What's the story?
Steve Hoare tracks down a phenomenally powerful 109in Series I, enjoying the rough and tumble of life in the back-woods of Maine, in the USA. What really sets this amazing old warhorse apart is the 400bhp V8 engine, US-built gearbox and hybrid 101FC axles; it’s a monster Jim, but not as we know it.
Our favourite bit?
We really love the look of this unbeatable old truck. Nothing seems to stop it. It looks as hard as nails with no concessions made to luxury or modern day demands of refinement. It makes no apology for what it is, it just performs with brutal efficiency.
And the verdict from LRO writer Steve Hoare?
Compared to the sedate and genteel performance of the original 2.0-litre petrol and the bone-shaking ride of the skinny 7.00x16 cross-ply tyres, this hybrid bitsa-this and bitsa-that Series I exemplifies the very best of grass-roots modification USA-style. I love it.
Model: 109in Series I pick up
Engine: Chevy 355ci V8 petrol
Power: 400bhp approx.
Gearbox: SM420 with LT230 transfer case
Axles: front – 101FC hybrid with ARB locker; rear – HO72 Eaton, welded Lincoln diff
Tyres: 9.00x16in (37in) Goodyear Wrangler MTR