A recap. I traded this
and yeah, I know most of you were like "wth?" cool truck for diesel pickup.... but this was/is a plan.
I've been involved in search and rescue forever, and would use my H3 - but it's gone, and the H3 (even though it has a nice rubber mat in the back) just isn't that good for treating hurt people.... thus, it's time to actually build myself a truck that will serve that purpose (and be able to haul/tow about anything I can hitch to it).
So you know of my trials and tribulations about fuel injection pumps... it gets better, after driving it for 1000 miles, the pump started leaking out of the accellerator shaft. So, it got taken off and resealed.... which only costs about as much as if I'd bought a good pump from a reputable dealer in the first place... no, it'd have saved me money on several levels... oh well, lesson learned.
A rescue 4x4 needs a few things:
1) A pickup - 3/4 ton is best (yeah, I know my jeep friends will complain, but they just can't admit that they've been pre-empted by 4 wheelers)
2) diesel - slow, yet if you run out of fuel it's a lot slower to walk
3) 4 wheel drive (strangely, not as tough a truck as you'd imagine because all of the rescues I've been involved with are within 5 miles of a road or logging road) but a locker is nice since lots of rescues involve snow.
4) a canopy, winch, roof rack, storage boxes (lockable - a friend had his stuff stolen while on a rescue a couple years ago).