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Old 08-20-2012, 10:58 AM   #776 (permalink)
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I can't remember if you are using a PTO winch or not but if not, you could use a generator head attached to the PTO. It could all be mounted under the rig, or tucked up in a corner somewhere. I'd still go with a nice high amp alternator but the generator could be an option for welding and similar high draw stuff.
Both winches are going to be hydro-powered, using a transfercase PTO to power a hydraulic pump. Was thinking that I could use a rear-facing PTO on the transmission to power a generator, but when I saw the output of some of those engine-mounted units, got me thinking that I might not need to go to the trouble. Space between the framerails, and everywhere under the chassis, is at a premium. So if I don't have to mount a generator down there, can put something else there instead.
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Also keep in mind that most of the PTO generator units in the military are actually mounted in the body and a chain driven from underneath. Might still not be much of an option but it's something to think about. With your power demands your options are sort of limited and there is only so much real estate under the truck and on the front of the engine. It can be done, but there may be compromises.
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Unless you are dead set on a built in gen set, a little Honda will do anything a PTO unit can do, and do it better. If you need more than 2KW you can double them up for a 4KW or get one of the big ones for 5.5-6.5KW. Then you don't have the vibration that comes from the engine. That won't get you the 10.5KW that a PTO unit can be, but you don't have to put up with the downfalls of a built in unit. The biggest one would be having to run the main engine just for electricity, especially after you want to go to sleep.

Take it from someone who has a built in gen-set in a toy hauler. The drone gets old very quickly. I keep a little 1KW unit just to run the T.V. and the battery charger. Drag it 50-60 ft off, run a good extension cord and have mostly peace and quiet so I can still hear nature and the T.V. without having to run a surround sound setup, or head phones just to hear over the damn gen set.
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found the leece neville guy in the same box it came home with me.

It's all there. I'll grab some packaging stuff from work and get it packed up and shipped out.

some assembly required. it's still in the same state it was in the picture.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:16 PM   #780 (permalink)
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Also keep in mind that most of the PTO generator units in the military are actually mounted in the body and a chain driven from underneath. Might still not be much of an option but it's something to think about. With your power demands your options are sort of limited and there is only so much real estate under the truck and on the front of the engine. It can be done, but there may be compromises.
It's not so much a matter of how to drive it, but where to put it and would rather be able to use that space between the framerails for other things. Putting the generator inside is just not feasible, for a number of reasons.

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Unless you are dead set on a built in gen set, a little Honda will do anything a PTO unit can do, and do it better. If you need more than 2KW you can double them up for a 4KW or get one of the big ones for 5.5-6.5KW. Then you don't have the vibration that comes from the engine. That won't get you the 10.5KW that a PTO unit can be, but you don't have to put up with the downfalls of a built in unit. The biggest one would be having to run the main engine just for electricity, especially after you want to go to sleep.

Take it from someone who has a built in gen-set in a toy hauler. The drone gets old very quickly. I keep a little 1KW unit just to run the T.V. and the battery charger. Drag it 50-60 ft off, run a good extension cord and have mostly peace and quiet so I can still hear nature and the T.V. without having to run a surround sound setup, or head phones just to hear over the damn gen set.
I will have something like a little Honda EU2000 to power all the low-draw day-to-day stuff. Solar too, eventually. So don't expect to need to run the big generator much at all, hardly ever, except when I'm working with some of the tools that I'll be hauling around in my trailer. Then I won't be terribly concerned about the drone of a generator, or that big 'ol multifuel engine. No big deal. Fuel consumption is somewhat of a concern, but space is an even bigger limitation. Had a Honda EB6500 that I was planning on putting in the trailer, but it was just too damn big. Trailer is only 10ft long and I have to make room for all my tools and toys and four big dogs. There's just no way, and I didn't want to put it on the tongue of the trailer, because I want to turn that into a nice patio deck.

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found the leece neville guy in the same box it came home with me.

It's all there. I'll grab some packaging stuff from work and get it packed up and shipped out.

some assembly required. it's still in the same state it was in the picture.
Awesome. Thanks a ton!
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.......There's just no way, and I didn't want to put it on the tongue of the trailer, because I want to turn that into a nice patio deck...
Of course not! A man must have priorities.
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Awesome. Thanks a ton!
no sweat. one more thing I couldn't part with "because one day".

I haven't goten it boxed up because of the uhaul project in my driveway. BUt I'll get it sent out first of the week sometime.

I'm PM you a tracking ## when it leaves.
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Of course not! A man must have priorities.
I know, I know. But as big as this truck is, I've really only got a 12ft box and another 10ft in the trailer to work with. Planning on living in this thing fulltime for at least a few years, so want to do everything I can do to make it more comfortable, and a patio-style deck on the trailer tongue will add a lot of valuable real-estate. Especially with a door on the front wall of the trailer and an awning overhead between the motorhome box and the trailer. Should create a nice little breezeway and a place to hang-out, BBQ, etc. Wanna make a nascar-style rooftop patio on top of the motorhome and/or trailer box too. Maybe even hinging platforms on the sides of the motorhome box so I can have a full wrap-around porch. Who knows. Trying not to spend too much time worrying about all those details right now. This thing is going to be a rolling Winchester Mystery House.

I've been having a lot of fun over-building this thing, but I'm really looking forward to getting it all put back together. Have to keep reminding myself that I could spend the rest of my life tinkering with projects, but at a certain point, what's the point? Great example of that is that guy I met at Metolius, and take a look at how this guy and his lady are enjoying their M109. Simply. I was sleeping on an air mattress in an empty box when I started working on this rig, and that wasn't so bad, even after the dogs popped it. No electricity, water, kitchen, etc. Whatever. Ice in the cooler and I was in the Deshutes river cleaning-up after cooking breakfast on an old coleman stove. With good company. Good times.











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no sweat. one more thing I couldn't part with "because one day".

I haven't goten it boxed up because of the uhaul project in my driveway. BUt I'll get it sent out first of the week sometime.

I'm PM you a tracking ## when it leaves.
No hurry. Plenty of other stuff to keep myself busy with...
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Spent most of the day working on the XRamblers, but stumbled across these windshield hinges that I'd held onto because they were frozen and I needed to un-stuckify them before I could have Tom paint them. Should have done this a long time ago, but set them aside to soak forgot all about them. Took about an hour of banging/pulling/prying/heating to get them to move freely, but they're loose-ish now.





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Spent most of the day working on the XRamblers, but stumbled across these windshield hinges that I'd held onto because they were frozen and I needed to un-stuckify them before I could have Tom paint them. Should have done this a long time ago, but set them aside to soak forgot all about them. Took about an hour of banging/pulling/prying/heating to get them to move freely, but they're loose-ish now.





Those wheels are the mutts nuts.Sweet!The project is looking awesome.
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Bedliner is getting sprayed tomorrow. Going to head down there to help prep and take some pictures.
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More on the "Good Company" please...

When's everything going back together?
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Hoping to have the cab back on the chassis by this weekend.
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Hoping to have the cab back on the chassis by this weekend.
Awesome news.
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Went down the Johnny's Custom Autobody in Gilroy this morning and snapped a few pictures as they were prepping the cab. Should be able to pick it up tomorrow.

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wire-tape, so they can cut nice straight lines
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Or he will be mistaken for the UN trying to enforce anti-gun laws here in the US and attacked by vigilantes.
Put a Ron bumper sticker and a Gadsen flag on it if that's a concern

Very nice build, Jesse. Do you have any idea what you have in it total?
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Very nice build, Jesse. Do you have any idea what you have in it total?
Thanks. 3.5yrs of my life so far...
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Oh boy, the cab and fenders are all done! Went down to Johnny's this afternoon to pick-up the cab and got there just in time to get to watch Gill prep and shoot the fenders. All these parts required a lot of prep-work Johnny's guys did a beautiful job. Nice crisp lines, even coverage and consistent texture.

Delicious.


Taping the tops of the fenders to give them a nice textured finish to walk on.


Scuffing the paint.


Was like unwrapping presents.










There wasn't anybody around to help me unload, so I had to get a little shifty...


Not enough help to put the cab on the chassis tonight either, so have to wait till tomorrow. Bummer.
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I would offer to lend a hand, but...
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Maybe I missed our but what is the black textured finish?

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...what is the black textured finish?
Ultimate Linings, applied by Johnny's Custom Autobody in Gilroy, CA.

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New cab is on the chassis.











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Good thing I bagged and tagged all the hardware when I took it apart. Going to end up replacing most of this stuff anyway, but it's helpful to have the old hardware.



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Fenders installed (temporarily).
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