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Old 08-27-2013, 07:26 PM   #1
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A handful of government 4X4's for sale in So Cal low miles

no affiliation......just saw these listed

They are all red...cool.....

really cool/cold Antarctica......

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/ctd/4029331741.html
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:45 PM   #2
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Re: A handful of government 4X4's for sale in So Cal low mil

Does anybody know what 4x4 conversion would be on those? I know Quigley does factory work but I think Quadvan does, too.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:33 PM   #3
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Re: A handful of government 4X4's for sale in So Cal low mil

They have front leafs so either SalemKroger or Advanced 4x4. Looks like a D60 at least up front so probably S/K.

Those rear shock mounts and lift blocks are pretty scary looking IMO

They may have low miles, but I imagine miles in Antarctica probably don't fall into the "gentle" category.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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Re: A handful of government 4X4's for sale in So Cal low mil

Low miles, but idled 24 hours a day in the winter??
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:02 PM   #5
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Re: A handful of government 4X4's for sale in So Cal low mil

a look at the van in service at McMurdo Station as a a taxi and other weird antipodal vehicles :
http://www.caranddriver.com/photos-11q2 ... oto-396269
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:11 AM   #6
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Re: A handful of government 4X4's for sale in So Cal low mil

A great read is "The Last Place on Earth" about the Scott Edmenson (sp) "race" to the South Pole. A real contrast in preparedness and planning. One made it appear easy and the other died.
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Re: A handful of government 4X4's for sale in So Cal low mil

re: idled 24 hours a day in winter....Yep I believe it.

I worked on the North Slope of Alaska (i.e. the Arctic) in an oil field. We idled our diesel trucks (F350's) 24 hours a day in the winter. High temps for the day were often -20F. When we parked them at basecamp we would also plug in a block heater as well as high idle them. You never, ever let them run out of fuel or turned them off when it was that cold.

If they broke down or ran out of fuel, you could literally hear them creak and grown as everything contracted in the cold. Frozen trucks meant they had to be hauled back to the workshop to thaw...

Of course, working at a oil production facility we had a small refinery that produced diesel and Jet A. We had several full time fuelers whose job was to drive around a tanker and refill various tanks around worksites and such.

I imagine the antarctic would be much the same, except that there's no oil production so they have to fly in fuel. One expensive tank of gas for those vans....
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