My New Project Isuzu FTS 4x4 1999

Poul.dubai

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Some of the first pictures of how I received the truck from the auction.

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And off we go on the highway, a bit of balance on the bed.


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When waiting outside the port it revealed some very bad extension of the chassis,!

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Finally got the box off the chassis, so now we can start the cleaning work.

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Cutting off the extension of the chassis and some steam cleaning looks so much better now.

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The beginning of the new frame, I am planning for an over cab bed also, so total of 4 sleeping capacity.


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Getting ready for painting, so off with all the diesel tank and battery etc. and a lot of sanding works and then ready for the painting of chassis.


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Maybe a year before finished, can’t wait to get it on the road as a camper.

Take Care.
 

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Poul.dubai

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Interesting read !

You plan on keeping the dual wheels on the back ?
Hi Arjan,I foresee most of my driving will be on the road and maybe sometime on the beach but I am not going offroad so my plan is to try the dual wheels first, and then change to single to get the feeling of it. I will change the tyres not sure what type but I guess some big All Terrain
 

Arjan

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Makes sense - esp. for the highway use.

Dual is less ideal in the soft (resistance) and debris gets easily caught in between the 2 tires.

Many words have been written on truck tires and what type in what terrain so that will be a tough one.

Cutting off that rear section makes a much better looking chassis to work from.

Looking forward to this build !
 

Poul.dubai

New member
Some progress again on the build, Torsion sub-frame 3 mounts. very happy with the outcome.

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Torsion free sub-frame back.

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It takes forever to make a spacer, busing steel pin, etc

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All made so it can be removed again if needed.

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Front of sub-frame bit excited to see it when twisting.

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Getting ready to lift the box back up on the sub-frame.

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Box still needs a lot of work.

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Super happy.

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Box back on the truck, only for testing if it still fits and it did, thanks to my support staff. now we just need to weld it all together and blast & paint etc. etc.

Take Care,
 

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Poul.dubai

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Cleaning the cockpit and inside of the truck & miscellaneous work.

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After a good wash down of the interior, (maybe the first one in 20 Years) I bought this Armor All Cockpit shine! first, it didn't make any change but after reading and follow the instruction, it makes it shine as it was new and just came out from the factory.

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Before,

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and after,

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shocking how it did look like,

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and after lots of hard elbow grease, its shines.


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Even the dashboard got back its glory shines.

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Did you notice that?

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NO. Only 14900 Km !!! over 20 years.

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Inspection of the Air Compressor, its like new.

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In addition, I just received my Solar Panels each 235w total of 6 panels and MPP solar 5 Kw charge controller but more about that in another upload.

Take Care.
 

Poul.dubai

New member
Received my LED Clearance Light, Toilet, Solar Mpp Controller & Solar Panels.

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20 Side clearance maker light.

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Top Clearance Light.


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40 Large Push Lock for cabinets.

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Thetford C220 Casset Toilet.

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Not the cheapest Toilet to buy.

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MPP Solar Charge Controller.

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5Kw 48V 220-240VAC and you can relocate the display so you see what power you get from the Solar Panels etc.

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7 BP Solar I will only use 6.

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6 solar panels in 2 series and 3 in Parallel should make it approximately give 58V 23.5 Apms 1.4KW I hope.

Take care,
 
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Poul.dubai

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This is going to be impressive when your done! So what is the fuel mileage like on these Isuzu's?
Hi, sorry for my late reply, I didn't see your message.

I don't know now what the fuel consumption per kilometers will be when finished but Diesel in the Middle East is very cheap compared to many other countries, so I am not that concerned about the cost but more like how long I can drive before empty.

I have about 370-liter diesel now and when I get it finished and registered, I can take it out for a long drive then I will know how long the 1 tank can give me and if not enough I will fit an 800-liter tank.

Poul
 
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