JP's new HJ47 Troopy

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Some pictures from the 2019 annual meet

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Been doing a lot of trips but found the time to get some work done

Superior Engineering high clearance U-bolt plates fitted front and rear. They are made for the rear of a 70 series but I got them to fit in the front with some modification and in the rear with modification to the bump stops.

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33" tyres and some new wheels

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Finally got the dual battery setup how I like it. 200 amp Redarc solenoid with a link switch for winching or jump starting and 00 B&S positive and negative cables to the winch. I will replace the terminals on the starting battery but this will do for now.

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More switches added to the switch panel

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The current rear setup, I plan to make a fridge slide for the next trip

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High country trip again

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Lots of winching action. One day we had 5 different winch points to get up one hill. When there wasn't a good tree nearby, I would drive up and use my Cruiser as a winch point. But these guys have my respect for taking their mostly standard vehicles up some pretty steep tracks and not wanting to turn around, even when we were winching into the night.

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And it might not be much compared to some other 40s out there, mine has reached the big 400 on this trip

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High country again for the annual 40/50 series meet

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Then Bendleby Ranges. Picture is from Billy Goats Ridge track.

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How we kept the dust out of the bedding

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Fridge is now on a slide and the bed has been raised about 1". It can now be converted between single and double by adding or removing an extension piece. When set up as a single the fridge can be opened inside the car.
 

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Time for a front axle rebuild. The diff was noisy, brakes worn and everything just due for some maintenance.

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There was a big dent in the front and a socket no longer fit over the drain plug. Conveniently it had been knocked loose by a rock.

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Front bash plate and drain plug protector welded on. The plate was for an 8" but I heated it and bent it out to fit the 9.5".

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New bearings, used diff gears out of the rear diff

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CVs had some damage so I replaced with Longfield chromoly CVs, also got some 30 spline chromoly shafts and chromoly hub lock internals.

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Assembled with new brakes

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Low profile magnetic drain plugs, thanks to WheeliePete on Youtube for the idea and part no.

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Done

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Radiator support was badly broken and cracked all over

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Many welds and 2 plates later

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Finally found the source of the irritating squeaking noise

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New engine mounts, also fuel hose while I was there

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New parts car from Victoria, I got it for the 5 speed conversion and some other parts

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My driver seat before

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Stripped down to the frame

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Rebuilt with new vinyl and foam from donor car

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It almost had a good heater, so I assembled a fully working one with parts from both

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And a new heater valve

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Set up this air system for easy inflation and deflation.

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Uses a Kings compressor

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Fills an air tank under the body and automatically shuts off at 120psi. Comes back on at 90psi.

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Supplies valves. One gauge is for tank pressure, one for tyre pressure. There is an inflate tap, a deflate tap and taps for the front and rear axles to allow for different pressures front and rear.

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On the body are 4 Nitto fittings

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Also made a new switch panel

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Deflating all 4 tyres from 40psi to 10psi takes about 2 minutes.

Inflating them back up to 40psi from 10psi takes about 2 minutes 30 seconds.
 

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New roof rack. The old one was small, heavy and the supports were not very strong.

I went to the aluminium place and they sold mesh in 750 x 310 cm pieces. I got 2 and welded them together and it was a good size for the roof rack.

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With the tube welded on

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Rear corner protection and a place to support the roof rack

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Test fit of basket onto new frame

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On the car

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It is much lighter than the old one and has almost double the surface area. It was too hard to weight the supports but the basket itself is 3kg lighter (around 30kg).

Also fitted a 30 second wing awning, now I can open the fridge without getting rain or snow inside

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Did the Robe - Beachport beach drive with some workmates. The sand was soft and there were lots of recoveries. Ended up raining pretty heavy so the awning was useful on the last night

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Water containers, I plan to get a water tank underneath with a pump and filter but I will still keep this as extra water. This space is not very easily accessible anyway because it is in front of the fridge. Since then I have added a third water container for 75L total.

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Added an automatic inflator/deflator. I had ordered this before I finished the air system and if I had known how quick it worked manually I probably wouldn't have bothered with the automatic unit. But it is nice to have now, I can go and do something else while the tyre pressure is adjusting.

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Trip to the Coorong

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