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How should I paint the truck?

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Author Topic: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV  (Read 285660 times)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #60 on: November 01, 2011, 05:54:21 PM »
One more time, just because he did such an awesome job...

Before



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I just had to do a side-by-side with those two pics.  :)


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #61 on: November 01, 2011, 06:19:51 PM »
That looks really good, cmx. Nice work!

I'm really liking the project and I am glad they stickied it. Of course now it will always be at the top of the page for everyone to see, so the pressure is on! :D

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #62 on: November 01, 2011, 06:38:31 PM »
That looks really good, cmx. Nice work!

I'm really liking the project and I am glad they stickied it. Of course now it will always be at the top of the page for everyone to see, so the pressure is on! :D

great :-P

now that the roof is sealed I can finish the trim on the floor and finish the interior painting.

other projects in the works are some led aux lamps. Also on the prowl for full led replacements for all the lights.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #63 on: November 01, 2011, 07:16:36 PM »
Is the truck 24 volt or 12?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #64 on: November 01, 2011, 07:22:12 PM »
24v

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #65 on: November 01, 2011, 09:01:36 PM »
While I realize the size of the truck, and it's capacity,.. I wonder about the weight that the hardwood adds...

It looks awesome regardless.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #66 on: November 01, 2011, 10:44:04 PM »
While I realize the size of the truck, and it's capacity,.. I wonder about the weight that the hardwood adds...

I'm going to throw out a guess that the wood flooring weighs a LOT less than the radios that used to live in there! :D

Having fun watching the transformation - and looking forward to its trail debut.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #67 on: November 02, 2011, 04:43:36 AM »
Maybe he can shed some light, but I'd guess the hardwood and subfloor weigh a 250-300 pounds, if that, and will effectively make no difference with this truck.   He probably would not notice the first couple of tons of gear driving it.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #68 on: November 02, 2011, 08:05:04 AM »
While I realize the size of the truck, and it's capacity,.. I wonder about the weight that the hardwood adds...

It looks awesome regardless.

seeing as it is road rated to carry 5000#'s in the back, the couple hundred pounds of the wood will be noticed. Even once I fully furnish the back I seriously doubt that I will be coming near the rated capacity.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #69 on: November 02, 2011, 10:14:54 AM »
What are your plans for furnishing the truck and making the most out of the space available?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #70 on: November 02, 2011, 10:39:20 AM »
I'm going to add a twin sized bunk bed which should allow for mom and me on the bottom and both kids on the top.

Other plans are to find a stainless steel table to mount a sink/stove on with one of the small "dorm" refrigerators under it. Then mount cabinets above that.

I have seen where people have mounted fresh water tanks either under the van or under the bunk bed.

The rest of the area I am going to have to think about as there are some other things I want to add such as a decent sized battery bank to run off solar.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #71 on: November 02, 2011, 10:48:31 AM »
The 7" LED aux lights showed up today.

Need to figure out how I am going to wire them up :)


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #72 on: November 02, 2011, 01:22:30 PM »
seeing as it is road rated to carry 5000#'s in the back, the couple hundred pounds of the wood will be noticed. Even once I fully furnish the back I seriously doubt that I will be coming near the rated capacity.
I have no doubt that it can handle the hardwood..  Everything is a little bit of a trade off..  It looks awesome.. and something I would be interested in doing myself...But with my brother have a 5th Wheel RV,.. He's kinda gotten me into the mode of watching the weight.. 

The Aux lights look nice..  Can't wait to see them on.  Don't know if you are inclined to do so.. but a running parts list would be cool..  And where you got them (so I know where to look for when I can mod my truck..

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #73 on: November 04, 2011, 10:05:47 AM »
Worked on repairing a rust through spot on the front of the van.



Wider view so you can see the area (also notice I got the 5gl German Jerry can in) If you look at the can, that is the color I am thinking about painting the whole thing. Leaving the wheels and a few other parts flat black. What does the hive mind think??


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #74 on: November 04, 2011, 11:06:13 AM »
I think the tan will make it less like an oven in the summer. 

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #75 on: November 04, 2011, 05:07:36 PM »
Painted the wheels today. Looks much sharper.





Started getting artsy with the black and white




I also did some underbody coating in the front wheel wells but it is sort of hard to see. Makes it look better but not sure how much noise reduction I will see from it.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #76 on: November 05, 2011, 02:57:38 PM »
No pics.. but I repaired the middle side window on the passenger side.

The wood had split from the frame allowing the glass to start to slide out. Pulled the wood frame and worked it so that it fit correctly and then resealed it into the metal frame and reinstalled the glass. I think it is ready for a MN winter now.

Not sure what will be next as the temps are dropping here so I think I will have to wait till spring to do the repainting.

I think I will work on installing the aux lights and keep an eye out for full LED replacments if I can find a good deal on them.


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #77 on: November 05, 2011, 03:10:15 PM »
Here is one showing the M-16 rack

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #78 on: November 05, 2011, 04:01:40 PM »
It looks good!

Keep it up.

I love checking back to this thread and seeing all the progress.


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #79 on: November 05, 2011, 05:25:51 PM »
Your truck looks great.  LEDs are pricy but an excellent upgrade.   I know there are many options out there on the web.   I'm a fan of www.v-leds.com   They are a bit more for the "ricer" croud, but have top shelf LED stuff and are very knowledgeable.   I'm not sure what they have that would fit your truck, but they have great customer service.    As a matter of fact I'd guess they would get a huge kick out of helping you with your truck.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #80 on: November 05, 2011, 06:34:26 PM »
Your truck looks great.  LEDs are pricy but an excellent upgrade.   I know there are many options out there on the web.   I'm a fan of www.v-leds.com   They are a bit more for the "ricer" croud, but have top shelf LED stuff and are very knowledgeable.   I'm not sure what they have that would fit your truck, but they have great customer service.    As a matter of fact I'd guess they would get a huge kick out of helping you with your truck.

There are actually just two vendors that sell LED replacements for my truck  Truck-Lite and Grote. They are not just bulb replacements but they replace the entire unit with dedicated LED parts. I wish it was so easy as to just replace the bulb. :) (well I guess you could but the results would not be as good as the full replacement parts)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #81 on: November 05, 2011, 07:11:17 PM »
I have Grote tail lights on my rig. Expensive but well built and have held up fine since installing them back in 2001

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #82 on: November 05, 2011, 11:45:47 PM »
There are actually just two vendors that sell LED replacements for my truck  Truck-Lite and Grote.

You won't go wrong with either brand. 90%+ of all the big rigs on the highway are running one of the 2 brands, some both. The trick to long life with them is to put a little electrical grease in the connectors. Most problems/failures are a result of corrosion, not a failed light assembly, which have a great warranty.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #83 on: November 06, 2011, 04:33:28 PM »
I have a set of them on my M101A3 trailer and they rock. I hope I can find some at the same price I found those at. They can be expensive.

The LED aux lights I have to install are Truck-lite's  so I expect that they will rock. They also make LED headlight replacements that I am on the lookout for.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #84 on: November 11, 2011, 12:20:39 PM »
Finished making the slave cable that is used for jump starting.


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #85 on: November 11, 2011, 02:18:38 PM »
cmxterra, your neighbors must LOVE you!  Do you keep the truck out front all the time?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #86 on: November 11, 2011, 02:23:13 PM »
if i was his neighbor i'd be out drooling over it all the time.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #87 on: November 11, 2011, 04:48:41 PM »
I was less worried about the neighbors and more worried about my wife :) So it stays off site about 8 miles from the house.  I can keep it at the house about a week at a time without ruffling too many feathers.

One of my neighbors actually came by when I first got it and said "You have all the husbands saying THAT IS SO COOL and all the wives saying NO WAY IN HELL"

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #88 on: November 11, 2011, 05:07:30 PM »
Here are a few glamour shots from where I store it. Looks better here than it does in front of the house.








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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #89 on: November 12, 2011, 09:24:11 AM »
I've got a backyard you can park that in. Feel free to bring it over anytime. ;) lol

Keep the updates coming, we're all drooling over your VCBOV! (Very Cool Bug Out Vehicle)