After a few builds and a couple dozen other luv trucks later, I am back to wanting to build this same idea. Few years ago ran out of budget and time but now im about to graduate and still want to build this but some experience has done me well. No longer worried about building the cage or suspension work and new plan of attack involves a custom cab stretched slightly as I am 6' 4" and basically just cab swap a explorer frame, parts are readily available. Furthermore in my travels I have a aluminum 5.3 motor I plan to run motor I think will end up being a 4l80e, 4wd is still a requirement. I hope I get to update this more as I find parts.
my first truck was an isuzu, ( luv), 1800, stick long bed, guttless but would wind up in 3rd all the way up to the Tecate divide going to Glamis, good trucks, minus the engine, does anyone remember the dood who stuffed the olds toronado drive line with paddle tires in the truck bed area on a LUV and was killing oldsmobile/ Glamis??( round earlyish 80s)