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Old 05-29-2012, 07:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Volvo C304/TGB 13 6x6 Expo Build

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Recently bought a 1975 Volvo TGB 13 6x6 (c304) and are in the process of converting it to a offroad capable campervan (!)



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Type: Volvo C 304 / TGB 13
6 Cylinder/12 valve 3,0 liter Diesel Engine.
113 Hp @ 4600 rpm
191 Nm Tourqe @ 2800 rpm
8 Gears forward (4 Low gears and 4 high) + 2 reverse
All wheel drive 6x6, permanent 4x6 with vacuum opereted front wheel drive (push button)
Diff. locks on all 3 axels
Portal Axles
Ground Clearence: 400 mm/ 16"
285/75-16 BF Goodrich All Terain tires.
Empty weight: 2280 kg
Max weight: 3500 kg
Lenght: 5450 mm
Hight: 2170 mm
Width: 1900 mm
Angle of approach: 45º
Angle of departure: 45º

All stock

The inside is beeing upholsted with tan leather and custom lockers in MDF wood, a kitchen table, waterfiltration and a sink. Removed the seats in the back, but let the 2 folding seats stay as we can use them for dining :-)



It takes a lot af fabrication since this vehicle is ex-military and therefore theres is not really paid any attention to creature comfort, insulation and such things

Even a small thing like mounting a car stereo is quite time consuming:



You can follow the entire build on our blog:
http://tgb13.raredog.dk/

Hope to finish it in the next month or so, right now im using every spare hour in the garage
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like a cool project.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks like all you need is a sleepingbag and some gas Very cool rig.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks

The initial plan was exactly that - throw in a sleeping bag and drive off
Not beeing sure if one would realy like driving long distance in a strange 6 wheeled cold war era truck, but decided to do it properly anyways

When i first saw the truck i dreamt about rising the roof via 4 electrical actuators (its bolted on) but we don't have the money and i'm not sure we need standing height anyways, i guess that we will spend most of the time either driving it or sleeping, not running around inside
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Looks like all you need is a sleepingbag and some gas Very cool rig.
Errr. Diesel? haha

Cool Volvo. Any more pics?
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Can you take pictures of the drivetrain on the rear tandem setup? Always curious how they power the rear axle.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a few more pics:




I do not have any good pictures of the drivetrain at the moment:


But i will try taking some later

Hopefully heading for Russia in 2 weeks time, so theres not much time left and still have to get visa...

Here is a small video from when we testet it a bit in terrain:
TGB13 Volvo C304 6x6 offroad test - YouTube

the boogie is working really nice, hardly feeling any bumps from the rear when driving over obstacles
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I would give almost anything to have one of them.

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I do not have any good pictures of the drivetrain at the moment
That pretty much shows what I was looking for - walking beam suspension with a gearover setup on the front axle. Thanks!
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I would give almost anything to have one of them.

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Sounds good, i'll contact you when we will sell it - no seriously, it is a realy nice truck, but due to the low gearing it's not suited for highway use, but we won't be doing any of this anyways, so looking forward to our trip

Glad to hear PAToyota, wasn't sure if you could see the axle over the diff, i was surprised when i first saw it, but it works

I've changed plans for the build, more pics coming
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Finally the cupboards are finished, just waiting for the vinyl (gloss white with a world map printed in tan)


Just ordered a cold foam mattres and a drawerfridge, and the sink just arrived so i will install this tonight



Made a last minute change and went for a bigger bed over the wheelarches and no cupboard in the drivers side - this will make the interior feel more spacios.
The drawback is the lack of shelves, but the room under the bed can then be used instead...
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Nearly finished with the camperpart, heading for eastern Europe on saturday
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Awesome rig. Now I want one.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Yeah, I would love to be able to get something like that. We can get mogs and pinz's here in the states but they're pricey as all hell. US military trucks are so much bigger they're not as useful for these kind of conversions. That and they weren't set up as big vans like that.
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Once in a while i see one for sale in the states, most often at ebay

In Sweden where they come from the "ambulance" version with seperate box is the most common for adventure/expedition but we thought the "van" type was better: it fits in a standard shipping container, looks even more strange and theres is acces to the compartment from the cabin

The downside are the lack of standing height. At first i wanted to make a rising roof like this guy:TrögBlog – Volvo C306 Firetruck Restoration and Camper Conversion - its fairly easy as the roof are bolted on, but after our "maiden voyage" we found out that it wasn't really necessary.
But hey, we are also used to a Suzuki Samurai, so everything is big and luxurios for us
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I finally got to look over your build. Looks great. I was curious about the width of the roof and the distance from the rear of the roof hatch to the rear of the vehicle.

Planning on a rooftop tent if I can get ahold of a TGB. If the measuments are right.
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Thanks :-)

The previous owner used a rooftent. I saw a guy turn the roof 180º so that the gunners hatch was at the rear end instead. Everything is bolted on; roof, sides and the upper half of the doors so it is fairly easy.
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Planning on a rooftop tent if I can get ahold of a TGB. If the measuments are right.

RTT's are for girls, we had to shovel a rooftop-igloo from the top of the Volvo last week



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Very cool. I love those rigs.

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RTT's are for girls, we had to shovel a rooftop-igloo from the top of the Volvo last week
Whatever

I tend to worry more about 100+F and 13% humidity.
And atleast with snow, you can move it.
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Pretty badass Eskimo to have a Volvo with af rooftop igloo :-D
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Now with brand new Hankook Dynapro RT03 MT's in 315/75-16 (35x12,5-16)



They drive great both on and off the road, but as Denmark is totally frozen we haven't had a chance to test them in mud yet.

The Dynapros won "Fourwheeler Magazines Mud shootout 2011" and here in europe they happen to be cheaper than STT's and other comparable MT's

Now we just need some money to buy a winch and the vehicle is nearly done
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Tires look good on it.
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Thank you :-)

Here are some updated pics:





Still need to finish the interiorlights, but its getting there :-)
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