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Author Topic: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV  (Read 285158 times)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #180 on: December 31, 2011, 04:40:52 PM »
Got a little bit of work done today

Moved the radio tray and hard mounted one of the 2m/440cm radios. Plenty of room left for another radio and scanner.


Got a shelf installed over where the tool chest sits. No I will not leave the coleman fuel up there. It is just for reference so you can see how much space there is.


Moved the cabinets over some to leave space for the small fridge. Also moved the first aid kit so that I used the space more efficiently.


Got the 24v LED aux lamps hard mounted and moved the ZS fleet number to the bumper. I will come back and get rid of that over spray at some point.






Next on the list is to finish out the wiring for the lights. Then on to the other many projects.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #181 on: December 31, 2011, 05:09:12 PM »
Looking better every day cmx!!

and on the name? Magnus....definitely Magnus. http://www.magnus-samuelsson.net/en/default.asp?view=start

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #182 on: December 31, 2011, 05:48:06 PM »
looking good! and in MN?! cool!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #183 on: January 04, 2012, 12:38:36 PM »
got my 24v - 12v converter so I can run 12v in the cab.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #184 on: January 07, 2012, 05:31:50 PM »
Got the Aux lights wired in today.

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Powered up in daylight


Both regular lamps and leds together


Normal head lights all by themselves


Normal headlights WITH the leds (about twice the distance illuminated plus more light thrown to the sides) Same exposure for both images.


Glamour shot with the full moon

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #185 on: January 07, 2012, 05:33:11 PM »
Damn that thing looks GOOOD!,   Jealous every day now. ;)   ;D

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #186 on: January 07, 2012, 05:47:03 PM »
totally cool.... damn that looks good. envy building....

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #187 on: January 08, 2012, 12:25:15 AM »
Continued compliments on an awesome project....

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #188 on: January 08, 2012, 01:15:14 AM »
dude this is awesome. found the thread and caught up on the project and you're awesome! this is making me want a project but i keep remembering that i'm on a serious budget because of the wedding...........next year i'll have a project. a house. but enough about me. your truck shall be named sasquatch in my opinion. that is all

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #189 on: January 08, 2012, 09:12:58 AM »
Thanks for all the kudos. It is a fun project with real life applications and it keeps me busy.

 Louisiana Suvivor: I understand the budget concerns of doing this build as I am a stay at home dad and all my income is currently coming from photography that I can do when the Lady of the house gets home. (cheaper than day care). But let me tell you Craigslist is your friend.


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #190 on: January 08, 2012, 05:31:58 PM »
that's awesome! i'm gonna learn from you because you seem to be doing it right and yes craig is a great friend! lol

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #191 on: January 08, 2012, 06:31:44 PM »
BONUS

Just scored two of the Truck-Lite 24v headlamps on Ebay. So true hi/low beam LED's are on the way.

Now I just need to get the rest of the marker and brake lights in LED and never have to worry about losing a bulb again.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #192 on: January 12, 2012, 08:56:21 AM »
CMX --> I pulled the trigger and purchased an M185A3. Will pick it up Memorial Day week.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #193 on: January 12, 2012, 08:59:08 AM »
CMX --> I pulled the trigger and purchased an M185A3. Will pick it up Memorial Day week.
Excellent! pics!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #194 on: January 12, 2012, 09:39:50 AM »
CMX --> I pulled the trigger and purchased an M185A3. Will pick it up Memorial Day week.

Awesome. You will be VERY happy

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #195 on: January 12, 2012, 09:42:02 AM »
I believe this is the one he is getting


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #196 on: January 12, 2012, 11:17:39 AM »
Yep, that is it.
I feel like a child at Christmas.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #197 on: January 12, 2012, 11:23:54 AM »
Awesome..  Wished I could fall in behind with another (that would be a interested site,.. the TSP MilSpec Convoy.. lol

CMX - It may have been through this thread, but I saw that one person who was doing about the same had converted his from a Dual tire setup to a single tire setup in the rear..  saying it was less stress on the tires and axle.

Have you considered this?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #198 on: January 12, 2012, 12:28:47 PM »
Awesome..  Wished I could fall in behind with another (that would be a interested site,.. the TSP MilSpec Convoy.. lol

CMX - It may have been through this thread, but I saw that one person who was doing about the same had converted his from a Dual tire setup to a single tire setup in the rear..  saying it was less stress on the tires and axle.

Have you considered this?

They are built for the stress of dual wheels.
Drawbacks of going singles are :

Lose one tire and you might be DRT.
Much heavier tire so doing a swap is more difficult and dangerous.
More expensive to replace if you have one fail
Not as easy to find replacements.

But going back to the first draw back is the deal breaker for me.

Advantages are :

Look awesome
Higher top speed



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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #199 on: January 12, 2012, 01:40:49 PM »
My curiosity is totally peaked. You know I love your truck cmx, but I'm concerned about the maneuverability in the wilderness, and it seems like these are made for carrying a lot of weight and passing anything but a fuel station. Are you concerned about that in a SHTF scenario?

Looks like in the desert or open field, these would be awesome. But in a situation where fuel is unavailable, how far can you go before you have to leave the truck on the side of the road?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #200 on: January 12, 2012, 01:46:54 PM »
My curiosity is totally peaked. You know I love your truck cmx, but I'm concerned about the maneuverability in the wilderness, and it seems like these are made for carrying a lot of weight and passing anything but a fuel station. Are you concerned about that in a SHTF scenario?

Looks like in the desert or open field, these would be awesome. But in a situation where fuel is unavailable, how far can you go before you have to leave the truck on the side of the road?

It has a tighter turning radius than a Ford F350. It gets about 10 MPG and I am adding a second 50 gal tank which will give me a max range of no fueling of about 1000 miles.

As for fuel in a full on SHTF setting. It is multi fuel. That means it can burn damn near any flammable liquid. So you see all those stalled out cars. Good. Go drain their motor oil, transmission fluid and gear oil... do a quick filtering (if there is time) dump it in the tank and motor on. You would be awash in fuel in a SHTF world where gas was gone.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #201 on: January 12, 2012, 01:47:38 PM »
I tore some forest in Germany up and also lots of field work in WA in a duce, They are surprisingly nimble for a vehicle of that size.  Lot more fun to drive light than heavy though ;-)    If you've spent any time in a duce, then you've had it up on 5 wheels at least once  ;) ;D :o

I did see one get stuck once, and the 5 ton wrecker that tried to get it out got stuck and then the engineers tracked vehicle that tried to get them both out got stuck and they finally managed to get it (And the other vehicles) out with a crane.   I figured if that duce could bury itself far enough out in a muddy field to get a 5 ton and a tracked vehicle stuck trying to get it out, it should be good.

I love em.   Wish I could do one of these projects.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #202 on: January 12, 2012, 01:56:14 PM »
Oh.. and it gets the about the same fuel mileage fully loaded or empty. It does not really care much.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #203 on: January 12, 2012, 03:17:19 PM »
It has a tighter turning radius than a Ford F350. It gets about 10 MPG and I am adding a second 50 gal tank which will give me a max range of no fueling of about 1000 miles.

As for fuel in a full on SHTF setting. It is multi fuel. That means it can burn damn near any flammable liquid. So you see all those stalled out cars. Good. Go drain their motor oil, transmission fluid and gear oil... do a quick filtering (if there is time) dump it in the tank and motor on. You would be awash in fuel in a SHTF world where gas was gone.

That's what I wanted to hear. That's amazing.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #204 on: January 12, 2012, 03:31:02 PM »
That's what I wanted to hear. That's amazing.
military diesels can run on nearly any oil...

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #205 on: January 12, 2012, 03:40:42 PM »
military diesels can run on nearly any oil...

It takes some getting used to mentally that you can use more than one fuel in an engine without messing it up. 

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #206 on: January 12, 2012, 04:19:26 PM »
It takes some getting used to mentally that you can use more than one fuel in an engine without messing it up.

that is so cool. why haven't(?) they miniaturized this (old!) technology for regular cars and/or made it more common!??!? is this one of the trucks that jack mentioned the other day in the call in show?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #207 on: January 12, 2012, 05:00:36 PM »
military diesels can run on nearly any oil...


Just keep in mind that you need a multifueler to burn practically anything and not all MVs are multi.  The multi has special designed pistons, fuel system and engine timing.  Interesting thing is you can bump start one by rolling backwards and putting it in a forward gear - causing the engine to run backwards due to the near TDC timing.  IMHO the M109 and M820 series trucks are the ultimate in BOVs.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #208 on: January 12, 2012, 05:54:23 PM »
that is so cool. why haven't(?) they miniaturized this (old!) technology for regular cars and/or made it more common!??!? is this one of the trucks that jack mentioned the other day in the call in show?

Not sure it would work in a smaller engine format and yes it is one of the trucks that Jack was talking about.

And someone should let Jack know that this thread is here. And you can get them ALOT cheaper than what he suggested. In fact most of the stuff on that link that he posted is double or more than other places that sell the same products.
« Last Edit: January 12, 2012, 06:34:51 PM by cmxterra »

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #209 on: January 13, 2012, 07:20:04 AM »
CMX --> I pulled the trigger and purchased an M185A3. Will pick it up Memorial Day week.

That is really great, bsutter. Congratulations!

I can see you pulling up to ATVpalooza in that thing. :D