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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #30 on: May 18, 2018, 03:15:28 PM »
Thanks for the note AGAS 5.  I want 2 rims for additional spares - the other is a bonus if OK.

On another matter, now I can tow my civvy gal trailer.
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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #31 on: May 22, 2018, 10:40:06 PM »
Did the Minto run today to pickup these:
And I was delighted to find that, like the Perentie, the trailer also had a 6009 christmas tree. Old mates back together.
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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #32 on: May 26, 2018, 08:35:15 PM »
When Aldi knocked $20 off their $69 awning - how could I resit. Trying it out on Spence. Not terribly "authentic" looking, but it might by do the trick.
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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #33 on: May 28, 2018, 05:29:56 PM »
A few weeks ago I ordered a Defender Under Console Safe by Front Runner. The supplier was out of stock at the time, but since I scored a 20% discount, agreed to wait for the backorder to come through. The box arrived today so I proceeded with the installation.

Unfortunately the installation was not straight forward since the Steyr mount is in a slightly larger hole than of the standard Defender's. I overcame this issue by attaching some 25x20mm aluminium angle around the box to create a flange which then completely covered the hole. I could use the two side screw holes of the Steyr mount to hold the side flanges against the floor, plus added two holes for PK screws across the front flange.

To keep the box secure, I created four toggles using aluminium angle and installed M5 nutserts (rivet captive nuts). These swivel around on the internal mount holes of the safe and clamp it to the floor plates.

When I find some drab olive I'll give it all a coat of paint.
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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #34 on: May 28, 2018, 05:49:53 PM »
That console security box is fitted pretty good in the end. Good for travel documents and things - does the lip have a rubber seal to keep things dry or dustproof?

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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #35 on: May 28, 2018, 06:41:06 PM »
No seal on them, they don't really need it.

It's a long time ago now, but I'm sure mine came with nutserts on the top to fit the cubby box back on?

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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #36 on: May 28, 2018, 08:08:38 PM »
A adhesive backed foam seal is provided with the box. I used thin double sided adhesive tape between the aluminium angle and the box to seal that, as well as help hold it in place while drilling and riveting. Even with the Steyr rack screws and toggle clamps the buckles in the floor were not completely pulled out and there are still a few tiny gaps at the back. When I get my cans of drab olive I might reinstall with the foam seal - let's see how much dust ingress we get without it.

The box is also supplied with nutserts, bolts and washers for both the bottom mounting and to re-install a cubby box on top, however, I have no intention of mounting a cubby box - that's where the dog's pillow goes.
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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #37 on: June 02, 2018, 01:32:31 PM »
Next Enhancement - Battery Isolation
I've installed a USB chargers which includes an LED volt meter, but at the time of installation I could not find a convenient ignition switched circuit for it. I'm likely to install more devices in the future which draw ambient current, so to avoid draining the battery during extended lay-overs, I decided that a battery isolation switch would be the go - and then it may as well be lockable, so here is the result:
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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #38 on: September 15, 2018, 01:47:20 PM »
Been a while since my last post - took a break from the FFR by towing an A'van around the country behind the Prado for a few months, plus a bit of time up the snow.
Anyhow, it's now time to get cracking on 51-490 again. With a WICEN event coming up in early Oct, providing remote area comms support for the Hume & Hovell Ultra Marathon, priority was on making Spence sleepable plus getting the power storage up to scratch.

New 24v Battery Set
I finally gave up trying to source batteries to match the originals, so relented and got a pair of lower cost, more readily available D70Zs. Since the battery compartment is directly above the muffler, to tolerate the heat, I chose standard lead-acid deep cycle batteries. The D70Zs are the same width as the originals, however, approx 40mm shorter. So I had a piece of angle welded onto the original battery holder to enable it to clamp onto the new batteries. I also added a block of 40mm x 18mm pine to the back end of the base to stop the batteries sliding back.

Here is the result:
« Last Edit: September 15, 2018, 02:10:04 PM by DetV »
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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #39 on: September 15, 2018, 02:03:30 PM »
Flat platform in the FFR
I have been considering options for a flat platform in the back of the FFR. The easiest, and probably lowest cost, would be a sheet of form ply across the lot. With this option I could not see how I could easily access the storage space underneath. Another criterion was to be able to easily restore Spence to the way it was used in Army service.
I decided to construct two boxes out of 12mm plywood. On the passenger side I needed to allow up to 20cm additional space to accomodate my Waeco 60cft fridge. Here is what I ended up with:
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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #40 on: September 16, 2018, 08:22:42 AM »
Nice work. I think Stevie may re-do his after seeing yours later today.

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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #41 on: September 16, 2018, 08:33:37 AM »
For anyone who may wish to replicate, here are the panel sizes I used for the boxes.
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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #42 on: October 07, 2018, 06:06:41 PM »
Thought that 240v AC might be useful in Spence at some stage, so here is the latest edition:
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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #43 on: October 07, 2018, 06:10:34 PM »
The Cannon connector was sourced from Connector World. I purchased:
2x MS3106F20-19P @ $25 (in line plug), and
1x MS3108F20-19P @ $30 (90degree plug)
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Re: DetV's Shed
« Reply #44 on: October 07, 2018, 06:20:39 PM »
Then re-deployed some carpet runners to cover my boxes and the sides.
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civvy: 98 Prado, 7x4 gal trailer, FRJ1300, MX-5
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