I know, I know … no one likes to talk about money. But there is always a cost, especially with four wheel drive. So before we get started, I should point out that I paid only $1800 for the Isuzu Vehicross, and it did not move under it’s power when I got it. Basically, it was a pile of crap that I have been trying to save from the scrap heap. My wife? She thinks I should have picked a different vehicle all together. Don’t get me wrong, she thinks it’s “cute”, but after almost a year and only being able to go off-road once in all that time is taking it’s toll on her confidence. Not just in the Vehicross but, I think, in me as well.
The idea came to me while organizing some of my gear. My camping gear. I would not call myself a “prepper” but as I was folding my sleeping bag I wondered just how different Overlanding was from a prepper looking to “Bug Out” to some secret squirrel hideaway?
I have always believed that anything is possible. This is true of just about any goal you can name. Everything from learning to shave as a young man to going to the moon and beyond is all within the reach of each of us. As a species we humans are endlessly adaptable and our unique ability to solve complex problems has enabled the greatest innovations the wold has ever known. My goal is not to go to the moon, but rather to go Overlanding.
I took some time off for myself, and to get closer to finishing my degree. However, work must continue on my little off-roader. Today I took the plastic cladding off the front of my Isuzu Vehicross and found something truly menacing … rust …
Planning an extended trip can be frustrating and costly. I myself am planning a trip in my little Isuzu Vehicross. More than one actually. As my budget build progresses, I will need to test the capabilities and the reliability of the Vehicross before I take it on extended trips.
Have you ever started something only to find out as you go along that it is becoming more complex than you had originally thought it would be? That is the case with my little Isuzu. That is not to say it is beyond my skill level, but it can seem overwhelming at times. In this post I will cover all of the incomplete projects that I have either started, or at least have started to gather parts for.
Today, I took my wife and my Isuzu Vehicross past the pavement for the first since I purchased it at the end of June. It was a short day trip, granted, but it was a perfect fall day for such a drive. The goal was a shakedown run to test not only the massive amount of repair work, but also to test the capabilities of the Torque On Demand (TOD) system that Isuzu 4×4’s are (in)famous for.