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This is a rewrite of a L O N G build page from another site that since my start of has acquired 15,187 views up to this point as of today's date and has taken me on many small adventures and experiences; to me that is living life through a hobby.


So to start:

 
When I first made my purchase, she was a dirty 1993 Ford Ranger XLT with a standard cab, 4.0L Manual trans and 2WD Virgin.., shy of the bunk audio gear the previous owner stuffed in it. No armrest console/center seat back, no OEM jack... SOLD as is



The short lived transformation of a street truck turned to a much better and more functional vehicle on several levels. As someone into camping a lot, new places to visit, fishing and firearms, a self-proclaimed survivalist on an urban or even open land aspect; it only made sense that a multi-purpose vehicle with overlanding/expeditionary capabilities and good sustainable attributes should take root.. [Trail Camping & Adventures]



















ABOUT THE PRODUCTS

The products I use are generally multi-purposeful, of middle to middle upper end quality, most of which have been supplied or installed by one of two of my trucks current sponsors.., Myself and 12° North, Industries which has been generously helpful.., Located in Las Vegas, Nevada. I only use the products that fits the needs and the means of the situations I create with the rig and those associated with it..

NOTE:: “Generally it’s against most forum policies to engage in outright site commerce without permissions from the Administration” so that we are CLEAR; it is not my goal to sell anything here by this Thread. My goal here is to showcase what has been done to a 24 yr old truck which lost its manufacturing platform leadership in 2011. It is also my intention to spark up ideas and or conversations of the How, what and why the truck is set up the way it is.

The best part is it’s not a Brand NEW $55,000 something dollar vehicle being shod with another $20k in shiny parts to become the latest “Billboard-Mall-Crawler”. I’m not a Youtube showcase. Just a man doing my thing cause I can. There is a personal and master goal at work here, a  overly thought out theme, and well defined purpose, with much ingenuity & creativity behind it all.

Like what you see so far? Come join myself and others as we evolve on our journeys.

> Curious about the process and adventures I take this on?
> Have any questions in regards to the products I use?
> Subscribe to my thread(s), say hello and let's meet on the trails!



MODEL:
93’ Ford Ranger XLT


DRIVETRAIN:
4.0 Liter V6 OHV
5 Speed Manual
Rear Diff: 3.73, Open



FRONT SUSPENSION:
Daystar 2" Leveling kit
Stock 2WD Coils
Fox 2.5 Smooth Body Shocks/External reservoir-CD Adjuster (Not Installed yet due to Suspension changes)



REAR SUSPENSION:
Universal Group HD Leaf Pack (1750lb – 1.7” of lift)
Deaver 10" U-bolts
Fox 2.0 Smooth Body Shocks/External reservoir (Not Installed yet due to suspension changes)



WHEELS / TIRES:
17x8.0 02'-05' Ford Explorer AWD Takeoffs
LTS 265/70/17 Hancook Dynapro MT (32" 10 ply tires)
Bronson 1.25" spacers (front/rear)
Hawk Brake Pads - Frt. LTS HB279Y.594 / Rr. Stock 10" Shoes



ARMOR/PROTECTIVE GEAR:
26oz of Ride-On Auto Tire Sealant/Balancing Fluid ea. tire


VEHICLE:
12° North, Ind. Custom Big 3 Wiring Upgrade [Battery(s), Alt, Starter, & Grounds]
12° North, Ind. Custom Jumper Cables
Performance Accessories (Daystar) 2" Body Lift Kit
BoltLock(s) (keeping gear secure)
Hi Lift curved bumper attachment
ARB Breather kit (for rear diff and Trans, plumbed for front diff)
AVS Ventshades (Front Windows)
Spare fluids: 1gal Antifreeze, 1gal Mobil1 oil/filter, 1 lrg bottle brake fluid, 2qts ATF Mercon IV
Spare Parts: Serpentine belt, 1 upper/lower rad hose, 1 upper/lower ball joint, misc fuses, screws & bolts, cable ties, scrap wire, etc…



PERFORMANCE:
K&N OEM box style filter [modified]
Flow Master 40 Custom Cat-back W/downturn before axle
NGK Wires
NGK Iridium plugs
Mishimoto 2 row HD Radiator
Volvo 940T E-Fan upgrade w/2 speed fan
[OEM Clutch Fan Delete]


INTERIOR TRUCK:
Coolgear 12v USB Charging Hub – 7 USB Port
Birdawg Industries Rear view Mirror Riser & Toyota Dovetail Mirror Bracket
LED bulb dash lights upgrade
OHC (Overhead Console w/dual lighting mirrors, compass/temp, from Explorer Sport)
First aid kit (Medium kit behind passenger seat)
Charging Station for StreamLight Srion LED



INTERIOR FLIP-PAC/BED: Flip-Pac Specs
Fire extinguisher 4lb
First Responder Field Trauma Kit
Std Shovel held in place with Quick-Fists
Charging Station for StreamLight Stinger LED HL
Charging Station for GoPro Cameras
Custom fold up Desk with power access



RECOVERY:
Hi-Lift Extreme Jack
ARB Snatch-Strap 30' @1
ARB Snatch-Strap 20' @2
Warn Snatch Blocks @2
Rugged Ridge D-Ring Shackles [ @4]
ARB Quick deflator Air Gauge
ARB Tire repair Kit
Full Size Spade Shovel
Zippo 4 in 1 Woodsman Axe/saw



OVERLAND GEAR:
Flip-Pac shell with options
Road Shower II (Currently Not Installed)

TOTE: (a) His
  Sleeping bag [Can compression zip to TOTE b bag]
  Queen Sized Pillow/Blanket
  2 Person Military Ground Tent
  7 x 10 Tarp

TOTE: (b) Hers
  Sleeping bag [Can compression zip to TOTE a bag]
  Queen Sized Pillow/Blanket
  2 Person Military Ground Tent
  7 x 10 Tarp

TOTE: (c)
  Calif-King Electric Blanket
  Reserve stove fuel
  Stanley Base-Camp Pots & Pan Kit (1 set)
  Stanley Camp Coffee Pot & Cups (1 Set)
  Waterproof Case (Spare AA, AAA Batteries)
  Waterproof Case (Reg & Canvas Sewing kit)

TOTE: (d)
  Dry Foods; Ready-made meals
  Cereals, pretzels, pastas, rice
  Dried fruits, soup mixes
  Water, tea, instant coffee
  Foods (Other)
2 – 72 Hour Bags W/1.6L Camel Bacs
[Contents in a later update]
Maluna Cooler - Unhinged 50 (Shark Gray)


RESERVE POWER:
National Luna Smart Dual Battery Isolator w/monitoring
1 @ Exide Flat Plate AGM Group 65 [Main Starting]
2 @ Exide Flat Plate AGM Mega-cycle 200 [Reserve capacity]



LIGHTING:
12° North, Ind. Hood light kit
12° North, Ind. Camper Shell light kit
Flip-Pac LED upgrades 5w Red frt/7w white rear
GG Lighting LED 40” SRS  [Forward Facing Roof] (Not Installed yet)
GG Lighting LED 2x2 Cubes @ 4 [Pillar/Ditch lighting]
GG Lighting LED 2x2 Flush mount @ 1[Reverse Light]
GG Lighting LED 20” SRS  [Forward Facing Bumper Mounted]
StreamLight Stinger LED HL
StreamLight Srion LED



COMMUNICATIONS:
Uniden CMX560 Citizens Band Radio
Midland MXT105 Micromobile 2-way radio



NAVIGATION:
US Topo Maps App [Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7.0]
Commenga Military Compass
Folding Maps/Protractor



RADIO/AUDIO:
Alutek Bluetooth/RCA Module
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7.0 / 17.1GB music, Pandora, Spotify, etc
Q-Forms kick panels 5.25Midrange / 1” Tweet (Temporarily Removed)
7” Midbass Factory door locations (Temporarily Removed)
One 8” Diamond Audio CM3 Subwoofer (Temporarily Removed)
Audio Control EQL (Temporarily Removed)
ARC Audio XDi850.5 Amp (85w x 4, 400w x 1, 740 watts total) (Temporarily Removed)
AudioQuest Diamond RCA [1 @ 4m pair, 2 @ 1.5m pairs]
AudioQuest Type II - IV Speaker cables



LAPTOP:
HP Pavilion dv6


CAMERAS:
GoPro Hero III (x2)


FUTURE MODS:
- Max Trax Vehicle Extraction device (need 2 pair)
- iCOM ID-5100a
- 12° North, Industries. Bed Drawer 5.5 ft of the, Bed 10” Height
- 12° North, Industries. Multi-carrier bumper (Receiver hitch style, shackle mnts.)
- 12° North, Industries. Front bumper (full grill/light hoop, push pads, shackle mnts, winch mnt)
- 12° North, Industries. Fuel Tank Skid-Plate
- 12° North, Industries. Transfer-Case Skid-Plate
- 12° North, Industries. Transmission Skid-Plate
- 12° North, Industries. Oil Pan Skid-Plate
- Rocky-Road Rock-Sliders/Rails
- Warn 9.5xp-s Winch
- Factor 55 Flatlink and Fairlead
- ARB Fridge Freezer 63Qt and Slide out
- ARB CKMA12 Air Compressor
- Spyder Automotive LED tail lights (93-05 version Smoked, red-clear only, hardwired clears as turn signals with amber LED bulbs)
- 5 Lug to 6 Lug Conversion
- Addition of Power Inverter with Solar Controller [Completes E-panel and gain DC/AC pwr]
- Reinstall/Finish audio system



And the list goes on…!



Last edited on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 07:59 pm by Undrstm8ed



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Thanks.. I'll be adding to this to catch up. Just got to upload the pics to my Gallery as I go along.



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Roman courtier during the reign of Nero.

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." - Thomas Paine


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Rather than make several posts all over the forum itself, I'll be adding  to this thread on things performed on this particular rig here..

This  part of the project is honestly about 70% complete despite looks and  presentation. What is holding up the full completion is the permanent  routing of the antenna which is actually a 0DB antenna that will be  replaced by a 3DB gain Black Antenna rod from Laird, and the trim plate  that will finish off the final look of the display. Outside of that it  is completed and functional. The citizens band radio is a separate  install and I'll be showing some of that below too..



So  shipment comes in early instead of late for once and I couldn't wait to  get started. My Midland MTX105 w/weather alerts and my Uniden CB  CMX560. Now before I get started I know that this is not a "Classic"  Cobra 29 CB radio nor an overly expensive 2 way radio I opted to for.  However, there were some key features required for both units and  quality is still there. First, this vehicle has a lot of additional  wiring upgrades throughout and although I find COMM's to be important,  these two items are 85% of the time going to be used in mostly close  proximity or shorter ranges than say someone with a hobby of CB radios  would find sub-par shy of the install.



Since  the CB radio is more or less satisfying a requirement of both here for  trail use as well as another group or two. Its primary use will be  severely limited to those times. I do not really need a forward nor  large display and the conveniences of having a hideaway unit and all of  the features and controls in the face works well for my particular  application. The hideaway unit will reside next to the future hideaway  unit of the iCOM 5100 H.A.M. unit at a later date and is mounted back  behind the seat for that reason. On top of that, generally the Samsung  tablet used as the Audio/Topography mapping/entertainment/communication  focal point also seems to put off a whitish light, it'll blend in  perfectly.

I have a special cavity being used to fulfill not only  a clean install but a very detailed and some may say elaborate setup.  Also I needed a spot that's higher up inside as we all know, or some of  us anyway. I am not exactly shy about water crossing that come to the  top of my grill, yet this was a concern for my electronics being placed  at what I think should be a safe level in the vehicle.


The  two hideaway units, my audio amplifier, the my new layered subwoofer  enclosure, and a mid-sized FirstAid kit all have a special mounting  place behind the seats in this standard cab truck.



The  2 way unit had three requirements, it had to have the right size,  compatibility needs, and colored display since it was going to be seen  in a forward sense. It was going to have to match the white display for  the iCOM 5100 which will be another future interesting installation.

Onto the install of the Midland...



The  place for install is in the factory ashtray area simply because I don't  smoke nor does anyone in my truck and the ashtray itself seems to  collect things that rattle and make noise; a win/win.





Removal  of these two 7mm or T15 screws removes the slide plate for the ashtray  from the center stack giving the final results above and revealing the  wiring sub harness for the cigarette lighter (Constant 12 volt outlet)  and the ashtray light itself. This will be removed from the vehicle and  saved should (doubtful) I ever need to return it to stock.



Fits just like I had hoped.



A  little trigger happy with the camera, as I took the pic before I  drilled in the third screw, I swear there are three screws in it to hold  it up! lol



Now  since I have a secondary fuse panel that resides in the drivers side  rear speaker location that has a direct source of hot and ground from  the battery power. We are going to not only use a 3 amp blade fuse in  the fuse holder in place of the inline glass fuse but we are going to  have to extend the wires anyway. I've cut right at the fuse holder to  get as much of the original wiring as possible.





As  with all my electronic installs, proper protection of the wires and the  routing of those wires is key to a clean install along with soldering  of all connections. In reality, doesn't matter if you solder, crimp, or  twist and tape. As long as you do those process correctly you should  have a relatively trouble free install and whichever method you prefer  is your choice. I've done them all and they're all effective.



And  the final product just before powering it up and before the trim plate  looks good. Its got a great upwards angle to me as the driver and once  the cover plate is on will look even better.



A  decent night shot. Once I get a trim panel on it and the iCOM unit  mounted I will have to definitely get a full shot of it all lit up.

Next or soon I will show the citizens band radio install along with the rear firewall setup.



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"Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur. Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur" - ~ attributed to Petronius (Gaius Petronius Arbiter (ca. 27–66 AD))
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I’ve  been trying to tie up some loose ends that I’ve just dealt with over  the months and I had a few dollars burning a hole in my pocket and I  really wanted to do something about the shovel I keep on hand in the  Flip-Pac of the truck. Eventually it will migrate to the other side of  the vehicle because of a major window modification I plan on doing to  the passenger side of the Flip-Pac which will take the current sliding  window out and with some slight cutting of some of the fiberglass shell.  I will be able to massage in another window/aluminum door that will  lift up like a lift gate to provide side access into the rear area.




So  I stopped and picked up a pair of  small “Quickfists” clamps. You can  find them at many of the off-road shops but if your choices are limited.  You can find a local dealer to you through http://www.endroad.com and see options and dealers near you. I used Quick Fist Part # 0010 for this install.




Also  needed was a few extra parts, as usual stainless steel hardware, and  nuts, although I got 0.25” washers, those were only zinc plated.  The  other "L" bracket aluminum hardware is left over parts from some solar  panel installation parts I have on hand which come in handy as they are  adjustable and multi-configuration capable.






Using  the added hardware, I assembled them as so through my existing bracket  work. When I switch to the other side I will check to see if I can mount  them 180* and facing down to move the center of weight more closer to  the bed of the truck. For now, they face upwards.





This  should prevent the bolts from puling through the rubber Quick Fists  themselves and hold things securely; certainly more so than a couple  weak and now stretching out mini bungee cords.





And  at the end, the results I got were satisfying and stronger as every  once in a while you could hear that shovel smacking the top rail and  it’s a bit nerve racking as you’re focused on everything on a trail to  make sure nothing is going wrong or out of place.

As always, thanks for following along or looking...



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"The slave is held most securely when he is held by the chains of his own will and of his own fears, and when he is locked down by his own slavish desires for a comfortable life." - Michael Bunker

"Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur. Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur" - ~ attributed to Petronius (Gaius Petronius Arbiter (ca. 27–66 AD))
Roman courtier during the reign of Nero.

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." - Thomas Paine


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Since I am getting ready to order a new set of DynaPro MT's I thought  I'd share another product I made mention of and use in the last set of  Dynapro's.

Back when I picked up the first set I ordered from 12°  North Ind. a 6-pack (+1) of Ride ON 16oz Auto tire sealant/Balancing  fluid for the tires. Ideally the 58lb, 10 ply, tires are each 26 oz  heavier with an auto tire sealant fluid to give 3rd sentry to a tire  failure, even if on a multiple puncture failure. The extra thick blocked  tread, 10 ply LT tires, and now tire sealant. Drives no different other  than more peace of mind. I would like to add that ripping open a side  wall is a whole other mess to contend with but for the more general and  specifically minor concerns or issues. I'm a bit more confident on the  trails and less worried about tire issues.

Again, my purpose is  to be as self sufficient as possible and if I go to help someone else,  whether on the trail or on the open tarmac, I don't want to have to need  help myself.


The product info

Ride-On Auto Tire Sealant (from the manufactures site itself)


LIGHT TRUCK/SUV Formula

Ride-On®  Auto Formula tire sealant is an innovative orange gel that has been  specially formulated to seal punctures, prevent leaks, balance tires,  and extend tire life in all automobile, light truck, SUV, RV, van, and  trailer tires. Ride On is designed to seal most slow leaks and punctures  (efficiency of 85-95%) in the crown area of a tire caused by nails,  screws, thorns, road debris, and virtually any perforating object up to  1/4" in diameter. Ride On also helps your tires maintain proper  inflation and run cooler, which can increase their life by up to 25% or  more (of course, this is critically dependent on how and where you drive  your vehicle). A vehicle equipped with Ride On will benefit from better  handling, better fuel economy, longer lasting tires, and most  importantly, a safer ride. This version of Ride-On has been specifically  formulated for passenger cars and light trucks – install Ride-On now in  your car, SUV, minivan, or pickup truck to obtain these benefits for  all your vehicles! It might be colored orange, but you'll think it's  worth its weight in gold.

Ride-On is used by the military, Postal  Service, police and fire departments nationwide. Other Ride-On formulas  are also available for motorcycles and bicycles, as well as for  industrial vehicles, commercial trucks, and other commercial uses.

Ride-On Tire Sealant for Cars, SUVs, Light Trucks (LTs), Trailers, and RVs
The  Ride-On Tire Protection System (TPS) Auto formula tire sealant is  designed for use in cars, light trucks, SUVs, RVs, and trailers  operating at speeds in excess of 30 miles per hour (50 km/h). The Auto  formula will seal punctures in tubeless tires from perforating objects  up to 1/4" in diameter (1/8" in tube tires) that enter the tread area of  the tire. Ride-On TPS Auto formula helps balance your tires to give you  a smoother ride. It is compatible with most tire inflation systems  (TPMS) and will not plug your valve stems. NO OTHER SEALANT CAN MAKE  THAT CLAIM!

The Ride-On TPS Auto formula tire sealant is a  revolutionary gel that helps balance tires and turn them into  self-sealing tires using fibers that are six times stronger than steel.  Auto formula tire sealant helps tires maintain their pressure up to 500%  better than untreated tires. Properly inflated tires that are balanced  run cooler and last longer. Less flexing, bounce and fatigue equal  longer tire life - up to 25% or more!

The dosages shown on the bottle label represent more than 80% of the most common tire sizes in use today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoQjH2DNxEk


In  the entire 37k+ I put on the last set, I've not had a single issue with  the tires, especially with flat or speed balancing concerns while  serviced and they've taken me a great many places again with confidence.  So with that and the new tires, I'll definitely be reordering more of  this product again.

As for the tires I will be ordering a set of  285/70/17 in place of the 265/70/17. I think I'll pick up about 10-12mm  both in width and height and at least put me solid in the 33" tire category. I have contemplated going to a 35" tire but  that involves some re-gearing in fact and opinion as well as jumping into a  whole other suspension setup I have only half the parts for at this time.

I  will be taking a spare Dana35 setup apart, having the TTB beams cut  & turned by Solo Motorsports, addition of Dana44 knuckles and stub axles,  along with adding 1 1/4″ Heimed Extended Radius Arms with Pivot Brackets  with a 4" suspension lift and which I think should net me about 8"-10"  +/- an inch more of travel. Truly I am opting for more a mid-travel kit  for a not only a bit more articulation from the vehicle but mostly for a  better overall ride and control and in the event I do decide to step up  to 35's.. I'll have the articulation I want, room, and suspension to handle them.

The  current setup works well for what it is however, as with everything  there is always room for improvement especially when new challenges must  be taken and the adventures to be had will not ask but demand more.




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"The slave is held most securely when he is held by the chains of his own will and of his own fears, and when he is locked down by his own slavish desires for a comfortable life." - Michael Bunker

"Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur. Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur" - ~ attributed to Petronius (Gaius Petronius Arbiter (ca. 27–66 AD))
Roman courtier during the reign of Nero.

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." - Thomas Paine


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You're probably looking at that and asking.. "WTH?"

It  will certainly be more in depth as I put it all together but this is a  12" x 12" x 4" weather proof electrical enclosure that will become the  base camp for two BlueSea 12 circuit fuse boxes, almost 18 relays, a  couple circuit breakers inside and the fascia will allow the mounting of  a couple 12 volt plugs, extra switches, and an amp draw meter, and an  emergency battery disconnect...

This will reside in the bed of  the truck. Between this panel, the crank battery, the house batteries,  and all the rewiring of aux features. I am hoping this piece will stand  out a lot.

I've spoken a lot about some big changes for the bed work;
- Custom drawer w/locking
- ARB fridge slide out
- ARB on board air compressor
- Wall cavity for recovery gear with Fold up work table/First Aid kit
- AC/DC converter w/solar panel converter input
- Spare tire carrier battery storage
- Articulated re-wiring

I've  been collecting a slew of parts as the entire bed is almost like a  whole other separate project in its own in ways and really trying to put  the time together to do whats needed. Right now I am waiting on a host  of even more electrical components which truly in some ways have nickle  and dime'd my wallet as if the wallet itself was used in skeet shooting  [PULL!], a pair of flush mounted scene lights, the reworking of an  aluminum under carriage storage box, costly Anderson plugs, and lets not  even get into the cost of good wire.. I am really avoiding cutting any  corners at all other than perhaps finding the best prices on specific  components I prefer to use and that where the line draws in the sand.

As  many have noticed, I try at least every week to add to this build page  and showcase what I've done, and why, and be as informative as possible  in my explanations and I have appreciated all who follow my build.  I am  sure to have plenty of material to work with and to show off. I am even  considering doing some video work to assist with that which is proving  to be even more of a headache as its time consuming not only in  recording material but editing is a nightmare for me right now.

So thanks for keeping subbed and interested..!



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So yesterday I posted this 12" x 12" x 4" bad ass electrical enclosure..




And  although I'm not going to do a complete play by play of the entire  process, I am still going to lay out the plans as they unfold and show  you what I am up to.. as annoying as that may be to some lol

So  as you can see by the pic above, anyone that may be familiar with Blue  Sea Fuse boxes and their other products, this really is the best fuse  box setups ever and I primarily use them in almost every install or  project when applicable here at 12° North Industries. huge time saver  and they look great when done up properly with some attention to detail.

You  should also know that this build has a need for 19 circuits and I'll  list those up later on. With two of the 12 circuit fuse boxes [Blue Sea  pt #5026] there is 24 circuits available, 5 are still left open for  future use, 1 is a single circuit for the on-board ARB air compressor  but should I decide to pull the trigger and upgrade to the  twin-compressor. I have allocated two circuits side by side to feed  power to that one vehicle option as each circuit is good for 30 amps  [total 100a serviceable for each fuse box].., The twin compressor pulls a  massive 50 amps under load where the single HD unit only pulls 24.4a  under load. Having the double fused circuit will field the necessity of  more power without burdening the fuses or the panel itself.

NOTE: as  a rule of thumb I would suggest that you wire your Air compressors and  Winches off your main battery. They should be ran off of a regular  [main] cranking style battery and NOT a deep cycle battery that you may  be using for a second/house battery. You WILL give that deep cycle  battery a very short life using a high current device like that. They  are meant for slow current draws not fast depletion to drain.





Where this is going to be installed is a slight bit tight fit but it is some real estate I am willing to forfeit for function.

On  the drivers side bed rail is where it will be secured. I will be  building a bracket that will hold it in place as well as a stud in the  bed rail. I'll point those features out. I do need it to sit off the  edge about 1.25" to allow for the wiring and for the bracket that the  enclosure will mount to securely it well.




Panning  back the camera you can now see that the cavity encroaches on the  window area. Now there is almost 1.75" space between the glass and the  rear of the enclosure and thats about where the bracket will hold it  away and leave me the forward room for the waterproof connectors I am  using to keep unwanted moisture from inside along with aluminum  brackets, matte finish carbon fiber prepreg double twill plates, and all  stainless hardware just because it "can be" in what would be considered  an outdoor environment by being exposed to different elements rather  than say, in a conventional house setting.




This  is the stud, minus the extra nut and the temporary attempt at a smaller  box tie down; the main reason why I am doing this to this extent is  because it really needed to be addressed and done right finally as I am  trying to get a lot of small fires put out to showcase some work and  more of what we do, or I do if you will. Hopefully this gives some  people some better ideas too for their own.




This  mini rat nest annoys me considering out of all the detail I've shown in  my build.. and this exists to power up a single 12volt power point  outlet, the rear liftgate LED light kit from 12° North Industries and  the two factory light boxes with LED upgrades in them from Flip-Pac in  exchange for the inefficient halogen 921 bulbs that were there. Just as  an addendum; the rear light still contains a 7w white [4800K] LED light  for use of finding stuff in the bed of the truck. The forward light has a  5w red LED bulb as when the Flip-pac is in use, its reachable from the  bed and saves the night vision a bit better when used.







Marking  off all of my 0.875 holes to be drilled in the bottom. I need 5 but I  have room for a 6th one should I need it for anything later. This is  where the 4ga Streetwires power & ground cable will go. The other 3  (4?) will have similar waterproof connectors that hold nine 18ga wires  in a 4ga O.D. sized insulation and with the use of 3 (4?) Molex plugs  and the Anderson plug for the main power connection. If I should ever  have to take the top off, I can without major time or effort into the  disconnect. Four main connections will be all that is needed to remove  and the top comes off fully all self contained.





Next  is the inner workings of the electrical panel. Now this is where I  skipped some pics and I do apologize but its pretty simple to see how I  made the aluminum bracket so I could minimize some space taken up by the  16-18 relays that will go into this cavity without taking up a lot of  space. As you can see in these two photos the first relay is in place.




With  simple harness I was thinking I may be able to work with the tight  tolerances of the shorter leads but i think as this project starts to  really unfold. I think you are going to see a bit more custom wiring  done rather than the standard relay harnesses. For purposes of  serviceability, there will be connectors soldered onto the wires and  used to make the pin out connections vs soldering directly to the  relays. if I am out on the trails or just in general needed to swap a  relay out, desoldering one isn't going to make me too happy.


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On  another note, I visited Kelly the CB repairman local here to N. Las  Vegas area and picked up a few parts and so I've added the citizens band  radio antenna today as well this morning. I think it took me a fair  amount of time to sand down the chrome bracket and shoot it satin black  before mounting it as I am not a big fan of anything chrome really.

Not  going to go into a lot of detail because this was just a bracket  mounting but to show the work I am going to post the pics at least so  you can see what was mostly involved and kinda how I did it and why.







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I ordered a small sheet of 0.125 double twill Prepreg carbon fiber today  from one of my suppliers and I should see that in a few days or early  next week actually. Once I get it I will have to cut it down to proper  dimensions for the backboard for the double fuse blocks which means  tonight I'll be ordering not only a 2nd -12 circuit but the additional 6  circuit one from Blue Sea to replace the interior one with.





I  will also have to run and grab a sheet of 0.0625 Aluminum sheet  Wednesday to make the bracket for the electric panel that needs to be  added to the drivers inside of the Flip-Pac. Although not a true to spec  drawing, short two dimensions still away from accuracy but I must be  able to mock it up first to get them. When you look at the second  interior pic of the Flip-Pac, the bracket makes more sense.

I'll  have to pull the light fixture, mark everything and add at least the  two top holes of the NEW electrical panel. Match those and the E-Panel  fully on the template and then transfer all that properly to the  aluminum sheet cut it out, drill my pilot holes and the wire pass  through hole on the light fixture side of things. Bolt the E-panel to  it, mount it onto the front stud, mount the light fixture to it and the  Flip-Pac, then reinstall the light itself, LED bulb, lens, and call it  done.

From there it will mainly be all wiring and waterproof  conduits & connections between the bed interior and the  under-chassis battery-box storage and engine bay; this is where all the  action will be and where everything will be critical for in the field  performance needs. So I'll be making another set of extended length  battery cables. One shorter pair and one longer pair that will go from  the spare tire carrier house battery storage to the engine bay and  another pair from the house battery location to the forward drivers side  of the bed and then inside, secured into an Anderson connector for  simplicity and serviceability.

Before I do that.., I do have a  gasket that needs to be added to the front edge of the bed in order to  seal it off better. The old gasket was over 20 years old and the new one  came in a short while ago. So another small fire to put out there in  completing as much dust removal. I really should do a good video and or  write up of how I been achieving that and the results I gained making  the cap as waterproof and dust free as possible. Especially since the  entire bed work like I said before is a project in of its own.

Soon I guess...



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Today I figured with a little effort I can not only squeeze 2 really  good quality OFC 4 gauge wires through 0.75" flexible conduit, I can run  two 0.75" conduit lines in the frame under the truck safely and with  minimal interference..!

Can anyone say "STOKED!" ? I can...

That  saves me a few dents in the wallet from the pre-thought of having to  actually use 1.00" fittings and conduit and actually having to run two  at that. Just in conduit alone I'm saving more than $18 per run, almost  $54 in fittings and connectors, and a heck of a lot of grief which is  near priceless in my book.




First  mistake, I know right... Not properly identifying ALL needed aspects of  the stake pocket in the bed. Which means great I had a pre-existing  hole I thought I could use but with no real way to modify, at least what  I wanted to do AND the space available was even more shallow than what I  needed. So the okay news is I milled out the 0.875 lip that existed  anyway and I can put a proper plug in place before the special NON-toxic  sound deadener/heat rejection bed liner material is laid. In fact may  even do the opposite side in similar fashion. One less option for dust  to migrate it way within the topper itself.

So needing to clear  the stake bed itself and an unknown obstacle above I had to add another  hole to the left side on another wall which I will point out actually  cures another issue I was battling; wire routing of two 4ga wires.




A  0.750" elbow connector with a 90° to it will go in from the backside  and between the NON-toxic bed liner material, the waterproof electrical  gasket, and if I think it will need it, a bead of silicone around the  fitting. Then the conduit will run below to the frame and route towards  the spare tire well where it will connect into the house battery reserve  waterproof storage locker. More on that later.





Here  you can see how well the conduit connectors will work with the design  and the cable routing to the E-Panel itself. I am really excited to get  the bracket that will mount the E-panel to the truck as well as the  carbon fiber backboard to the interior of the E-panel. Then the fun part  of wiring comes into play, that's my specialty and I am hoping comes  out the way I am envisioning it.. Hopefully as impressive !


So small steps as I can.. but again, adding worth to the build and the thread...

As always, thanks for looking.



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I know some folks on here may not be into the audio things too much..  but as part of the build and an old time hobby and obsession of mine I  may as well include it in this build. Makes it easier for me to keep my  story straight too as I go along; Most of whats been put to print here  is the shortened version as I updated the overall build page and then  everything I've been doing since I've been adding. So even though at  this point I've found posts on here with well over 500 views with not a  SINGLE reply or comment, I don't expect anyone to rush forward with  questions. But should you find something interesting in my work.. don't  hesitate or waste time raising a hand to ask a question, just blurt it  out.

So back to the original post. With things either on order  still to get me to the next level or that next step, things just in a  small holding pattern monetarily. I decided that I was tired of moving  some large pieces of Birch plywood around so I decided to rough cut some  of the layers for the sub enclosure/electronics rack so I could at  least take up less real estate in some ways and still show some progress  to keep those interested.. well still interested.

A while back I  yanked nearly everything audio wise out of the truck shy of the tablet  and a bluetooth temporary speaker, sold what was worth selling and  tossed everything else in favor of a slow revamp.

Now someone undoubtedly is going to tell me I should have used MDF because its the most dense wood.. blah, blah, blah..

Ya..  I know.. typically I would for someone looking to pass a kidney through  their colon purposes or SPL nuts. But I am not making a ground pounder,  the subwoofer is a single 8" Diamond Audio CM3 series with about  400watts from a ARC Audio amp. The birch plywood will also have a more  warmer-live sound to it in a natural sense and in a musical sense or for  Sound Q properties that's better than one note bass from a dense dead  wood made mostly of sawdust soaked in formaldehyde and compressed with  glue. May not mean much to some but it matters to me.

It's also  why I chose to use a NON-toxic material for sound deadening and heat  rejection for the inner door skins, cab roof, and floorboard and what  will be used in the bed in replacement of the typical bed liner material  because they actually put off toxic fumes when exposed to high  temperatures or direct sunlight itself.
With the Flip-Pac being  basically a living quarters when needed and living in 118° summer temps  here in Vegas a couple months of the year and camping in those months  isn't something I want to subject my body to nor my significant other if  she camps along.

Trust me when I say 25 years ago seeing this  specific post I'd been looking at myself as if I had two heads too on  some subjects.

Anyway.. back on topic.





Here  you can see the basic layers being applied as I rough cut them out into  smaller size. The base layer itself also has a double 0.50" layers that  make up a more finished leading edge below the base layer itself and  then two studs and two 1.25" x 6" Aluminum standoffs that I will have to  cut down to appropriate size and they will be lag bolted into the front  corners for front support and stability.

Not only with this give  support but it will also allow the down firing subwoofer to breath  correctly without suffocating itself. Ideally the second layer is mostly  a standard layer with a ring in it that allows the subwoofer to be  flush mounted in it while the base layer itself will have a fully  radiused (SP?) lip to allow good airflow and no "huffing" effects.

The  subwoofer will be bolted into this ring via T-bolts to insure its seal  and allow for any servicing the woofer may need. The inside of the box  will also be designed to eliminate any standing waves inside as well.  More on the actual design and techniques as we move forward.




Now  the layers will all be identically cut and shaped on the exterior with  the leading edge at an 8° beveled edge with a router bit to mimic the  natural seat position and to keep inline the character of a seat. As you  can see here with my "PMG" [poor mans gauge] gauge here; approximately  fifteen layers of 0.75" birch ply are going to be used to create this  enclosure cavity and at least two of those layers with allow for  additional cross bracing even though the enclosure is relatively small  parameters.






Simple  mock up to give the idea a better understanding of whats going on here  in the sense of the back plate, base plate, and the layers themselves  again in the first two pics.

The third pic below that gives you  an idea of the forward shape between the seats so the least amount of  leg room was needed to be sacrificed. I don't mind not being to recline  back much after spending so much track time in DTM style race seats and 5  point harnesses but I need room to shift and move about comfortably.

I  decided to make my own custom router table and pretty much its coming  in 4 pieces not including the ridiculously priced Porter Cable router I  am still weighing out if I want the PC 690 or the PC 890. If anyone has  any experience with either of those routers, I'd be interested in your  opinions of either.

So as those pieces rotate in to my hands and I  make the couple templates needed to get the best results.. as usual, I  will do my best not to disappoint.

As always thanks for looking and for those of you new to my build page, welcome.



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Took a random road today, somewhat to find an alternative place to dial  in my Glock but thought I'd do a quick share along the way.














I  thought the layered rocks were kinda cool and these were the better  pics I took. Just didn't have that creative flow this afternoon.. lol



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Small update; Got my CB antenna cable in a while  back and finally took the time to add it in finally. For not just my  application but i thought overall design aspects this ring type  connection for not only a better weatherproof connection but one that  wasnt  pointing down at the end of the antenna making a difficult and  aesthetically irritating look.




Thanks  goes to Kelly CB's for the antenna, and Triath for having a dual SWR  meter handy for ease of calibrating the antenna and taking his time to  come by and help..




I think this pretty much catches me up for now... more coming as always though. Thanks for checking in as always, Travel safe.
 



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Worked on the e-Panel bracket some today, tomorrow I'll break away and  get the special bolts and spacers I wanted so I can take the time to  mount it up finally this weekend and start the next part of it..







The object was to make the bracket more elaborate and lightweight wile remaining strong; but unfortunately consoling my wallet this month lent me two realities (a) a carbon fiber panel I desired wasn't happening this month and further more (b) the cardboard mock up I performed and then the aluminum was by far cheaper even if I had to do it twice. The good news is I'll have a great template and small upgrade at a later date to do when I get the sheet of carbon fiber I wanted and "needed" lol



In the interim, I've got a nifty idea for these guys if I can get a hold  of a 3rd one.. I'm thinking a small 3 fan setup that can plug into one  of the 12V power ports on occasion as a fan to pull warmer air/or pull  in cooler air of the Flip-Pac side window since the passenger side is  going to be compartmentalized and no longer function as a window with a  venting functionality to it.

I'll just wire it in a way that allows me to reverse the polarity as needed. They  were used to keep a very large Xerox machine control box pretty damn  cool so I have no qualms thinking a tri-fan set up would be any less  efficient...




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Well today I lucked out and found a couple Rangers in the local  Pick-a-Part.. I've been on a loosely minded 2 year search I think now and well today I got what I was looking for even if only somewhat temporarily for the 2WD version of the truck. But until I find the next large component to start a major project section with. I am eagerly on the hunt for an extra cab frame and bed setup. But thats for a later topic and idea..




I'll be cleaning these up, stripping them to bare metal, powder coating them, AND then I'll be working on producing the proper brackets needed to create offsetting the NEW & also powder coated calipers so the spindles can accept the 04' Explorer Sport Trac 12" rotors. This way I will have a larger big brake kit utilizing factory components, Upgrade to the Hawk Brakes LTS brake pads and a set of Stainless Steel lines up front..












The end result will be worth while At least until I get the 4x4 frame to start stripping it down, boxing it and making modifications to it, and find someone who can deal with some of the bigger things like media blasting it and coating it with paint; which will likely bring up another topic in another thread later.

So another iron in the fire of projects started but I think this will be done relatively quickly, especially if I order materials next week to weld.






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So just a random update..

Called a couple places on the time frames and cost factors of media blasting since I don't yet have the facilities I used to have to do that myself anymore and powder coating these new steering knuckles, caliper brackets, and NEW calipers I will have to order in along with some NEW stainless steel soft lines.

I am having a hard time choosing a powder coating color due to the reasoning that these will likely be ran for only a short time. When I body swap over to the newer 4x4 frame I cant swap the larger rotors over and I will have to think of what I can do for a bigger brake kit then.



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So with all that has been going on last couple weeks I've had very little time to do some things I wanted to do but the other day or two ago i did escape to get my spacers for my E-panel setup for the Flip-pac along with taking time out this morning to get the necessary 0.25" x 1.75" (x2) and 0.25 x 1.25" (x2) bolts and nuts for my secondary mock up of the E-panel. I still have to assemble it with the lock washers.










As you can see but maybe ask why I had to do this is for two reasons. [1] I needed to match the necessary vertical stance with the internal shape and dimensions of the Flip-Pac itself.




[2] I needed to also correct for where my wires were going to come out of the E-panel and pass through the body of the bed down through the waterproof conduit and into the secondary battery storage under the vehicle bed where the spare tire used to be.




Which is going to be another project additional to this as a supplement because its all being taken in timely steps. But before that can happen or go too much further in the E-panel itself and wiring aspects. I truly need to apply the ceramic heat reduction spray layer and the sound deadener bed liner layer.

I may or may not have stated this before in this particular build thread page but products like Rhino-liner and even some versions of Line-X brands of bed liner materials put off toxic fumes when in high heat temperatures. Since the Flip-pac is an actual living space with materials that could or may retain some of these fumes, even diluted in air or by time open. I'd really rather not chance introducing them to myself or other occupants like the significant other. I may even actually do a video on this process and the task itself.

Thanks for reading; for now, time for a caffeine break.. :coffee





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Aaaahhh the spacers make sense now :) Angular correction widgets.



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JAMMAN wrote:
Aaaahhh the spacers make sense now  :) Angular correction widgets.

ha, yessum.. Although today I did hit up the miracle shop of misc parts and picked up the last wire retention grommet and two shorter 1.00" bolts to shore up the top edge to a tighter tolerance. The end of the bolt gave me a rather uncomfortable feeling as to how close it gets to the window area and having that "pin prick" that class while on a rough trail or doing something stupid isn't a situation I want to experience..



And I need to finish off the bracket too, seems I loaned out my Bi-metal hole saw kit and can't even remember to who to bitch about it's return... Dammmnniit [sigh]



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HA.. Welcome to FR !!



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You've done a lot of work that thing, perfect off road get-away!



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Thanks, as always and like others.. still a work in progress.

Wont look anything like it does by this time next year and if things go right, it'll have its changes as well as a "twin" only in extra-cab trim which will receive the modded Flip-Pac and I don't think I can get the twin ready in time by 2018 but by 2019, God willing I'll do all I can to be able to leave a good impression at a very important national event if NOT two.

Which I may have to get with Jim about a couple bigger stickers :frd



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