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    Cab Over Truck Snorkel

    Hello, Jon: It is simpler than you think, as the only thing you have to do is cut the grill and make up the attach points for the snorkel. You do not touch the flap (or whatever name it has). And, there is no drain point. A few drops can get into the snorkel but the air flow is such that...
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    Pretty Ugly... 1835, The Build Begins

    Hey, you have done the homework, and all the old and new efforts of swapping the cabins would surely not pay off, especially if you needed someone else to do the funny parts. Maybe I would have still go on with some more thinking, but I am used to do a lot of the bodywork myself. Pretty ugly...
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    Pretty Ugly... 1835, The Build Begins

    Hi, Madoxen: First of all, nice to see that big red cabin has not a single spot of rust. That is quite good news. According to the old school, meaning exclusively IMHPO, all the air spoilers, on the upper and lateral cabin and also the incorporated bumper spoiler, must be removed. All of them...
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    Pretty Ugly... 1835, The Build Begins

    Hello, Madoxen: Congratulations for your new hitec workshop/shed. That kind of solution is very appreciated in every corner of the globe, believe me. Regarding the suspension issue, it is pretty clear that you can use Dominator front suspension on Pretty Ugly's cab leaving its original...
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    Mercedes 1222A.. The beginning!

    Oh. I had not gotten the idea of the transverse supports placed in front. Thought it was nearer to the rear axle, where the body can be anchored to both the framerails in parallel and get supported by the suspension/frame complex. I now understand your concerns, and I agree with you. If the...
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    The New Conti MPT81 Sneak Peak (and PSI question)

    Hi there, RAM5500: Nice truck, indeed, and the Continentals make it look even better. Everytime I know about a "new generation" of something means that the price is now higher, and nothing more. Just a thought. Sarcasm apart, the specs on the tyre must be followed if you want them to last and...
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    Mercedes 1222A.. The beginning!

    Hello, Sitec: Good ideas and nice work, as usual. Congratulations. I am a little curious, though, about your intention to limit the movement of the body using the front sway bar. You have already built a system that supposedly will take charge of the torsional forces and keep your box and your...
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    Merkabah: MB 2626 AK 6x6 tipper to expedition truck conversion

    Ah, Sitec: Yes, one way or the other I always find out that I invent nothing new. Unfortunately, the support for the shock absorber/spring of the cabin makes it quite rigid and do not allow it to tilt much, at least not the amound needed to settle without risking of bending the shock strut...
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    Merkabah: MB 2626 AK 6x6 tipper to expedition truck conversion

    Hello, Madoxen: Yes, the air tube over the wheel looks pretty close to it, and it actually stands at neat 6 centimeters above the knobs. I have studied every possible way of getting the air to the rotary valves, and seen many designs even though there is not a lot of functional systems around...
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    Merkabah: MB 2626 AK 6x6 tipper to expedition truck conversion

    A few days passed and I got bad news; after three attempts the spares for the gearbox could not be sent from Germany. Double ops. What happens with this project that there is always something trying to make it more difficult and frustrating? From cat pee on the engine block to a life...
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    Merkabah: MB 2626 AK 6x6 tipper to expedition truck conversion

    I had to correct the inclination of the stretched support to make both cabin and shock match perfectly, though it implied a lot of work and time, which I never have too much of. Anyway, it went good and was absolutely necessary, even if the gap was over-corrected and there was a little...
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    Merkabah: MB 2626 AK 6x6 tipper to expedition truck conversion

    At some moment, the gearbox was completely disassembled. It was quite interesting and amusing sometimes, when things did not get stuck. All the gears and the bearings and the stuff were out. It was just a matter of having the new pieces and the process would be carefully reversed, but there...
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    Merkabah: MB 2626 AK 6x6 tipper to expedition truck conversion

    One day I will get a lathe of my own. I was stuck with the disassembling of the gearbox, but I followed my brother-in-law tip and took a subtler approach to take the pin of the intermediary gear out, and it worked. After a few efforts and applying the right amount of force from the right...
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    Merkabah: MB 2626 AK 6x6 tipper to expedition truck conversion

    Next: the AC compressor. Actually, I was never totally comfortable with the support and the belt adjusting mechanism, and there was an oil leak from the engine block that I needed to inspect so I took out the whole thing. I modified the support splitting it in two and made a sliding...
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    Merkabah: MB 2626 AK 6x6 tipper to expedition truck conversion

    It was, indeed, Neil. Our love to Pat. One day I found this pick up at the shop and she told me, in a whisper, to buy her. She was in a pretty good condition but with some problems with the DPF, very common cause of pain because of the quality of diesel here. It was really a bargain so I obeyed...
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