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How to Shrink a Humvee

Dave and Fred on DED took an old military HMMWV and made it tiny.

Fred and Dave are buddies of mine. If you ever met either of them, you'd find they're just normal guys just like any other you'd probably find yourself hanging out with on the trail.

However, there's probably one big difference between Fred and Dave and your buddies on the trail. When Fred and Dave sit down to bench race and come up with kooky and crazy ideas, there's a whole production crew sitting right over their shoulder with a note pad to take it all down and checkbook to make it all happen. So, when the subject of H1 Humvees came up, it was universally agreed that they're pretty rad to drive off-road with one big exception.

And that big exception is the big size of the body. Humvees are about a mile wide and almost as long. There wasn't much they could easily do about narrowing the body because they're aluminum, and it'd be pretty darn time consuming to cut, section, and weld the whole body into a narrower configuration. However, that's not to say Dave's skillset couldn't accommodate such a task. Keep in mind Fred and Dave only have about a week to build these things, so instead of a full shrink, Dave ripped the tub and bed apart and shortened the rear of the frame roughly 28 inches.

After welding the steel frame back together, Dave cobbled a shorter driveshaft to connect the NP241 T-case to the rear diff yoke, shortened the rest of the body about 38 inches, and cut the remaining rear of the frame off to lessen departure angle. Then the body was boatsided by removing the lower 9 inches of rocker material, and the bulbous bits on the corners (ie the front fenders) were chopped off. Add a huge set of sticky Mickeys and bam—instant short-wheelbase Humvee that's ready to hit the trail! If you want to watch the whole thing, be sure to grab a subscription to MotorTrend on Demand.