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    The plastic fenders meet the requirements that mud flaps are required for, so what you see is legal. I got a DOT inspection sticker a few minutes ago so it made the inspection guy happy. I believe the rule says it has to come down at least half way.

    I think they fenders will do a much better job of keeping road crap contained than mud flaps. Mud flaps just redirect the salt spray to the underside of the bed. These I am hoping will push most of it back down onto the road where it belongs.

    I never thought about front mud flats before, but I will give that some thought. The rocker panels and door bottoms were where I had rust issues on the 2000, so that may be something to ponder. We have a good 4 to 5 months of salt and sand around these parts.

    I also picked up a couple of gallons of Boeshield T-9 rust inhibitor, and I plan on brushing it on everywhere I can get to on the underside.

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    It's been a while...

    I made some side boards for the bed out of aluminum channel and Trex Comosite Lumber. Now at least I can use it as a pickup truck... important because I sold my old 2000 F350 a couple weeks ago (for twice what the dealer offered me in trade-in value).

    This weekend I am working on the auxiliary, frame mount battery bracket. It's about 80% complete but I need to wait for the rain to stop before I can finish it.

    I guess I need to take and post some pictures.

    With the exception of a couple of massive D-rings for attaching the hold-down strap, the battery bracket is all stainless steel. I never welded stainless steel using proper stainless steel welding wire and proper shielding gas before. I had to short term rent a tank of Argon/CO2 as well, as all I actually own are a couple of 20# and one 50# CO2 cylinders.

    I usually use straight CO2 gas in my MIG welder. CO2 shielding gas is wicked cheap. A tank full lasts "forever", and the welds are actually stronger than when welding with more expensive shielding gas. It also means I always have a backup tank for my kegerator or visa versa in case one runs dry.

    However, CO2 welds are not all that pretty. If you weld stainless with it, the welds will start to rust fairly quickly. With this expensive gas and stainless wire the welds come out really nice. Sadly, there is about 100 times more CO2 in a straight CO2 tank fill versus a CO2/Argon tank fill, and the price is actually a little bit more expensive for the Argon mixture in any given cylinder size.

    I picked up a marine battery box and a Marine deep cycle battery yesterday. Not a good time of the year to go shopping for either. No one buys Marine batteries around here in October. I found a battery at the second Tractor Supply I went to and the battery box was found at Walmart.

    My original plan was to mount a sealed plastic electrical box on the side of the battery tray to install the battery isolator and the time delay auto shutoff relays. It bothered me to put them there though. I figured they would be exposed to flying rocks and road salt and eventually I would have issues with them.

    While staring into the engine comportment at the factory battery location, I noticed that there was a huge empty space in front of the factory battery. I almost think that space is where they squeeze a second battery for the diesel engines. I would not want to squeeze my auxiliary battery in there as it would get in the way of a number of routine engine maintenance processes. However, I think I can bolt a bit aluminum angle in there (4" maybe?) and mount the isolators and a lot of other things right in that location.

    If the rain stops, I will post some more pictures later this evening.

    Rick

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    Well, in spite of the forecast and weather radar image to the contrary, it kept raining most of today. In spite of that, I did get some stuff accomplished.

    For what it's worth, here is what the truck looks like today...



    I mostly finished up the auxiliary battery holder. It needs an hour or two of effort with an angle grinder and a wire wheel to look good, and then there is the part about drilling four 1/2" holes in both the holder and also the frame so I can bolt it in place... all something that is best done on a sunny day...





    Rick

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    Excellent job on the stake body, looks great! I see you got some chrome wheel inserts. That didn't take you long hehe. Keep on posting SNO

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    Yup... definitely needed the wheel covers (Stainless Steel BTW)... Pacific Duallies... $400+ list price ... $200 bucks on Amazon.

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    Glad to see the new truck and the work your starting on with it. Any thing decided on the monitor you will be using? Also the plans for the isolators sound great up front in the extra space. Look forward to pics.

    So says latinmaxima, so it shall be! now Free

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    There is confusion about what already modded monitor will fit in this dash. One dealer says he has one that will fit. Another one, selling the same monitor, says it wont fit. The adapter manufacturer says they aren't sure if it will fit or not, and asked me to send them a picture of the dash (which I haven't done yet).

    I was thinking along a different line recently anyway. Right now, I am planning on a custom center console to hold a CB radio, some ham radio equipment, a scanner, and a commercial two way radio. I believe I can get the carputer in there as well. I was toying with a concept of a a console lid that opens forward, and I was thinking I could maybe put a bigger touch screen in the lid.

    Once the auxiliary battery is installed and I add some extra lighting (strobes and such), the next task would be to drag out all the radios and the carputer and stack them up to see how big the whole mess will be. If a cover with a screen in it will fit, that is my current plan. That way I can close the lid and everything will just disappear out of sight. It will also allow me to use a "bigger than 7 or 8 inch" monitor as well.

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    I spent some time this weekend working on the auxiliary battery installation.

    The battery tray is all finished. Four 1/2" holes are drilled in the truck's frame to mount it. Drilling 1/2" holes in both the trucks frame and also the batter tray sucked. The tray is 3/16" stainless and the trucks frame is around 3/16" steel as well. As it was getting dark as I drilled the last hole I sprayed the holes in the frame with a heavy application of black epoxy spray paint to seal up the exposed raw metal where I did the drilling. I can put the tray in some time this week after the paint has had a chance to dry.

    I also did some work fabricating and installing the aluminum bracket that the battery isolator will mount to. I took advantage of the convenient location to also use it to hold relays for fog and driving lights, and also both the relay and compressor for the Wolo air horn. The bracket is right next to the main battery... perfect spot for it.

    I haven't done the wiring yet, but the hard part is done. The Anderson battery isolator is the relay-like thing closest to the truck's battery.

    The engine compartment frame that I bolted it to isn't flat in that area. To make the bracket sit nicely I put a sheet of 1/8" rubber between the bracket and the frame. The rubber is doubled up where the threaded insert is located to take up more space.






    Wolo high output air horn compressor is tucked underneath...



    There was an existing hole with a threaded insert in the engine compartment frame that I was able to thread a metric bolt into to hold the bracket... but I needed a second bolt to make it really stay in place. I drilled a hole into the engine compartment frame and was able to push a 5/16" bolt thru the back of it. The back side is really hard to get to, and I figured if I slipped the bolt would have been totally lost. I permanently welded an Allen Key to a socked head bolt so that it would be easier to install and also easier if I had to take it out again in the future....





    If you need a portable "table" to keep tools on while you work on your car, a rubbermaid trashcan with the lid flipped over works awesome. It is almost like they made it for this purpose. The lid fits nicely upside down, and the recessed lid means stuff wont roll off. You can just sorta chuck a tool or some bolts in it from a couple feet away and they stay put. It even doubles as a trash can !
    Last edited by Rickk; 10-14-2013 at 07:08 PM.

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    Auxiliary battery bracket installed tonight, but it was too dark to take a picture of it when I was done.

    I also snagged (for free) a very slightly used Garmin Dezl GPS unit. It was minus the cables and bracket, which were still in the truck that it used to be in on the day that it was sold, so "free" meant about $80 bucks for the needed accessories (nothing "free" is ever "free).

    I went on a cross country trip once with this very GPS unit. There were two of us in the cab... pilot and navigator. There were times that I really wished that we had two GPS units in the truck... one so the driver could use it to drive, while the second one could be used by the Navigator to find things like food/fuel/hotels.

    So, now I will have two in this truck - the Dezl and the Carputer.

    The Garmin Dezl is a Garmin GPS made specifically for trucks. It lets you put in vehicle info like height, weight, length, and it routes you around things you cant go through (like low bridges or restricted roads). It also gives live traffic info and it even will tell you if there is a weigh station up ahead and if if it open or not. It finds truck stops for you too.

    The Dezl has a 5" screen and has a back up camera input. The integral backup camera input means that I don't have to shop for a carputer touchscreen with a backup camera input any more, opening up a whole bunch of new possibilities.

    I updated the Dezl map database (free) and also paid $10 bucks to get Homer Simpson's voice installed on it. Well worth the $10 bucks.

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    Well, it has gotten cold out here in Massachusetts.

    I hate cold... little urge to be outside messing with anything that I don't have to mess with. My treks outside have mostly been to split and stack firewood to keep me warm.

    I might get a chance to do a few things in the next few weeks if the weather cooperates. I have a ton of "use or loose" vacation time left, so there will be more than a few days off this month.

    I actually did do a bit, sort of, on this project in the last 6 weeks though....

    The truck's purpose is more than to cart my butt around. It is also to move my llamas around. I set out in a different direction (N,S,E,W) every Saturday for the past month looking for a good deal on a suitable horse/livestock trailer. I finally found one and brought it home.

    It is in decent shape except for the electrical system. That is totally hosed. I am ripping out every lamp and every wire and every switch and replacing it all with Marine grade wire and all LED lighting.

    Then the interesting part starts.

    I want cameras in the trailer.

    My plan is to put a few Foscam IP cameras in there, and one for a backup camera as well. Somehow I am going to build a big network that they all will connect to.

    I've been trying to figure this all out. There are a couple of options. I can put a router and a wifi access point in the trailer, and would be able to log into it with the wifi connection in the truckputer. Alternatively, I could put the router in the truck and let the trailer cameras log into that instead. I would put a second high power wifi unit either way on the WAN end of the router so that I could connect to any free wifi access points I encounter thru that.

    Both methods would work. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods. As I wont be diving heavy into this until late March when the snow goes away it will be a while before I have to decide.



    Has anyone every put a router into their carputer with wifi setup and... how did you do it I wonder?
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