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Old 02-02-2018, 10:56 PM   #41
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I got the plain with the anti slip tape. Better than expected!

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Old 05-24-2018, 09:38 PM   #42
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When you get done building rv you need to call Springfield in to get a packet to fill out. Send a check for any parts bought out of state for sales tax. They will sent a inspector to your address. I got my insurance through Allstate. They just asked me how much I wanted it insured for.
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Old 06-10-2018, 08:05 PM   #43
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How far are you on your build? I am in Rockford il. I built one with a 20 ft garage if you want to come and see it. How do you plan to tie down car?
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:29 PM   #44
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Default Update.

Seriously? Its June already?

Not much progress.
Found a broken wheel speed sensor, hope that fixes the ABS light.
Found a bad alternator, rebuild was cheap. Adding a third battery for truck as backup capacity, have to move a breaker to make it secure-able.
Found a cracked radiator fan, have a new clutch and fan to swap on.
(Very pleased at how easy it was to R&R the alternator!)

12 foot ramps have arrived from Discount Ramp. Took advantage of 15% Memorial Day sale, got the 24 inch pinned aluminum brackets, and Mcmaster Carr brought me 24x5x5 square tubing to have my TIG guy weld it up. These will fasten to my 6 ft liftgate, close to the truck.

GREAT NEWS!

The sticker with liftgate limits on the side of the truck, and advertising for the truck when said a 3300 lb liftgate. I identified it visually as an ILK-33 from looking up MBB/Palfinger-Interlift products.

It occurred to me that they make 4400, 5500, and 6500 lb versions, with decks up to 84 inches. Might I be able to order some "TILT" cylinders from the 4400, 5500 or 6600 editions and "get by"?

I went and measured the arms on my lift to see from parts PDFs which cylinders I was likely to have...and if upgrades were possible.... DIY sort of thing.

Low and behold, the riveted on tag that has the model # and serial # shows I actually have an ILK-44. Better yet, ALL the hydraulic parts, lift and tilt cylinders and pumps etc, all the pins, bearing and everything other than the actual arms and platform are the same as the ILK-55.... and probably possibly, only the actual platform is built to be "stronger" in the 55. I didn't luck out all the way and get arms that are found on the 6600 version, so I can't use its cylinders....

But I don't think I need to!

The ILK-44/55 (follow me) is rated to lift full capacity at 3 feet. So, my hydraulics are "OK" handling 5500x3 or 16,500 ft-lb of torque for tilting.....My actual ILK44 4400 x 3 = 13,200 ft lb of torque available.

The gate with ramps can easily lift the front half of the car up with ramps on ground supporting 1/2 the weight. Then I can advance the front wheels up onto the truck. Now the rear wheels are about 8 feet back from truck. If my 1/2 car weight and ramps are 1500lbx8 feet away, I'm only asking the gate to tilt and use torque of 12,000 ft-lb. Well within limits of the 5500 version, and even within the 13,200 torque of my actual ILK-44 specifications......

I think, that, I may have an easy solution now.... I'll have a shop cut these ramps in half and shorten the knife edge, rebuild the bottom of the knife edge to be rounded so it can slide back and forth across ground... and it will have a heavy duty hinge mid position that will simply allow lifting... then fold up, store on the ramp, and there is still plenty of liftgate space between the 24 inch sections to allow rolling on and lifting stuff up to the truck....

Sometimes, you get lucky. Will supply some images soon, and hopefully soon some updates on actually loading in the car successfully without goofy jacks, stabilizers, electric scissors or whatever goofy winch ideas I had.

stay tuned. (comments?)

(The ILK-33 I thought I had was only rated 3300 at 2 feet, so it had at most 6600 ft-lb of torque available... these larger series, 44/55 are spec-ed to their rating at 3 feet... a huge difference for me. Sometimes, man, you just get lucky?
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Old 01-01-2020, 10:41 AM   #45
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Default Progress: pass through and rear bench revised

I removed the rear 2/3 bench bottom that folds and the one piece bench back that covers the full width.

This left a driver side single fold up seat only.

I modified the rear seat back by cutting it up, and reupholstering the two smaller parts after revision.

I shortened the 2/3 passenger side bottom frame to the size of a single seat to match the DS.

I bought a very similar rear duplicate set of seats. I scavenged some bits of the back up rear cushion frame to weld into mine and facilitate mounting the two backs. I also harvested a second upright bracket so I could have a duplicate to the original one for the second seat, I did have to make a backing plate for under the truck with a nut to install the new bracket.

For now I used the back up rear seat cover, and itís cushion on my shortened 2/3 frame. Later Iíll splurge to have a shop modify the original 2/3 cover for a better match. For now, Iím happy. Seat belts in place and to factory spec. Very safe for two in the back.
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Old 03-23-2020, 07:53 PM   #46
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Default Update.

Sent in my app to the state with a check last November. I included several photos of the truck, sides, rear, front and even though not required, I sent in photos with the conversion as it sits, ie, pass through is done, generator installed, and the space heater is there. I set up an inflatable mattress and pillow and quilt in the attic space over the cab, as well as put up some plain white paneling along with a visible fridge, and the gas range installed in a cabinet. There is a ladder to get to the bed on the attic, and still, a rough unfinished ceiling, and plain truck wood floor. I hoped to get an appointment for the state police to do a hands on inspection so I could apply for the title, then get plates showing its an RV.

Mid Feb I got my app rejected. Check was the wrong amount. Much to my surprise, Friday, a new title for my truck arrived in the mail, showing Motorhome on it. (yea!). I went to the DMV Saturday to apply for plates. Due to the Pandemic, and IL closing down, the DMV had closed already.

Today in the mail... Plates and a sticker! Whoopie!

In the meantime. Bad news. The manufacturer put the wrong data plate on my lift gate, I have only the 3300 model after all. Its literally mislabeled from the factory. This was found out after ordering parts to service it that didn't fit.

A local shop has told me they can rebuild it to lift 10,000 lb at 3 feet, this will suffice for a dead lift. Waiting to see if they can work through this pandemic.

Second good news, found an aluminum 4 post lift with 10 foot platform take-out from a stacker. This will be installed with a reinforced floor in my truck to serve as a way of accessing overhead storage, and allowing me to use all the space over a car. So many options, and it weighs perhaps 500 lb only vs 1500 for steel versions. Best of all used, and way less than a new stinger that would weigh more anyway.

I will post photos soon of the finished rear seat project, I sprung to re-size the second seat, it all matches now and looks great.
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