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Old 11-18-2018, 11:51 AM   #61
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Congrats on the new rig. Looking forward to seeing the finished setup

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Fluid film.
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Old 11-18-2018, 12:04 PM   #62
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Pretty cool! How does it compare size wise to the Euro vans?
It's fvcking huge.
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Old 11-18-2018, 12:05 PM   #63
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Thanks, yeah it's a 4x4, damn thing is higher than I expected lol.

Why can't you use pellets in the tires? I heard that was the way to go with knobby tires.

I'm oil spraying it 6 ways from Sunday.

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The pellets after a few years break loose and move around making the tire out of balance. You then have to either replace the tires or find some one to remove the pellets and start over. You will know when things are going haywire when the death wobble starts, just get them rebalanced or new tires.

I would do the fluid film as much as possible especially on the fuel lines.
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It's fvcking huge.
very tall very wide but when driving it feels very controllable
Make take some time to get used to having the front wheels right under you when turning

That will be easier to back into a parking space than headfirst parking because the tight turning radius and it's so short
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very tall very wide but when driving it feels very controllable
Make take some time to get used to having the front wheels right under you when turning

That will be easier to back into a parking space than headfirst parking because the tight turning radius and it's so short
I've never driven a cab over, it's wierd.

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Old 11-18-2018, 01:43 PM   #66
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The pellets after a few years break loose and move around making the tire out of balance. You then have to either replace the tires or find some one to remove the pellets and start over. You will know when things are going haywire when the death wobble starts, just get them rebalanced or new tires.

I would do the fluid film as much as possible especially on the fuel lines.
I was talking to a guy who swore by airsoft pellets for off-road tires. Never tried em myself.

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I've never driven a cab over, it's wierd.

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turn sharp left at a pretty good speed and you feel like you are going sideways
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turn sharp left at a pretty good speed and you feel like you are going sideways
I used to have an Isuzu NPR and it out turned any vehicle just about. I'd swear the wheels turned 90*...okay so maybe not, but I could spin a U-turn on roads a 4 door sedan couldn't do without backing up.

My NPR had a HD liftgate on it, and I can not imagine having a truck that tall without one.

Common to use BB's for balancing very large wheels of rock crawlers, but for those tires I would just use regular wheel weights on both sides. If possible cross them every now and again.
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I used to have an Isuzu NPR and it out turned any vehicle just about. I'd swear the wheels turned 90*...okay so maybe not, but I could spin a U-turn on roads a 4 door sedan couldn't do without backing up.

My NPR had a HD liftgate on it, and I can not imagine having a truck that tall without one.

Common to use BB's for balancing very large wheels of rock crawlers, but for those tires I would just use regular wheel weights on both sides. If possible cross them every now and again.
Not a bad idea...I may go that route. The frame rails are almost 40" off the ground.

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I had a lift gate on one of mine but it was time consuming to unfold it and fold it back up after each use. It also had severe rust in 5 years, but climbing up in the back got old after a while so I used it when I could.
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I hear you on the slow part. Mine was designed to lift a ton so it was not fast, but I could move a fully loaded tool box. It was also long enough to do so, and didn't fold so it covered most of the box in the rear. Today they make them where they are totally automatic and pretty darn fast. Wireless would be nice too. Pretty much all have a wired remote. No rust on mine as it was aluminum.

Often I would just lower the lift half way and step up onto it. A couple home built steps would make it better. Also had a side door. That step was a doosy too. I know many people that tore their knees up getting in and out of the bread van trucks to the point everyone was running one of the electric steps on the side door. My friend that drove for UPS had the same issue with his knees.

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Pulled the trigger on the body today. Getting it custom made by a local company. All aluminum sub frame and rear frame to save weight. 5' 9" door clearance to keep it just high enough for me to stand up in, but not too tall, 13' long and just wide enough to cover the tires.

I opted for a Rigatex floor over pine to save a few pounds. Ditched the ramp to save weight and I'm going with a two step aluminum bumper.

Body is made of aluminum Z channel and black aluminum panels. Rear roll up door is being painted black in their shop. Originally they estimated it's weight would be around 2600, but with the modifications and ditching the ramp I should be around 1800.

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Pulled the trigger on the body today. Getting it custom made by a local company. All aluminum sub frame and rear frame to save weight. 5' 9" door clearance to keep it just high enough for me to stand up in, but not too tall, 13' long and just wide enough to cover the tires.

I opted for a Rigatex floor over pine to save a few pounds. Ditched the ramp to save weight and I'm going with a two step aluminum bumper.

Body is made of aluminum Z channel and black aluminum panels. Rear roll up door is being painted black in their shop. Originally they estimated it's weight would be around 2600, but with the modifications and ditching the ramp I should be around 1800.

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that will really cut down on rust also
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that will really cut down on rust also
I think I'm going to oil spray it before they fit the body on it too.

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sounds like a cool build, congrats!

I've driven an NPR a few times, odd feeling like you're looking onto the pavement. wonder if driving a Lambo is the same way lol. Are the NPR and Fuso similar in height? Back in the day I used an intercooler from a Fuso in my 300zx turbo-it was a massive intercooler (for car standards at the time).
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sounds like a cool build, congrats!

I've driven an NPR a few times, odd feeling like you're looking onto the pavement. wonder if driving a Lambo is the same way lol. Are the NPR and Fuso similar in height? Back in the day I used an intercooler from a Fuso in my 300zx turbo-it was a massive intercooler (for car standards at the time).
They look pretty similar but this one is a 4x4 so it's inconveniently high lol.

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I have had serious misconceptions about the storage and transportation needs of the "control systems" industry.
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I’m thinking a minivan would be more than adequate.
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I have had serious misconceptions about the storage and transportation needs of the "control systems" industry.
I've worked out of everything from a 16' box truck to a Volkswagen Jetta over the past 14 miserable years of working in this industry. If you want to judge for yourself you can see my day to day on my Instagram.

I have on average 5 active jobs with material and ladders on site. Right now I'm more of a delivery driver, I'm constantly unloading tools to deliver materials, reloading tools. Picking up and dropping off things after hours etc.

I realized I often take two days to complete one day jobs. Adding a couple cameras, piping and installing electronic door hardware, hanging speakers...if I had certain things stocked on the truck I could bang the job out without wasting all my time moving tools and materials in and out of my truck.

I own a few Rubbermaid carts that are always living on jobsites because I can't easily transport them from site to site. So many small jobs are be expedited by having a cart on hand.

I rented a Chevy Express for a week and it just wasn't big enough...so I went bigger.

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I’m thinking a minivan would be more than adequate.
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