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Ige Gustavson

Land Cruiser Specialist

Many in the Land Cruiser community may know me by my user name on the various forums, nuclearlemon. I am into all things Land Cruiser. It started in the 1980s when i was living in Illinois and was chatting with a local police officer and mentioned I had spent the day looking at Jeeps. He told me to go to his house the next day and schooled me in a 4x4 that would be far better at handling my abuse. A week later, I had a 1970 V8J40 cruiser. Since we women like accessorizing, I had to add a 78 FJ40 and a 69 FJ55 to go with. From there, it snowballed and I've since owned eight fj40s, four fj55s, and an fj60 in addition to my current stable of a 1962 fj40, two fj55s , an fj45 and two fzj80s.

I love getting out of Dodge (or Denver in my case). I'm just as comfortable wheeling Chinaman Gulch as I am a dirt road, as long as there's not a Starbucks or Applebees in sight. I'm also active in the Colorado Association of 4wd Clubs and am a lifetime member of Blue Ribbon Coalition and a Cohvco member because I believe we need to do all we can to keep our roads and trails open.

Most of my rigs are long term projects, so I mostly wheel my 1996 fzj80, with 315/75r16s, 4.88 gears with arb lockers and well decked out for the comfort trip with a Maggiolina roof top tent, Arb fridge, ham radio and rear drawers packed with gear. On the milder trails and warm summer days, I like to take out my bone stock 1962 FJ40 and see how far up in altitude my little one barrel carb and 27" tires will take me.

My Builds

Ige annie
Ige puff
Ige fat bastard

Recent Trip Reports

Lockhart Canyon 11-27-2016

Just before finishing Lockhart basin, we did a spur into Lockhart Canyon, a fun Sandy wash, but not a trail to race through with abandon. Washouts had made many sections a nice challenge, including a squeeze fat Bastard couldn't quite fit though. Thankfully, now with the sun out for hours the ground was soft and shaved away fairly easily as we clearanced our way through. Definitely a fun little canyon to play in, so don't miss a chance to check it out.

Lockhart Basin 11-27-2016

The main challenge in Lockhart are in the first mile but don't think there's nothing fun afterwards. The obstacles just aren't as difficult. We had a less experienced wheeler in a stock Tacoma with us and while it was a bit of a challenge getting him though, but we did it, so with spotting, stacking, and decent driving, a stock rig can make it. Todd and I planned to camp in Lockhart and about a third of the way through, I found a decent turnoff out of the wind. We stopped just after 5, but we've become such a team that by 6:30 we'd set up camp, gotten the fire going, cooked and eaten dinner and cleaned up the dishes. By 7, the chill was coming over us and we pulled the old folks card and headed for bed. We worked out way down the rest of the trail, stopping to check out a destroyed and abandoned camper trailer and look for plane wreckage from a t33 that crashed back on the 50s. Most of the challenge was gone by then, but the beauty was well worth the drive out there.

Dome Plateau to Dome Wash (Route) 11-26-2016

The morning was chilly, but not cold and crystal clear views abounded. Before long we had hot drinks in our bellies and dirt under our tires. A quick stop at the sad remains of the Dewey Bridge and then to the Cave House and it was time to air down for Dome Plateau. We headed up at a relaxed pace, happy to soak up the heat of the suns rays and most of the day was the same pace. We visited the common arches like La Boca, and stopped at Cave Springs, hitting little off shoot trails here and there. Wiith so many intersecting roads, it was easy to spend the entire day on Dome Plateau and Dome Wash. The roads were in good condition and traction was awesome. Many wide areas for passing and you often hit intersections with major roads so if you need to make a quick trip out, that can be easily enough done.


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