Our LMTV / Bliss Mobil expedition truck project is making slow, but steady progress. Here’s a quick update and some photos of the project thus far (as of May 2017)
- Bliss Mobil 15′ Standard Unit arrived in Denver (location of Couch Off-Road Engineering HQ)
- Jay (CORE) mounted the subframe (from Bliss Mobil) and Bliss Mobil 15′ Standard unit on the LMTV M1078A1
- Jay mounted the Bliss Mobil outdoor kitchen accessory and matching storage box
LMTV To Do
- Additional storage boxes
- Extruded aluminum rack for 3x bikes (on motorcycle carrier)
- Satellite receiver mount on rear of unit or cab rack (for Internet / TV)
- New seats in cab (two air-ride, one center folding)
- Install pass-through from Bliss unit to truck
- Paint cab
- Bolster front sway bar
- AC unit on cab roof
- Air filter unit to replace stock LMTV
- Front brush bars, light bar and roof rack
- Winches (probably two on the front)
- 2nd fuel tank on port side of truck
- New Rims and tires
- Height detector/warning (prevent driving under too-low branches, structures)
- New mirrors
- Hitch receiver
- Ignition key in cab
- Cab sound insulation, paint
- Cab console above windshield for storage, CB radio, AM/FM/Satellite radio
Some of the cab work I’ll do once I get it to California.
We’re shooting to be finished in mid-June 2017. Lots to do before then…
It’s tall – 12’ 4” (3.8 meters). Yikes! Definitely will require some careful route planning to avoid low-hanging branches and structures.
It feels a bit top-heavy. Adding boxes, second fuel tank, etc, to the frame and subframe will help a bit. Jay is also looking at other options to increase stability.
It’s Coming Together
Here’s some photos; most of these are from our CORE visit in January 2017.
Stay tune for more updates! (I won’t wait so long for next update…)