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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby jed the spread » 04 Apr 2017, 16:41

The tyres turned up and are good bit bigger!

I thought the old ones were beefy until I saw these bad boys..

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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby jed the spread » 14 Apr 2017, 23:07

Back over to Holland this week to do a spot of work on life improvement stuff while we shut up shop for Easter week so Dan could go away for the week with his family, Lou and Isaac could do some fun days out while and I crack on over here..


Had a bit of a tutorial from Erik today on how to change a truck tyre... Actually we did all 4 and boy are these things no where near than a van wheel.. Anyway.. They went on and just for fun I offered them up against the Westy..

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I did a big chop on the front fenders this afternoon and got a bit busy on the fibre glass but really looking forward to getting stuck in tomorrow to get that done and then go for the first razz around using the international trade plates since the Arctic Circle gig.

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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby clift_d » 15 Apr 2017, 08:00

Maybe worth splitting the 'Managon' off into its own thread?
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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby jed the spread » 18 Apr 2017, 19:03

It was a bit of thirsty work but the new shoes went on The Managon.

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After a really productive few days I have now left Adventure Trucks HQ and am tucked up in a nice free camp spot some place in Belgium. I am looking forward to a totally self indulgent chill day tomorrow and doing absolutely nothing apart from maybe E D I T some video of the is trip.
A HUGE thanks to Erik for allowing me access to his fully equipped work shop with every tool under the sun that made lightish work of some pretty serious tasks that requires some specialist thinking to get done.

Jobs done...

Massive second fuel tank fitted
New wheels and enormous 365 80 r20 tyres
Remodelled front wheel fenders with one side being almost totally remade in fibreglass
New recycled front headlights fitted so they now work
Indicators and hazards fixed
A few other bulbs changed
Unblocked the window squirters
Removed the rear bumper bar that must of weighed 100KG!
Still loads to do but at least now the final drawings for the camper pod can be submitted so we can get a costing for that.

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Fun times ahead..
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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby nicq » 18 Apr 2017, 19:43

Looking good Jed
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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby Wedgbury » 23 Apr 2017, 17:23

Trucks starting to look good .
Watch the weight though - 5 larger = heavier tyres 100kg +
Bigger fuel tank full with fuel additional kg's 100kg ?
You will be surprised how quick you will be up to weight.
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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby jed the spread » 24 Apr 2017, 11:50

Yeah I am totally with you on that one. The reason I had to opt for the super expensive composite camper box was to save on the weight. Once that is on I can get it on a weigh bridge to see how much I have left before fitting it out properly.

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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby jed the spread » 05 May 2017, 20:14

Now the back is off The Managon I got a chance to measure things up properly the last time I was in The Netherlands a week or two back for the habitation box and sub frame.

I made a short video of that trip here for those following and are interested, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFAFv2b ... freload=10

The thing is with trucks is that the chassis is made to flex so if you bolted the box directly to the chassis it would basically be ripped apart the first time you drive off road so a sub frame or three or four point mounting system has to be applied. A basic example of the twisting can be seen here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuSM7clQxE0

Dan and I make a point of having a long lunch break on a Wednesday and take in a pub lunch to keep work fun. We sat in our usual booth and made adjustments to the drawing before it was submitted for a final costing of its construction. I guess this is where things get a bit expensive and the biggest single most outlay for the whole build. Not our pub lunches (we do have a few) but the habitation box and the lay out of it drawn up in our booth on one of our Macs :wink:

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I am mega aware of weight with this build and want it to be as light as possible but have opted for a 60mm wall thickness rather than a lighter 40mm wall thickness just for that bit more strength. I am going to cut back on some weight by fitting the Seitz windows over the more meaty more expensive ones that to be quite honest I can not justify the cost of on this build. That said I think I might have to bite the bullet and go for a Outbound door. I know there isn't much change from £2000 for one of these doors and it is a crazy amount of money to spend on one but I just can not bring myself around to sticking a cara van door on a habitation box that has been the biggest cost of the whole build. If the Seitz windows do end up letting me down in 5 years time I could always fit the Outbound ones in the future once the cost of this build has been absorbed some how and I know where I am weight wise.

On the upside I bought an LT headlight and grill for a good price to give The Managon a face lift!

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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby Wedgbury » 06 May 2017, 18:55

Jed
Have you got your copy of this book yet?

https://www.selfbuildmotorhome.com/Bookstore.html

Everything you need to know for your build is in this book.

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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby jed the spread » 06 May 2017, 20:17

Yeah I have seen it for sale and have been following the bloke who wrote it for a while and checking out his adventures. I pretty much have everything planned out how its going to be and the gear I am going to use. I have been collecting stuff for a while now.

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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby jed the spread » 07 May 2017, 21:33

Dropped a bit of a clanger and realised the habitation box on the truck might be a bit high up against the cab!

I looked at it for a while on the drawing and realised that taking an LT high roof and chopping the middle bit and fibreglassing together the end bits over the drivers cab would make a wind deflector and extra bed room!

Nice to know that all those years of high end fibrous cornice moulding and plastering didn't go to waist before I did van stuff for a living...

LT over cab bedroom to follow :wink:

(sorry for the rainbow style sketch up :oops: )

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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby clift_d » 07 May 2017, 22:06

Be careful about your overall height - the temptation might be to take the roof of your habitation box up that little bit more to make that extra bedroom work better but that might make you higher than is desirable. Your sketch for the habitation unit shows a height of 2000mm but that looks like it is without a roof / skylights (add say 200mm for these) and the floor / subframe (I'm guessing another 200mm for this). That could mean your 'Managon' is knocking on 3.5m high even without extra kit like solar panels on top. Some of the overlanding sites I've seen suggest keeping overall height below 3.3m if possible as there many areas in the world where you can encounter low bridge structures or filling station canopies that can cause you issues or lead to detours. For example, we have this bad boy in Hackney which is currently badged at 3.4m, so this is something that might be worth thinking about.
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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby jed the spread » 13 May 2017, 14:11

Wedgbury wrote:http://www.ufftour.de/?page_id=760
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Yep.. looks like we are reading the same stuff these days David :ok

clift_d wrote:Be careful about your overall height - the temptation might be to take the roof of your habitation box up that little bit more to make that extra bedroom work better but that might make you higher than is desirable. Your sketch for the habitation unit shows a height of 2000mm but that looks like it is without a roof / skylights (add say 200mm for these) and the floor / subframe (I'm guessing another 200mm for this). That could mean your 'Managon' is knocking on 3.5m high even without extra kit like solar panels on top. Some of the overlanding sites I've seen suggest keeping overall height below 3.3m if possible as there many areas in the world where you can encounter low bridge structures or filling station canopies that can cause you issues or lead to detours. For example, we have this bad boy in Hackney which is currently badged at 3.4m, so this is something that might be worth thinking about.




Blimey that lorry took a bit of a bash hey! :shock: It probably wasn't the drivers every day truck and that sign on the bridge should have given him the heads up. Maybe he thought he was driving something lower from a previous day or something, who knows. You do get a GPS now for town driving that you pop your hight into and it matches your route to avoid obstacles. All the motorway and main road filling stations world wide have a separate truck filling point where the fuel pumps out quicker at the pump and have no over head cover. I got a bit caught out myself at one of these pumps once in the Syncro when up above the arctic circle when I pressed the truck fill button rather than the car fill button. Because the fuel pumped out so quickly I thought it was great until I set off on a full tank and thought my gauge was having problems. I then realised that I only had half a tank of fuel due to the froth knocking the pump off as it was coming out so fast and my tank was only half full. A total school boy error but a lesson learned.. Luckily I had a Jerry Can and a halfs worth of fuel on the back swing away. With the long range tanks I very much doubt we will be filling up any place that isn't a truck stop. The idea is to get an account fuel card for Europe through work. This will mean I am invoiced while filling up in Europe and I will get the VAT 0% rated when I get my invoice so will avoid the direct 20% VAT you usually pay at the pump too ;)
I am in all honesty trying my best to keep the whole size of this thing as small as possible and the over cab roof chop is to just fill that area and give some useful space as well as help as an inexpensive crumple zone incase I do hit something and it will product the expensive part fingers crossed. Also some (dare I say) aerodynamics :lol: As overland trucks go this one is classed as a mid side one so not that big but if you are like me and not used to driving trucks it does feel very big indeed and will take some adjusting for sure to get used to it. I actually think to drive something this big through Granddad privileges on a standard car licence is a bit crazy but kind of glad of the convenience it gives at the same time. I won't be taking this for granted and will try to ease my way into it slowly.
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Re: Fed up with Your Syncro? Whats next?

Postby jed the spread » 13 May 2017, 14:48

Sooo...

I have been chatting with the guys on the VW LT Owners (VOLT) Facebook page quite a lot over the past few months. A great bunch of helpful chaps and probably the best resource for any LT parts both readily available and weird and wonderful. The best part of it is the heads up on scrap vans and where they are to go get bits from. There has been a bit of a buzz about a pretty decent condition LT in a scrap yard near Oxford that a few people have been picking bits from. So I got up and started work at 5.30 AM Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to get in front of things and left Dan and Lou to it late Friday morning at CVC HQ and grabbed the trailer and drove a couple of hours north to the Oxford area with some power tools and a load of enthusiasm to roof chop!


Needless to say I knuckled down and after taking what I needed and with full pockets :wink: I hit the road heading south by 4.30pm with a trailer full of VW LT roof swag.

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Choppy chop..

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Poor thing!

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I have more than enough now to do the front roof extension all for under £50.. Win!

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