There's some good conversation going on another thread r.e. converting a 2WD truck to 4WD, and it raised a question for me, but I didn't want to hijack...
So my Q is this: are non-cabover Hino trucks common outside North America, or are these US-only models?
I have reasons to prefer the conventional cab (as we call it here in the US), and am dreaming of building a 2WD rig (which would suit all the US travel we would probably care to do) then when we're ready to start the ROTS (rest-of-the-world) travel, convert to 4x4. Possibly by shipping it to a country that has a good supply of used 4x4 truck parts (Australia?).
On other threads Whatcharterboat has mentioned Hino trucks as a possible alternate to Fuso and Isuzu. Engineer has suggested that it may be able to fit a Timkin front axle with locking hubs for part-time 4x4.
One thing I like about these Hino trucks is the low sloped hood and nice big windshield. Looks like you would have great visibility:
But I know nothing about the mechanicals yet.
Just dreaming, as this project would be a long way off for me, but if there are any other dreamers out there with info to contribute, I'd appreciate it.