M1078 abroad

Plasa

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Hi forum.
Someone asked me to publish some more information about our truck and modifications we made, I decide to start a new topic with some pictures / stories....

Now 3 years ago we bought the M1078 from a german company that mounted the living box too.
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The inside of the living box is made of wood, with a webasto water heater to have hot water and also to preheat the engine in the winter.
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From that point a lot of modifications where done:
Oil line governor - engine head:
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Detroit locker:
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roof rack:
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winter tires:
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Christian
 

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Well, I must admit that (I live in the middle of the mountains) the locker isn't funny when you need to drive a lot steepy tracks with a lot of curves. At the end of a turn sometimes gives you a kick in the ass to remember when engages again....
I do not know if I made a mistake when mounting, but my experience isn't complete positive...

Detroit locker are a great upgrade
 

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Well, I must admit that (I live in the middle of the mountains) the locker isn't funny when you need to drive a lot steepy tracks with a lot of curves. At the end of a turn sometimes gives you a kick in the ass to remember when engages again....
I do not know if I made a mistake when mounting, but my experience isn't complete positive...
I have two lockers, but probably will only use one at my middle axle. Would be interested to hear more or, even better, a video of a lock up "kicking you in the ass" to get an idea of what you are referring to : )
 

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Some news from the front :)
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Due travel limitations here in Europe the only way to get out of this crazy world is to try finding a spot where you don't see no one all day, and to find out what is important for you. I love working on our truck, trying to optimize until I discover that before was better :)
On the other side you have to use it, for what you build it: to the moon and back!
 

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_20O0330.jpgNews from the other side of the ocean... ;-)
This winter is not only for Covid diffrent than others. We have a lot of snow in the mountains, so I got the chance to test the snow tires and the chains. Tires works very well, it's a huge diffrence between the Goodyear tires and the snow tires. With chains it's really a beast!
But as usual, due my un knowledge, I bent 2 air tubes of the rear brakes (the 2 vent air pipes) when mounting the chains. This 2 pipes are quite exposed if you have something wrapping around the axle.
I'm preparing the truck now for a 1 month trip to sveden, with low temperatures. Need to put some pipe heater in the waste water tank and pipes.
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All the best and stay safe!

Christian
 

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Plasa I have not been to Europe but your area is certainly beautiful! As far as your bent brake lines, sh-t happens and doing what your doing is the BEST TEACHER by far! I know it can be a total pain at times but for what your doing the lessons learned will not be forgotten and as you learn more it can all be applied to the next upgrade to make it even more successful!
Great luck and enjoy the truck!
 

Plasa

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Thank you Karl!
Yes indeed, learning from errors hurts, but it's the best way to remember it forever! ;-)

All the best ans thank you for your post!

Christian

Plasa I have not been to Europe but your area is certainly beautiful! As far as your bent brake lines, sh-t happens and doing what your doing is the BEST TEACHER by far! I know it can be a total pain at times but for what your doing the lessons learned will not be forgotten and as you learn more it can all be applied to the next upgrade to make it even more successful!
Great luck and enjoy the truck!
 

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The snow tires are from a french company that retread Michelin XZL tires. There was a long discussion on FB with Sean Fillner and Ken Spencer, but I got no news if some company want to import them in the US...
The company mainly produces the tires for airport firefighter trucks, I must admit that they work very well, there is a huge diffrence between the Goodyear and this ones in the winter.

Christian

Could you provide some details about the snow tires please? Manufacturer? Size? Thank You.
 
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