The Do it All PreRangerRoverLandeRunner – Dirt Every Day Episode 51
Building & wheeling a multi-purpose truck
Off-road vehicles are usually purpose built for a specific type for wheeling, whether it’s overlanding, rockcrawling, prerunning, or mud bogging, but a purpose-built vehicle means you’ll need more than one rig for different adventures, and that is expensive. On the latest episode of Dirt Every Day, Fred and Dave build the ultimate off-road adventure machine by combining a Ford Ranger and a vintage Range Rover for the ultimate do-it-all vehicle.
Staring with a square-body Ford Ranger and an old Range Rover, the duo map out a plan to build the PreRangerRoverLandeRunner and create the Swiss Army knife of off-road rigs. Combining the two trucks would give this rig a powerful VI12 (inline-four and V-8 combined), rear steer, and plenty of cargo space for off-road equipment storage. With a plan in place the guys got to work creating a 4x4 Frankenstein.
Cutting the back half of the Range Rover off was the first step, with a handy-dandy plasma torch in hand the delicate trimming could begin right in the middle. With the rear of the British truck removed, the bed of the Ranger was next to join the scrap pile. After both trucks were stripped of their useful cargo areas, the frame surgery could begin.
Using Fred’s ultra-accurate eyecrometer, the procedure could begin, and with the help of the plasma cutter and recirculating saw, the two trucks were ready to come together. With the help of some additional steel for structure ,the PreRangerRoverLandRunner was ready for a test drive.
After a short and scary successful test drive, it was time to add a few improvements to make this beast the ultimate overlanding, rockcrawling, prerunning machine. With a roof top tent, plenty of cooking equipment and a solid cooler mounting location the overlanding side was taken care of. Taking care of the prerunner side, a set of white fenders were installed for more clearance, and an ultra bright lightbar was mounted to the roof for going-fast at night. No off-road rig would be complete without a solid set of tires a set of Maxxis Bighorn MT-762s were added for improved traction. With the surgery completed and the accessories installed it was time for the maiden voyage.
The first challenge was overlanding, a nice relaxing drive down the trail to find the perfect camping spot to enjoy the sunset, with Fred leading the way they found a nice spot to get the rig stuck and enjoy the evening. On day two they put the PreRangerRoverLandeRunner to the real test and put the hammer down to see how fast they could hall down the trail. They even caught some air. After driving like BJ Baldwin at more than 100 mph down the trail, they found some mud to put the Maxxis Bighorn’s to the test.
See how the PreRangerRoverLandeRunner finished the challenge of being the ultimate off-road do-it-all machine in episode 51 below. If you want more Dirt Every Day wildness, head over to motortrendondemad.com/dirteveryday for more exclusive content with Fred.