Ford Celebrates 100 Years of Trucks [Video]

On July 7th, 2017 Ford celebrated one hundred years of pickup trucks. From it's humble origins as a farm tool, the Ford truck has grown up to be the best selling vehicle in America -for 32 years. Henry Ford created the Model TT to address the growing need for a purpose built vehicle to haul and tow farm equipment and goods. Prior to the Model TT, people were forced to either modify cars or resort to horse and buggy in order to tend to their land. 

The Ford truck is greatly responsible for helping to build America into what it is today. From four doors to four wheel drive, to Super Duty pickups, Ford continues to be the choice of contractors and a growing number of overland explorers who need the extra payload. 

Thank you Ford for your role in making pickup trucks what they are today. Without you leading the way, we couldn't explore the backroads of our country, or haul a load of lumber to a job site. 

1918 Ford Model TT. Image: FoMoCo

1918 Ford Model TT. Image: FoMoCo

1935 Ford Pickup. Image: FoMoCo

1935 Ford Pickup. Image: FoMoCo

1953 Ford F100. Image: FoMoCo

1953 Ford F100. Image: FoMoCo

1948 Ford F100. Image: FoMoCo

1948 Ford F100. Image: FoMoCo

1954 Ford F100. Image: FoMoCo

1954 Ford F100. Image: FoMoCo

This Homemade Truck Camper is Brilliant

This Homemade Truck Camper is Brilliant

Whether you call it DIY, built-not-bought, or run-what-you-brung, the absolute best way to become intimately familiar with a vehicle is to build it yourself. Hours spent wrenching in the garage or driveway will not only save hard earned cash, but the knowledge gained by doing it yourself may save your bacon when Mr Murphy shows up deep in the backcountry. Building your own rig will also make it easier to assemble a spare parts kit, and the tools needed to replace them. Jim Feehan is the mastermind and the hand that created the 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 you see before you.

The 2017 Ford Raptor | It's Better Than We Imagined

The 2017 Ford Raptor | It's Better Than We Imagined

The initial model of the Raptor was possibly the most advanced, mass-produced truck ever built. Despite this achievement, Ford knew that they could do better. Enter the completely redesigned, all new 2017 F-150 Raptor. Poised to kick it’s predecessor off the podium, this truck is chock full of high tech improvements. The largest change comes in the form of the military grade aluminum body and composite hood and fenders. Ford claims that this body saves 500 lbs over the previous steel version. Not only is this a huge engineering feat, it’s a big deal for performance. Shedding weight not only improves acceleration, but braking and handling as well. Any time you can increase performance by removing something, it’s a big win.

Vintage Cars Anyone Can Afford [video]

Vintage Cars Anyone Can Afford [video]

Importing a vehicle to the United States can be an absolute disaster. We've heard stories of vehicles procured at great expense that only to be sent back to their country of origin because a single step of the import process was missed. One way to skip this heartache is to hire the help of an experienced import concierge. Dutch Safari is one such company. Car enthusiasts Erica Plumlee and Nick Van Den Akker are true car enthusiasts. They have an penchant for finding exotic vehicles. From Ferraris to the Range Rover Classic in the video below, they can find that one special vehicle that makes your heart pirouette.

Unlike many importers who operate in a shroud of secrecy, Dutch Safari works directly with their clients to locate the exact vehicle, in the condition specified and for a margin of the price of other outfits. The video below provides a snapshot of the type of experience you can expect behind the wheel of one of their classic gems. Be sure to check the current inventory to see if they have your dream car in stock. If not, don't be afraid to ask -they have several vehicles already vetted for import.

700 Reasons to Buy a Jeep

700 Reasons to Buy a Jeep

If you are like most people, when you see the words “Grand Cherokee” pressed together, you tend to imagine the typical Jeep SUV -four doors, a rear lift gate, maybe a spot of leather, and you wouldn’t be far from the truth. Until now. In accordance with the brand’s hard hitting marketing campaign where FCA attempts to shock and awe consumers with a barrage of insanely powerful (think Hellcat and Demon) vehicles it seems that Jeep has been invited to the party.. The Demon claims the World’s fastest production car 0-60, fastest production car ¼ mile, highest horsepower production V8 ever produced and the list goes on and on, but I digress. We aren’t here to talk about an 840 hp Challenger, but just how far off track am I? The Grand Cherokee TrackHawk is insanely fast in its own right, establishing new performance records for SUV’s. And here’s how.

10 Ways to Rent Overland Vehicles

10 Ways to Rent Overland Vehicles

Heavy duty camper trailers and off-road vehicles are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately, they often require a substantial financial investment. Luckily, you can experience joys of backcountry camping at a fraction of the cost, and without mortgaging your house. Renting is also a great way to see if a particular platform is a good fit before shelling out loads of cash. We have compiled a list of companies that rent off-road vehicles and campers -with a few light-duty honorable mentions.  

Baja to Arctic Adventuremobile [video]

Baja to Arctic Adventuremobile [video]

A tour of our adventure mobile Hooper, a 2002 Chevy Suburban Z71 4x4. This tour includes some info on what we had to do to make the burb livable for a year of adventure travel from Baja to the Arctic. Luxurious amenities include: a refrigerator, custom built shelves, ample storage for adventure gear, a sliding lockbox, and a solar system that let's us live off grid for weeks at a time! If you want to know more about something we mentioned in this video, ask in the comments below!

Top 5 Budget Overland Rigs

Since this is a list of budget rigs, it should go without saying that most of them will have high mileage and a few years under their belts. Of course, as most of us already know, the simplicity of older vehicles means that almost anyone with a wrench and a good service manual can repair them -do yourself a favor and skip the Chilton’s manual. Instead opt for a factory service manual; these can usually be found on Ebay for a fair price. So, if you are the type who doesn’t mind some grime under your fingernails, then these rigs are perfect for you!

Just for fun. All images are from the original manufacturer's sales ads.

Modifying Your Rig for Overland Travel

Modifying Your Rig for Overland Travel

As the popularity of modifying our vehicles for overland travel grows, so does the market for vehicle modifications. New companies continue to pop up offering yet one more thing that you just can't live without. Although it is incredibly fun, and easy to get carried away, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern that which is needed from that which we want.