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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
Quote:
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
03-21-2016 08:08 AM
crashnzuk
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Originally Posted by Offroad Engineering View Post


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Is this on the Dalton? I have a pic that looks to be from the same spot
Travis..
03-11-2016 01:19 PM
IDASHO It was actually more like 15 below that night.

Notice the time on the thermometer. Still 9 below at 10AM

And no, no pass-thru. Running a small 12V heater when driving is enough to keep the camper above freezing when on the road.

Just takes 10 minutes or so after lighting the furnace to get it up to nice comfy temps.
03-11-2016 12:57 PM
pappawheely
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Originally Posted by IDASHO View Post
I'm ready for spring and summer adventures

While the camper and rig does fantastic in the cold, and we love our winter explorations, my bones seem to feel the winters a bit more every year.



Hope you have a pass through, BRRRRRRRR
03-08-2016 06:33 PM
IDASHO I'm ready for spring and summer adventures

While the camper and rig does fantastic in the cold, and we love our winter explorations, my bones seem to feel the winters a bit more every year.



03-08-2016 06:10 PM
Ebs Ha, the new Sprinter's actually have a 'crosswind assist' feature...but more importantly they offer 4wd models now.
03-08-2016 02:34 PM
renolaw
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Originally Posted by NWOleman View Post
Holyhell!!! How tall is that badboy? Must be 17' tall!! lol
thought the same thing. COG? what's that? Bet its squirly in wind prone areas. Ditch the upper compartment and i'd be all for it, although Petersons 4 wheeler of the year test this year abused a mercedes 4x4 Sprinter with good reports.
03-08-2016 02:21 PM
NWOleman Holyhell!!! How tall is that badboy? Must be 17' tall!! lol
03-06-2016 10:41 PM
renolaw Saw this rig recently. Impressive. Gotta save for a long time...
Airstream mercedes sprinter diesel...
03-06-2016 07:36 PM
noclinkers Mine 96 4runner
on board hot water and 25,000whatt inverter (Gotta keep the wife happy).

Build Thread











02-25-2016 03:29 PM
pappawheely
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Originally Posted by Offroad Engineering View Post
If memory serves correct a CCLB ford is around 172"? The fronts pushed forward a couple inches as well so lets just guess around 174"?

It's undeniably a big truck and it drives like a big truck. That said, it also just goes over a lot of things that you'd otherwise go around. For a big truck that you can live in full time if you really wanted to, it's pretty nimble. But the only place I'll chase down the jeep crowd is in deep snow.
I looked it up the other day, it's only 168.4
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