Calling-in from east of the Rockies
You can find a diagram with dimensions of these Westy tanks here(see images):I'm interested to see what you come up with as I'll probably be doing an interior Reno on mine next winter .what is the measurement of that propane tank?
i was thinking of replacing my old horizontal tank [driverside behind rear wheel ] with 2 20lbs upright by cutting out the floor and making a hinge style bottom to put the tanks in. some older 80s cadilac/chevy caprice cars that were taxis had smaller tanks under trunks that might work.this is my next project on mine as im just about completed a mercedes diesel swap on my 1986 4x4 chinookYou can find a diagram with dimensions of these Westy tanks here(see images):
That page also has a link to the problems with old westy tanks. This one appears In great condition for it's age, even has some propane left in it. I didn't want to drive with it but IDK how to get it out safely before road tripping back up to the workshop in Kansas, I suppose I'll just be careful not to get hit. Starting in 2003 all propane tanks had to be equipped with an auto stop, I doubt this one has it, so I'm wondering what to do with it. I had planned on adding an Extend-a-Stay to allow a 20lb portable tank hookup. Anyone have any suggestions as to a proper propane setup?
Wow that's genius. I'm assuming you've confirmed two 20lb tanks will fit side by side? The dimensions of the Westy tank are disappointing. Won't fit between the cab and rear wheels, and it also won't fit between the rear wheels and the drop down of the chinook in the rear.i was thinking of replacing my old horizontal tank [driverside behind rear wheel ] with 2 20lbs upright by cutting out the floor and making a hinge style bottom to put the tanks in. some older 80s cadilac/chevy caprice cars that were taxis had smaller tanks under trunks that might work.this is my next project on mine as im just about completed a mercedes diesel swap on my 1986 4x4 chinook
Wow that's genius. I'm assuming you've confirmed two 20lb tanks will fit side by side? The dimensions of the Westy tank are disappointing. Won't fit between the cab and rear wheels, and it also won't fit between the rear wheels and the drop down of the chinook in the rear.
Option A: would be between the frame rails against the cab with a remote fill port.
Option B: cut hole in back side of existing propane compartment, then cut rear of fender to act as a door to access the fill port.
Neither option seems worth putting a measley 3lbs of propane onboard. So tonight I ordered an "Extend a stay" propane kit. I will disconnect the Westy propane system at the tank, and simply run the "extend a stay" hose to a portable 20lb tank. I will have to disconnect and store the tank while travelling, but it's currently the easiest and fastest solution for now. If I plan to add a permanent tank somewhere, the "extend a stay" kit will still be used so the purchase isn't frivolous (I hope).
PS: Turbotommy, please say you have a thread started on your chinook? I'm VERY interested in diesel swap. Leaning on a VW 1.9L tdi (ALH) because it's what I know.
In other News
Today I also ordered:
1/8" Hehr Glazing Bead and butyl tape to reseal the camper windows. The old stuff has shrunk as is common with old campers.
Acidic window brightener and a cheap metal polishing drillbit set for the window frames.
Sheet of smoked lexan to replace the the birdsnest windows. One is cracked.
Plasti-Dip for the beat up old rims. Partly to just experiment with the stuff because I'm debating dip or wrap for the wheels on the daily.
A tube bumper from addicted off road (With square stinger): http://www.addictedoffroad.com/inde...oducts_id=91:4170d63efe4401a1a05797633bc6a8f9
An 8000lb smittybuilt winch and some D-Rings to go with the bumper. The factory bumper beaten, broken, and tired.
(as posted above) an Extend a stay propane kit.
We have leftover tongue and groove wood flooring from renovating our house (motorhome) that we plan to use for the floors. White bead board will be replacing the coraplast inner walls.
I'll be taking a week off work the last week of March (2wks), and probably won't have much to report until I dig into it then.[/QUOTE
the upper window can be a tricky thing to seal.i had problems when i used that style of tape the curve of the plastic combined with the aluminum rings leaves some problems. if you replace the old screws be aware of the lenght ,not much room for longer ones.i used a silicone style selant on these windows.if your going to stick with 15'' rims , the stock early 80's sr5 solid axle rims seem to give a good off set for the front and back and their cheap .check that gutter that runs around the top of the body ,the rivets get loose and are not solid so they can pose a problem .
I would have taken the whole thing in a second but I have nowhere to put it. Everything was there when it was parked, I'ts been sitting for a year or more it looked like. The engine overheated is all I know. The older lady who owns it asked me to make her an offer for the interior. When I said $300, she told me she'd give me the whole thing for that. It's still sitting out there if anyone is interested I'm sure she'd be happy to sell it. Just outside Tatum, NM, if anyone is interested! I'm a sucker for saving old vehicles, so it made me sad to leave it. I can probably get the address if anyone wants it, Tatum is a one stop sign town, easy to find. The top mechanism worked fine, the canvas is torn, and the roof vent is missing so the interior wasn't going to last much longer but thankfully it's in the desert(ish). The underbelly looked to be in great condition, no rot. I took the interior, propane system, seat belts, and rear heater core. Bring a trailer or a dolly with some spare tires as a couple were flat.You should get the pop top off that Westy. They bring a pretty good price themselves!