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Yesterday 08:24 PM
Greg_Volkman
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Originally Posted by flecker View Post
Couldn't agree more man! Looks awesome! I had considered a little wagon to pull behind my Jeep at one point... Love the solar set up too!
Thanks! I did a video on the solar system, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy_561tW1XE
Yesterday 10:18 AM
flecker
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Originally Posted by Corey View Post
Nice setup Greg, and nice job on the trailers restoration.
Couldn't agree more man! Looks awesome! I had considered a little wagon to pull behind my Jeep at one point... Love the solar set up too!
Yesterday 10:13 AM
flecker May as well add mine to the mix!

08-22-2016 09:09 AM
Greg_Volkman
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Originally Posted by Corey View Post
Nice setup Greg, and nice job on the trailers restoration.
Thanks! more to come, I hope!
08-22-2016 02:07 AM
Corey
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Originally Posted by Greg_Volkman View Post
Took my rig out on another outing last week:
Nice setup Greg, and nice job on the trailers restoration.
08-21-2016 11:15 AM
Greg_Volkman Took my rig out on another outing last week:

(check out the video):

https://youtu.be/YSO9KAM76RQ


08-16-2016 11:21 PM
fl0w3n
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Originally Posted by DMANbluesfreak View Post
Nice truck! You'd be surprised at how much one of those caps can actually hold, especially with a rack spanning from side to side like you have (I imagine if you set a spare tire right in the middle of the topper by itself, it would bob up and down with bumps). I think mine is rated to like 400lbs or something along those lines.

Might be worth adding the things you wish to add to the rack that's already attached. Also keep in mind that the spare tire is HEAVY and lifting it over 7' to the roof is going to be a bear, even using the tailgate to stand on. It's doable with a ~35" tire, but still heavy. I cannot lift my 40" spare into the bed by myself with ease.
Thanks man! Means a lot cuz I'm a huge fan of yours.

That's a good idea, the cap came with those bars and I just recently pulled them off cuz I don't really use them, but they just clip back in place. I actually saw a gmt900 truck with a shell and contractor rack today and it looked like shit (purely aesthetically, I'm sure it's functional). I wonder what I could brew up to just get some things like hi-lift, water, fuel, etc up there. Maybe I don't even need to, never really fully packed for a true self sufficient trip yet. When I first got the truck it actually had a full size 35" spare under it, but when I put the 5" exhaust on it wouldn't fit any more. I am probably best off massaging that and getting the spare back under there to conserve space.
08-16-2016 11:15 PM
fl0w3n
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Originally Posted by DirtyLarry View Post
Pretty much everything. Like I said, I work for a truck and engine company that builds diesel engines. I deal those turds all day long. Funny, we build trucks and buses with gasoline and diesel engines. The gasoline engines need a fresh set of spark plugs at 100K miles while diesels need injector$, turbo$, EGR cooler$, high pressure pumps, DOC/DPF, blah blah blah… diesels are not what they used to be….piss on diesels especially a diesel newer than 2006. Within 3 years the majority of the school buses we build will be powered by 8.8L gasoline engines. Medium Duty trucks will also follow the gasoline trend. You watch
Just askin in the hopes to learn a thing or two

Good thing my diesels an 06 then
08-16-2016 08:13 PM
DMANbluesfreak How closely? I think you'll find the maintenance required... much higher than expected.

The engine was great in theory, at least.
08-16-2016 03:25 PM
DirtyLarry
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Originally Posted by DMANbluesfreak View Post
You work on Navistar or Freightliner school buses? I used to work for the company that designed the 8.8L, if so.
Navistar. Yeah, I work closely with the PSI guys on the 8.8L. They are all old GM Powertrain guys. Hope to get my hands on a 8.8L soon!
08-16-2016 11:58 AM
DMANbluesfreak
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Originally Posted by DirtyLarry View Post
Pretty much everything. Like I said, I work for a truck and engine company that builds diesel engines. I deal those turds all day long. Funny, we build trucks and buses with gasoline and diesel engines. The gasoline engines need a fresh set of spark plugs at 100K miles while diesels need injector$, turbo$, EGR cooler$, high pressure pumps, DOC/DPF, blah blah blah… diesels are not what they used to be….piss on diesels especially a diesel newer than 2006. Within 3 years the majority of the school buses we build will be powered by 8.8L gasoline engines. Medium Duty trucks will also follow the gasoline trend. You watch
You work on Navistar or Freightliner school buses? I used to work for the company that designed the 8.8L, if so.
08-16-2016 11:56 AM
DMANbluesfreak
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Originally Posted by fl0w3n View Post
Of all the places to share my rig, this is probably the most fitting section.

Right now I just have a lee carpet kit in the bed with the shell and some sleeping bags. It doesn't do well against cold, but I'll try to bring some more blankets next time it may be cold. I'm also 6'2.75" and its a 6.5' bed, with probably 1.25" taken up by the carpet. Tight fit

Tons of little suspension tweaks done, but what I really need to do before I feel confident in going too far is get my pump rub kit in and find a spare rim for my tire and mount it.

I'm thinking of picking up a cheap/free contractors lumber rack to go around the shell and modify that to hold the spare on top, my hi-lift, some spare fuel and water, etc. anyone ever done this before? Feel like the rack would make a good base to start with on a budget.

There's a laundry list of long term plans for the truck, and I need to get plenty of basic trips done to find my groove and know what to pack, but the eventual goal is a California>Alaska trip to drive the Dalton
Nice truck! You'd be surprised at how much one of those caps can actually hold, especially with a rack spanning from side to side like you have (I imagine if you set a spare tire right in the middle of the topper by itself, it would bob up and down with bumps). I think mine is rated to like 400lbs or something along those lines.

Might be worth adding the things you wish to add to the rack that's already attached. Also keep in mind that the spare tire is HEAVY and lifting it over 7' to the roof is going to be a bear, even using the tailgate to stand on. It's doable with a ~35" tire, but still heavy. I cannot lift my 40" spare into the bed by myself with ease.
08-16-2016 11:36 AM
DirtyLarry
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Originally Posted by fl0w3n View Post
What do you have against diesels?
Pretty much everything. Like I said, I work for a truck and engine company that builds diesel engines. I deal those turds all day long. Funny, we build trucks and buses with gasoline and diesel engines. The gasoline engines need a fresh set of spark plugs at 100K miles while diesels need injector$, turbo$, EGR cooler$, high pressure pumps, DOC/DPF, blah blah blah… diesels are not what they used to be….piss on diesels especially a diesel newer than 2006. Within 3 years the majority of the school buses we build will be powered by 8.8L gasoline engines. Medium Duty trucks will also follow the gasoline trend. You watch
08-16-2016 09:28 AM
fl0w3n Of all the places to share my rig, this is probably the most fitting section.

Right now I just have a lee carpet kit in the bed with the shell and some sleeping bags. It doesn't do well against cold, but I'll try to bring some more blankets next time it may be cold. I'm also 6'2.75" and its a 6.5' bed, with probably 1.25" taken up by the carpet. Tight fit

Tons of little suspension tweaks done, but what I really need to do before I feel confident in going too far is get my pump rub kit in and find a spare rim for my tire and mount it.

I'm thinking of picking up a cheap/free contractors lumber rack to go around the shell and modify that to hold the spare on top, my hi-lift, some spare fuel and water, etc. anyone ever done this before? Feel like the rack would make a good base to start with on a budget.

There's a laundry list of long term plans for the truck, and I need to get plenty of basic trips done to find my groove and know what to pack, but the eventual goal is a California>Alaska trip to drive the Dalton

08-15-2016 08:26 PM
fl0w3n
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Originally Posted by DirtyLarry View Post
Thanks!

IDASHO is correct, it is a Phoenix Camper made in Denver. They are made with aluminum frames and composite outers. Very strong and light weight. Unlike, Four Wheel Campers, each Phoenix camper is custom made per customer requirements. My requirement was it had to be narrow and even with the top of the bed rail and short where the tailgate would shut. FWC builds cookie cutter campers that fit everything but fit nothing well. And forget it if you ask FWC to build something special.




Thanks! Yes, I love the 8.1L. I work for a diesel engine manufacturer and wouldn’t own a fucking diesel if it was growing on my ass. I have 3 trucks with 8.1Ls (2001 Silverado purchased new, this 78 K10 and I just swapped an 8.1L into an [URL="https://www.flickr.com/photos/11889582@N08/albums/72157627934037607"]89 V2500 Suburban[URL] last March). When the K10 leaves the house it is going on a big trip and how I measure fuel economy is just add up all the gallons used for a trip then divide by the total miles driven. A few years ago we did a Colorado to Mohave Road and Death Valley trip with exploring around SW Colorado (Red Cone/Imogene). That trip came in about 2800 miles in 10 days and was a lot of interstate driving, off-road in the desert and crawling in the mountains. The total fuel economy for that trip was 11.72 MPH. Not too shabby for a huge heavy truck with the aerodynamics of a drive in movie theater screen. I just ran the first tank through the Suburban where it turned 10.448. That first tank included towing, hot rodding, highway and city. I suspect it will only get better with more consistent driving but hell, the best the TBI 5.7L gave me was 11 so a .5 penalty is an easy trade for 3 times the power. The Suburban is going along with us on our annual desert trip coming up in June so I am anxious to see how it does compared to the K10. The two are basically the same outside of the Suburban is much lighter (both are: 8.1, NV4500, 4:56 gears, 315 tires).

[IMG]https://farm1.staticflickr.com/467/19320806732_85c9d1e319_c.jpg[IMG]
What do you have against diesels?
08-05-2016 11:10 PM
Greg_Volkman Here is my M-416. Completed resto and build (to date) are here: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/tow-r...w-me-m416.html

Here is a video of the trailer on a small jeep trail, with some pics of the trip we just took all over Nor Cal at the end. Check it out!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMNhd1JuZEs

Tioga Pass, CA (10,000 feet):



Ellys Lake, inside the Eastern entrance to Yosemite:



Half Dome:







The trailer has two optima yellow tops (75 Amp Hours each), 100W solar, a 1.6 cu ft fridge (powered by solar),, 1000/2000W sine-wave converter, and a 12V shower (simple electric shower, I used a solar shower to heat it).



08-01-2016 11:21 AM
PAToyota
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Originally Posted by turbosniper1 View Post
Do you have any video of the truck?? Also, would you please post some pictures of the interior??
Thank you very much & SICK Expedition Rig.... I love how it is such a unique vehicle!!!!!!����������
-MK

I found this while searching: Oka

And this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9Lhparijfc
08-01-2016 11:20 AM
renolaw Passed this on highway the other day in CO.
08-01-2016 11:11 AM
turbosniper1
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Originally Posted by Moose2367 View Post
It's an OKA, Aussie made, no longer in production though, less than 500 made.
Dana 60 front, Dana 70 rear.
This one now has a Cummins ISBe 6.7L, different to the dodge version, rear geartrain. 300hp, 1200nm, no egr thankfully. Also has a 6sp Allison from a Silverado and a Nissan Patrol GU transfer case.
Do you have any video of the truck?? Also, would you please post some pictures of the interior??
Thank you very much & SICK Expedition Rig.... I love how it is such a unique vehicle!!!!!!👊🏼😎🤘🏼
-MK
06-11-2016 10:54 PM
Moose2367 It's an OKA, Aussie made, no longer in production though, less than 500 made.

Come out with a 4.0L Perkins Phaser 110 with a spicer 5 speed manual and either a NP205 transfer or a divorced rockwell. Very under powered for what they are.

There were very few of the later versions that had Cummins ISB 4cyl cummins with 6sp allisons, BAE diffs.

Dana 60 front, Dana 70 rear.

This one now has a Cummins ISBe 6.7L, different to the dodge version, rear geartrain. 300hp, 1200nm, no egr thankfully. Also has a 6sp Allison from a Silverado and a Nissan Patrol GU transfer case.
06-11-2016 06:49 PM
IDASHO
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Originally Posted by Moose2367 View Post
I put this in here a few years ago, now the engine conversion is completed, all engineered, which is required here to make it all road legal and insurable.

Have also made a 7 metre long flatbed trailer to carry virtually all my things, tools, quad etc when i move around.

[IMG][/IMG]

Super cool!

Info and specs on the truck?
06-11-2016 06:29 PM
88mitsu I used this '05 escape 2.3/5spd to travel the western US this summer for 3 months and 18900 miles. I slept inside and got 27 mpg.






06-10-2016 08:32 PM
Moose2367 I put this in here a few years ago, now the engine conversion is completed, all engineered, which is required here to make it all road legal and insurable.

Have also made a 7 metre long flatbed trailer to carry virtually all my things, tools, quad etc when i move around.

[IMG][/IMG]
06-05-2016 11:50 PM
seize the carp no build thread, to many people on here criticize and ridicule builds that they have nothing to do with. everyone should be able to post pictures of the machine that they built without someone saying that they would have chosen different tires..... or shocks. it doesn't mater what someone els wants, its what the person building the rig wants and can afford. i am happy to answer any questions you have and can send pics just send me a PM.
everyone build your rig the best you can and go out and use it. never mind the crap talkers in the world.
i will post up some pics when i finish the big truck.
06-05-2016 10:03 PM
coachgeo
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Originally Posted by seize the carp View Post
other rig in progress
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