posted on Sep, 19 2009 @ 02:42 AM
For around 10k, you should be able to put together one of the most capable off-road setups: an early Toyota 4Runner, 84-89, with the fuel injected 4
cylinder engine. Included in that price you should be able to rebuild the engine and transmission as well as do many of the modifications I'll list
below to suit the purpose. I'd expect about 2-3K for a decent running vehicle, about 1500 to refresh the engine, another 2000 to service the
transmission and clutch, which would leave you about 4000 for other stuff.
Just so you know, if there's only 2 of you to transport, you'll have about 6-7 linear feet behind the front seats to carry gear and such, 4-5 people
would require leaving the rear seat up and result in about 5' to the tailgate. All this in a fully enclosed cabin (which the rear 2/3rds of the top
is removable should the need arise- nice feature imo).
Modifications you might want to make could include:
... a roof-rack or fold-over camping setup (tent folds out and gives you space to sleep without unloading the rear)
... limited slip differentials front and rear
... some sort of lift to permit larger than stock tires that can be "run-flat" if necessary as well as higher rated rear springs, coil or air bag
assists, or air shocks to increase the rear load capacity
... receiver mounted winch and receivers front & back so you can mount the winch front or in the rear as necessary or sufficiently long straps and
snatch blocks to allow you to use a front mounted winch to pull to the rear
... at least 2 Jerry cans for fuel- that would be enough fuel to go about 250 miles on the truck's 17 tank and another 100-150 miles on the jerry
cans, and at least 2, 5 gallon cans for potable water: could be mounted on a rear receiver rack or custom bumper so they're outside of the cabin
... the list goes on ....
If that sounds interesting, look up some of the forums about those vehicles. And for the record I have an 88 4Runner and if I can keep 3 wheels on the
ground, it's nearly unstoppable.