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    Default Its a dream but a good dream !

    I have been thinking about building a 4x4 camper/expedition truck.

    Don't have the money for a off the showroom floor truck . BIG $$$$$$ . Love them all but the Wife would never go for it. LOL

    Started looking for a donor's and found the Stewart & Stevenson M1078 LMTV 4x4 Cargo Truck. I like the look and its a auto trans ! The Wife can drive it ? Well she could if she wanted or had to. Their a pretty good truck and for now its what I think will work for me.

    I have been playing with the design part of the problem and have come up with this.



    Box will be able to be removed. Its about 8' x 15' x 6'11" . This may change because I want to be able to tow and the hitch is to far under the box. Will also try to keep all the heavy systems down low. May even try my hand a building some slide outs ? Thinking about using foam core FRP for the box with some steel frame to hold things together ?

    All I need now is a win at the auction ? Needless to say I'm a cheap ***. But I love to build so its all good.

    I will put together a list of what she will have as I go forward with the idea/concept.

    Randy

    P.S. Your input is welcomed but don't be to hard on me.

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    Every good design starts with dreaming

    Knowing just how much drive, energy, and foresite it takes to pull it off successfully,
    I encourage you to plan, plan, plan. Put pen to paper with regards to EVERYTHING before anything else.

    With enough prep and research, you have a chance



    I too have considered the Stewart & Stevenson M1078, but am not thrilled about the engine.
    More specifically, the fuel mileage.
    Beyond that, they look to be fantastic rigs. Super capable, overbuilt, and relatively affordable.
    I've seen more than a few in the paper locally in the 18-22k range. All with less than 40k miles.
    And I agree, the auto trans is a GOOD thing.

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    Have a good friend that is a instructor with CAT. When I asked him ,he said stay with the older motor 3116. He said that the newer motor had some problems with the head and are hard to work on in the field with all the electrical (PC) systems.

    He also to help with getting the power up to 290-300 range. And their are some ways to improve the top speed but I don't think I will go that way ?

    As for MPG ? I will drive my VW TDI for that. With this size truck I will be stuck with 5 to maybe 7.

    Doing research on Insurance, I found Progresive will cover it on my policy. Cool.

    One of the big problems with the truck in all the wiring ! They were ok when new but age is showing its ugly face. Lucky I have all the TM's.

    Randy

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    Cool plan. Good luck with the the auction. If you're not already on steel soldiers they have a ton of info on axle pinion swaps to help slow the engine down and pick up some mpg. Look forward to following!

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    Thanks Scott. Yep,I'm over their and the guy's have been a big help.

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    No luck today at the Auction . But their is always the next one then the next one, and so on ! LOL

    But did some wiring on another project .

    Last edited by B85; 03-10-2016 at 05:48 AM. Reason: Forgot something.

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    Another auction this coming next week.. We will see ?

    Been working on another build. Came up with a sealing idea.

    I have had this problem with the old floor in the box. Its what to do ? Their are some of the hard wood lamination that are split. Can see the light under the truck.Maybe 1/16" or smaller.

    Put a hard wood ply over it ? But how do you seal it ? What about sound deadening ? Waterproofing ?

    What to do ? I was reading a post over at Steel Soldier about sound deadening. They were using something called Peal and Stick. This is a rolled roofing material with a alum cover .Shop Peel & Seal Instant Waterproof Repairs 3-ft W x 33.5-ft L 100-sq ft Aluminum Roll Roofing at Lowes.com

    It seals,sticks to wood ( and just about anything it gets near ) works as a good sound deadener. Water proof.

    So this is the way I went. Over this will be cork flooring.








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    Here is the truck that I am working on.


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    Gonna be sweet.

    Being built for extended overseas trip?

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    No,think we will stay in the USA and maybe Canada. Last time I left the states they gave me a gun. Besides, I'm not sure its safe here let alone in the outside "World" in general ? Oh, and its just to BIG . And I have no budget for that kind of trip.

    I raced offshore and she was built for pulling my boat. Now it will just pull me around. Well until I get and start the M1078 ?

    Here is a link to the rebuild.
    http://www.truckconversion.net/forum...-do-over-7336/

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