This project was particularly fun because I did it jointly with my wife Yvonne. The goal of the project was to refurbish a M1078 LMTV for civilian use as a chassis for an expedition truck. The chassis is large enough to accommodate a 110 square foot living module with a total vehicle weight of up to 26,000 lb. A completed expedition truck based on a M1078 can be capable of remote operation for several weeks without supplies, can be US registered as an RV, and drive-able with a normal Class C driver’s license.
The M1078 is a member of the basic LMTV utility truck family in the US military. The family includes 4×4 and 6×6 chassis for a wide variety of uses. We acquired the base 1996 4×4 M1078 truck from government surplus.
This project took us a little over a year and required refurbishment, painting, power coating, and replacement of many vehicle parts as well as the fabrication of many new custom items.
At the completion of the refurbishment, we sold our freshly finished LMTV to Grigsby Truck Company.
A full description of the refurbishment can be found on our project blog: fuchsiafoxexpedition.wordpress.com