Post by FredTransit on Dec 12, 2012 20:06:25 GMT 1
finally caught up with this thread and am totally stunned by it but also am in somewhat of a quandry :? if muttley 2 has broken terminally, with your skills on display here the only way i could see it being terminal would require the halfs to be opposite ends of the country :lol: :lol: ttfn glenn ps 150 litre tank for £15 wish it cost that to fill it :lol:
Muttley II has a badly rotten chassis and thats why I was building up M III, By terminal I mean too bad to go on using him, and the rot is too bad to fix with the body on! So its all hands to the pump! Well both mine any way To that end I came up with an answer to the prop problem, instead of lengthening the prop (by 20") I decided to shorten the truck!! May seem daft but I wont miss the 20" and it will make it a more manageable truck See pics.
Measure 3 times cut once!
Cut out centre x section.
Was rotten anyway.
No going back now!
I staggered the cut to make the joint stronger. And for todays trick, cutting a transit in half :lol:
Lined up prior to pulling together with strap.
First weld, this will be covered with fillet plates and further reinforced with h/d angle sections at all four corners
I will also fit triangular fillets in the corners between side and x members.
Post by FredTransit on Dec 12, 2012 20:21:40 GMT 1
I wish M3 had as nice a chassis as yours! Where I cut was the bit that had already been extended!! It had 1/4 plate inside and it took me forever to cut through it :shock: Still, it made the welding together stronger as I cut a groove along the weld to make it full thickness I have had to do quite a bit of patching up on the back end and I have to set a fine line between being quick but not too quick :wink: I have today, reinstated the x member (or part of it) welded 1/4 plate fillets over the welded joints, went to connect up the prop and ...... the rear flange dont fit the diff :evil: I think I must have a mk3 prop, I am going to nick a mk2 0ne off Fred and try to swap the rear u/j with the flange on it. I hope this will work?
X frame back in.
Ready for it,
One side all done
Started to paint it all
Rear end all connected up, handbrake works :shock:
Scrounging round Freds tomorrow but hope to come home and finish the prop, then..... I hope to drive it out of the garage an turn it round
Post by FredTransit on Dec 12, 2012 20:23:02 GMT 1
Hows this for a kick in the nuts, I spent five hours cutting the truck down to fit the prop and now I find the rear flange on the prop is bigger than the one on the diff, DOH!!!! I never had the diff up till recently so I had no idea that the flange was wrong :x :x :x So I now have to spend £80 having a new flange and u/j fitted to the mk3 prop just the money I didnt want to spend :roll: Life is great aint it :lol:
Post by FredTransit on Dec 12, 2012 20:25:47 GMT 1
I tried today to get a diff flange, no joy as no one will split one from a diff :evil: So next I went to old muttley II and found he has exactly the same prop and diff as Muttley III :lol: So next I removed the flange I have and fitted it onto the prop, the bolt holes are further in and so could not be redrilled where they were. I was pissed off now and getting desperate!! Then I had an idea I welded up the old holes ground everything nice and flat, then using the flange as a guide I redrilled the holes in the right places. Bobs yer uncle, it fitted!! It will do to move him around but I will keep looking for the right flange.
Now I am moving him I had to fit the fuel tank as I had been using a jerry can, that was a really pleasant job after all the previous crap
Tank in situ! Big aint it
Sender unit fitted up using Pinto servo pipe fittings! Wiring fits and fuel gauge works
Prop flange fitted to diff, AT LAST! The fuel tank will be inside a locker that will run full width of the truck so you will not see it I will put all my straps in the other side Phew! what a day
Post by FredTransit on Dec 12, 2012 20:29:43 GMT 1
Fanfare of trumpets!! I have today welded the last piece of the chassis and Muttley III is now ready for his MOT! I need to paint the chassis, clip up the brake pipes etc.then I have to rig up temp rear lights and no plate etc as the body isnt on yet, but I hope to Mot it tomorrow
These are the last three patches Once he passes the mot I will set about the body fitting and then the cosmetic welding and finally painting.
Post by FredTransit on Dec 12, 2012 20:30:25 GMT 1
Well I didnt make the mot It took ages to get all the lights, washers etc working. The wiring loom is about as crap as the rest of the truck :lol: Found some more rot when I cut off the remainder of the overhang (dont need it with the spec) So I will take it tomorrow
Post by FredTransit on Dec 12, 2012 20:33:49 GMT 1
Cor blimey! Beaten to it by Fred :lol: I have just come from the garage now, I have been doing NICE stuff like painting the roof Glad to see the comments on the rear lamps, I was not sure whether to use them or not :? I dont like the mk2 chassis cab lamps and the spec body has all in one lamps. I want to lose most of the Brimec body and just use the spec frame and hydraulics mounted on a flat backed body with just the one locker at the front. I want to have the spec ram and chassis rails exposed underneath so I can keep an eye on them So I want to mount the D series lamps old style on brackets under the back with the number plate underneath the o/s unit. It passed the mot straight through with NO advises
Post by FredTransit on Dec 12, 2012 20:35:42 GMT 1
there was method in my madness, I didnt need the extra length and the truck can now park in an ordinary parking space without overhanging and getting a ticket :wink: I started stripping the old mk3 and I was surprised how much extra stuff I had in there :shock:
Gadget man or what :!: :!:
Stereo in, not found a good place for the sub yet I am cutting off the spec body tomorrow and starting to fit what of it I need onto the new/old truck hope to have it all working for next week as I have work queing up for it
Post by FredTransit on Dec 12, 2012 20:36:31 GMT 1
Thanks for the encouragement I stripped the body off the old mk3 today, one of the hardest and DIRTIEST jobs yet!! Years and years of oil leaks and diesel smoke have made the rear of the truck bloody 'orrible :x It took me a while to figure how the body was made but once I had sussed it, doing the job was just one long round of cutting and undoing bolts that had been done up 21 years ago!
Ready to be cleaned painted the fitted to MuttleyIII
One of the reasons for MuttleyII's demise Good stuff from now on, building up the body as I want it
Post by FredTransit on Dec 12, 2012 20:37:20 GMT 1
There is a thread on here devoted to MuttleyII, It was just called Muttley and it was on progress reports (a search should find it) MuttleyI was an 89 6 tonne Mercedes spec with a J&J body, killed off by the LEZ :x There is a picture of it on the Muttley thread. I got started fitting the body to M3 today, bit of a sweat getting the frame to line up with the chassis but a bit of judicious fettling with a club hammer sorted it :lol: I got the spec hydraulics working first along with the front to rear battery cabling. Then I decided that I would refit the whole body and not just some of it as I was going to
Its a bit of a mish mash at the moment but it needs to earn some money now, so cosmetics may have to wait a little while
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