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MadTripper

PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:34 pm
by MadTripper
I had a '74 FJ40 and started to disassemble it in 1997. My grandfather and I worked on it and started getting things in order but I went off to college and he passed so I never completed it. I decided I would start working on it but it was quite a mess and while perusing the Mud forum, I stumbled on Norville and the Patrol. I sent him a message saying to let me know if he ever stumbled on any more and he responded with, "Be careful what you wish for, I have two."
So I worked out a deal and my buddy and I drove about an hour to get it. On the way, I actually found another one 20 minutes from my house which I would purchase about a year later.
Norville did some work on his other and then sold it to a guy about 2 hours away. This guy didn't really like it as much as he thought and asked if anyone had guns or motorcycles to trade. I had a bike I didn't really care about so I traded for my third. The 2nd one I found was quite old and in very rough shape. It did have the factory tailgate which I thought was cool. After it sat for a while, I finally decided to pass it on to a guy in Ohio. Not sure how he made out as I haven't heard from him. It was a basket case.

So, I have one I plow with and one that is road legal. I have grand plans for my plow vehicle but who knows when they will start taking place. I try to stay involved but like most people, life gets in the way.

Tripper

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:54 pm
by bosque
MadTripper wrote: The 2nd one I found was quite old and in very rough shape. It did have the factory tailgate which I thought was cool. After it sat for a while, I finally decided to pass it on to a guy in Ohio. Not sure how he made out as I haven't heard from him. It was a basket case.
Tripper

It was like he dropped off completely after he bought it. Ohio Brad, better known as John Galt. The guy had an opinion for sure, gotta love it.(Hey Brad, Gas is 3.55 yesterday. I'll bet the economy is treating you better too! We know you are lurking buddy!....Chime in please.)
I am interested in what he did with the tailgate and his Patrols.

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:25 am
by Swerve
How often do you get out in your troll ? I know about the life thing, getting used to that.

You always had good pic's MORE :chores-laundry:

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:39 am
by MadTripper
Not enough! I haven't been in plow patrol in over a year but that's because we haven't had any major snow accumulations. Green Machine I get in at least once a month but I let the inspections slip and need to put the muffler back on before I can do so. I usually take it up into the woods with the kids or friends on occasion.

Tripper

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:26 am
by RiverPatrol
The pictures with you driving and the kids in back grinning ear to ear were some of the best ever.

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:58 am
by MadTripper
Ex is in it but it's a great pic!

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And here were some family pictures we had done in it.

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Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:10 pm
by RiverPatrol
:text-yeahthat: Those are the ones!

Yeah, Photoshop needs a "Remove Ex" filter... :tools-hammerdrill:

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:12 pm
by MadTripper
Lol, not worth the effort on my end. We get along fine at this point and it was a large part of my life that gave me my kiddos!

Tripper

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:15 pm
by miller
These photos are FANTASTIC! No $5000 paint job, muddy, body not perfect, it reminds me with my project not to get caught up in all the cosmetic stuff and just get out there and enjoy it!

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:08 am
by Swerve
Agreed as well the 1st pic is tops,

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:07 am
by MadTripper
This is probably a tad premature but I'd rather you all get the info first.
Some of you may recall that I had stumbled on a lady not far from me years ago that had a patrol. I met up with her and checked the project out and helped her acquire some parts. As it turned out, her mechanic ended up passing away and the project has been sitting for several years. It is a basket case but she agreed to sell it and because I'm such a glutton for punishment, I agreed.
I don't have all of the specifics but it is a 1969 she brought over from Nebraska. It is in rough shape and all apart but I think I can take the plans I originally had for Plow Patrol and apply them to this unit. I am more than swamped with projects so there will be no action immediately but I'll have it safe and sound in my garage!
These are photos from when I looked at it a few years back but thought I'd share.

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Tripper

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:14 am
by Esteban
Glad to see you have the Patrol bug again!

Eager to follow the development of this project.

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:46 pm
by MadTripper
I'm happy to have a project and anxious to bring it to life. I'm hoping to modernize this unit and keep it!

Tripper

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:44 am
by RiverPatrol
Just goes to prove that there truly is no cure for the Patrol sickness. Once it's in your blood, relapse is always possible.

Re: MadTripper

PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:56 pm
by MadTripper
That certainly seems to be the case! I kick myself for getting rid of all of the parts and info I had collected but oh well! I have some time to plan this one out and once my addition is finished, that will be the next project barring anything major. Of course having access to this resource is tremendous. I searched until I found rawml's build. He hasn't chimed in for a bit so I wonder how it is coming along. I've always loved the idea of modernizing a Patrol so I believe that is what will become of this unit.

Tripper