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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #40 on: October 05, 2017, 09:32:53 AM »
Awesome looking project!! And well done.

Looking forward to seeing how all this progresses.


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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #39 on: September 19, 2017, 05:31:57 AM »
New spool gun showed up today.

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Now to get a bottle of 100% argon and start practicing my aluminum welding.

Toying with the idea of ditching the steel Argo frame and building one out of aluminum. I'm building all the racks and whatnot out of aluminum (for weight consideration and I just like working with aluminum) so it's not a big leap to do a frame too. Give me a chance to stiffen the old rig up. The floor piece is dented and rusty and the whole thing twists and wanders like a drunken sailor over anything even resembling uneven ground. It's eventually going to be a Springer, so stiffer frame the better IMHO. The suspension will do the work of keeping tire in contact with the ground, not a twisting frame and tub.

I'll have to check with my supplier to see what dimensions are available for channel and such.

Be good to also refine my welding skills. Racks first (ie: practice on non-structural)  then stuff like frame, winch support, etc.be totally worth it to me even if I only see something like 20 lbs. That's another 20 lbs of first aid or rescue kit I can load on or another 20 lbs that can go towards mitigating the extra weight for the Springer suspension...

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #38 on: September 18, 2017, 06:02:45 PM »
good job . you made quick work of that  8)
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #37 on: September 18, 2017, 05:54:26 PM »
That looks good !
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #36 on: September 18, 2017, 05:25:34 PM »
Floor:



Pretty close to final shape. I need to belt sand it down a touch here and there, weld the supports to the Argo frame, install the dzeus fasteners and make a hatch door over both body drain plugs.

Its solid enough that i can walk around on it with my 225 lbs. Very tiny bit of deflection, which i will handle by riveting a cross brace to the underside of the floor.

Some tie down rigs will double as something to grab to lift the floor out when needed.

Im a little back and forth on bonding some thin rubber matting to it or using some of the foam matting (looks like gray diamond plate).
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #35 on: September 17, 2017, 08:33:51 PM »
Hand made is the way to GO ! >:D
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #34 on: September 17, 2017, 08:02:23 PM »
Sorry to say i dont have one handy. Wish i did.

The big shear at work, Jig saw and belt sander will have to do....

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #33 on: September 17, 2017, 07:54:43 PM »
thats a job for a water jet.
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #32 on: September 17, 2017, 07:51:11 PM »
Nice work my friend !
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #31 on: September 17, 2017, 07:46:59 PM »
Finished off today making the rear floor template:



Transferred it over to the 1/8" aluminum sheet. Will cut it out tomorrow and probably take it to work where i can bend a lip on the forward edge so stuff doesn't drop off the front of the floor and down into the chain cavities. The floor is going to be secured to the rails with dzeus fasteners, but a nice wide lip will also protect the fuel tank in case it does happen to come in contact with the aluminum floor.

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #30 on: September 17, 2017, 07:42:18 PM »
Nice job. I like the way you anticipate what you will need & how to make it happen.

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #29 on: September 17, 2017, 07:31:27 PM »
Yep, low draw was a lot of the reason i'm going led everywhere. Leds have come a long way lately and now bright white is cheap and effective in an led lamp.

The argo is going to get an alternator also so i can run pretty mich everthing i want. Im going to need it if night searching as there will be lights front, sides and rear when rumbling down the trail or through the bush. It will be more about being seen by the Search object than seeing the search object. Infind the only things effective for a non-cooperative target at night is FLIR, night vision search or nightsun sewrchlight. In that order of effectiveness. Naked eye in the dark or white light is literally a "shot in the dark" if you find them or not.

All the same, i'll probably carry a couple hand held spots that will run off the 12v plug or maybe mount one or two on the cage somewhere that can be passenger controlled.
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #28 on: September 17, 2017, 09:51:58 AM »
The Plus side is the Very low AMP draw !
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2017, 08:28:00 AM »
Those lights look like they will be great for night ops.

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2017, 06:41:56 AM »
Mounted in the body and slaved to a temporary battery (waiting for more delphi connectors to arrive):





The last pic looks like its looking down because it is. I had to hold the phone up over my head. Any lower and the lights are blinding and just wash everything out. Its actually hard to look at them, they actually are that bright!

I had to square out the body holes, cut the mounting boss off the lights and drill/tap holes in the rear of the housing to attach body mounting brackets (the place for the bolts was there, just not drilled).

Lights off:



Lights on:



In darkness:



Night pic is a little deceptive because of the tree/bush to the immediate front. The big pines behind it were all lit up, but just doesn't show in the pics.

Right around 27!watts each and under 3 amps total to run both.

Pretty good for 26 bucks!

Edit: supermotors seems determined to post pics side ways no matter what I do! Lol! Its an iphone thing from what i can figure...!

I also took the drive clutch apart again and spun up a 0.0781 spring spacer on the lathe to replace the 0.156 spacer. Now its just about perfect. No crunch or walking away shifting at idle, tiny bit of flare before drive to get the rpms up for good pull away.
« Last Edit: September 17, 2017, 08:03:15 AM by SARgo1 »