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MarkAcunaOffRoad

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Well, my dad and I just acquired a old piece of off road history. It is a Jeep Honcho race truck supposedly built by Walker Evans. It was built for Mike Garbino (not sure if that is spelled right). I was told it was black and yellow back in the day. We are trying to restore the truck as close as originally built...with a few up to date items. If anyone has information about this truck, please let me know.

Thanks in advance!
 

toolman

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we (bell concrete) owned the matching prerunner, and yes they were both built by walker evans for mike giribino sp
 

Mark Newhan

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Cool Vintage! Will you guys be racing it in the NORRA Mexican 1000?
 

Bryan_D

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Yes Bell is located off of basically 22nd ave between Shangri La and Desert Cove, literally right around the corner from Geisers. I loved those old Honchos as my dad helped with John Dykes class 4 in the late 80's. Al Baker of Baker 4x4 here in Phoenix was also involved and might have some info for you as well. Can you post some pics of the truck?
 

MarkAcunaOffRoad

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Not sure about the MEX 1000. My dad is still good friends with John Dyck and spoke with him just a few days ago...gave us Mike Guribino's name. I contacted Bell Concrete and spoke with Jerry Sterling. He gave me the run down on the truck: It was one of five built by Walker Evans for Roger Mears. It was then owned by Larry Casey who ran the Bud colors for awhile then switched to the purple La Paz Party Mix sponsor. It was then purchased by Mike Guribino (sp) who sold it to Jim Bell. Jim ran the truck with his sons then stopped because he was "done" and the sons decided not to keep it going...they now have a TT that runs the Maxxis Tire sponsor. Since the truck was just sitting in pieces, Jerry asked if he could put it back together for Jim so that Jim could either run it again or sell it. It was then sold to John Dyck who I think ran it while building his own Honcho. It was then sold to Andre Sapien who never really did anything with it except run it around town a little. Now we own it and are planning to rebuild/resurrect the truck!

I don't have photos right now, but will have some very soon!! Thanks to everyone for all the help!
I will keep you all updated once things start rolling...if anyone knows of any manufacturers/suppliers that might be willing to help with some of the parts, please send them my way or get me their information.
 

TROPHYSEDAN

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The Blue and yellow step side was Paul Prices. the Water Boy truck. Bell then painted it yellow and blue. i have Rodney Inches old jeep truck. long live the real heavy metal iron.
The second pick is Paul racing Pikes Peak in the truck.
 

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Yes Bell is located off of basically 22nd ave between Shangri La and Desert Cove, literally right around the corner from Geisers. I loved those old Honchos as my dad helped with John Dykes class 4 in the late 80's. Al Baker of Baker 4x4 here in Phoenix was also involved and might have some info for you as well. Can you post some pics of the truck?

Here are some shots I took of it in the carport in my 'hood in downtown Phx years ago. I guess this would've been when Andre? owned it. I used to cruise by on my bike for years and check it out. I noticed a few months ago that it was gone. Glad to hear it went to a good home.

Todd Z.
 

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Bryan_D

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That is the truck I rode around in while chasing for Jonnys team in the 80s with Al Baker, I would love to see this back to its original look. I would love to get one of these one day. Todd when you posted those pics a while back I believe I said the same thing... Closest I am getting at this point is my jeepspeed.

Oh and I know of a 401 that a guy is getting rid of out of a grand cherokee chief if the last one was taken out. Its a builder but the block and heads are supposedly good.
 

MarkAcunaOffRoad

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I'm pretty sure there is a 401 in it right now along with a TH400. We are going to have them gone through here soon. Just need to get some $$$ to get some of this stuff done! I think the blood bank is calling my name!
 

MarkAcunaOffRoad

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Here are a couple of pix of the truck so far. Everything is out getting rebuilt...engine, trans, seats and shocks. I'll post more when they come back.
 

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Greetings,
I saw your truck run at the Coors/USA Off Road Championship in southern Colorado on Sept. 12 and 13, 1981 (at a horse track that is now Pikes Peak International Raceway). All the big Honcho boys were there -- Roger Mears with two trucks, three Randall trucks (including the "funny car"), the "Water Boy" truck, Donohoe & Roberts, etc. I'm attaching two photos of your truck, one color, one black and white, sitting in the pits. I also have a handful of color slides of it running -- one looks pretty good through a loop -- that I hope to get scanned after Christmas (I've asked Santa for a slide scanner). I'll send them along as soon as I can.
I think I have the program from that race -- I'll look.
 

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Hello again,
I've got a program from the "3rd Annual Coors Championships" at Colorado National Speedway in September 1982, and it has your driver's name spelled Mike Giurbino.
 

TROPHYSEDAN

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very cool. cant wait for the pics of the old iron. please post some of the Water Boy truck.
 

HDRA1

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here is a pic of your truck as the la paz party mixes truck
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hey mark, the honcho you bought is that the white one in the carport i stopped by one day and left a card to see if they would sell it they never called when i am on that side of town i still drive bye looking for it.i am looking for a old honcho to restore.
 

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OK, here's a few snapshots of the Water Boy truck. All my race action is on 35mm slides -- hopefully Santa cooperates and brings me a slide scanner!
 

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TROPHYSEDAN

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Very cool. Thanks for posting. man i wish i could find a step side bed for my truck.
 
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