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Old 04-08-2012, 05:41 PM   #76 (permalink)
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I'm very happy with the new suspension setup so far. The ride is FAR superior compared to the leaf spring setup and has proven very stable at highway speed. I just picked up an M416 trailer and towed it back home almost 100 miles without issue on the freeway. If you do a similar build, let me know if your interested in any P/N's as I had to figure spring rates out through a lot a trial and error.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:39 PM   #77 (permalink)
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Now that the suspension/axles are more or less done, I went ahead and installed a PSC high performance pump to go along with the 1.5" ram. So far, it's working well.

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I'm now trying to crank out/finish this bastardized "half cab" thing I started long ago. I started with a full fiberglass top (separated from the raingutter), then cut it down to the size I wanted and glassed it back together. I ordered a brand new raingutter from CCOT and then fit that to the fiberglass.

It sounded simple at first but has become anything but. The rear of the cab had to be notched to go around the cage a total of four times, the raingutter was cut up to the point where it would have been better (and way cheaper) just to make my own. Oh well The idea was to have a top which is light enough to actually take on/off without four people and still retain heat/keep the wind off you.

Today, I bent up some 1" HREW tubing which will form the "skeleton" for the fabric which will be fit around the rear of the cab. There will be a total of three horizontal bars on each side and the top one will be welded to the cage with a flange disconnect. The top one is missing as the flanges are on order. These should stretch against the fabric and keep it from flapping all over the place which I really hate.

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I bent up some 16 gauge for the rear drip rail. These will have stainless button snaps on them which will hold the fabric in place. You can see how far I had to notch into the fiberglass to get the top to fit down properly. Disregard the old fabric/window piece; it's on the way out.
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The upper corners are made out of 16 gauge also and will also have button snaps attached to them. The top is designed so that all the pieces can still unbolt from each other just like Toyota did.
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Currently waiting on some more steel but it's getting closer to actually getting fitted for the fabric. A local shop in Kenmore is going to make the piece complete with a rear window. Once all the fab is done, I'll take it all back apart for paint/reassembly.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:25 PM   #78 (permalink)
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Digging the cab work. I've got a couple of 40's I'm tinkering on over in Port Angeles. One of these years I might have one operational and get out and meet the local cruiser heads.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:47 PM   #79 (permalink)
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Cool There's plenty of good spots to go around here. Cruisin' The Woods is a Landcruiser TLCA event in Tillamook every fall, always a good time
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:56 PM   #80 (permalink)
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Got quite a bit done on the cab today. Started with tack welding the vertical strips of 16 gauge in place at the rear of the OEM "B" pillars. This piece will have several button snaps on it to hold the fabric in place.
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Started to fab up the rear tube "skeleton" which will hold the rear fabric nice and tight. Tube is 1" HREW, the large "square" area will accomodate the window. Nothing obstructs the view from inside the cab.

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Still missing a few support bars but you get the idea.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:43 PM   #81 (permalink)
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Amazing

Nice work
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:34 PM   #82 (permalink)
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:48 PM   #83 (permalink)
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Thanks I just got another stick of tubing and a bunch of flanges for the cab today so we'll see how far I get on it today. I'm hoping to take it in for the fabric next week
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:22 AM   #84 (permalink)
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nice build looks great!
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:21 AM   #85 (permalink)
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:20 AM   #86 (permalink)
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A lot of nice work on your build. I would question the location of your fuel system, regulator and filter. One driveline failure and your sitting on a fuel fire. We're is your tank located?
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:34 PM   #87 (permalink)
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I looked at my set up which is similar and I'll be making a shield to keep any potential shaft failures from taking out fuel pump. The lines run inside frame rails .
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:39 PM   #88 (permalink)
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Thanks for the kudos

This has been on the backburner for awhile after moving this summer and putting an M416 trailer together.

Good comments about the fuel line routing; it's been plumbed in a similar fashion for years but I've never broken a rear shaft and truth be told, I hadn't really thought about it. I think a shield of some sort is probably the best solution here.

The fuel tank is one of those (26 gallon?) Australian tanks that mounts up in the cab and extends under the passenger seat. There IS a fuel shut off but it's down under the tub prior to the primary filter. Obviously not much good in the event of a fire.

Thanks for the input with this
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:01 PM   #89 (permalink)
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I like what your doing. It is coming together nicely. Good Job!
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:40 PM   #90 (permalink)
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Awesome fab work!
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:41 AM   #91 (permalink)
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Can't wait to see it on the trails. Hurry up and finish
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It's looking good!!!
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:04 PM   #93 (permalink)
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Here's a video from Walker Valley, WA this year. Walker Valley April 2012 Version 2 - YouTube
Youtube blocked it for copyright.
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They did that to a friend of mine because of the music he used.

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its not working for me. hmmmm
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:42 AM   #96 (permalink)
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Yeah, blame it on YouTube. I will reload differently and hopefully it won't be blocked
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:07 AM   #97 (permalink)
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THANKS!! You beat me to it posting the "fixed" video up Thanks again for the help, Ross
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:58 AM   #99 (permalink)
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