Show me your "Adult" rigs and how you keep them running.

NVlow4

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1999 Ford Expedition. Owned it for 18yrs, currently has 131,000 and decided to update it for overlanding this year. Liking the versatility, has good storage capability and able to sleep two comfortably inside. Also, think the retro look is cool, even has a cassette player. I keep a close eye on fluids/corrosion and replace items that are showing wear. With updated shocks, minor lift and new wheels/tires, it gets me anywhere I care to go.
 

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NVlow4

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Awesome Expedition! See mine linked below.
Thanks! I thought I recognized your expedition. I've been using Expedition forum for ideas and enjoyed your detailed build posts.
Liking the classic look of the expedition and with some minor updates drives better than anytime I've had it, plus since its 20 yrs old dont feel so bad when it gets scratched.
 

vargsmetal

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My 1990 K1500. The 700R4 was dying a slow death so I installed a 5.3L/4L80e. Next up will be 1 ton SAS and maybe a flatbed, dual battery setup etc... Working on a rear bumper with tire swing out. It takes us on camping and offroad trips all over new england. Hopefully going to venture up to Canada in the next few years.







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Shovel

Dreaming Ape
308k miles and plenty of them off pavement. Keeping it clean and not living in the rust belt are the keys, a clean vehicle is easier to find faults early, easier to repair when clean and much less expensive when you catch problems as they start instead of waiting for them to get really bad.

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85_Ranger4x4

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308k miles and plenty of them off pavement. Keeping it clean and not living in the rust belt are the keys, a clean vehicle is easier to find faults early, easier to repair when clean and much less expensive when you catch problems as they start instead of waiting for them to get really bad.

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Where is the challenge in that?

What is your rig?

I try to keep mine clean, it has been parked during winter for the last 15 years but living on a gravel road the clean part can be tough. I do hate eating mud when I work on it so I try to keep that to a minimum anymore.
 

rnArmy

Adventurer
1996 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 (bought new). 5.2/auto. Put the cap on the bed when I bought it. Swapped gears from factory 3.55 to 4.10 when I switched from factory 245/75/16" tires to 285/75/16" tires and a 2" lift front/rear. Also put True-tracs front & rear. Currently has 225,000 miles. It is a beast in the snow. On 5th or 6th set of tires (I've lost track).

Tranny was rebuilt over 100,000 miles ago. Engine has had work done over the years, but never rebuilt. Headliner was replaced a while back. On 3rd repaint (never any rust). On 2nd radio replacement (original had cassette), second radiator, and second windshield. Upholstery and dash pad seem to be holding up well.

I love my truck (don't love the 11-12 mpg). It is comfortable to drive - I could drive it all day. I try to keep it maintained and clean. It was my daily driver for the longest time (till about 2008).

The next time I make an overlanding trip up into Canada and/or Alaska, I'm thinking of taking the truck vs. my four cylinder 98 Jeep TJ. Nicer ride with the truck, more power, it'll pull the trailer easier, etc. And heck; I can even sleep in the back of the truck (can't do that with the Jeep).

My other old vehicles: 1998 Jeep TJ (had since 2008), and a 1946 Jeep Willys CJ2A (had since 1989 or was it 1990 - a long time ago either way).


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ExplorerTom

Explorer
New Year, new group of rigs getting their “adult” status.

The older mine get, the more I realize how important OEM parts are.

Here’s a picture of both my adult rigs: 2000 Expedition and 1997 Explorer.
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