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  1. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    7/8/2020 OK ... throwing in the towel on the Corvette power steering. After much thought, that form of dated power assist is way too fragile for a 7,000 pound plus off-road vehicle. The control valve shaft will bend or snap off and the ram is barely up to the task on a lightweight Corvette...
  2. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    6/27/20 Update Larry and I have been working almost every day on the M152 making good progress. We are doing the heavy and hard work now … and I mean hard – installing he engine, trans and transfer case. We are on our second design of engine mounts as the first set was just way too hard to...
  3. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    Currently, I am using "LibraCAD", a free, bare bones, 2D drafting program. librecad.org I'm a retired architect that was once a young gun on the leading edge of the CAD revolution in 1984, even wrote my own software package that worked flawlessly for 33 years. Then, a few years ago, my aging...
  4. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    Hi Joshauk, the 4bd to NV4500 adapter was made by 4bdconversions.com. I just went to their site and it is no longer. My kit came with the Isuzu engine and NV4500 I bought together off Craigslist out of Yuma, AZ. At the time, the kit was selling for about $1,000 including the adapter plate...
  5. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    LOL! That is roommate Larry behind bars. Actually, I am attaching the same expanded metal as used on the rack, deck and original window covers to the front grill to tie the whole look all together.
  6. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    5/8/2020 Update Because of Covid 19 and stay-at-home, more has been accomplished on the M152 in two months than in the previous 6. In a nut shell, the Isuzu engine, NV4500 trans and NP205 transfer have been degreased, washed, detailed, painted, assembled together and installed. This was much...
  7. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    My M152 never had a Southwind cab heater, just the huge box heater that ran on gasoline. The Gobi is small for easier fitment with 3 adjustable outlets, made of metal, can be painted to match and inexpensive. Got it for a good deal on eBay. For health and safety reasons, I do not want to...
  8. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    Unfortunately, No. I was not that far thinking when I added the garage. Those are just rubber oil drip/fatigue mats. :-(
  9. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    Update 12/5/19 Both left and right wheel tubs are cut and installed with 5/16" welting. They look quite beefy. The hard part was getting the right side to match the installed left side. After monkeying around with the foam-core template for a while, I realized I could simply invert and...
  10. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    Need some quick opinions. Installing the rear dually fender tubs made from NOS M37 rear fenders extended to 27" deep. Already cut the existing wheel well openings with tubs pushed as high as possible before interfering with other items. They look awesome with 5/16" welting between fender and...
  11. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    Sorry for the duplicate. The edit/delete function has no delete option. :-( Glenn
  12. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    Update 9/24/19 Well ... it's been over a year since my last M152 update. Much has been done, learned and redone. After 1.5 years of trying, the origiinal, running 251 engine finally sold on eBay for $500 complete with clutch and transmission. Other items sold like axles, wheels, Southwind...
  13. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    Update 9/24/19 Well ... it's been over a year since my last M152 update. Much has been done, learned and redone. After 1.5 years of trying, the origiinal, running 251 engine finally sold on eBay for $500 complete with clutch and transmission. Other items sold like axles, wheels, Southwind...
  14. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    Dana 60 is coming along slowly the fault of the builder. Everything he asks of me is completed in two days, but takes weeks to get anything from him. Just got the axle housing delivered with passenger side loosely assembled and placed it under the truck. The single wheel spindle is about 3" too...
  15. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    8/15/18 Here are the interior drawings. My 30 year old 486 DX66, DOS 5.0 awesome cadd computer finally died. It was like someone cut my hands off. Installed the only cad software that would load on my XP computer (Libra Cad) and wrestled through the stupid learning curve. End product takes...
  16. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    Actually found some Dana 60 for sale. They were always the wrong ratio or missing this or that, or needing a rebuild or, or, or. Finally realized that after spending money to shorten and rebuild another's problem axle, I could have just built one from scratch for less. Over-built and a...
  17. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    That's Larry on the deck. Yes, I am having a Dana 60 built from scratch cut to the width needed, new discs and calipers, 4.10 ratio, Spartan lunchbox locker, 35 spline, chromemoly axles, vintage Selectro locking hubs, AFE ribbed aluminum diff. cover, olive drab paint. Should be done in a month...
  18. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    We will be making the video in a few days. Charging the batteries now. thmpr
  19. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    8/12/18. Backed the M152 out of the garage for the first time in approximately 1 year. Good to see it in the sun. Front fenders are removed preparing for engine removal. We will briefly fire up the engine and take a video of it running for the future buyer, if any. High Lift Patriot series...
  20. thmpr

    Canadian M152 Camper/Bugout Mods

    Update 7/20/18 Much has happened in the M152 build. EVERYTHING is taking longer than anticipated. Chores that should be done in a weekend take multiple weeks. Example: swapping the rear axle. Once the old 5.83 axle was removed, I was able to swing the hanging leaf spring packs laterally...
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