Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Tyre Porn

Look at that tread....look at those nip...nobbles

Dont look very big when stacked on a pallet

Got the front one on fits the 110 offset measurement was just right.  The new nuts are due in tomorrow.

they are a good deal bigger than the old ones

The top is about 3 inches higher....well on twenty two and a half inch wheels I cant use metric can I

Back wheels off and ready for some hard work

life as a snowplough has taken its toll but its only surface rust

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Front Axle

Whilst waiting for the wheels I decided to have a go at the little bit of rust on the front axle.

Looked like this at the start

I started with de-greasing soap a scraper and wire brush but the lads introduced me to a needle scaler.

Its a fantastic tool but it did expose more rust than I thought was there, better to find and deal with it now than have it lurking under the paint.

After a good deal of hard work, lots of noise, rust converter and chassis paint the job looks like new.
I am using chassis black so I can see where I have been once I have sorted all of the rust on the chassis I will coat the whole lot with chassis paint then waxoil.

Wheels due in next week, I didn't fancy taking all four wheels off at once so will put the new front ones on before tackling the back axle.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Fuel System Start

I have bought a new 400 litre fuel tank that fits the truck onto the original (lowered) brackets.

You can just about see it under the bag of bits and the old sender.  I was expecting a float to have to bend to reach the new tank but it works on a slider system on the pipe that draws the fuel.  You can also see my new sender unit fitted to the tank.
I am also fitting a Separ filter in the fuel line but we have now decided it would be better on the side of the battery box......not enough clearance to change the filter here.


Friday, 6 June 2014


This is not an easy decision in many ways.  I had already decided not to live with the military tyres on the vehicle and to up the wheel size to 22.5 inch.  I started to discuss options with friends and Aspect Wheels who were very helpful.  The upshot is that I have ordered a set of 5 - 22.5 x 11.75 wheels with a 110 offset and 5 Michelin xzy3s.  Things may be on hold with the truck while we wait for them to arrive and I get over the financial quote Stew "its like running an F1 car"