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Author Topic: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV  (Read 285247 times)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #330 on: May 04, 2012, 09:04:47 PM »
Suggestion for the cab-to-van connection.

Cut your holes, use steel C-channel to line the holes, but don't weld it into the wall - instead, float it like a panel-in-molding door, only inside out. The channel goes around the cut edge of the metal, and you can tack weld the four sections to the cab, but be ready to grind off the tacks. Then weld the four sections together, grind off the tacks, and you've got a floating frame. Caulk the dickens out of it, and do this on both the van side and the cab side of the jump. Between the two, you can simply slide in a steel box that fits tightly, and either pop rivet it to the two frames and caulk, or tack weld it all the way around.

The C channel and the caulk should direct any rainwater down and around the opening, instead of forcing it to pile up on a flat surface. You could add to that tendency by putting a little "spoiler" on the top rear of the cab, to act, in effect, like flashing, or a roof overhang. Might even be able to find a bug deflector type deal that'd do the trick.

Project's looking ridiculously awesome. I'm currently working on an Yamaha RS250. You could probably strap my BOV to the back of yours and not even notice. Hell, I could probably plug in all my tools, and finish the restoration in the back of your BOV, too!

Keep up the wickedly awesome work.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #331 on: May 05, 2012, 08:46:37 PM »
You could find a commercial truck salvage yard and get the rubber boot that goes between the cab and sleeper pretty cheap.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #332 on: May 08, 2012, 11:55:44 AM »
You could find a commercial truck salvage yard and get the rubber boot that goes between the cab and sleeper pretty cheap.

But that would obviate the need to drive over to my place and use my tig welder... and then I wouldn't be able to finagle my way behind the wheel for a beer and burger run... THINK man, THINK!!!!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #333 on: May 08, 2012, 12:12:34 PM »
Suggestion for the cab-to-van connection.

Cut your holes, use steel C-channel to line the holes, but don't weld it into the wall - instead, float it like a panel-in-molding door, only inside out. The channel goes around the cut edge of the metal, and you can tack weld the four sections to the cab, but be ready to grind off the tacks. Then weld the four sections together, grind off the tacks, and you've got a floating frame. Caulk the dickens out of it, and do this on both the van side and the cab side of the jump. Between the two, you can simply slide in a steel box that fits tightly, and either pop rivet it to the two frames and caulk, or tack weld it all the way around.

The C channel and the caulk should direct any rainwater down and around the opening, instead of forcing it to pile up on a flat surface. You could add to that tendency by putting a little "spoiler" on the top rear of the cab, to act, in effect, like flashing, or a roof overhang. Might even be able to find a bug deflector type deal that'd do the trick.

Project's looking ridiculously awesome. I'm currently working on an Yamaha RS250. You could probably strap my BOV to the back of yours and not even notice. Hell, I could probably plug in all my tools, and finish the restoration in the back of your BOV, too!

Keep up the wickedly awesome work.

Not sure the falls into my comfort zone. Feel free to lend a hand though :)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #334 on: May 08, 2012, 12:44:35 PM »
CMXterra - I couldn't tell in the pic if there was some kind of locking device on the fridge door, but if there isn't and you intend to leave the pavement, I'd suggest adding one so it doesn't swing open when you're crossing uneven terrain.

Looking good overall.  Interested to hear how the shake-down camping trip goes.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #335 on: May 08, 2012, 12:46:15 PM »
CMXterra - I couldn't tell in the pic if there was some kind of locking device on the fridge door, but if there isn't and you intend to leave the pavement, I'd suggest adding one so it doesn't swing open when you're crossing uneven terrain.

Looking good overall.  Interested to hear how the shake-down camping trip goes.

-N

right now the locking device is some electrical tape.  :)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #336 on: May 09, 2012, 04:14:45 PM »
Not sure the falls into my comfort zone. Feel free to lend a hand though :)

I found my 220V outlet in my garage.

The hard way.

Almost said goodbye to my 12V battery charger. However, she survived, and so did I, smoke and sparks notwithstanding.

I am rewiring the outlet to a big 3-prong 220-compatible outlet and a box with a cover on it... instead of the standard 2-prong, polarized outlet that's on it now. *facepalm*

Swing by if you want some TIG welding done - I pick up a tank of argon next week. I figure 2-3 hours for fabrication and weatherproofing for your project is a decent estimate. i.e. bring hot dogs, buns, and beer, and we're set.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #337 on: May 09, 2012, 10:24:40 PM »
I found my 220V outlet in my garage.

The hard way.

Almost said goodbye to my 12V battery charger. However, she survived, and so did I, smoke and sparks notwithstanding.

I am rewiring the outlet to a big 3-prong 220-compatible outlet and a box with a cover on it... instead of the standard 2-prong, polarized outlet that's on it now. *facepalm*

Swing by if you want some TIG welding done - I pick up a tank of argon next week. I figure 2-3 hours for fabrication and weatherproofing for your project is a decent estimate. i.e. bring hot dogs, buns, and beer, and we're set.

yeah.. and what state are you in again? :)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #338 on: May 11, 2012, 01:29:17 PM »
New windshields showed up today.


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #339 on: May 11, 2012, 02:00:22 PM »
Oh man.  Me = jealous!  I got soaked running on the highway in the rain.  Where did you buy them?  PM me the cost if you don't mind sharing.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #340 on: May 11, 2012, 02:07:16 PM »
Oh man.  Me = jealous!  I got soaked running on the highway in the rain.  Where did you buy them?  PM me the cost if you don't mind sharing.

Got em on Ebay for 149 each.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #341 on: May 11, 2012, 02:25:25 PM »
And more goodness...



With diffusion front. These will be mounted to the back of the van to illuminate there. Depending on how these work I will either get more of the same or some that are less diffuse for the sides.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #342 on: May 11, 2012, 02:39:34 PM »
Awesome new additions! Can't wait to see what else you have coming!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #343 on: May 12, 2012, 09:42:57 AM »
Awesome new additions! Can't wait to see what else you have coming!

Some boring stuff coming up. Battery bank switch and some conduit to run battery and other cables in the back.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #344 on: May 12, 2012, 12:20:03 PM »
if you don't mind sharing, how much and where did you get the light set :P

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #345 on: May 14, 2012, 02:01:43 PM »
if you don't mind sharing, how much and where did you get the light set :P

got them on Ebay for 179 for the set..

And my battery switch showed up today

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #346 on: May 17, 2012, 12:23:14 PM »
Got the new 24v alternator in.


I still need to order the 12v one.

This next build session is going to be epic. Between putting in the new windshields to the battery switch to this.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #347 on: May 21, 2012, 09:32:45 PM »
Fun last couple days.

I got the new windshields put in. (pics to come soon)

Installed a second set of two 12v batteries for a total of 4 (2 series + 2 parallel)


Installed the battery switch so now I can go from either the M109's starting batteries (which are puny compared to what I have in the back now) or the solar battery bank.


And started on the carpentry to cover up the batteries and to offer some storage of the genny and other misc. stuff.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #348 on: May 22, 2012, 12:02:13 PM »
Man, it's starting to look like a Mad Scientist's Lair back there. Pretty soon your going to have to put in a Jacob's Ladder and Tesla Coil!

Seriously though, nice work, cmx!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #349 on: May 22, 2012, 09:04:04 PM »
Mounting idea for the LED area lights (Thanks for the idea Bill)


Windshields in.


Fridge stocked


More fun. Mainly to cover up the battery area and offer some hidden storage space
Not completed by the way.


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #350 on: May 23, 2012, 12:56:10 AM »
Way too cool! Boxed wine though? Lmao

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #351 on: May 23, 2012, 10:01:23 AM »
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Way too cool! Boxed wine though? Lmao

exactly what I thought til the GF saw it and said thats what I better have if I think I am ever going to get one and have her ride in it. Now I am wondering if that means the bargaining process is completed and I can go ahead my own M109.  ;D

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #352 on: May 23, 2012, 10:52:32 AM »
exactly what I thought til the GF saw it and said thats what I better have if I think I am ever going to get one and have her ride in it. Now I am wondering if that means the bargaining process is completed and I can go ahead my own M109.  ;D

LOL! I do believe it has. Just pick up a couple boxes on the way home and leave them on the passenger seat. Then if she complains you can just say "you said if there is boxed wine I can get it." Then walk away. Lol

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #353 on: May 23, 2012, 01:55:33 PM »
how the genny and spare water will fit.. Now I just need to skin it and add the door.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #354 on: May 23, 2012, 09:31:50 PM »
Had a productive day today

Got the face cut out for the door


Door made and hung (had to make it as it was a custom size hole)


All together now


Ta Da!!


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #355 on: May 24, 2012, 09:14:07 AM »
Just me, but I'm thinking you might want more doors there so you can easily access the batteries.

Looking good as it comes along!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #356 on: May 24, 2012, 09:31:33 AM »
Just me, but I'm thinking you might want more doors there so you can easily access the batteries.

Looking good as it comes along!

The face panel is attached with screws for easy removal. Also I am making the top pivot on hinges so I will have top access as well.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #357 on: May 24, 2012, 12:10:11 PM »
The face panel is attached with screws for easy removal. Also I am making the top pivot on hinges so I will have top access as well.
ah good. i was worried about easy access also. keep up the good work!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #358 on: May 24, 2012, 12:28:02 PM »
Man I am so envious. We have a few of these on my post and I would love to get my hands on one of them

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #359 on: May 24, 2012, 05:44:34 PM »
seems to me you have some wasted space there above the batteries and below the counter top.