Some might remember my building up an M715 with a WY buddy a couple years back. Started with this engineless, no interior, cobblebed meadow ornament: And ended up with this: Good fun & occasionally its 1 1/4-ton rating is quite useful: I’ve had a thing for the all-terrain RV idea since the early ‘90’s when I re-powered & re-geared one of these: It was ear-splittingly noisy inside, dusty, and had unassisted steering & brakes, which got old quicker than I thought it would. It also got totaled by a guy looking for something on the floor of his car: narrow road, top-heavy truck, me inching to the right hoping for the best, which never arrived. Next up was one of these: I was actually thinking about one while I had the M43. What’s not to love? Quieter, more modern, better parts availability, and the possibility of swapping in a first-gen Cummins chassis & making it the best of the M43 & 886 all rolled into one cool-ass truck. Problem was, my ideas outran my finances, facilities, and capabilities, so I gradually lost interest, and it ended up as a storage shed before I sold it in 2010. Well, lately I’ve been thinking about the whole concept again, this time involving an M725: Familiar truck, big shop & capable buddy in Wyoming waiting for a new project— why not? I even know of one nearby I might be able to get a hold of. Then I got to thinking about the buy-in for a decent truck ($3-4K), the essential engine & drivetrain swap ($5K?), and the interior conversion. I let that idea die, and left it at that. ...until Friday night when Harry & I were discussing the 725 idea while sitting drinking beer in said WY shop. Right in front of me seemed to be the more sensible alternative, and it was one of those classic “duh!” moments: A 1972 International 1310 4x4 1-ton. Slide a pop-up truck camper on the back for a much less expensive expedition RV. It has a 304, 4-speed, 4.88’s, 205 case. No fireball, but I’ve read on BinderPlanet I can expect 60 as a rule, which is slow but liveable. It needs a rear main, fuel tank repairs, and interior work to start with. Paint, seats, A/C, sound insulation would also be on the list. I’m pretty this is going to happen, though. Stay tuned.