So, first things first. Can anyone tell me where the summer went? I’d say that things have been a little busy around here, but that has a high probability of being an understatement. When I left off Welly had just had his interior redone. I wish I could say that I’ve made a lot of progress since then but in the grand scheme of things, I’ve moved an inch on a mile. As you can likely imagine, big army trucks aren’t cheap and seeing as I’m also trying to get my wings (training to become a pilot) money is kind of scarce. After some finance reconsideration Alison and I determined that my build goal for the summer would have to be to have Welly out-of-province inspected. That in and of itself is a rather considerable challenge, but that being my only goal doesn’t mean that I could find some things to do that were under the “dollar radar.” So here you go, what all I got done this summer while not spending too much…but also kind of spending a lot. Oops.
Off with the old, on with the new. I had a fair amount of 1/4” steel plate to build a winch plate then only had to buy a little extra rectangular tubing to make the skeleton of the bumper, the rest was just smaller pieces of 1/8” plate. Total build cost, roughly $120.
I was also forced to do the air tank relocate with the new fuel tank. Lots of other DAF owners have done this modification which puts these two air tanks, which usually hang under the battery box, up into the frame. The large open space behind the air tanks will house my grey water tank at some point.
At the beginning of the summer I purchased a second motor and transmission. The spare motor is meant to provide me with a Bosch VE injection pump, grid heater for cold starts a larger turbo and possibly larger injectors. I was intending to install the new transmission but after finding out that there exists a 5 speed transmission rated to 12 tonnes available for this truck I quickly sold what I had and ordered a transmission from the UK, it should be here soon. Once the new transmission arrives I’ll be really getting into the guts of the engine so it can make some real power. Things are coming along and I’m excited!