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Sayulita Layta!
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AEV stands for American Expedition Vehicle, I know it sounds kind of cheesy but the purpose behind my truck is to go anywhere, do anything, AND be able to drive home. Im not a big fan of having more than one vehicle-- yeah it would be nice to have a DD gas efficient car, a bad ass wheeler, and a tow rig; but I have no time, money, or space for those extra vehicles. My truck is my daily driver, my weekend warrior, and my BIG project. Im designing my truck to take on some of the hardest trails, drive across the nation, and be able to look go doing it. Im a big fan of Form AND Function :thumbup

Specs of the rig:
1996 Eddie Bauer
4" Rancho lift with extended arms
AAL in the rear
35x12.5R15 BFG All Terrains
Front and Rear E-Lockers
Yukon 4.56 gears in both ends

Future plans:
Custom Rear bumper with tire carrier (currently working on!)
Sliders
Custom Front bumper
Other doodads


Picture of the truck when I first started and most recent (will continue to update this picture when modifications change).



 

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Good luck I'll be watchin close because that's what I had in mind for my rig. Keep up the photo's and when I get a little futher along with mine I'll post some.
 

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Sayulita Layta!
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Man I just realized how crappy my wheeling pictures are. I have great posers, but my wheeling shots need some work. Im going to the Nor-Cal meet and great this month, so Im sure there will be lots of pictures to add.

This thread is going to contain my modifications, builds, and just misc. chit chat about my rig. Enjoy!


Damn you! I was gonna use Expeditionary Vehicle to some extent, and you beat me to it. :) The thought behind it is awesome IMO. It's not JUST a wheeling rig, or a mudding rig, or a dd, or a cross-country baja type, it's really all of the above. My thoughts exactly :)


Great looking rig... Red on tan FTW!
haha good thinking. It honestly is a mix of all terrains. I never wanted to build a truck based on on type of terrain or my favorite terrain, because California has so much to offer me. There's mud, there's rock, there's sand, trails, and highways. My truck averages 15 MPG with 35s and the new gears so its not terrible. My bronco is a blast to drive and I really wouldnt trade it for a small economical car. Sure, with trying to build for all terrains, Its not going to excel in any one thing, but it will get me there, through it, and back (especially with 2 lockers and soon--sliders).

So there's the shakedown of my truck. :thumbup
 

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Stan, you truly have a beautiful bronco. Mine can only hope to look that gorgeous someday.

Although I want it to be identical to yours... with black paint :toothless
 

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ah the memorys. reminds me of my bronco and goal before i really started wheeling. then it was rebuild it to make it better. bash in the sheetmetal, the start all offer to build another rig to be better at wheeling then the bronco could ever be. Then need a tow rig so gotta buy and sell to make that happen. damn if i would only known! see what your future holds stan!?!

hurry up and dent that pretty thing already. beat it like it owes you money :goodfinge
 

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I like the idea. I've been thinking of doing the same thing. I think instead of starting out with suspension and tires, I'm going to do a saginaw swap, OBA, and a dual battery setup. Then decide on what type of a suspension I need.

I look forward to seeing your pics.
 

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Looks like it will be a cool build Stan. As to the rear bumper i was looking though a JBG catalog and found a pic of a Protofab rear bumper that was coming out soon. I could not find any pic's online but i took one of the pic in the catoalog but i not a great pic. Maybe you could give them a call for more details.

 

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That's the same goal I have with my truck. Trying to make it a "do anything" ride. I still drive it to work 3-4 times a week. Just went to the Dunes for the first time a few weeks ago and it really showed how much I need some type of torque arm or 4 link.......:toothless to control the axle wrap rompin in the sand. You do have to deal with the frustration of compromise though. It would be such a better trail truck if that's all it was used for. Lookin forward to watchin you build:thumbup
 

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just so you know, there is a already company called AEV which stands for American Expedition Vehicles, they do jeep stuff.

i had the same plan as you years back, mine started out stock and eventually came out like this (and i wheeled the piss out of it and drove it home):





good luck in your build
 

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Nope. Too diverse for a SAS as of now. I actually like the TTB so far... yeah a SFA works great in the rocks, but my TTB is getting me by just fine for now.

My '89 does very well with a low lift SAS as my daily driver. I havent had it on a trailer yet, and it will do all i want. (if its gonna get hairy i break out the '78)
 

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Over on Pirate they created this forum, you might be able to get some good idea's for your AEV.

I've actually been thinking about turning my Ram into an Expedition type vehicle.
 

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Sayulita Layta!
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just so you know, there is a already company called AEV which stands for American Expedition Vehicles, they do jeep stuff.
Im aware of that company and they make really nice parts. There is also a web site for people who actually expedition around the world which is pretty cool (I'll have to find it later).

I didn't realize so many people were going to watch my build, now I'm all giddy and excited to get more work done. :toothless
 

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Sayulita Layta!
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ah the memorys. reminds me of my bronco and goal before i really started wheeling. then it was rebuild it to make it better. bash in the sheetmetal, the start all offer to build another rig to be better at wheeling then the bronco could ever be. Then need a tow rig so gotta buy and sell to make that happen. damn if i would only known! see what your future holds stan!?!

hurry up and dent that pretty thing already. beat it like it owes you money :goodfinge
I already know the path that Im headed down. These are my plans for now, but they are subject to change at any time :toothless

Looks like it will be a cool build Stan. As to the rear bumper i was looking though a JBG catalog and found a pic of a Protofab rear bumper that was coming out soon. I could not find any pic's online but i took one of the pic in the catoalog but i not a great pic. Maybe you could give them a call for more details.

Thats pretty cool. I like working on my own truck and installing all of my own stuff. Everything done to the truck has been installed by me and I really want to start fabricating my own parts now too. A rear bumper is first on the list, so we will see how that goes.

That's the same goal I have with my truck. Trying to make it a "do anything" ride. I still drive it to work 3-4 times a week. Just went to the Dunes for the first time a few weeks ago and it really showed how much I need some type of torque arm or 4 link.......:toothless to control the axle wrap rompin in the sand. You do have to deal with the frustration of compromise though. It would be such a better trail truck if that's all it was used for. Lookin forward to watchin you build:thumbup
Dude, I envy your build! :rockon
 

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Sayulita Layta!
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My truck needs some maintenance attention asap. I have a leaky master cylinder, worn out brake pads, and scored rotors... plus I need extended brake lines.

Heres my thinking:
F350 Brake booster
F350 Master cylinder with a new "switch"
New brake pads
and possibly turn the rotors?

What is a good set of pads to get (seeing as how Napa Auto has like 5 choices) and how much will having a shop re-surface run me? The rotors aren't in too bad of shape, but they are scored and NOT smooth. If I drag my finger nail across them, I can feel the roughness pretty good.

Ideas?
 
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