Our motto says "We Do It All, We Do It Right." Apparently someone took us seriously and decided that if we can crank out deuce coupes in our sleep, a HUMVEE kit vehicle should be no problem. Before we could think of any rational objections, we were told the kit was being drop-shipped to us and being handed a credit card. What could we do? We got busy building a HUMVEE! As the saying goes - there's a first time for everything. This particular kit is from Badlands, Inc. and is supposed to fit any General Motors 73 thru 87, 1/2-ton or 3/4-ton, regular or long box pickup. It can also fit 73 thru 91 Suburban of the same weight class. But, since we like to do things differently, we used a '73 one-ton extended cab chassis. The kit also required a few other items from the doner vehicle (or vehicles), such as the drive train, steering column, pedal assemblies, master cylinder, steering column, and much more.
Essentially, the Badlands RT is a body kit, one that requires a fair amount of work and modification to complete properly. We, of course, added modifications over and above those required for assembly. The kit is available from Classic Roadsters in Fargo, ND. They also make kits for a 427 Cobra and Sebring MX. This is no small vehicle. The bottom part of the body kit is heavy-gauge steel and provides solid feel and weight to the truck when it is sitting on the ground. It took a couple weeks to prep the frame and get it ready for mounting the body. Extra modifications were required to accomodate the motor and transmission desired by the customer. While we used a few of the "donor" parts from the original truck, most of the parts needed to complete the vehicle were new.