It has taken a little longer than expected but we are finally at a point with our Shop Truck build that we feel comfortable saying ‘It’s Done’ It has taken a lot of research and design to get it to this point. A big thanks to everyone involved, the completion of this build would not be have been possible without our CAD team here at Aqualu, all staff members helping with the design input, friends and family coming by to help on those late nights at the shop and of course Todd, the owner of Aqualu Industries and owner of ‘The Shop Truck’. A big thank you to everyone who has helped in anyway, even if all you did was brought a case of beer on thirsty Thursdays!
On our first trip out with this truck we were impressed at the how well the military gamma goat differentials performed on the street. With the 5:57 gears we were able to hit highway speeds and yet they aren’t geared too low for driving in stop and go traffic. During acceleration the tranny shifts seamlessly throughout the gears and the big 13” WillWood brakes slow this beast to a stop way better than we imagined they would. The exhaust is loud but not overbearing, the custom built headers worked out amazing. We played with the rear steer a little bit too and one of our concerns was not being able to center the steering after use and start wandering on the highway, however with the self centering pin we designed, it works smooth and flawlessly. This will really help us navigate through the local mountains, or if we need to cheat a little bit going through the Starbucks drive thru.
We have a few things to tighten up in order to call this grocery getter 100% complete like a rear window, side and rear view mirrors. But while we are finishing up all those minor things on our ‘Shop Truck’ we can also begin planning out our next build. Here is a ‘Torq Super 14’ Aluminum housing 14 bolt differential with an ARB air locker and a Currie enterprise ford 9” with 4:10 gears. I think these are a great place to start a build. What would you put these in?
*Disclaimer, Aqualu only builds vehicles for in house abuse, we do not offer build services.*