This thing started out as a bit of a work in progress as I wasn’t quite sure what the future plans were for it. For the past three years it was being used as a baby hauler, tow rig, and light exploring.
Currently everything is stock (ish) with a 5.0/4R70W/AWD combo running 31” tires. Since it’s a Mercury, all the options are present (and working!). At this time, the RBV (Ranger Based Vehicles) are laughably cheap. While the price has gone up with the cheaper fuel we currently have, you can still find good deals on them.
So while in the past the plans were fairly ambiguous, things have changed here recently. Currently, we are leaning toward making it the next wheeler since the Cookie Cutter TJ is now gone.