Q: First off tell us about how you got started in the off-road community?
A: Bought my first Jeep in 1994 and have been hitting the trails ever since.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do for a living?
A: I have 22 years in the military but I was a carpenter before I joined. I also dabble in gunsmithing and welding.
Q: Why did you choose this truck for a project? What other 4WDs have you owned?
A: I wanted a good tow and recovery rig for my more extreme wheeling 4X4s I needed something that had the torque and power to get the job done. Chevy didn’t have a solid front axle and Ford was too slow off the line in comparison in 2005 when I bought it. In short I wanted a truck that could last 20 years with hard service. I have owned Fords, Chevys, Toyotas, Jeeps, and Suzuki. This is by far still my favorite.
Q: Where do you like to wheel and what kind of wheeling was this rig built for?
A: Since this is my tow and recovery rig, it is kept to the lighter trails and washouts. I have taken it off-road in Joshua Tree National forest, The Rubicon, snow wheeling, The Hammers, and across country. But I prefer more technical trails with rocks and scenery like in California and Utah.
Q: Are you a masher and basher or slow and careful wheeler?
A: I am a slow wheeler who likes to let the gearing working for me.
Q: Where did you get your inspiration for your modifications?
A: For this rig I chose to stick with the reliability of stock components, beefed up the bumpers and added function over form.
Q: In what condition was your rig when you got it? Was it stock? Wrecked? Some modifications?
A: Bone stock special order to get a 3500 non-dually with a 4X4 shift lever over that push button crap.
Q: Did it evolve over time? If so, what was the first modification you did?
A: First mod was the leveling kit and steps. Wheels and tires came shortly after.
Q: What is the best mod you have done?
A: Front bumper with 12,000lb winch by far, it has rescued many stuck cars and trucks. I have a knack of finding stranded motorists and even pulled a motorcycle straight up a 20 foot cliff.
Q: What was your biggest challenge you had during your build?
Q: Is there anything you would like to do over, or different?
A: No it is exactly what I want.
Q: What was your worst breakage, what broke, how and why, and how did you fix it?
A: The auto trans failed due to the programmer being set too high while towing, thank goodness I got the extended warranty.
Q: Any other unique or creative modifications that you have done to your truck?
A: I made the rear bumper myself and put in lights, tow points, and receivers on each end to use for my crane and vice.
Q: Future plans for the rig?
A: Run it like it is for another 10 years, maybe add a flatbed and headache rack.