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1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:42 pm
by Mr Zero
Hi all,

This month marks the 10 year anniversary of the purchase of my 710K. At a point when my motivation was greater than it is today I thought that I might put together a thorough retrospective restoration thread. Alas, that surge of motivation was spent on other things, so I'll instead share just a little bit of history and some photos for your review.

From the outset my purpose for a Pinzgauer was to build an overlanding micro-camper. Coming from a couple of Toyota FJ40s, which I used to traverse the many old mining and jeep trails of the Southwest, I knew that I wanted a similar footprint and at least the same or better 4WD capability, but also required a greater cargo capacity for the camper build-out. Long story short my research brought me to the Pinzgauer 710K as the base vehicle for my project. It's now 10 years later and I couldn't be happier with that choice.

You'll see from the photos that this project has been a long series of modifications and revisions. Much of what I've learned and implemented I've gleaned from this forum and I'd like to thank you all for that. I owe particular thanks to Jim Laguardia for his 2.7L motor upgrade, throttle body injection and general service over the years, and Andre Swanson for the fabrication of the custom top, front brush guard, expedition rack, roof rack, fuel tank & battery cages, and numerous other body mods.

For a detailed photo history please go to my Google Photos album here or click the link in my signature.

UPDATE: I've added some additional photos of the interior cargo platform at the bottom of this post.

The evolution (in brief):

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Re: 1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:25 pm
by VinceAtReal4x4s
Man now all you need is a comprehensive sound treatment in there to make it drivable! :D

Just curious.. have you weighed it?

Re: 1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:27 pm
by Mr Zero
No. It's been on my "to-do" list for sometime, but I've not gotten around to it :roll: . I'll post back here when I do.

Re: 1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:12 am
by Stogie Guy
Great Post! Very nice truck! I have a truck with Andre Swanson (Fat Fabrications) right now - going through the same process. Same idea - micro camper that can take me off-road to explore. Using an AMB as the base though.

Re: 1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:08 am
by Mr Zero
Thank you! Andre did a nice job on the fabrication of the custom top and external accessories and was a pleasure to work with. I expect that you'll be happy.

To be clear, the interior cargo storage platform/bed was designed by me and fabricated locally, in Las Vegas NV. That process is a story in itself and resulted in a highly utilitarian cargo system that is well suited to the continued use of the Pinz for technical off-road routes. Just remember to keep your storage and cargo low if you want the continued ability to get a little weird off-road when circumstance calls for it.

Re: 1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:53 pm
by TechMOGogy
Stogie Guy wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:12 am
Great Post! Very nice truck! I have a truck with Andre Swanson (Fat Fabrications) right now - going through the same process. Same idea - micro camper that can take me off-road to explore. Using an AMB as the base though.
Welcome to the forum, glad you made it here and are now posting

Re: 1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:06 am
by Mr Zero
TechMOGogy wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:53 pm
Welcome to the forum, glad you made it here and are now posting
Thanks :D . I've been bumping around the forum for a decade now and have asked the occasional question or made the occasional comment, but only recently has it seemed like I've finally slowed down enough with the Pinz project to share some of what might be of interest to other members.

Re: 1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:20 am
by Pinz aus
Great looking vehicle.
I love seeing all the little detailed mods that make it practical and functional for the owner that only come with use and continual evolution.
Everyone is different and have a setup that works for them and it’s always interesting to see.
Love the paint work too 8)

Re: 1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:51 pm
by Mr Zero
Pinz aus wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:20 am
Great looking vehicle.
I love seeing all the little detailed mods that make it practical and functional for the owner that only come with use and continual evolution.
Everyone is different and have a setup that works for them and it’s always interesting to see.
Love the paint work too 8)
Thanks for the kudos :D ! It's been a great 10 years with the truck, sorting out what works, what doesn't and making all of the requisite mods along the way. I feel that it's mostly what my family of 2.5 (me, wife & dog) need it to be at this point. I say "mostly" because no project of this type is ever truly complete, is it? It's awesome for overnighters and short weekend trips, as well as multiple week trips through Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and beyond, all of which we do often.

Buying the Pinz was the best bad decision I've ever made!

Re: 1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:47 pm
by Mr Zero
I've added some additional photos of the interior cargo platform at the bottom of the OP.

Re: 1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:55 pm
by VinceAtReal4x4s
Im not seeing them. Are those links?

Re: 1975 710K Restomod (10yr Anniversary)

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:25 am
by Mr Zero
VinceAtReal4x4s wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:55 pm
Im not seeing them. Are those links?
Okay, the additional images should be appearing now. The images had not yet been moved to a public directory. My bad... :roll: