When it comes to off-roading, it’s literally a case of “name your poison”. What’s your pleasure…mud? Rockcrawling? Maybe you like to drive as far away from humanity as possible and go camping, which is known as “overlanding”. Whatever does it for you, playing off-road can be fun. But the downside is that not one vehicle choice is excellent at everything. A killer mud truck will be a heavy, lumbering beast with a ton of power, something that isn’t great in the rocks. An overlander might only need a slight improvement over a stock rig, while pre-runners are anything but stock, with suspension travel that can be measured by the foot. So where do you start? The correct answer is to find a vehicle that fits your parameters the best and go from there, but for Fred Williams, this question presented an opportunity to built the perfect off-roading vehicle, one that could do everything and do it well.
You know that quote from Jurassic Park, when Dr. Ian Malcom (played by Jeff Goldblum) rattles off, “…but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Meet a real-life case. At one end, you have a early 1990s Ford Ranger that has seen better days. At the other end, you have an earlier-model Range Rover, complete with aluminum V8 and sketchy electronics. Two engines, four wheels steering, and someone always trying to drive the vehicle in reverse with a tent on the top of the chimera…what could possibly go wrong?