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Old 03-16-2018, 08:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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LMTV M1078-79 Camper Build

Hello all.

I am about one year into building my own go anywhere RV.

It started out life as a M1078 troop carrier, purchased from auction as a non runner parts truck.
Spent the first six months sourcing parts and sorting wiring issues.

The plan was initially to built a three point frame and put a 14' manufactured trailer on that, but I came across a M1079 box for a good price so I bought that. The box swap was a lot of heavy lifting. Kept the military captured spring four point mounting system with a few tweeks.

Registered it as an RV and have been driving it at least one day a week to work out any issues. Also to figure out what I want to change.

Replaced the headlights with some heated LED units (1000% better).
Roof of the cab started to leak at the turret seal, I am waiting until this summer to pull it off and build a gasket and some wing nuts. Because sunroof.
Installed some 16.00 (aka 53'' tires) required moving the front steps up (and a lot of other stuff), placing the first step 33'' off the ground.
Installed two more batteries, and build a holder for a total of eight, four 12v, and four 6v.
Stripped the van box and painted it with 3 coats of Kills primer, as i was not a fan of the soothing green. The van came with four florescent light fixtures the I ditched in favor of some very low profile LED units.
All of the framework for the bed, cabinets, ect. is being built out of square tubing to keep weight down and because that is what I know. It has been kind of slow going because I am lazy and I have a lot of other projects also.

I will add some photos after i find a website to host them? Recommendations?

I figure if i can get some motivation out of posting progress on here that would be sweet.
[IMG]Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr[/IMG] Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr

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Old 03-16-2018, 10:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thank you. I set up an account and am uploading some photos... when my post count is.. well idk
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Old 03-16-2018, 06:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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flickr is a PITA to manage.
I'm using imgur these days.
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pics please.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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46'' to 53'' may back hurt even with a forklift
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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this weekend I have been building a roof rack/bash bar/light bar Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr

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I think it takes 10 posts outside Chit Chat to be able to link images.

This sounds badass, and we need the iron eye-candy ASAP.

Maybe post 5 more fun facts one at a time, then please litter this thread with pics
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I think it takes 10 posts outside Chit Chat to be able to link images.

This sounds badass, and we need the iron eye-candy ASAP.

Maybe post 5 more fun facts one at a time, then please litter this thread with pics
I have 400watts of renogy panels to install. I will be using a parker air cylinder to be able to tilt them.
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It also has air horns... because people suck [IMG]Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr[/IMG] Untitled by George Leonard, on Flickr

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Old 03-22-2018, 08:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I have high speed gears and locker from FMTV truck sales in Montana
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I installed a 16k BTU forced air heater in what would have been the original gen-set location (ill ad photos to the comments for illustration this evening)
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Bought an Excel tank-less vent-less propane water heater
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The to be comfy bit
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You are going to want to move those horns. With your window down they will suck. At least, put them on the passenger side, but forward facing is better. Of course they will scare the crap out of anyone passing you.

Love the build.
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Old 03-25-2018, 10:46 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Finished the vertical bars. Side ladders, and horizontal will be easy.
Currently getting top of this thing is a harrowing task.

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looking very dakar.
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looking very dakar.
It's no KAMAZ, but i am looking for some real shocks if anyone can recommend a supplier?
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I would love to park that out in front of my house for a few weeks. Great build!
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What kind of cruising speed do you expect with the gears and taller tires?
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What kind of cruising speed do you expect with the gears and taller tires?
People are getting 74 MPH with just gears. I will be happy with 65-70.
People seem scared to push the 3116, I am not. I will toss a real turbo on and turn it up. If it dies, it dies.

Next dry weekend I will "pop" them in and test the highway speeds, and the locker.
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Does that have a hatch on the roof for a weapon mount? It looked like it in one of your pictures.
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Does that have a hatch on the roof for a weapon mount? It looked like it in one of your pictures.
Yeah, this summer I was going to build a gasket so it can be removed.
Right now it is bolted and poorly sealed.
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Yeah, this summer I was going to build a gasket so it can be removed.
Right now it is bolted and poorly sealed.
It should take a M66 gun mount ring.
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