Well I decided to build my truck more for expedition`s than rockcrawlin, But I was also thinking of building a rockcrawler later, but I probably won`t, I can have plenty of fun with this truck on the backroads.
I built my old 1985 4runner back in 1995 for my daily driver and expedition rig, and I had more fun with that than my rockcrawlers. I had a 1981 Toyota truck back in the 80`s, 1972 K5 blazer, 1988 2wd excab longbed Toyota, 1982 longbed. I use to camp out of all of them, and take them on the toughest roads they could handle, even the 2wd.
I just sold my 1990 Toyota excab 4x4 after owning it for 8 years, and bought the Dodge, more room, and tons more power.
You can do alot of miles and still go on some adventurous to hard trails with the right expedition rig, you dont need an extreme rig, just comfy.
So onto my build, it will be kinda of slow, alittle low on money right now, (unemployed) but I have done some things to it since I bought this truck.
Alittle about the truck of choice. I have a 1995 Dodge Cummins diesel 4x4 single cab 2500. I bought it back in October 2008 with only 124k miles on it, this engine will go 500k miles no problem, plus it does not have a computer running the engine.
It came with the SLT, and heavy duty package, which means A/C, power windows, and some other goodies.
The heavy duty part, means it came with a heavy duty tranfer case, front springs, and the coolest part, A dana 80 rearend,
4:11 gears, Limited slip.
5 spd NV4500, , with an Gear vendor overdrive (6 speed), and I can split my top 3 gears if I want, I usaully only use it for the 6th gear overdrive.
My plans were to have a rig like most, to be self sufficient in the back country, but mine will also be my daily driver. So I picked the cummins diesel, I get 20mpg, and it has a 35 gallon tank, no need to carry fuel cans, and plenty of power to get where I need to, plus reliability.
Some of my plans are.
35 inch Mt tires
ARB lockers front a rear
Multi mount Winch, I do have a new winch setting in the box from my rock crawler. I dont know why people want front and rear winches, to much weight, and money.
Topper with a rack on top.
My wife and I, will sleep above the drawer system.
Onboard air, which I already have from my rock crawler build, that I`ve never used.
I will add more ideas as I think about them. I do get some ideas off of this great website, plus I had alot in my head from my old Toyota builds.
Sea Kayak on top!
Here is my truck when I first bought it.