Adventure Travel

Oveland Truck Build in Progress: Restoring the Mastodon

The overland truck build is now in full swing, and it's hard to believe the whole thing was a mere idea just a few months ago. Moored in the cold and overcast wilderness that is Northern Holland, we're currently working on the Mastodon - our 1971 Mercedes LAF 1113B firetruck - and trying to figure out the ins and outs of the whole insane process. Don't worry, we're not actually naming it Mastodon - it's just that driving the truck feels like wielding some massive, ancient, but vaguely benevolent beast. The first time I drove it, I nearly took out a lamppost and a neighbor's storage unit before promptly getting the clutch pedal stuck (luckily, Lennart resolved this with clever use of a sledgehammer). When that engine starts rumbling and the truck jolts forward, it's like sitting high...

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