BIG TRUCK - little budget
I have been a reader for several months now, and while I have posted and replied occasionally on this site, I never had anything really meaningful to say. I put some questions to the forum about different truck options, and even posted for some rapid help when I had insurance issues (special thanx to those of you who threw in your 2 cents). I now have something to say.
We have started our own build!!!
Based on information and advice gained from here as well as my own experiences and former vehicles (oh, and budget....budget was a MAJOR consideration), we went with an Iveco 110-17AW. It may have an Iveco cab, but under that is ALL Magiurs-Deutz.
Air-cooled, mechanically injected, turbo charged, 6 liter straight 6 diesel mated to a 6 speed full-syncro transmission and an air-shift 2 speed transfer case. Full time 4wd with center and rear diff locks. She has a 24,000lbs gross weight rating, but has been legally restricted to 15,000lbs to keep her under licensing restrictions.
The final "sold" point was the large cab with lots of windows. I have a family of 3+2 (hubby, wife, 11yr daughter, plus Whippet and Pomeranian) and the government has temporarily relocated us to Germany. Since we were now in a place with so many travel opportunities, we wanted a long range traveler where we could all be together.
This build is called "Big truck, little budget" because, not only am I a lowly government worker not making big corporate bucks, but we will also have to budget our weight and time. "Maggie", as we are calling her, dry weights at just over 12,000lbs, meaning if we don't shave some weight, we'll have less than 3,000lbs to her legal limit. We are also only in Europe for so long, so if we take 2 years to build this truck, we might not get to the plethora of things there is to see over here.
My plan is to do as much of the work as possible and document everything I do. I am going for an aluminum frame with some wood and foam core FRP or Monopan for the box. Much of the stuff I want is manufactured relatively close (4 hour drive to Monopan factory) so hopefully I can pick it up instead of shipping.
After some delays and set backs, on Monday we finally drove out to pick her up.
As she was, waiting for us at Philipps
Should have negotiated for a full tank...oh well, first stop, wallet-raping gas station
Doing the 6.5 hour road trip back home
Home safe and sound
first step - the cab.
We removed the rifle mounts and some metal brackets (for items we don't have and don't know what they went to anyway), as well as the handle bar for the back seats. We started on this the night of our road trip to pick her up, so my apologies about there not being any day photos of the Cab as we got her.
Here you can see the handle bar and upper rifle rack behind the driver's seat
behind the passenger seat, the handle bar goes all the way across
Floor behind passenger seat
Once we got all those items out, it REALLY opened up the cab
Behind passenger seat
Behind driver seat
Behind driver seat, a close up of where the racks where.
We plan on building some cabinets for electronics and storage in these area and will be using the screw holes as mounting points. Behind the passenger seat we are installing a 2.5 gallon water tank and small water pump and faucet so that we can easily have fresh water in the cab. This will be paired up with a 12 volt coffee pot and small TV and game console. Behind the drive seat will be storage cabinets and a place to secure a 24 volt cooler to keep cool drinks and snacks on hand.
That is all for now. I hope to have at least one of the cabinets done by next weekend, will update as it goes.
Last edited by apexcamper; 09-16-2011 at 10:06 PM.
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