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06-11-2016 10:54 PM
Moose2367 It's an OKA, Aussie made, no longer in production though, less than 500 made.

Come out with a 4.0L Perkins Phaser 110 with a spicer 5 speed manual and either a NP205 transfer or a divorced rockwell. Very under powered for what they are.

There were very few of the later versions that had Cummins ISB 4cyl cummins with 6sp allisons, BAE diffs.

Dana 60 front, Dana 70 rear.

This one now has a Cummins ISBe 6.7L, different to the dodge version, rear geartrain. 300hp, 1200nm, no egr thankfully. Also has a 6sp Allison from a Silverado and a Nissan Patrol GU transfer case.
06-11-2016 06:49 PM
IDASHO
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Originally Posted by Moose2367 View Post
I put this in here a few years ago, now the engine conversion is completed, all engineered, which is required here to make it all road legal and insurable.

Have also made a 7 metre long flatbed trailer to carry virtually all my things, tools, quad etc when i move around.

[IMG][/IMG]

Super cool!

Info and specs on the truck?
06-11-2016 06:29 PM
88mitsu My 05 Escape 2.3 5 speed manual. 27mpg, but still big enough to sleep inside.

It's not even the all wheel drive model, but I still have fun.

I'm 1 month and 7500 miles into a 3 month trip across the western US.



06-10-2016 08:32 PM
Moose2367 I put this in here a few years ago, now the engine conversion is completed, all engineered, which is required here to make it all road legal and insurable.

Have also made a 7 metre long flatbed trailer to carry virtually all my things, tools, quad etc when i move around.

[IMG][/IMG]
06-05-2016 11:50 PM
seize the carp no build thread, to many people on here criticize and ridicule builds that they have nothing to do with. everyone should be able to post pictures of the machine that they built without someone saying that they would have chosen different tires..... or shocks. it doesn't mater what someone els wants, its what the person building the rig wants and can afford. i am happy to answer any questions you have and can send pics just send me a PM.
everyone build your rig the best you can and go out and use it. never mind the crap talkers in the world.
i will post up some pics when i finish the big truck.
06-05-2016 10:03 PM
coachgeo
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Originally Posted by seize the carp View Post
other rig in progress
Build thread
06-05-2016 05:26 AM
seize the carp other rig in progress
06-05-2016 05:17 AM
seize the carp my rigs, everyone on here has great rigs. you don't need the fanciest stuff as long as you go out and have adventures. keep camping and exploring guys and gals.
06-03-2016 12:24 PM
coachgeo Start of mine. Didn't think I'de ever be back on this trek but the prices of FMTV rigs might make it possible; maybe. Already financially over my head on this but, at least this time my job is stable.

IMHO from short experience with this truck so far, if you are going to do Expedition like travel in a 4x4 FMTV and you don't have a shop following you around like a personal military Motorpool; or if even your trips are short but you don't have a shop/Garage at home, then IMHO you got consider doing some upgrades. Lesson learned via a breakage and later research on similar breaks*. Besides my philosophy is... if something breaks..... that's your chance to upgrade so I am.


My rig thus far. Not sure they will show up so URL included

http://www.steelsoldiers.com/attachm...0&d=1459964350

Part of the second Generation OEM setup is the upgrade she's getting; thus... while getting Tranny/T-Case rebuilt am getting a new rear axle to solve weak area of the Tranny/TCase rear driveline group. (swapping to first of the two rear axles from a 6x6 FMTV. Same setup of Stewart Stevenson 2008 and later FMTV 4x4's. Makes since that folk's FMTV's 4x4 used for a Military Vehicle Enthusiast goals, street runabout, parade queen or weekend wheeler etc... do fine with the First Generation OEM setup.

Plan to do like below MB setup that Bill Caid has done except put the camper on 180 degrees opposite so flat tail end of camper body faces toward ROP/cab.

a bad chop from part of Bill Caids below. Not sure they will show up so URL included

http://www.steelsoldiers.com/attachm...1&d=1465084106

The space between the fabricated ROP on mine (first pic) and the camper on Bill's truck will be filled with OEM Air filter, and Generator. Not sure yet if spare will go there yet similar to OEM or not. Probably. Bed area will be modular. swappable between camper, cargo bed, and mobile workshop.

*Do the research and make up your own mind.
06-03-2016 12:05 PM
krazytoy My rig, 2005 Yukon



Build Thread: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/gener...gmc-yukon.html
05-21-2016 09:17 PM
zjrog
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Originally Posted by hardtrailz400 View Post
Back to pics....


Expedition Dream Rig

Hahaaaa! My old minivan!!! Good grief, that pic was 16 years ago or so, and the old girl is long gone... I had a bunch of pics in the desert making fun of all the people needing SUVs but never leaving the pavement. No, I didn't get too far, but I worked within it's limits... I had a ton of fun, and that old minivan carried a lot of stuff. I wouldn't mind another one now, I would build a good dual purpose interior and seriously consider a 4x4 conversion. Haha, thanks for the memories. I sure do miss the Ridgecrest deserts!
05-15-2016 12:38 PM
rockyota83
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Originally Posted by 1990GT50 View Post
That thing is pretty cool. I saw it in atascadero when I was leaving SLO last month.... on a trailer. I actually took a pic as I was driving by. Super funky.
im almost positive ive seen that thing before too but i cant put my finger on it
05-14-2016 05:52 PM
1990GT50
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Originally Posted by stever70 View Post
I'll throw mine in here

That thing is pretty cool. I saw it in atascadero when I was leaving SLO last month.... on a trailer. I actually took a pic as I was driving by. Super funky.
05-13-2016 12:38 PM
Stevsie Thinking about making a build thread for this thing. Its going backwards from rock crawler to camping rig.
05-10-2016 01:25 PM
crashnzuk How does one drop a pic like that with zero details?
Travis..

EDIT. Haha, photobucket tells the tale. Pretty cool rig
05-09-2016 12:14 PM
stever70 I'll throw mine in here
04-08-2016 09:13 AM
DirtyLarry
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Originally Posted by mccustomize View Post
Thanks Larry, I've seen your stuff on expedition portal before, I'm pretty sold on the 8.1/4L85e swap for me. Everyone goes 6.0 or supercharged but I don't want screaming top end power, I want grunt down low, even if I have to sacrifice fuel economy to do so. I also wouldn't own a diesel if you gave it to me, I like my cheap cost of ownership.
Exactly, Gen III “LS” engines have their place but I don’t feel a big heavy truck is a place for them. I personally don’t like running an engine that has to scream 5,000 RPM to get any usable power out of them. I bought a 2005 Silverado 2500HD standard cab long bed 4x4 with a 6.0L/4L80E to fix and flip. It was a very athletic truck around town but once you put a load behind it the thing screamed and drank more fuel than an 8.1L towing the same load (typically car trailers with a vehicle of the day on it). The 8.1L (especially, backed by a manual) has more of a personality of a diesel where it will just lug along at very low RPM’s and be perfectly happy and fuel efficient while doing so. The 8.1L is a Torque engine perfect for big trucks whereas the LS engines are more of HP engines great for hotrods or if you want to go fast in a hurry.

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Originally Posted by DMANbluesfreak View Post
Thats interesting. I've always been a big proponent that the Allison and even the 4L80E behind the 8.1L engine was one of the main efficiency draws on that powertrain. Good to know with a manual, they can actually pull double digits :P
Exactly, an automatic behind of these does make them more thirsty for sure. That said, I am getting to the age where I am not enjoying a manual as much anymore. If there is ever a new build in the future or one of these NV4500 shits the bed (again) I’m seriously considering going to a 4L80E. Allison would be nice but they don’t fit these old trucks without body lifts or significant sheet metal work. I sure the hell don’t want a body lift nor cut up and modify perfectly clean sheet metal and interiors
04-08-2016 08:54 AM
DMANbluesfreak
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Originally Posted by DirtyLarry View Post
Thanks!

IDASHO is correct, it is a Phoenix Camper made in Denver. They are made with aluminum frames and composite outers. Very strong and light weight. Unlike, Four Wheel Campers, each Phoenix camper is custom made per customer requirements. My requirement was it had to be narrow and even with the top of the bed rail and short where the tailgate would shut. FWC builds cookie cutter campers that fit everything but fit nothing well. And forget it if you ask FWC to build something special.




Thanks! Yes, I love the 8.1L. I work for a diesel engine manufacturer and wouldn’t own a fucking diesel if it was growing on my ass. I have 3 trucks with 8.1Ls (2001 Silverado purchased new, this 78 K10 and I just swapped an 8.1L into an 89 V2500 Suburban last March). When the K10 leaves the house it is going on a big trip and how I measure fuel economy is just add up all the gallons used for a trip then divide by the total miles driven. A few years ago we did a Colorado to Mohave Road and Death Valley trip with exploring around SW Colorado (Red Cone/Imogene). That trip came in about 2800 miles in 10 days and was a lot of interstate driving, off-road in the desert and crawling in the mountains. The total fuel economy for that trip was 11.72 MPH. Not too shabby for a huge heavy truck with the aerodynamics of a drive in movie theater screen. I just ran the first tank through the Suburban where it turned 10.448. That first tank included towing, hot rodding, highway and city. I suspect it will only get better with more consistent driving but hell, the best the TBI 5.7L gave me was 11 so a .5 penalty is an easy trade for 3 times the power. The Suburban is going along with us on our annual desert trip coming up in June so I am anxious to see how it does compared to the K10. The two are basically the same outside of the Suburban is much lighter (both are: 8.1, NV4500, 4:56 gears, 315 tires).
Thats interesting. I've always been a big proponent that the Allison and even the 4L80E behind the 8.1L engine was one of the main efficiency draws on that powertrain. Good to know with a manual, they can actually pull double digits :P
04-08-2016 08:47 AM
mccustomize
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Originally Posted by DirtyLarry View Post
Thanks!

IDASHO is correct, it is a Phoenix Camper made in Denver. They are made with aluminum frames and composite outers. Very strong and light weight. Unlike, Four Wheel Campers, each Phoenix camper is custom made per customer requirements. My requirement was it had to be narrow and even with the top of the bed rail and short where the tailgate would shut. FWC builds cookie cutter campers that fit everything but fit nothing well. And forget it if you ask FWC to build something special.




Thanks! Yes, I love the 8.1L. I work for a diesel engine manufacturer and wouldn’t own a fucking diesel if it was growing on my ass. I have 3 trucks with 8.1Ls (2001 Silverado purchased new, this 78 K10 and I just swapped an 8.1L into an 89 V2500 Suburban last March). When the K10 leaves the house it is going on a big trip and how I measure fuel economy is just add up all the gallons used for a trip then divide by the total miles driven. A few years ago we did a Colorado to Mohave Road and Death Valley trip with exploring around SW Colorado (Red Cone/Imogene). That trip came in about 2800 miles in 10 days and was a lot of interstate driving, off-road in the desert and crawling in the mountains. The total fuel economy for that trip was 11.72 MPH. Not too shabby for a huge heavy truck with the aerodynamics of a drive in movie theater screen. I just ran the first tank through the Suburban where it turned 10.448. That first tank included towing, hot rodding, highway and city. I suspect it will only get better with more consistent driving but hell, the best the TBI 5.7L gave me was 11 so a .5 penalty is an easy trade for 3 times the power. The Suburban is going along with us on our annual desert trip coming up in June so I am anxious to see how it does compared to the K10. The two are basically the same outside of the Suburban is much lighter (both are: 8.1, NV4500, 4:56 gears, 315 tires).
Thanks Larry, I've seen your stuff on expedition portal before, I'm pretty sold on the 8.1/4L85e swap for me. Everyone goes 6.0 or supercharged but I don't want screaming top end power, I want grunt down low, even if I have to sacrifice fuel economy to do so. I also wouldn't own a diesel if you gave it to me, I like my cheap cost of ownership.
04-08-2016 08:30 AM
DirtyLarry
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Originally Posted by dave_dj1 View Post
Awesome looking set up! I love those old Chev's. What brand of camper is that? All aluminum? I like the looks of it.
Thanks
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Originally Posted by IDASHO View Post
I believe Larry's camper is a Phoenix


Super cool setup
Thanks!

IDASHO is correct, it is a Phoenix Camper made in Denver. They are made with aluminum frames and composite outers. Very strong and light weight. Unlike, Four Wheel Campers, each Phoenix camper is custom made per customer requirements. My requirement was it had to be narrow and even with the top of the bed rail and short where the tailgate would shut. FWC builds cookie cutter campers that fit everything but fit nothing well. And forget it if you ask FWC to build something special.


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Originally Posted by mccustomize View Post
I won't quote all the pictures again (even though they are so worthy)

Larry how do you like the 8.1? and what kind of mileage are you getting?
Thanks! Yes, I love the 8.1L. I work for a diesel engine manufacturer and wouldn’t own a fucking diesel if it was growing on my ass. I have 3 trucks with 8.1Ls (2001 Silverado purchased new, this 78 K10 and I just swapped an 8.1L into an 89 V2500 Suburban last March). When the K10 leaves the house it is going on a big trip and how I measure fuel economy is just add up all the gallons used for a trip then divide by the total miles driven. A few years ago we did a Colorado to Mohave Road and Death Valley trip with exploring around SW Colorado (Red Cone/Imogene). That trip came in about 2800 miles in 10 days and was a lot of interstate driving, off-road in the desert and crawling in the mountains. The total fuel economy for that trip was 11.72 MPH. Not too shabby for a huge heavy truck with the aerodynamics of a drive in movie theater screen. I just ran the first tank through the Suburban where it turned 10.448. That first tank included towing, hot rodding, highway and city. I suspect it will only get better with more consistent driving but hell, the best the TBI 5.7L gave me was 11 so a .5 penalty is an easy trade for 3 times the power. The Suburban is going along with us on our annual desert trip coming up in June so I am anxious to see how it does compared to the K10. The two are basically the same outside of the Suburban is much lighter (both are: 8.1, NV4500, 4:56 gears, 315 tires).

04-07-2016 03:29 PM
mccustomize
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Originally Posted by DirtyLarry View Post
Been a little slow in this thread for a while so I figured I’d push it to the top with my junk. Looking through this thread it seems I recognize many of the contributors from the Expedition Portal.

My modernized old dog goes all over home base of Southern Colorado to Death Valley and everywhere in between. Each spring since 2009 it goes on no less than a 1,000+ mile Desert Trip for 7 to 10 days at a time to some random Southwestern destination as well as several trips to the CO mountains during fishing season. Yeah, I’ll admit the rest of the time it sits in the garage (No, the paint is not new…a buddy and I laid that down in 1998 in a barn in Michigan). It looks pretty but it does really gets used when it gets out! Probably the most maintained vehicle of the fleet because when it leaves the garage it is going SOMEWHERE and taking a beating not just running errands around town

Powered by an 8.1L/NV4500/NP205 4:56 cogs, Detroit’s front and rear, winches front and rear
I won't quote all the pictures again (even though they are so worthy)

Larry how do you like the 8.1? and what kind of mileage are you getting?
03-24-2016 05:38 PM
IDASHO I believe Larry's camper is a Phoenix


Super cool setup
03-24-2016 04:45 PM
dave_dj1
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Originally Posted by DirtyLarry View Post
Been a little slow in this thread for a while so I figured I’d push it to the top with my junk. Looking through this thread it seems I recognize many of the contributors from the Expedition Portal.

My modernized old dog goes all over home base of Southern Colorado to Death Valley and everywhere in between. Each spring since 2009 it goes on no less than a 1,000+ mile Desert Trip for 7 to 10 days at a time to some random Southwestern destination as well as several trips to the CO mountains during fishing season. Yeah, I’ll admit the rest of the time it sits in the garage (No, the paint is not new…a buddy and I laid that down in 1998 in a barn in Michigan). It looks pretty but it does really gets used when it gets out! Probably the most maintained vehicle of the fleet because when it leaves the garage it is going SOMEWHERE and taking a beating not just running errands around town

Powered by an 8.1L/NV4500/NP205 4:56 cogs, Detroit’s front and rear, winches front and rear











Awesome looking set up! I love those old Chev's. What brand of camper is that? All aluminum? I like the looks of it.
Thanks
03-23-2016 05:49 AM
lpstroker
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Originally Posted by DirtyLarry View Post
Been a little slow in this thread for a while so I figured I’d push it to the top with my junk. Looking through this thread it seems I recognize many of the contributors from the Expedition Portal.

My modernized old dog goes all over home base of Southern Colorado to Death Valley and everywhere in between. Each spring since 2009 it goes on no less than a 1,000+ mile Desert Trip for 7 to 10 days at a time to some random Southwestern destination as well as several trips to the CO mountains during fishing season. Yeah, I’ll admit the rest of the time it sits in the garage (No, the paint is not new…a buddy and I laid that down in 1998 in a barn in Michigan). It looks pretty but it does really gets used when it gets out! Probably the most maintained vehicle of the fleet because when it leaves the garage it is going SOMEWHERE and taking a beating not just running errands around town

Powered by an 8.1L/NV4500/NP205 4:56 cogs, Detroit’s front and rear, winches front and rear











What camper is that?
03-21-2016 04:38 PM
Offroad Engineering Nope, thats past Destruction Bay headed toward Anchorage from Whitehorse
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