Craigslist Find | 4WD Chinook Insanity

Craigslist Find | 4WD Chinook Insanity

What you are witnessing is the most insane Chinook we’ve ever come across. Sure, you probably can’t hear your mother-in-law over the the 5.9 Cummins turbo diesel engine shoe-horned between the driver and passenger seats, and it will likely ride wheelies at anything under 40 mph, but it’s definitely worth a ogling over.

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This rig is one tandem axle away from tackling Mars. It currently sporta a Dana 70/60 axle arrangement with 4.10 final drive. According to the ad, the Chinook will go over 75 mph “just fine”.










The interior boasts a pair of LCD screens, a shower and toilet, a large couch with removable table and complete kitchen. The mechanicals and interior have been thoroughly addressed -with the former consisting of all Dodge parts.  








From the original ad:

1978 Dodge Chinook 23-foot, fully self-contained and insulated, Cummins turbo diesel swap, intercooled, 5-spd tranny swap, NP205 t-case, Dana 60 axles, 8-inch lift springs, Bilsteins, 35-inch tires, runs and drives great.

Original 70K miles in good shape,

Nice interior that's mostly re-done,

Swivel around captain's chairs,

Full shower and working toilet,

Sinks, Stove, Fridge, 2 TV-Monitors,

Lots of storage and lights.


24 feet is usually the maximum length

to be legally parked overnight on the street

and to register as a Van instead of an RV.


Arctic Body with dual-sheet fiberglass,

Filled with 1" injected foam insulation,

Roof is one-piece flipped upside down,

All vents sealed with Eternabond tape,

Then had several coats of RV roof paint,

Never had any roof leaks or damage,

110v - 12v converter with house battery,

All plumbing hookups in and out,

All tanks cleaned and pressure tested.


Custom front bumper setup for 8274,

Tied into a custom sub-over-frame,

LOTS of custom metal work to make it fit,

Completely Rhino-Lined two-tone exterior,

Easy to maintain and easy to touch up.


Dodge 5.9L Cummins mechanical 12-valve,

New custom Holset HE351 Turbo,

Intercooled with full-size intercooler,


New 5-spd Getrag transmission,

New Velair triple disc ceramic clutch,

New Velair flexplate and bearings,

NP-205 gear-drive transfer case,

New hydraulics and all cylinders,


Dana 70 rear with Detroit Locker,

Dana 60 front, KP, both 4.10 gears,

Goes over 75mph on the freeway fine,

Custom steering box and cardan shaft,

New steering arms and crossover steering,

Rebuilt kingpins, custom brake valve,

New brake booster and master cylinder

New Skyjacker DR60s-D600s 8-inch springs,

New Bilstein 5100 shocks spec'ed for this rig,

New front and rear driveshafts and ujoints,


Rebuilt injection pump and injectors,

All new motor seals, including rear main,

Tabbed KDP and locked all case bolts,

Crankshaft work done with a sleeve,

New oil pump and many internals,

New sensors for factory gauges,

New lines for fuel, breaks, etc.,

New engine and cab wiring,

No factory vans had manual,

So custom manual pedals,

Custom throttle setup,


Fully gone through and rebuilt,

Extremely reliable and simple,

Everything is fully mechanical,

Only "requires" 1-wire to starter,

EMP resistant and runs upside down,

60% moving parts of other engines,

Extremely durable and reliable,

Will never leak or get scratched,

Only 500 miles on the build.


It comes with 2 sets of 35-inch tires mounted on Centerline wheels, 15.50-wide Mickey Thompson (2 on the rear axle + 2 spares) and 12.50-wide BFGoodrich (2 on the front axle + 2 spares), so you have a choice of tire combinations for different road conditions and plenty of spares to carry on top rack of the motorhome.


It could use the exhaust past the downpipe, any shop can do it, relatively inexpensive.

Also could use the couch fabric finished by a person with better sewing skills than mine.

And some general TLC perhaps.


Clean Title and Permanent RV Plates (keep them or change them).


Uses all factory DODGE components, so that any Dodge-Chrysler dealer can work on it and get parts, that could be anywhere in the world.


$32,000 CASH OBO or TRADE


Please be realistic with your expectations regarding this custom vehicle.


You can view the original ad here .


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