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 Living on the Road :: WORTs :: #15

Sent in by Jack Witmer from California.
Name   Casa Azul
Time to build 6 years off & on
Chassis/cab   1984 Ford F700
Engine   Detroit 8.2-liter diesel
Gearbox.   Manual, synchro, 5 speed
Drive train   Rockwell 223 transfer case, Rockwell 90 axles
Suspension   semi-elliptic leaf springs
Steering   Power assist
Drive   4x4
Wheels   Custom made Supersingles
BF Goodrich 385/65 R22.5 radials, one 11R22.5 spare
Brakes   Hydraulic engine assist, split system
Electrical   12v truck, 230ac/110ac/12v house
Dimensions length
hieght
width

25’(7.58m)
12’(3.6m)
8’(2.4m)

Weight   approx. 8 tons
Ground clearance body
diffs
26"(660mm)
13”(340mm)
Angles approach
depart
rampover
54
30
145
Fuel   Diesel 100gal(378L), Gas 10gal(38L) for boat
Range   approx. 900 miles (1450km)
Recovery   A shovel, sand ladders, tequila
Water drinking/
general
grey
black
75gal (283L)

18gal (68L)
none
Power solar
genset
home
truck
inverter

2 x 100watt Siemans
Yanmar 5.5KV
4 x 12V gelcell 800AH
2 x 12V gelcell 400AH
1800watt
Complete electrical monitoring
12v truck, 230ac/110ac/12v house

Appliances

fridge
freezer
cooktop
oven
microwave
aircon
hot water

Norcold digital 7.5cuft 2 way
?
Underwood propane 3 burner
?
?
?
10gal(38L) propane/110ac
Shower   indoor/outdoor
Toilet   Porta Potti 555
Gas   propane 30gal(113L)
Cladding   ?
Body cab
house
steel/composite
Aluminum 4.5”(115mm) thick
Storage   Extensive
Comms AM CB
UHF CB
HF radio
Sat phone
yes
no
no
soon
Other features

The truck was originally modified for 4 wheel drive by Pathfinder in 1984 then delivered to a specialty truck body company in Los Angeles and was fitted with a box specifically designed for remote electronic surveillance for one of the many US governments spy agency’s. Due to some mishap (possibly Iran/contra) it and 3 other trucks were not delivered.

In 1996 I purchased the truck with 212 miles on her after she was delivered to me 210 miles from the plant.

I modified the truck to be a rolling showroom for my bicycle component company and added the Studibaker so that it would not be mistaken for just another race van. This became sort of a blessing in disguise when I started taking her to Mexico because their military get very suspicious of any vehicle that’s military in nature…of course no mercenary in his right mind would drive with a old car melded into his tactical truck.

In 1999 I stopped using the truck for promotions and began to add the bits and pieces to make her our second home.

Features:

  • All internal framework and structures made from aluminum tubing
  • Designed to keep center of gravity low
  • Storage provided by industrial cargo containers
  • Bug mesh door and window coverings
  • Custom cabinet for tequila/shot glass collection
  • Table lowers to make second bed
  • Floor and gray H20 tank a single unit
  • High power fans in nose of Studibaker for cooling
  • Headlights in Studibaker are marine searchlights
  • Vault
  • Old gun port used for stove fan/vent
  • Heavy duty roof storage with quick release mounting system
  • Roof mounted 12’ rigid hull inflatable boat
  • Internal storage of 25hp outboard
  • Lockable storage racks for boat fuel tanks
  • Mounting rack for firepit/barbecue
  • Genset on sliding rack system
  • On board air compressor
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