Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

Ouiwee

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I had to sort out something for mounting the propane tank. The pump attaches to bolts welded into the stainless tank.

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It holds about 7 gallons of water.

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The tank is secured from the top.

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I had to add some fittings to the tank/regulator to get it all to fit. Here is the pump side.

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Ouiwee

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The space in front of the propane tank holds a cabinet with two drawers and a top that opens up (and provides counter space). I just got the cabinet started this weekend.

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I am using baltic birch here because I want to settle on a design I like before fabricating the cabinet from aluminum. The dividers are removable. The cabinet sits on top of the stainless water tank.

I have the frame out to have an aluminum shroud bent to fit over the sides and top of the frame. I will then need to make the front door and rear panel.
 

Ouiwee

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I forgot to show the pull-out shelf thing that lives in front of the stove.

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I anticipate the completion of this project in the next few weeks. I'll post up the final product and it's operation once it is completed.

Perhaps this will provide ideas for others that might consider a similar project.
 

bistarr

New member
This is great, excellent work! Thanks for sharing. Curious to know what tap/faucet you used for your sink?

Cheers,

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Ouiwee

Observer
This is great, excellent work! Thanks for sharing. Curious to know what tap/faucet you used for your sink?

Cheers,

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I found it on the jungle website. It is a

Foldable Kitchen Faucet 360 Rotation Turning RV Caravan Camper Faucet w/Hoses Cold Hot Water Mixer Faucet Copper Silver Tap

by Monipa.
 

Alloy

Well-known member
Two week ago I replaced the oring on a tank fitting for the second time in 2 years after my kids smelled propane and still leaked after wrenching it.
 

Ouiwee

Observer
Two week ago I replaced the oring on a tank fitting for the second time in 2 years after my kids smelled propane and still leaked after wrenching it.
I wanted, as part of the design requirements, the ability to manually shut off the tank. So, I have left access to do so when the slide is fully extended. I don't trust the connection to the tank myself either.
 

bistarr

New member
I found it on the jungle website. It is a

Foldable Kitchen Faucet 360 Rotation Turning RV Caravan Camper Faucet w/Hoses Cold Hot Water Mixer Faucet Copper Silver Tap

by Monipa.
Super, thanks!

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Ouiwee

Observer
I decided to rework the water tank and build another out of aluminum, so it has taken some time. Given the size and noise generated by the water pump, I decided to use an in-tank pump instead and make the tank a bit bigger.

I finally got the shroud back from the place with a big press brake.







 

Ouiwee

Observer
Here is a shot of the kitchen pulled all the way out. I also changed the faucet to one that contains an electric switch that turns on the pump.



The cabinet turned out okay. The fill port for the water tank (8 gallons) is visible left of the cabinet as well as the 5 lb propane tank.



I included a water filter, because I could, but might remove it later. One can see the tabs that fix the cabinet to the water tank.



I thought it made sense to include some lights underneath the slide. I have propped up the slide here but it will not need one when attached to the truck bed.



There is a leg on the back of the cabinet to support the lid.



Velcro holds it back when stowed.

 

Ouiwee

Observer
It looks like the only thing left to do with this project is to test it in the field.

Here is the tie down point for bolting to the truck bed.

 

Ouiwee

Observer
And some pictures of the aluminum tank, just for reference. Don't mind the top...a smidge of drama might have been encountered.



The access port allows for the service of the pump. I welded some 3/8" tube for lack of space above the tank or an appropriate fitting. The bung to the left contains a breather.



And the fill port.



I back purged the tank with argon in order to avoid any oxide build up on the inside that might affect the taste of the water. Nonetheless, the filter should take care of any odd taste. I don't really intend to use the water for drinking, but it will be used for cooking.
 

Ouiwee

Observer
I have a disk brake conversion on a 14 bolt axle in the back of the truck. I first tried a driveline brake, which didn't work. Then I tried a couple versions of Eldorado mechanical brakes, which didn't work at all. Recently Wilwood introduced an electronic brake kit that I installed on the truck. It works perfectly, even for a 6,500 lb truck.

There are cheaper ways of doing the same thing using Tesla brakes and aftermarket controllers. I chose the Wilwood kit because it was easy and provided most of what I needed for a clean installation.

The kit comes with the brake calipers, controller, switch, and wiring harness (all sold separately). As it turns out, the wiring harness fits a long box squarebody just about right. I mounted the switch in a place my dog would not find in an off road bump. It is behind the fuel tank selector switch in the foreground (I'm not a photographer).



The controller is mounted near the parking brake pedal (left) and the wires to the rear calipers are shown going into a mil-spec bulkhead fitting.



I wanted the wiring harness to be as good as possible, so I sheathed the wires in DR-25 and used shrink boots and epoxy to seal the entire harness.



The hard part here is building the brackets to hold the calipers. First, they must be the correct distance from the axle center line. Second, they must be located in the right position with respect to the face of the rotor. As it turns out, a 3/8" spacer and a 1/2" plate fit exactly.







And, a shot from under the truck.



I might yet rotate them up more to get them out of the way of trail debris.

I could not be happier with the performance as a park brake. It also does a good job as an emergency brake. I've not tested at high speed, which might cause some brake fade, but at 40 mph it stops the truck just fine.
 

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