny, i don't have much of an offroad vehicle considering i've totaled very old pickup i've bought. Plus being in arizona, most of the ghost towns of my interest are on easy-going 2wd roads that don't worry me too much. Is kinda funny to see the looks people give me when they see my hyundai go flying over a pile of rocks though.


You'd fit in with these guys http://www.oldiesmusicradio.com/cheapjeep.htm

Ghosttowns.com
12-05-2005, 07:45 PM
For those that dont know, Jeep stands for (among other things):

J - Just
E - Empty
E - Every
P - Pocket

GaryB
12-11-2005, 11:59 PM
For those that dont know, Jeep stands for (among other things):

J - Just
E - Empty
E - Every
P - Pocket


Just be glad you can buy nifty toys. I have to make pretty much everything. Glad I can weld and get free steel :D

Mikejts
12-12-2005, 01:38 PM
How about my transportation.

http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com/images/Lighter%20Side%20of%20Business/Mikes%20new%20tour%20bus_small.jpg (http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com/images/Lighter%20Side%20of%20Business/Mikes%20new%20tour%20bus.jpg)

Works good on the tracks. Not so good off them. Then I use this.

http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com/photogallery/Berlin%20Nevada/Berlin%20Nevada.jpg (http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com/images/NV%20Ghost%20towns/Berlin/Berlin%20Nevada.jpg)

podunklander
12-14-2005, 06:10 PM
You probably don't get to see too many of these out in the desert! BTW anyone here out ghosttowning in a Scout?

GaryB
12-15-2005, 03:58 PM
:p





Well since I need ten letters: Me.

David A. Wright
12-20-2005, 10:25 PM
Since everyone is sharing old cars found at ghost towns, here's one at Lundy, California.

http://www.gbr.death-valley.us/images/share/oct29e.jpg

Ghosttowns.com
12-21-2005, 07:21 PM
if you feel like walking - cool.... but if you want to drive the whole way .....

http://www.toysbytroy.com/

Ghosttowns.com
12-21-2005, 07:22 PM
Hey Dave - how fast does that go?

David A. Wright
12-21-2005, 08:52 PM
Hey Dave - how fast does that go?So fast that most of the parts flew off! :D

ARIZONA GUIDE
01-07-2006, 09:47 AM
I use my 1999 Dodge diesle 4x4. I have owned it from the day it left the car lot. It has 180k miles on it to date. It has some great Arizona pin stripes and its fair share of battle wounds. It does one **** of a job all the time.

LarryW
01-17-2006, 09:10 AM
Tabby and I use this 78 Blazer.


http://www.airtrash.com/4x4/moondog.jpg

old judge
01-17-2006, 04:24 PM
Hey Tabby, lookin' good. Is that that new pick-em-up bed steerin' they are talkin' about in Arkansaw? You d' dog. Be real careful. You got a Californee passenger. See he's strapped in so he can't interfere with the driver. OJ ......P.S. Welcome Larry. Enjoy the site. Wish I had a driver. Besides my wife. And besides my Doberman.

Flatiron
01-17-2006, 06:23 PM
LarryW......Where have I seen that desert camo K-5 Blazer before? Do you hang out peroidically in the Eastern Sierras? I know I've seen that rig and "Tabby" somewhere before..............