It's not every day that you see a 4x4 van conversion duking it out in the desert with a pace Arrow RV, but hey, thats what Dirt Every Day is all about! In this week's episode, Fred heads out to the California desert to pit a Ford Sportsmobile 4x4 diesel against a Chevy big block-powered Pace Arrow RV.
The van started out as a 2010 Ford stripper model save for the diesel power. From there, the majority of the suspension is gutted in favor of a Dynatrac ProRock 60 front axle fit with F-550 brake assemblies, an Atlas II transfer case and custom drive shafts. The front leaf springs may seem a little flat, but that is to give the van a smooth ride while it's on the road. Once in the dirt, the front end of this van enjoys 26 inches of travel with the sway bar disconnected. To save on weight, the front and rear bumpers are made of aluminum, and the front hides a 12,000 pound winch. Perhaps the coolest thing we learned is that the Sportsmobile pop top has been around since the 60's, and actually predated Westfalia in outfitting the VWs!
Now on to the Pace Arrow. it is a 1986 with Big Block Chevy power. It still runs and drives and actually made it pretty far. It is equipped with a feature called Stuck that helps you to determine where you will be camping for the night. Check out all the Dirt Every Day action every other week right here at 4 Wheel & Off-Road.