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Old 03-26-2013, 07:20 AM   #1
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Default Int. S1654LP Retired UHAUL Build

OK, here we go...

This Toter is for the sole purpose of moving a jeep around to wheeling events and venues and allowing me to sleep in AC on a real bed! I am no going cross country or living in her full time. The Jeep is an '04 TJ on 3/4 ton axles... on 35s. The idea is to keep this on a budget of under $8K.

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1989 International Harvester S1654LP with a 7.3, 5 spd and 217K on the clock. ($3000) purchase and reg/Tag (remanned motor aprox 30K on it)



Ditch the bench seat in the cab for used air ride seats cut a pass thru.($100 seats used $100 to recover and $65 accordian gasket)

http://www.accordionboot.com/





set a ramps #5000 each ($500)

http://www.discountramps.com/truck-trailer-ramps.htm very nicely built and super light!

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Old 03-26-2013, 07:24 AM   #2
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Here is the basic game plan:

Bed over cab

Insulate forward 10' of the box

divider wall between garage and living area

pop a few used / new RV windows

basic galley

AC / DC wiring in living area (already have a genset)

maybe a shower and pota potty in the garage area when the TJ is not there...

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Old 03-26-2013, 07:28 AM   #3
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Tune up:

oil change
fuel filter
air filter
glow plugs
injectors
return plumbing (injectors)
relaced power sterring pump bracket (recall issue)
fuel tank sending unit
cleaned up the wiring on the batteries

about $350 and two days under the hood
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:07 AM   #4
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Looks like a cool project. Keep in mind that rv windows that open are made for the drivers side or passenger side. They will leak if on the wrong side. You might think about sealing any place you cut through the FRP walls to make sure water won't get into the plywood. Good luck and keep the pictures coming and I like the way the passenger bucket seat matches the uhaul paint. Have fun Kenn
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bydesign, you probably already are aware, but there are a handful of S1654 conversions on Pirate4x4. I am in the process of doing one myself, and have similar plans for a layout. If nothing else, you should start a thread over there so those who have gone before you can chime in.

Sounds like you did pretty good on the price. Mine was 3500, but ended up needing a bit more than a simple tune up.

My pass-through idea is the same as yours. what are you planning to do to seal between the box and cab? Are you going to include a shuttable door?

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I re-read your post, and I see the bit about the accordion gasket. Any chance you can post pics of your finished pass through?
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bydesign, you probably already are aware, but there are a handful of S1654 conversions on Pirate4x4. I am in the process of doing one myself, and have similar plans for a layout. If nothing else, you should start a thread over there so those who have gone before you can chime in.

Sounds like you did pretty good on the price. Mine was 3500, but ended up needing a bit more than a simple tune up.

My pass-through idea is the same as yours. what are you planning to do to seal between the box and cab? Are you going to include a shuttable door?

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Just a curtain... 500D black cordura... snap in place have checked out the Pirate 4x4 toters...
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I re-read your post, and I see the bit about the accordion gasket. Any chance you can post pics of your finished pass through?

will try to get some pics this weekend... taxes put a hurting on my developement budget...
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here is a shot of the inside... you can sort of see the gasket





the bottom needs to be trimmed...
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I re-read your post, and I see the bit about the accordion gasket. Any chance you can post pics of your finished pass through?
will get better pics this weekend
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