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  • My 6BT Adventure RV

    ​ I just broke my lifelong rule by starting my R 2.8 powered 1949 Willys Jeepster resto-mod project, before I finished the Cummins 6BT/Allison 1000 powered 2004 Freightliner 4X4 off road RV. The drivetrain from a Ford F550 4X4 has been hung underneath the ubiquitous fed ex delivery van completing phase 1 of 3. Getting the steering to work was the big challenge. Body mods including the top, front, and rear racks, as well as suicide doors and a side entry living space door would be included in Phase 2. Lastly interior living space treatments would complete Phase 3. I think I’m looking at another year before this one is ready to hit the off-road.

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    Can't wait to see some pics.

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      • #4
        Did you put the 6BT in front of the F550 drivetrain? I have a 5.9 in my truck and I absolutely love that thing. If it wasn't so big it would go into all my vehicles.

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        • #5
          The MT-45 Freightliner chassis comes with a 6BT/Allison 1000 drivetrain, but only in 2WD. Mine is a Low-Mileage 2004 with a 14' Utilimaster Step van body; the same platform that Fex Ex uses.

          We hung the Ford 550 Axles (D60 front/ Dana Spicer 135 Rear). We also used a NP 261 transfer case which required a different output shaft and tail piece in the Allison 1000. While the A1000 was out of the vehicle, we also did a total High Performance rebuild on the unit.

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          • #6
            Sounds like it'll be a fun rig. I wonder how a bit of 4x4ing will do with the size. My long bed quad cab can be a bear in some areas. Luckily I don't always have to go through tight stuff, but when I do I've got my Jeep TJ, which fits on most well used ATV trails. One day I'd like to pickup a Rokon for the tighter stuff.

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            • #7
              Looks like my pictures did not load

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              • #8
                Are you going to custom make the rack and ladder? Can't wait to see more.

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