If you go down to the woods today...

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  1. ieatlions

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    Me and my boys went for a big walk in the mountains today. I’ve walked the route hundreds of times over the years. My eldest boy spotted something in the woods so we climbed down to investigate. Never ever noticed it myself before..

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    No idea what the vehicle was. I’m assuming its some sort of small 4x4. How it got there I’ll never now. Miles from any drivable road. The oil filter is interesting. Made in Oklahoma. Long way from home in the mountains of South Wales!
     
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    Apologies, no idea why the images are rotated.
     
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    This will be interesting and there are plenty of vehicle experience here to sort it out. The wide double shafted valve assembly reminds me of an early 1950s Hemi, but it must be something else. The way offset differential is interesting and might suggest a farm vehicle. That wild torsion sway bar should give someone a clue, but seems very commercial compared to a domestic auto.
     
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    Interesting, they managed the long trip into the woods but were unable to get back out!
    Then decided to pull the motor and carry it out for repair???
    Or a salvage attempt was made but only got a foot toward civilization before giving up?
    And is the body elsewhere or did it rust away?

    Some years ago I spotted an odd shape in the woods and dug around to discover a similar truck frame, but this one was right side up.
    The cowl was the only remaining sheet metal and I concluded that it was a model A Ford.
     
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    if there's still a legible part # on the spin on filter there's some useful info from that which could narrow the search down some.
     
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    Leaf springs on all 4 corners suggests it is fairly old, or (as Obsessed says, farm or industrial vs. consumer). That engine and transmission may not go with the chassis, as a 4cyl with a 1bbl carb isn't much oomph. That said, I'm not Engineering Forensics Tactitian, but that engine block looks a heck of a lot like a 1.6L Ford Kent engine, but the head is different (and IIRC Kents were pushrod, not OHC). But it might be a small Ford.

    Otherwise, I don't know, but it's a neat find!
     
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    I'm not well versed in older vehicles at all, but is there any remote possibility that it could be an old Jeep or something going back that far?
     
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    Half way up the coast ofMaine is mount desert island where many wealthy NYC families built giant estates in the Victorian era.
    There was a forest fire I forget when but early 20th C that destroyed them all.
    Most were never rebuilt.
    In the 1980s I lived and hiked on the island a lot, and could go deep into the woods many miles from any road, and find two story marble columns and giant tiled swimming pools in the middle of nowhere.
    Pretty surreal
     
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    Front disc rear drum means it's no older than maybe late 1960’s or likely ‘70s. Not sure when a UK 4wd would have made those drum to disk brake changes.
     
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    U.K. made four wheel drive vehicles from that era would be a very small list I would think.
     
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    I missed the front discs, so yeah, that's definitely not super old.
     
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    I feel like I should know this one. I'm thinkin' '80s Jeep CJ.

    It being Wales Rover would be my second guess. That middle crossmember doesn't look like anything found on a Rover to me.

    After flipping though a few parts catalogs I'm goin' with '87 Jeep Wrangler,
     
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    I thought it was gonna be a Teddy Bears’ picnic.
     
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    I love finding stuff like that in the woods, and trying to figure out the whatizit and howditgithere.
     
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    I thought the same thing
    No mater the vintage that is a cool find and in a space you have traveled a lot in. *golf claps*
     
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    It was Aliens.
    I HATE them!
    They come to our Planet, buy our cheep booze, go 4-wheeling, leave a mess and then, leave the Planet.
    They should be ashamed.
     
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    I had an '81 VW Scirocco. It had front discs, rear drums. 1981.
     
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    No expert but the wheelbase seemed narrow and short while I was examining it. Too small to be a Land Rover. The only other popular 4x4 stuff in Britain back in the day was Japanese..
     
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    Any flooding in that area in years past?
     
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