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Old 04-29-2013, 02:55 AM
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"Hydro-carbon powered Eco-Vehicle" OBS Build Thread

As promised in the Mod-thread, here's my build. I have a 1997 crew cab, short box, 7.3, 4x4 with 170,000 miles on the clock.
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I am well into this project already so I can keep the pics and progress coming without much delay. My updates will not be "real time". I use this truck as a daily driver, a long distance hauler for my jeep and 4-wheeler to those remote locations in the northern woods of Michigan and Ozarks in NW Arkansas. We love to camp and "off-road" so I will be building with that in mind.
Heres my Build plan: Both of my fuel tanks have sprang a leak so I will be replacing those.
I plan to fabricate a flat bed with E-track to tie down camp equipment, four wheeler and dog kennel.
The flatbed will have LED stop, turn, reverse and clearance lights.
I plan to fab up a headache rack complete with LED cargo lights so as to avoid sending my equipment through the back window, yes this happened before while hauling a 4-wheeler down a really rough 2-track. I swear I had it tied down!
For extra fuel on those long trips, my dad and I are cutting his 129 gal. auxiliary fuel tank in half and modifying to make two aux. tanks.
Rear bumper will be cut down to make a "stubby bumper", retaining the hitches. A new front bumper with brush guard will be fabricated and may or may not have a winch.
I plan to make some running boards and under bed tool boxes too.
Interior will get a new rubber floor to replace the old, nasty carpet destroyed by the PO. This truck was previously owned by a dairy farmer in western MI. He maintained the mechanicals well but the carpet smell tells the horror story it lived through. My interior smells of cattle.
Performance parts will be a new down pipe and 4" pipe, DP chip, intake is already done and of coarse new gages are in order.
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Just because...
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Needs some body work but not too bad! Looks good!
Hows the frame?
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Needs some body work but not too bad! Looks good!
Hows the frame?
The body pics really dont do the damage justice. Lots of dings, bashed in bed sides and tailgate. Typical rust around wheel wells and rocker panel. I did pull off the bed and found the support channel rusted out. I think the nice paint hides a lot of the problems with the body. The frame is solid, no cracks or rust holes so far, couldnt say the same for my jeep project I had a few years back. Lots of rust scale on the frame though, I may treat it with POR 15 to at least slow down the rust and dress up the exposed parts of the frame.
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The body pics really dont do the damage justice. Lots of dings, bashed in bed sides and tailgate. Typical rust around wheel wells and rocker panel. I did pull off the bed and found the support channel rusted out. I think the nice paint hides a lot of the problems with the body. The frame is solid, no cracks or rust holes so far, couldnt say the same for my jeep project I had a few years back. Lots of rust scale on the frame though, I may treat it with POR 15 to at least slow down the rust and dress up the exposed parts of the frame.
POR15 excellent! The rear support chanel for the 2nd tank?
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POR15 excellent! The rear support chanel for the 2nd tank?


Not sure what you mean, help me out?
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What are the condition of the cross braces on the frame?
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What are the condition of the cross braces on the frame?
They are in good condition. Only structural issue Ive seen so far, is the driver-side rear spring hanger is rusted through. Gotta replace that. Back to the POR 15, I used on my jeep resto-mod project a few years back. Stripped the jeep down to the frame then coated it with phosphate, POR15 the top coated it with POR 15 frame paint and its still looking good. Rust at all. Looking forward to using it again. Heres a few pics, still needs body work but you can see how clean the frame is 6 years after painting it.[IMG][/IMG]
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That's a nice rig, and the engine in the jeep looks great, keep it flowing on here a build thread is always a fun read
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