2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

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Wow, This looks great. Its been a slow roll for me. Too many little project getting in the way. Every time I get one done, 3 others pop up as a result. Tedious stuff.
I ended up pulling my Hoseline out all together. Have a stack of stuff if anyone is interested. Interested in what you find out to do with the compressor under the hood
 
#92
Wow, This looks great. Its been a slow roll for me. Too many little project getting in the way. Every time I get one done, 3 others pop up as a result. Tedious stuff.
I ended up pulling my Hoseline out all together. Have a stack of stuff if anyone is interested. Interested in what you find out to do with the compressor under the hood
I'm still leaning towards ripping the hoseline out entirely. However, if I do decide to keep it, do you have a 12v compressor? What made you decide to remove yours?

I know what you mean on the little time consumers. I had to stop work on the wiring of batteries, inverter, controller, because I decided to go with switchable circuit breakers instead of fuses. While I wait for the breakers to get here I'll just tidy up some details in the electric compartment. A full day later and I'm just now ready to install the new parts. I always think these details will take minutes but it's almost always hours instead. On the other hand, I like how you start tinkering with one part and within a short amount of time you are surprised that 3 hours have gone by.
 
#93
I'm still leaning towards ripping the hoseline out entirely. However, if I do decide to keep it, do you have a 12v compressor? What made you decide to remove yours?

I know what you mean on the little time consumers. I had to stop work on the wiring of batteries, inverter, controller, because I decided to go with switchable circuit breakers instead of fuses. While I wait for the breakers to get here I'll just tidy up some details in the electric compartment. A full day later and I'm just now ready to install the new parts. I always think these details will take minutes but it's almost always hours instead. On the other hand, I like how you start tinkering with one part and within a short amount of time you are surprised that 3 hours have gone by.
I pulled the hoseline out because the previous owner installed a coleman slim line HVAC unit on the roof. It runs off 120 so I can plug in and power it up from shore power or run the generator and use it. Either way, its a 15000 btu system and more than enough for my needs. If I do end up needing some additional heat, I'll add a propex or similar diesel heater or tap into my propane system and run a small space heater.

I had to move some air components around (air suspension tanks and air horn) after mounting the ASME propane tank in their place. Several days later I'm trying to find fittings and hose to reconnect everything. In the mean time, i cut out the middle storage compartment (box#2) and gave me some additional interior room. Still playing a bit with final design and layout ideas but I've got time to do it right and ideas are not in short supply.

I have the entire 12v hoseline system if your interested. I also removed the LED light bar, and 2 of the swivel jump seats. May keep one but have another that is in great shape. built in seat belt also up for sale. also ditched all of the LED emergency lights like yours that I will be selling off. Going to fill in the gaps similar to what you have done. I have an aluminum spool gun just waiting to get used. I'm in N. Virginia if your interested in the hoseline stuff. would like to get rid of it all together if possible
 
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I pulled the hoseline out because the previous owner installed a coleman slim line HVAC unit on the roof. It runs off 120 so I can plug in and power it up from shore power or run the generator and use it. Either way, its a 15000 btu system and more than enough for my needs. If I do end up needing some additional heat, I'll add a propex or similar diesel heater or tap into my propane system and run a small space heater.

I had to move some air components around (air suspension tanks and air horn) after mounting the ASME propane tank in their place. Several days later I'm trying to find fittings and hose to reconnect everything. In the mean time, i cut out the middle storage compartment (box#2) and gave me some additional interior room. Still playing a bit with final design and layout ideas but I've got time to do it right and ideas are not in short supply.

I have the entire 12v hoseline system if your interested. I also removed the LED light bar, and 2 of the swivel jump seats. May keep one but have another that is in great shape. built in seat belt also up for sale. also ditched all of the LED emergency lights like yours that I will be selling off. Going to fill in the gaps similar to what you have done. I have an aluminum spool gun just waiting to get used. I'm in N. Virginia if your interested in the hoseline stuff. would like to get rid of it all together if possible
I've decided to rip out the hoseline. The a/c system gets vacuumed out today so I can start working on the hoses. Thanks for the offer on the hoseline parts but I guess I'm jumping into the same boat as you and a lot of folks. How to get rid of the spare parts. I also have an attendants seat with a swivel and belt that has been advertised on craigslist and ebay for a month now. If anyone reading this needs it and it hasn't sold they can have it for free. It's a shame that many of these parts don't get recycled. I hope I don't end up taking my hoseline system to the dump. On the bright side I've sold over 1000 in other parts on ebay so far.
 
#95
I'm not sure I got a picture of my water tanks on here yet. Hope this isn't a double post. I have two tanks, on the left is a 24 gallon and the right is a 46. A total of 76 gallons if you add the 6 in the water heater. Although it doesn't look it here, they are the same height so should drain evenly. It was a good feeling to get that right side wall covered in insulation and closed up. Baby steps.
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Here's another random shot. Having never used an induction cooktop before it made sense to test it out. I've been preparing many a meal in the shop. Two thumbs up for the cooktop. It really suits me and my cooking style. It heats up fast, cooks even, uses very little electricity, and cools down just as fast. I've been using the kilowatt meter while cooking. Making a stir fry only used 140 watts of power and heating up a pan of soup was 40 watts.

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You'd think I was sponsored by DeWalt tools. They always seem to sneak into my pictures.
 
#96
And now for some real progress. I picked up my solar panels recently. 4 of these babies should move some electrons.

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What amazes me about this build is the cost of the supporting hardware. These panels were just over 1200 dollars. The brackets, screws, paint, wiring, vhb tape, circuit breakers, etc cost another $500.

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The screws and brackets in the sun, or basically a kiln here in AZ.

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Measuring, marking, cutting. We also put in a 24 x 24 inch Bomar hatch and a maxxair deluxe fan. My friend Mike is still here and we are on the fast track to get most of the outside done. Trying to get it finished so I can work inside with a/c when the real heat comes.

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The hatch will be right above the bed. This is something I've always wanted. How great will it be to see the stars at night. It's also an escape hatch and easy access to the roof. There's so much light inside now that if I give up on this project it could always be used as a greenhouse.

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I couldn't find a decent way to get the wires through the roof. We ended up making this. Good design by Mike Moore.

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Almost there, just one to go.

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And the finished product. By the way, these roofs are no where near flat. There is a crown built in both longitudinally and laterally. We had to float about half of the brackets to make sure they all contacted the roof.

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Cowpig

new guy + questions
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wow tom you're rocking on this thing! so many ideas i wish i had thought of - ie the moveable head! i built a room for mine but it's really wasted space most of the time, oh well maybe someday i'll redo it but i have to finish it first :)

i was considering the hatch to the roof too but all my other ideas were taking too damn long and i had to start cutting out additional projects so didn't ... i already regret not doing it but at least in theory i can add one later now that i know where the supports/wires etc are in the ceiling.. i wanted the ability to go up top and chill out up there with a nice view - had even thought of having some sort of removable stanchion(right word?) like on a sailboat to keep me from falling off if chose to enjoy some adult beverages up there :D

anyway emailed you the list of what it took to remove the hoseline but since you're the 2nd one to ask i figured i'd post it here too for future searches in case my truck falls on me and i'm no longer around - keep going dude! by the way, tire guy suggested i get 295 75/22.5.... 41's ... yikes gotta measure and see what amount i have to trim but they'd sure fill up the front wheel well nicely!!!

lines to completely remove the rear hvac option (my truck had the factory provision for rear ac/heat): these were the listing title/pn's from ebay for the parts.

2003-2009 Topkick/Kodiak C4500 Heater Hose Outlet Black Rubber 10380979 15058977
2004-2009 GMC Topkick Chevy Kodiak Heater Hose Inlet Hose 2 Clamps New 15088703
A/C Manifold Seal Kit Front ACDelco GM Original Equipment 15-31101 GM 02724966
GM 52474373 A/C Condenser, Evaporator Seal( 232565922227 )
GM OEM A/C Condenser, Compressor Lines-Ac Line O-ring 52474373
ACDelco 15937811 A/C Hose
GM 15798658 Genuine OEM C4500 C5500 A/C Compressor and Evaporator Condenser Hose

it wasn't hard but take a look at the diagrams on some of the websites and you'll see which lines you're replacing (wholesalegmparts has good diagrams - look under GMC Topkick though, they dont list chevy kodiaks)
 
wow tom you're rocking on this thing! so many ideas i wish i had thought of - ie the moveable head! i built a room for mine but it's really wasted space most of the time, oh well maybe someday i'll redo it but i have to finish it first :)

i was considering the hatch to the roof too but all my other ideas were taking too damn long and i had to start cutting out additional projects so didn't ... i already regret not doing it but at least in theory i can add one later now that i know where the supports/wires etc are in the ceiling.. i wanted the ability to go up top and chill out up there with a nice view - had even thought of having some sort of removable stanchion(right word?) like on a sailboat to keep me from falling off if chose to enjoy some adult beverages up there :D

anyway emailed you the list of what it took to remove the hoseline but since you're the 2nd one to ask i figured i'd post it here too for future searches in case my truck falls on me and i'm no longer around - keep going dude! by the way, tire guy suggested i get 295 75/22.5.... 41's ... yikes gotta measure and see what amount i have to trim but they'd sure fill up the front wheel well nicely!!!

lines to completely remove the rear hvac option (my truck had the factory provision for rear ac/heat): these were the listing title/pn's from ebay for the parts.

2003-2009 Topkick/Kodiak C4500 Heater Hose Outlet Black Rubber 10380979 15058977
2004-2009 GMC Topkick Chevy Kodiak Heater Hose Inlet Hose 2 Clamps New 15088703
A/C Manifold Seal Kit Front ACDelco GM Original Equipment 15-31101 GM 02724966
GM 52474373 A/C Condenser, Evaporator Seal( 232565922227 )
GM OEM A/C Condenser, Compressor Lines-Ac Line O-ring 52474373
ACDelco 15937811 A/C Hose
GM 15798658 Genuine OEM C4500 C5500 A/C Compressor and Evaporator Condenser Hose

it wasn't hard but take a look at the diagrams on some of the websites and you'll see which lines you're replacing (wholesalegmparts has good diagrams - look under GMC Topkick though, they dont list chevy kodiaks)
Thanks cowpig. I've already got the system vacuumed out and some of the hoses removed. I'll need to find and replace the original hose that had the pressure sender in it. Hoseline moved it to one of their lines. Other than that I'm ready to recharge. Your list will come in handy, thank you.