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Build Threads / Re: Rescue Gen 1 SWB
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:41:52 PM »
Awesome build, glad to have this as a reference. Great looking rig! If you make it to Oregon, let's talk bodywork & paint  8)

Build Threads / Re: Project Tomb Raider - 1st Gen - OM617 Conversion
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:33:28 PM »
John thanks for the info. I will see what I can get my hands on :) Everything helps. I will keep the thread updated as I get things rolling. Lots of pictures to come!

Build Threads / Project Tomb Raider - 1st Gen - OM617 Conversion
« on: February 09, 2019, 05:55:31 PM »
Hey all, new here to the forum and new to these cool little rigs. Sooo.. I picked up an 89' V6 Raider with a seized motor (originally as a parts rig for my SWB 88' Montero, but not anymore). It has been dubbed "Project Tomb Raider". The plan is to stick the indestructible OM617 Mercedes diesel into it for reliability and longevity. The vision is more of an overlanding / expedition build that we can take out for extended periods of time and get us through some rough areas (we do a lot of remote rock hounding, photography etc).

So here is what I'm thinking:

Engine / Transmission
  • OM617 Turbo Diesel
  • Stock AW03-72 Transmission w/ adapter plate

Wheels / Tires
  • 15" Steelies
  • 31x10.5 Yokohama Geolandars

  • 1.25" OME Setup

  • Respray with undecided color
  • Bedline / Rockguard lower body
  • JW Speaker LED headlight upgrade
  • Custom front winch bumper
  • Custom rear bumper w/ spare tire carrier & rotopax system
  • Drip Rail Roof Rack for gear

Currently I have sourced a donor Mercedes for the OM617 and thanks to the Facebook group, I have sourced the required adapter plate, I just need to pull the trigger. I encourage constructive criticism and any insight from those who have gone before me. Thanks all.

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