This is my new project! It is a 1996 Chevy Tahoe with the Vortec 350 V8 and 4 wheel drive. My plan is to turn it into an expedition/camping vehicle with some bug out capabilities as well.
My dad found it and helped me with the purchase. It has a blown motor so we were able to pick it up for $550 and he payed to have it delivered. Overall it is in pretty good shape actually. I can't wait to get started on turning it into something awesome.
The interior isn't even that terrible. The seats are not ripped and are pretty clean. The carpet is pretty terrible, but I think it will shampoo out just fine.
We were able to pick up a motor for $150 and have already begun the swap. I am going to post the process here on the blog as we go. I think it should be a fairly smooth job.
Originally I was planning on trying to flip it to make some extra money, but I may end up turning it into my daily adventure rig. For what I payed for it, I might as well just have some fun with it. So the goal for now is to get it running and safe so I can use it as my daily driver, and that will give me the time and ability to really start work on my Roadmaster and getting it fixed up and ready to sell.
- Lift Kit
- Push Bar with Winch
- Limb Risers
- Roof Top Tent + Awning
- Outside Lighting Solutions
- CB and HAM Communications
- Vinyl Wrap
- Interior Storage and Cooking Solutions
- Performance Upgrades
One of the things I have always wanted is a true overlanding vehicle. I love the idea of having a rig that can take you anywhere. It would be so cool having everything you need with you at all times to survive in the wild. The guys at Expedition Overland and Overland Bound have been huge inspirations to me.
I always thought I would build a rig someday out of a Jeep or Toyota, but the more I think about it, the more I think the Tahoe might be a great platform to build an overlanding vehicle. It is safe, reliable, capable (enough) off road, parts are easy to find, and it has plenty of room for gear. Also, for my needs, it is better suited for a family.
I will be posting updates as I go. I am pretty excited about this build. I think its going to be a lot of fun.
Husband. Dad. Explorer. Gentleman.