Discussion in 'General 4x4 Discussion' started by CHUAH1, Jul 31, 2011.
Murder, 4hrs worth
Roof console for the radio
I think battery monitors are next in my list, they're nice and neat options!
Had my fridge barrier/cargo shelf installed yesterday. Pretty happy with it for a carton Just need to test it out camping/4WDing trip now
Got the electrical system bones in on the weekend. Decided to setup the second system as redundant from the vehicle electrics for peace of mind. Consists of 100 amp hour battery and a 110 watt solar panel. Very happy to now be able to use my onboard compressor, just need to wire in the canopy lighting and accessories charging now.
Battery location, nice and low.
regulator and fuse panel located in the compressor cabinet.
Heading off this coming weekend for more testing!
I got a pair of IPF HiD spread beams fitted today . Will test them out tomorrow morning on the way to work to see how they go.
Kangaroos are a big problem up here . I took the locals advise as thats what they mostly seem to run up here , gives a fence line to fence line clear view.
The last few weeks , since we moved here have been madness driving in the dark with only your std headlights .
Seeing I had the day off I also polished the whole car by hand , was starting to look like a farmers ute.
Gee Im glad I bought a white car
I had some time on my hands and a isolator switch that I wanted to install.
So in an effort to add some extra protection to the winch cabling I pulled the grill again and added split sleeve tubing to all the positive cables, zip tied them into neat bundles and tied them off to the body a bit better than they were.
Now for the switch, the only real place to attach it to something solid in the BT50 is to route the cables to the firewall. Thats a bit of a waste and the cables I have aren't quite long enough anyway, so I made up a bracket and and attached it to the battery with self tapping screws...
no, I'm not a complete idiot, Velcro really. It doesn't need much support as the weight of the cables keeps it in place.
Next weeks job is to make a new bracket to hold the dual battery controller, 120A circuit breaker and a new fuse block I am doing for the accessories as random wires running off the positive and hidden fuses is giving me the poos. I'll also put in a master accessory switch as the tiny parasitic drain of them all left me stuck after 3 weeks away. After spending 2.5 weeks away, 10hrs on a plane, getting into the airport at 11pm in the rain and then trying to get a jump start isn't any where as much fun as it sounds.
buddddy... get a 240v buffing machine Apply with one head, buff with the second... and then final shine down by hand with a terri cloth ... all my pin stripes gone (i will eventually run out of clear coat though).
Yeah mine's been through 12 camping trips since March + A 2500km 2 week trip up to SHark Bay + 2 Lancelin Beach house weekends (4wd'ing included) ... she needed some anti pin striping!
I had a bit of time yesterday and today, so I re-purposed some zincaneal I had for fixing my old Cruiser and donated it to the BT50.
I knocked up a bracket to hold all the dual battery controller bits a while back, but it didn't have any room for anything extra, so I extended it a bit. I had a plan to put a switch on the fuse block, but figured it would be a bit of a waste as I can just flick the circuit breaker and it will achieve the same thing with less complexity.
Power runs from the main battery where it will be split off to the fuse block and dual battery controller. The extra fuse block will have all the terminals on one side soldered together (no idea why they don't come from the factory like that) and then run to the trailer brake lights/trailer brakes/UHF/dashcam as right now I have 3 different fuse types for them all. This will knock it down to just large and small blade fuses.
Its not as rigid as I would like it to be, but not many places to brace it easily where it is in the engine bay and I don't think it will shake too much. A bit of satin black paint and some stainless fasteners ($13) and I think it is OK for the money and sort of looks like it was meant to be there.
looks good Pete, nice job
Took mine on its first camping trip since i have owned it and fixed it up few things to finish off but had a nice relaxing time, & now its usable it will be out of the shed more often
I got two extra cup holders in the 76 Wagon.
Plus it has a spot for your phone, a couple of pens and the multi- tool.
Not cheap as the guy 3D prints it in the US. Solid plastic construction.
$38.00 USD plus postage.
Put new rotors on the rear of my 76 series cruiser today - DBA T2's
Needed a spot for the 2nd fridge for next yrs cape york and some extra storage room is always handy in a 4wd so removed the rear seats and built a place for the 2nd fridge and more storage which will also come in handy.
I took the backseat out of my duel cab Hilux about a year ago , best move ever , shipload more room .
Got the fridge fixed down in there and plenty of room to stow the things I need to keep dry and secure.
Added bonus is the front seats recline back that bit further , if you need to have a kip in the car its much more comfortable .
Unless you need to have passengers in back seat id rip them out , its only 4 bolts and 5 mins to take them out and just as easy to put back in .
(Pretty sure its illegal to do it because as with my Hilux , its considered a 5 person vehicle and pulling the back seat out reduces it to a 2 person vehicle , happy to be proved wrong on this).
Nice work Brian , plenty more room freed up .
The difference its made to my travelling is worth it .
Hey Luke, cheers mate.
Yep pretty keen to test it out and will be able to do so in 4 days when we leave to come over there, bit excited.
Have made them the same height as my draws so i can still lay a mattress in there for solo trips.
Im not too clued up on the legalities of seat removal but mines gone from 7 to 2 seats. I think provided the seatbelts are still intact its fine ( hope they dont look right in the back).
I can easily re fit the rear seats should the need arise so should be sweet i reckon mate.
After the SA meet where you showed me how much room taking the back seats out of your dual-cab had made, I convinced my brother and parents to do the same for our Cape York trip. They absolutely loved the extra space.
Pulled the rear heater out - now I gotta figure out what to do with the extra centre console space!! Thinking one of those tiny drink coolers but they're so expensive!
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