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Old 25th September 2009, 13:17   #61
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I am now fan of this. THink about the range of this vehicle with more than 200Lt diesel!

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Well Guys I have been thinking on the same lines. I was thinking of a 4WD truck/tempo cabin only without anything behind. I'm thinking of pushing the engine to the middle of the chassis (this way it's out of the cabin) and the long propeller shaft powers the front differential and a short propeller for the rear differential, from the transfer case. This way the engine is out of the cabin, the cabin is quiet and the vehicle is well balanced. The cabin should be extended to one and a half size to allow the drivers seats to be pushed back and a single transverse bed in the second row. The mahindra FJ/FC vans are ideal for this project. I had seen one mahindra FC 4WD van condemned in Vellore but it was not put up for auction yet, it has to complete a certain number of years before auction. The only doubt I have is how will I get the gear lever to the front in such a config. The FC van is very cramped and hot, with the engine gone rear there would be a lot of space.
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The locals call the old FC vans as bubble face, Correct me if I'm wrong but they had the international and later the XDP2 engine. There are a few still running in Dhanushkodi/ Rameshwaram area in Tamil Nadu. They have become rare in the US, and are sought for a premium price. The wrangler FC made a few waves but it's still way out priced for most Americans, as an off roader without much everyday commuter application.
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Tata sells the 407 as a 4WD vehicle. On paper, it seems like the best 4WD truck to buy to modify as a camper, because it has rather well known mechanicals (being the most popular truck in India) and the engine is a 3000cc unit from a Tata Sumo and Tata 207 which is extremely well known. Typically you are looking at travelling in remote places in your camper and you need quick jugaad fixes for any trouble the vehicle may throw at you. Having a well known platform would help a lot in such a scenario.
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Old 28th December 2014, 11:11   #65
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Hi Guys,

The MOHFW uses the 4WD Excels, there are a few running around rural Chennai too.

Pictures of one I saw in Pauri. (UK12).

Another option is to use Tata 407 4WD mechanicals.

However since the front Axle Diff is left off-set you have to procure it with the Left Drop Transfer Case.
My goodness the front overhang makes the vehicle look like the shell placed on the body of a bullock cart. Thanks for the share.
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This is a 4wd -Mahindra FC van awaiting condemnation in Vellore, seeing the registration, my guesses are its should have a xdp 4.2 engine and the front 4wd axle should be a 57" track. It should be a good offroad vehicle if we get rid of the boxy carrier.
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If the front cab is extended to a double cab with a bed to sleep and the carrier removed, it should be a good personal weekender (wife might kill me). Its a mans ride and it can be customized. Sadly I don't live in Vellore anymore, so this dream is beyond me. The idea of procuring a Govt owned transport vehicle from one state and transferring it to personal vehicle in another another state, is a bad one.
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