After posting in the General Discussion section I decided to start a thread over here about the build Iím doing. I recognize a few names over here so some of you might be familiar with it. Iíve had an 88Ē Series III for a number of years that has been modified and prepared for long-distance trips, of which itís been on a few. Iím very happy with this truck and it performs very well in all but two categories, the first being top-end speed. Itíll maintain 60 all day and do 65 in a pinch but itís happier at 55. Iím building this new truck with the hopes of being able to maintain 70, even on grades and be comfortable on the highway. The second shortfall is the amount of available space. With my wife and two dogs along for the ride, packing is an adventure in frugality. With the extra 21Ē of wheelbase in the 109, it should have plenty of room. Besides that it will mirror the 88Ē in many respects. Changes have been made with simplicity and reliability as the first priorities followed by ease of repair, maintenance and availability. The 300tdi is a great motor but need a part in North Dakota and youíre out of luck.
Iím starting out with a í67 NADA 2.6 truck that I acquired last year. Not much left of the truck, as you can see, but it has the desirable 2.6 bulkhead that affords me the extra room to use the engine I want.
The truck will get the following parts thrown at it.
New Stage-One galvanized frame, modified and re-galvanized
Mercedes 3.0L 5-cyl turbo diesel
Rebuilt NP435 4-speed with a Pangolin output shaft and adapter plate
Ashcroft high-ratio transfer case
Toyota 4:10 E-locker center differentials in Land Rover housings
Seriestrek 30-spline axles
FJ60 power steering
The bulkhead is done
The frame is modified and ready for galvanize
The motor is here and oil pan has been modified, motor mounts made.
The bellhousing is built and ready
Tranny and rebuilt kit are here
Waiting on Pangolin adapter kit
Transfer case is here
Differentials are here.
Axles are on their way
I hope to have a rolling chassis by spring when work on getting the body together will begin. Most of the original panels are shot, as you can imagine. Iíve found a decent tub but most everything else will be replaced with new.
It should make for a pretty reliable and capable rig with good range, and one that can spend a few days on the highway getting to different locations before heading into the bush.
Iíve posted a few pictures below and will keep adding to this thread as progress continues. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to add to it.