Not to hijack the thread --- but to MSD's point....
I'm curious --- how many people are running around with 5.8-powered 4x4 SMB's here on the forum?
Originally Posted by MSD
Every time I see something like this I think Ujoint or Agile Offroad 4x4 conversion.
Any idea how well the older pushrod 5.8 (and its e4OD transmission) like to be paired up with 4WD and a usually-fairly-heavily-loaded SMB?
I've been toying with that very idea with my 1995 RB. Only 88k miles on its clock, and with a just-rebuilt transmission (with updated HD internals) so I feel like the driveline is pretty stout.
But....even as it is (as a 2WD van), I'm only averaging about 11 mpg on freeway trips with this 5.8 engine (going 75-80mph of course.) So I'm guessing with a 4WD conversion and bigger tires, I'd be down into the single digits for sure. And then
I'm thinking....why have I not found myself a newer SMB with a V10 if I'm going to be getting that kind of dismal MPG....? Might as well have the power.
What's the word? Any of you have any idea/experience with such a setup? How rewarding is a 5.8-powered 4WD SMB to own/drive/live with. (And how well does it pull its weight up the kind of grades that a 4WD will likely get you exploring.....?)
(....and now back to your regularly-scheduled SMB-for-sale programming....