NOW WHAT? We Got Ed’s LJ20 That Was Stuck 40 Years In The Sierra Nevada Mountains.

NOW WHAT? We Got Ed’s LJ20 That Was Stuck 40 Years In The Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Today Ed’s Golden Nugget rolls into our shop! It was stuck in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for over 40 years! Follow along as Paul makes this abandoned ride into the ultimate Resto/Mod for Ed from Matt’s Off Road Recovery!
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That ride might have been a BAD IDEA!! This JEEPSTER’S Motor is about to BLOW!!

Will and ABANDONDED old Jeepster run and drive after 20 years?:

I learned how to drive off road in a Stranger’s SUV!

Motor Problems:

Jeep tipped over in the CREEK:

Taking the INTERNATIONAL for a sketchy spin after motor swap:

Waging World War III on ENGINES!!!

Day #1 of the International pickup engine swap:

I got myself into a muddy mess!

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22 Responses

  1. Matt's Off Road Recovery says:

    This is gonna be plenty of work. Lol
    Luckily, we’ve got the best people on the job.
    Let us know if you know where any body parts are. Lol

    • Jack Jensen says:

      I hope Ed get many miles out of his suzuki 😉 and happy halloween

    • 61Slughi says:

      Seems E-Bay has a bunch of stuff including doors and grills. The roof might have to be built from scratch. I’m sure there’s someone out there that can make one just to be a part of this cool build.

    • Mental Defect Racing says:

      eljeeholland has a bunch of stuff you need. its all in europe, but you know where to find t anyway

    • Don S says:

      LJ20 parts or do you mean you need some body parts to help replace the ones you may loose from being in that thing 🙂 lol

    • J J says:

      Keep it as original as possible. Ed would be very Happy! Keep us posted.

  2. Pine Hollow Auto Diagnostics says:

    Wow this is going to be an epic project taking many hours of labor and love! Wonder what the story is behind the entire left side being “home-made”? Looking forward to the restoration!

  3. Jimmy Fallin says:

    This is the start of the best build you have ever done. Thank you for helping ole Ed and restoring his tired ass ride to working condition!!! God bless you Paul, you’re doing god’s work.

  4. my357mags says:

    This will be a fun build! Guess I’ll get too see what I could of had! I looked at the same LJ20 last summer but it needed too much work for what he wanted for it. It wasn’t as bad as Ed’s though. Can’t wait for more content on the build guys! Thumbs up as always! 👍

  5. DanteGTZ says:

    Definitely needs to stay a hard top. Modern drive train and comfortable interior for Ed but keep the rest as close to original as will be possible.

    • Boyd Boys says:


    • Trevor Dennis says:

      My vote would be to keep the original looks, but have free reign on everything else. With such little weight, a straight four with 1000cc would have all the performance Ed would need and then some, and it would keep things doable for Paul.

  6. John Lee says:

    That thing is damn solid for sitting in a forest for 40 years. I’ve seen 2YO trucks in worse shape! Keep it up!

  7. Greg says:

    You need to take a picture of Ed in it with his arm hanging out the window, then print it and make that door in a picture frame, hang the whole thing on the wall.

  8. Andrew Bird says:

    When you said the motor was “like a snowmobile”, I instantly thought PUT A SNOWMOBILE ENGINE IN IT! A rotax in that thing would be FUN!

  9. Marc de Groot says:

    Here in the Netherlands are a lot of LJ80 parts for sale. I know it’s a few years younger then the LJ20, but maybe some parts you’ll need will have the same dimensions? Good luck with the build! 👍🏻

  10. Benjamin Klahn says:

    @5:20 My vote is to make it LOOK stock from the outside but give him modern hardware on the inside. Anything you can do to make it more comfortable for Ed to drive should be done. And anything you can to to make it as safe as possible should be done and that means a modern engine, modern brakes, modern shocks and such. Air Conditioning and heat are both probably essential :p

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