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Old 12-12-2012, 04:52 PM   #15
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Suggest you forget the convertible option. Bronco and Jeep type vehicles are not big enough to do what you want to do. Conversions (cut off the roof) weaken the body too much. For towing you need all the strength you can get.

If your budget is not unlimited a used Chev Suburban, Ford Expidition or Dodge Diesel pickup would be your best choice. Dodges use the Cummins diesel which is very long lived and reliable.
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:33 PM   #16
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Diesel Wagoneer, that's what you need!
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:40 PM   #17
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I was a Rover mechanic. Loved them,always broken and expensive to fix. Paid off my house fixing them
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:47 PM   #18
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How about something like the Nissan NV.

Yah I know its not a convertible or a Diesel but sure is functional
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:00 AM   #19
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Thanks for all the ideas. We decided to go with the Land Rover Defender!

She'll be here this week! 1988 5 door right hand drive 200 TDI diesel. Super clean underneath. Hard top but convertible is an option. They're supposed to be really easy to maintain. A Defender owner I met today said "they're so simple, if you can keep a law mower going you can keep a Defender going." Unlike the modern Range Rovers, in a Defender there's no expensive electronics to maintain, only one wire in the whole thing! I've heard they can go half a million miles if well maintained. Parts seem affordable and available as the Defender hasn't changed in decades.

We're going to strip the paint and polish her to match the Overlander (Thanks for the inspiration KeyAir, I was just reading your post about polishing your motorhome).

Also because she's right hand drive I just realized that means the driver will be curbside which I think is pretty cool!


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Old 04-08-2013, 04:38 PM   #20
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Wow. That's an awesome pair.

About the veggie oil option:
Are you going to be on the road full timing?
If you're going to be home based, I'd consider a biodiesel making kit instead of a veggie oil conversion for the truck. You will have equally complicated structures in place either way. But with biodiesel, you can use it in any diesel. And you won't be chopping up or altering the Defender at all. Just pour it in.

If you're on the road all the time, and doing long drives, yes, the veggie oil is a cool option. You just might not find all the free oil you need anymore. There's a market for it and companies now pay to take away used cooking oil.

Not impossible, but make sure you have your sources of oil before you buy either system.

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Old 04-08-2013, 06:54 PM   #21
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Awesome!
I want one now...
Until then we are stuck driving our baby...
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:05 PM   #22
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I was a Rover mechanic. Loved them,always broken and expensive to fix. Paid off my house fixing them
AMEN.

We tried two, just to be sure. Absolute junk.

The first was a Disco, with some warranty remaining. The dealer had it more than we did, no kidding.

The RR was worse, 6K in repairs in 18 months before I said enough.

A 1975 Caddy El Dorado drop top is my vote for a cool tow vehicle.


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Old 04-08-2013, 10:40 PM   #23
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Wow. That's an awesome pair.

About the veggie oil option:
I actually used to work for a biodiesel company in NY. Thankfully I became a full time musician before the plant in Atlanta literally BLEW UP! I guess that's a risk you take when making fuel... But I became wise to how much the price inflates because of trading and then Obama failed to renew their tax break and the business has been pretty unstable since.

The one problem is that people are getting wise to the free fuel that restaurants used to have to pay to remove... I hear larger restaurants and chains are going into contracts with their waste oil but if you find your small town spot and arrange a local deal you'll have plenty of fuel for home.

I'm looking at the SVO kit from goldenfuelsystems.com. You can install an extra kit so that you don't have to do anything to the oil before putting it in your car. And the owner says that even when doing cross country road trips he is always able to find fuel. He goes in and buys dinner first (Chinese places have the highest quality oil) then he tells his story and ask about their waste oil. With our interesting truck and trailer I'm sure we'll be able to make lots of friends who won't mind slipping us some oil under the table.

And I like the fact that with this system you can switch back and forth from SVO to diesel with the flip of a switch (the engine has to start on Diesel, once it warms up you switch to SVO, then switch back to diesel before you power down.)

Going green is such an important part of everything we do. My next thread will probably be about solar and wind power for the Airstream!
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:54 PM   #24
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Ok then. Sounds like you're not a total rookie on the alt fuels front. Most people who talk about it have little actual experience. Chinese places do have the best oil.

I'd love to see the solar and wind power stuff. I have full solar on my current trailer, and my last one I made a wind turbine out of a discarded treadmill motor and some 8" green sewer pipe for the blades. I had a few fundamental problems with my first version, and ended up kind of giving up on the idea. I have better tools now, and better skills building stuff, but the solar is so easy.

I'm going to follow this project, so make sure you keep us updated.

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Dodge Dakota made a 4x4 ragtop pickup in the eighties. Great candidate for a diesel transplant.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:01 PM   #27
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Very good vehicle. Used one for many years with the Brits. Great on mileage. They are tough and fun to drive. You'll be surprised to their get up and go.
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Get a Dodge Mega Cab 2500 with the Cummins turbodiesel. Get it painted with the chrome/silver paint, put some band decals on it, and call it good!
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