MINI FEA­TURE: 2001 DODGE CUM­MINS CRAWLER

4 Wheel & Off Road - - LAND OF THE SUN -

We have al­ways wanted to build a sec­ond-gen ⁄ -ton Dodge 4x4 into a crawler, so when we saw this truck at TDS we had to get a closer look. This crew-cab short­bed would make most folks su­per-happy as a tow rig with its 24-valve 5.9L Cum­mins. A coil spacer and am­ple fender trim­ming up front make room for a set of tro­phy truck take-off 39-inch BFG tires. The fac­tory Dana 60 front has a Lock Right, while the rear Dana 80 spins tires thanks to a tight fac­tory lim­ited slip. Fred, the owner of the truck, plans to build a winch bumper, as he con­tin­ues to build the rig. But as it is, it’s a great place to start, and un­til it’s “done,” there’s plenty of fun for week­end get­aways like Tierra Del Sol’s Desert Sa­fari 2018.

Speak­ing of vin­tage iron, check out this In­ter­na­tional Scout Trav­eler. The truck is pow­ered by a 345ci trac­tor en­gine backed by a TF727 trans­mis­sion. The sus­pen­sion is built to go fast with a trick TTB front axle and a five-lug Dana 60 rear. Have a...

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