It’s a fully custom, one-off SUV with an identity complex…or is it?!
The Trail-Rod can do just about everything a pickup can even tow a gooseneck trailer if you want to…but without a separate truck bed. But please keep in mind, this is first and foremost a trail/crawler rig.
The truck started life as a 1967 military pickup truck that goes by the nicknamed ‘Five-Quarter’. The manufacture rhymes with ‘Heep’. (Speaking in riddles to keep this console friendly)
If you’ve seen/driven my Project 20-67 mod, this truck is based on the same 1967 truck but with an entirely different approach. The only body panels the two mods share are the hood and a portion of the front fenders.
The encyclopedia of old-school hot rod customization has been thrown into the Trail-Rod. It has been chopped, channeled, wide-bodied, rounded, tapered, boat-tailed, bobbed, shaved, and smoothed to give it a modern but classic look. The entire back half and interior were made from scratch giving you a true one-of-a-kind custom. The idea was to take the ‘box’ out of the original design.
As with all my trucks, the TrailRunner Spec Tunes/Suspension/Parts are the idea the trucks are built around. This one is much more Crawler-Spec than my last few mods.
The Trail-Rod has a new TrailRunner Maxx Crawler Spec suspension and as the name suggests, it’s an over-the-top setup where practicality and realism are out the door…but it sure is a lot of FUN!
There’s also a new TrailScout Spec suspension that is a bit mellower.
Pro Tip: If you are looking for more of a realistic/challenging rock crawling experience use the Grocery Getter engine tune with one of the 6 designated Off-road Tires. The 3 Mud-Tire options are super-sticky and offer a lot of grip on all terrain types but can catch an edge at speed, or on tight rocky trails.
This truck has a super-soft suspension so it’s pretty much worthless for towing unless you use the specific towing suspension. The hitches have added weight built-in. There is an addon of a standard hitch and gooseneck option for the [IR] Gooseneck Trailer Pack. (Thanks IR)
This is a work in progress so there will be some changes along the way.