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  1. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Lowly Wheel & Tire Musings: I've spent the better part of a year researching the wheels and tires I intend to swap out Lowly's present shoes with. Here is my criteria: Two-piece rims for being able two change a tire in the field. "Super single" replacement of the rear dualie...
  2. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Lowly Update: Happy 25th Birthday Lowly the Lorry!! For those considering going through this crazy process, it is possible to import a vehicle into the USA that is younger than 25 years old. This is accomplished by petitioning for and receiving a Temporary Import Bond (TIB) by the US Dept of...
  3. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Keep in mind that my truck is a DOKA (aka Quad-Cab) so weight distribution will vary. Here is a picture of the decal made by the fire station (previous owner) as a reminder for the maintenance fleet on the weight distribution of Lowly when he was fitted out as an Emergency Response Vehicle in...
  4. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Jon, The leaf spring situation is worse than you imagine - several are cracked. That is one of the big items on my to-do list and I just need to knuckle down and start calling around. Being in log-truck country out here on the west coast I might have better options for rebuilds. I'm also...
  5. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Lowly Update: Summer is over, and my excuses for not working on the truck finally ran out. Spent the better part of 4 days chopping out the back of the truck in order to gain access to the chassis and give myself an idea of my "blank canvas". Here is the link to the very rudimentary time lapse...
  6. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Looking for some EXPO feedback on aesthetics: Better A or B? - Sheik
  7. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Apologies for the delayed response: rmsteel.com was the manufacturer.
  8. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Lowly & Shop Update: Over the past few months the shop has been plumbed, electrical wire run and sheet rocked. The last remaining item to tick off before I could move the truck in was installing all of the lights, switches and outlets. Finished those up a couple days ago, cleared out all of...
  9. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Lowly (shop) Update: Progress continued quite steadily thru the summer and now that Autumn is upon us we have been racing the weather to get the shop sealed up. All roof and wall sheeting is now installed with just a bit more trim work to complete. The side doors will open into shipping...
  10. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Thank you DiploStrat and VerMonster for the info and links to Fabian. Will be contacting him to get pricing shipped to Oregon along with some dimensions of the rims (actual width and flange offset). The masochist in me is still intrigued at building my own set of wheels using blank rims...
  11. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Sitec, Yeah, a massive project to complete before another massive project can begin. Not in a big rush because I'm still playing the waiting game for Lowly's 25th birthday before we can really get him out and start exploring. Hoping to get the shop completed this autumn so we can really start...
  12. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Lowly (Shop) Update: The 50'x50' cement pad for poured in early summer. We used my other Mercedes and a borrowed triple-axel flatbed to haul in all of the material for the steel building. Some of the loads were so long and heavy the resulting reward load distribution on the trailer would...
  13. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Lowly Update: Its been awhile, but then not much has been happening truck-wise. The big news: ground has been broken on a 50' x 50' steel building on my parent's property that will serve as Lowly's chrysalis. Lowly was able to participate by acting as a log skidder, dragging downed trees...
  14. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    I was in a pretty tight window of time between purchasing the truck and getting it out of the UK to avoid the rather large Value Added Tax. The research I was able to conduct on exporting the truck to North America forced my hand: the truck was too young to import directly into the USA (wasn’t...
  15. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    ASSISTANCE REQUEST: Looking for any EXPO members who reside in British Columbia willing to help me out in exchange for a deposit into their PayPal account. I'm needing to renew my vehicle storage insurance for Lowly truck in absentia. BC allows this but requires a representative be present at...
  16. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Lowly Update: Back in post #120 of this thread I came to the realization Lowly's VIN plate was missing from the truck (likely taken off for a respray of the cab's paint before auction and never replaced). Thanks to a heads-up by EXPO member grizzlyj about the VIN number being stamped on the...
  17. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Lowly Update: Spent the past few days gutting the inside of the cab. Its been an exercise in patience trying to remove fasteners that are thru-bolted, working solo with the cab sometimes tilted to gain access. Its amazing how steep it gets inside the cab with it tilted - feels like one of...
  18. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Thanks for the link - definitely something worth looking into. Like Jonturgeon said, the bolt pattern on our trucks is an 8-count, but plug welding and machining new bolt patterns is apparently a not too uncommon practice. - Sheik
  19. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    Weighing the options on 20" vs. 22.5" wheels. I understand trying to source 20" tires outside the USA will be difficult (and I'd like to think Lowly will become even more of a world traveler) but the pricing on lightly used US military 20" tires draws me back that direction like a bad...
  20. jaleel_da_sheik

    Lowly the Lorry. . .

    After pulling off the lug covers I used a 27mm socket, my 1/2" socket wrench and my trusty titanium cheater bar to crack the front lug nuts before jacking the front of Lowly into the air. From there it was a matter of removing the nuts and slipping the heavy tire/wheel combo off using grunts...
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