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    Discussion on the 2021 Isuzu/Chevy 6.6L Gas Cabover Platform

    Any updates from CORE / Earthcruiser on how the Isuzu build is coming along?
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    Discussion on the 2021 Isuzu/Chevy 6.6L Gas Cabover Platform

    I just noticed a press release from Isuzu North America from March '21 regarding significant enhancement to their 2022 Class 3-5 diesel models. The trucks will be labeled as 2022i (interim) and will be available in the third quarter of 2021. The enhancements include: Electronic Vehicle...
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    2020 Fuso Vs. 2021 NPR

    I got a quote (no negotiation) for the base model Isuzu NPR-HD (Class 4) at $49,700 with $1,325 destination charges. Most of the options were reasonably priced except the 7” touchscreen stereo with backup camera at $1,464. MobileEye was $1,132. The bulk of the expense for the CORE vehicle is...
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    Is it impossible to convert an Isuzu NPR with a wheelbase of 109" to 4x4 plus super single?

    Below is probably the 132.5" CORE. If you shortened that driveshaft 23.5" assuming a 109" wheelbase, you wouldn't have much left (maybe 18" - 24"). You would likely need a double-cardan driveshaft and then tilt the pinion upward to avoid adverse driveshaft angles. CORE uses a divorced...
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    2020 Fuso Vs. 2021 NPR

    Starts at $105K. https://earthcruiser.com/vehicles/core/
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    2020 Fuso Vs. 2021 NPR

    The Isuzu can be serviced by both Chevy and Isuzu dealerships for decades to come with a long term spare parts pipeline. The Fuso...not so much. The 6.6 is a more modern engine design and the GM transmission is solid. I can't see any advantage to the Fuso.
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    (USA) panel options Total Composites or GXV DIY Adventure Kits

    I would hire a local carpentry crew to do it. They would be accustomed to erecting walls and would have the clamps and squares to get it done right.
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    (USA) panel options Total Composites or GXV DIY Adventure Kits

    If you plan to do anything other than white, check if that manufacturer warranties their panels if they are painted or wrapped. TC says "we do not recommend changing the white color to anything darker. There would be an increased risk of delamination due to higher surface temperatures. These...
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    (USA) panel options Total Composites or GXV DIY Adventure Kits

    Consider what window and door manufacturer you want to use and ensure they will fit the GXV or Total Composite panel thickness. I believe GXV uses 60mm and TC uses 50mm side panels. If you look at Tern Overland windows, for example, they are advertised to fit: 24-34mm / 15/16" - 1 3/8"-...
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    Discussion on the 2021 Isuzu/Chevy 6.6L Gas Cabover Platform

    John can you describe what is included in the "base" model currently listed at the EC website for around $105K? I think we understand the drivetrain mods. Does this include any of the cab interior upgrades, winch, center console, bull bar, 60 gallon tank, skid plate, etc?
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    Discussion on the 2021 Isuzu/Chevy 6.6L Gas Cabover Platform

    John thanks for chiming in. A few questions for you: - Will CORE be offering this under the Chevy or Isuzu brand? - Ignoring the drivetrain, when switching from the Fuso to Chevy/Isuzu platform are there any significant differences that makes the conversion easier/harder or better/worse...
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    Discussion on the 2021 Isuzu/Chevy 6.6L Gas Cabover Platform

    EarthCruiser announced this change in June. Here is press release: https://earthcruiser.com/earthcruiser-fuso-chassis/ The Fuso and Chevy/Isuzu cabovers are very similar. I suspect EC will stick with the divorced Hero transfer case and Dynatrac 80 axles. They will have to do some...
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    Discussion on the 2021 Isuzu/Chevy 6.6L Gas Cabover Platform

    With Fuso exiting the North American market and Hino recently announcing that production and sales in North American have been halted, it looks like the Isuzu/Chevy cabover platform is the only game in town. This is the direction EarthCruiser will be going with the EXP and FX. There are some...
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    Hino Motors will halt its plants and postpone new-model sales in the U.S. and Canada

    Although the Hino platform is not popular in the the U.S. for expedition builds, it was one of the few cabover options available. Problems certifying its diesel engine have led to the ending of U.S. and Canadian sales until September 2021. It will be interesting to see if they ultimately...
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