I have loved the outdoors my entire life.  Growing up between New Hampshire and Upstate New York I was fortunate enough to have a plethora of trails literally out my back door.  I spent my youth outside mountain biking, hiking, skiing and exploring.  Some of my earliest memories of wheeling are headed out late night in my buddie’s father’s new Pathfinder and absolutely flogging it or cruising the swamp in my buddy’s grand fathers 1947 Willys (picture below).  Through college I built up a Willys CJ5 and fell in love with the process of solving problems and building rigs.

Working on my buddy's 47 CJ2a the rig I learned to drive standard in.
Working on my buddy’s 47 CJ2a the rig I learned to drive standard in.

The day after graduating from college I moved out west to Colorado.  Colorado is an outdoor play ground with some of the best skiing, mountain biking and four wheeling you could ask for.  I was hooked.  After a few years of working and tinkering I was able to buy my first “hardcore” rig.  At least for me.  It was an Isuzu Rodeo on ¾ ton axles and baloney skin 35s with lockers front and rear.  Though not the best daily driver it did the trick and got me hooked on Moab and the idea that not all cars need to be practical.

My Isuzu coming off Amasa Back trail in Moab
My Isuzu coming off Amasa Back trail in Moab

Now in my early 30s I have this constantly changing bucket list of cars that I have been trying to tick off.  Half the fun is the thrill of the chase finding and building rigs then selling them.   I have been fortunate enough to find a lot of the cars that I only dreamt about in my youth.

Getting into the deep stuff in the FJ Cruiser. This was a great expedition rig.
Getting into the deep stuff in the FJ Cruiser. This was a great expedition rig.

Through my years of wheeling I have seen a lot of trends come and go.  Teaming up with some great friends Lindsay Forster and Ross Whalen we have boundless ideas for off road and over land industries.  Stay tuned to see what 8K off road will be bringing to the table.

The short lived 1976 Scout II
The short lived 1976 Scout II
1950 Willys with a Buick V8
1950 Willys with a Buick V8
The latest project 1947 CJ2a with a Buick V6.
The latest project 1947 CJ2a with a Buick V6.
Another favorite, first Gen Toyota mini truck with a 3.4 liter V6.
Another favorite, first Gen Toyota mini truck with a 3.4 liter V6.
The biggest turd I have ever owned. 83 CJ7 with a 4 cyleider.
The biggest turd I have ever owned. 83 CJ7 with a 4 cylinder.
Maybe my favorite rig thus far. One ton Grand Cherokee.
Maybe my favorite rig thus far. One ton Grand Cherokee.

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