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M-37 ' Bandit '
This album will chronicle the rebuilding/conversion of my 1954,  M-37   "Bandit"

Everything will be stripped, all parts blasted with Black Beauty and then primed with PPG  MP-170 Epoxy.  The frame and under body parts will then be shot with PPG  MOA Hardened Chassis Black.  Body and interior will be shot with PPG Base/Clear.

The Bandit is  powered with a Cummins Recon 4BTA driving into a New Venture NV-4500, 5 speed OD Transmission married to a NP-205 T case.  Rear differential is centered and  ring and pinions are 4.89's.  ARB Air Lockers front and rear.

AGR Performance Saginaw Power Steering, Hydroboost assisted disk brakes on all 4 wheels,  Braden LU-4 series hydraulic winch (front) and a 10K pound Superwinch Husky 10 (rear), STA Super Lug 900x16 tires and much more.  All parts/components are being rebuilt to Zero Time.
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1954 M-37 on the way home in the remains of Hurricane Francis Torrents of rain   Sept 09, 2004

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Shot some paint today to develope a color scheme  September 11, 2004.  Tommorrow will start a strip down to bare frame.  In the future, everything will be blasted with Black Beauty, PPG MP-170 Epoxy Primer and PPG MP-180 Surfacer, then PPG Base/Clear.

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September 12, 2004, removed winch, nose, engine, tranny, 6 hrs 45 min.
To my surprise, all bolts came loose, nothing had to be torched.  Many of the nut/bolts had been coated with Never Seize, even after a long time they spun off.


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September 13, 2004, Blue Wrench Day.  Pulled box etc.  Many of the large Bolts were rusted from being in the spray.  Removed trailer hitch someone built.  It was not safe to pull a garden trailer.

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Spetember 13, 2004.  Now to start removal of cab tommorrow.

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September 14, 2004.  Cab just about ready to lift off

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September 14, 2004.  First time the frame has seen light in 50 years

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September 14, 2004.  The weight of the body/cab surprised me.  Its a whole lot heavier than a Power Wagon.  Two people could not walk it off the back like we do with PW's.  Had to use my Engine hoist to lift it off.

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September 14, 2004.  Check out the nice safety wire job on the T Case Bolts.

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September 15, 2004
Final strip of frame prior to blasting


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September 15, 2004
In position, ready for Black Beauty blast of frame.


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September 15, 2004
Now to find a place for all the parts ??????????????


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September 16, 2004

And on the Seventh Day, I cleaned up and got my shop back in order


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September 27, 2004
Blasted with Black Beauty, frame is rust free, ready for primer


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September 27, 2004
Frame shot with PPG MP-170 Epoxy Primer


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September 28, 2004
Frame and Disk Brake parts shot with PPG MOA Chassis Black Hardened


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January 15, 2005

Disk Brakes


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January 15, 2005

Front axle Complete


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Front Axle has been totally Zero Timed.  All new bearings, races, seals, bronze bushings, helitool disk brakes and 4.89 Ring and Pinions.

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Along with the Front Axle Rebuild, the steering knuckles were also completely rebuilt.  I put the detailed pictures of the knuckle rebuild in its own album #11 titled Knuckle Rebuild.

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February 27 2005

Springs removed to rebuild bushings, Spring Pin/bolts and add 2 inch lift for the Cummins


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February 27, 2005

Spring Rebuild


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March 2, 2005

Springs ready to go back on M-37.  New NOS Bronze Bushings, 2.000" x 2.000" x 5.500" fabricated steel block under spring to give 2.000" lift for Cummins Engine. This lift block is for measurement purposes ONLY.  Lift blocks on Steer Axles are down right DANGEROUS.  When complete the lift will be done with  changes to the front springs.  The T Case is in position for measureing and will be torn down and rebuilt later.


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March 2, 2005

Waiting for long spring U bolts and this evolution on the rebuild is complete


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March 13, 2005

Left rear disk brakes being installed


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April 3, 2005

A few minutes here and there during Sugar Season to rebuild the LU-4 Winch.  All parts are cleaned and blasted.  When complete, I will have a album with pictures and descriptions on total tear down and rebuild of a Braden LU-4 Winch.


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June 4, 2005
Cab is moved into shop for some repairs and modifications.  It will then be Blasted with Black Beauty and Pickle X 20 applied.  Then set on frame for measurement with  the Cummins 4BTA Diesel


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June 4, 1005

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June 4, 2005

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August 8, 2005

Centered rear axle housing being made ready for install.


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August 27, 2005
Cummins Recon 4BTA mounted in test fixture.  The GM SM-465 is in place only as a rear engine mount.  The GM application rotates the engine 7 degrees to the right.  When finally installed in the Bandit with a Dodge Transmission, the engine will sit straight.


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August 27, 2005
Engine will be wired up tomorrow, then to pick up some hoses,  Then I can light the oil burner.


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August 31, 2005

4BTA is running in this picture.  She fired right up.  WHat a sweet running engine she is !!  Now to get her cleaned up and repainted in Cummins Beige.


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August 31, 2005

When the 4BTA is removed from the test fixture, the GM Flywheel Housing, Bell Housing and SM-465 will be removed.  The Dodge Drive Line will be installed.


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September 16, 2005

GM application equipment removed and Engine is in fresh paint


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September 17, 2005

Dodge Application equipment is added prior to mounting in Bandit


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September 18, 2005

Cummins is on the Hook ready to set in Bandit's frame.  Flywheel and Electrics are not installed to save on lift weight


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September 18, 2005

Front engine mounts fab'ed and installed.  Tomorrow I will fab the rear cross member under the NV-4500 which is also the rear engine mount.


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September 20, 2005

Off the hook and in Bandit.  Its amazing what a little Duct Tape and Bailing wire can do.


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September 20, 2005

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September 20, 2005
When I have the radiator rebuilt, the top radiator connection will be turned down.  The lower connection will be changed to a straight outlet.  Then 2 short pieces of flex hose to connect the radiator.


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October 6, 2005
Body/Windshield frame and Bed have been blasted with Fine Black Beauty.  It took 11 bags, 7 hours for the cab and 5 hours blasting the bed.  Pickle X 20 will now be applied to all steel.  Then rusted areas cut out and new steel welded in place.  I am planning on repairing the bed first and get it on the frame to free up some shop  space.  

My Plan is to have repairs done, epoxy primed and underside of bed shot with PPG Chassis Black and sitting on the frame within a week.


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October 9, 2005
Its been a rainy weekend, I got serious and fab'ed two new wheel wells, applied Pickle x-20. primed the bottom with PPG MP-170 Epoxy and then shot PPG MOA Hardened Chassis Black


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October 9, 2005
Bottom of Bed is complete, ready to put on frame and free up more shop space.  The rest of the bed work will be done later this winter


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October 9, 2005
The dolly's under the 4 wheels, let me turn Bandit sideways in the shop to load the bed.


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October 9, 2005
Bed is in place on Bandit 7 days ahead of my projected schedule of a week.  Next is to do rust repairs on the cab so I can also put it on the frame.  This will take longer as fabrication and fitting replacement panels and rocker panels is required.


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October 04, 2005 (next 3 pictures)
Winter in the North and salt take a toll on sheet metal. Front Qtr Panel is all eaten out, along with rocker panel.


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Entire area on front left bottom is eaten away by rust.  This will all be rebuilt with new steel

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Front Right Qtr Panel eaten by rust as is the Rocker Panel.

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November 28, 2005
New Rocker Panel is fitted and tacked in place


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November 28, 2005
Entire bottom left front and cab mount is re-created with new steel.  Now to finish weld and then polish the welds and its complete


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November 29, 2005
Front right Qtr Panel being fitted in place, tack welded and finished.


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November 29, 2005
New Panel in place.  Tomorrow I will do some rust repair on the top cowl right above this panel.


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December 1, 2005
Front Left Qtr Panel installed.  No more shore power plug or unsightly knock out plugs on panel.


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December 1, 2005
Its all down hill from here.  A few welds to polish off and the shoot the bottom with PPG MP-170 Epoxy Primer and then top coat with PPG MOA Chassis Black Hardened.  Once sitting on frame, I will weld up the holes in the cab where the tie downs were mounted.  Plans call for  the cab to be on the frame by Christmas.


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December 17, 2005

Cab is on in its final position.  There is 5.0" clearence between the back of the block and the fire wall and 3.750" between the front and the radiator.  With this clearence, I can slide the bed back some and paint everything right on the frame.


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December 17, 2005

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December 18 2005

The windshield is under modification, top in place and seats set in place for measureing.
My Goal was to be to this point by Christmas.  Now I can work my concepts in to final design.


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December 19, 2005

Cut out the OEM Seat Frame for the Explorer Bucket Seats.  Perfect fit, seats will have full range of power motion.  Leg angle to Go Pedal will allow Toe'ing the brake from the Go Pedal.


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December 21, 2005

Left front floor ready to be welded down, Transmission and T Case cover ready for final welding.  Tomorrow The right side gets new floor.


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December 23, 2005

Transmission / T Case Cover complete.
Transmission and T Case can now be removed from the top.


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December 27, 2005

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December 27, 2005

Cooler holds 12 cans of your favorite beverage.  Will cool or heat to 40 degrees above or below outside temperature.  It also has an internal battery pack to power it for 4 hours when engine is shut off.  In the right rear corner is a
cubby assigned for Col. Colt.


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December 27, 2005

GPS will feed laptop for on screen moving maps on the long trip Bandit is scheduled for once proven.


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January 6, 2006

Windshield frame in modification for one piece glass.  All non essential extra fittings have been removed, including the huge hinge wings on each side.


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January 11, 2006

Windshield complete and welded down.


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January 29 2006

Cowl Mounted Windshield Wipers Installed


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February 16, 2005

Inside of Cab is now complete.  During Sugar Season on slow Sap days I can layout and cut the new dashboard.


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February 16, 2006

The 66 Caddy Pitman arm fits like a glove.  Drag Link is dead bubble level, and when the pitman arm nut is tightened the drag link will be in straight line with the pivot point.  The Sweet Mfg Steering U Joint is operating at 4 degrees below max allowed angle.


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February 25, 2006

Built in Defrosters wind up the build of the new dash.  A NOS Glove Box door is on the way from Sid Beck


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March 2, 2006

Cab is done, truck turned around on the dollies to now work on Bed.


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May 21, 2006

Second Fuel Tank being installed.  There will also be a lower tool storage and battery box.  The two fuel tanks will provide 48 gallons of diesel for a range of roughly 1400 miles.


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Dual Fuel Tank Fills.  The Second fill is a stock M37 shortened 6 inches.

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Making a cardboard pattern for the fuel line cutout.  Once pattern is taped down to the .125 sheet, its cut with Plasma.  The cardboard is not even burned.

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Perfect fit, first shot

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June 11, 2006
The Bed is now basically complete.  Some finish welding and a few dents and dings and she is ready for paint.  The 1.00" aluminum tube crossing the box will be sewn into and become part of the roll up Tonneau cover.  It will roll up against the cross bed tool box and be retained with two velcro straps.


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June 14, 2005
The Winch is a 10,000 pound, worm drive Superwinch Husky 10.  The mount will also get a receiver hitch drawbar tube.  Tomorrow, I will add some more gussets and the rear suppport.  Then a Bumper will be added with built in running lights and roller fairlead.  The winch mount only extends 3.875" below the frame rails for good ground clearing.


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June 16, 2006
The rear bumper is a M37 Front Bumper modified for this job.  The running lights and turn signals will be Grote Super Nova LED, the same as I used on the Carryall.


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June 16, 2006

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June 20, 2006

Access for second tool storage compartment being cut in.  Door will match the lower tool box door.  Top compartment will also house the ARB compressor for Lockers and Tire Inflation.


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June 20 2006

Access to Battery compartment being cut in.


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June 21 2006

Tool Box doors complete


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June 22 2006

Battery Compartment Door.  Louvers have been added to prevent any possible build up of Hydrogen Gas in the closed compartment


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June 26 2006

Slide out Battery Tray Complete


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July 5, 2006

Bed is now off for final prep prior to Paint.


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July 6 2006

Its the little things that take up so much time.  I made two of these fillers right/left.  They fit in front of the Cross Box Tool Box, Headache Rack and M37 Bed to allow for gasketing to make it totally water tight.  The rear of the Cross Bed Tool Box also has a gasket bar that the Tonneau cover will fasten to to make the rear water tite.


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July 11, 2006

PPG, MP-170 Epoxy Primer


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July 13, 2006

PPG, MP-182 2K Primer


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July 13, 2006

All cabinets are shot with Gray Spatter paint with White Flakes.  IN the picture is the slide out battery tray compartment


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July 15, 2006

I shot hardened PPG, MOA Black in the bed to provide a good substrate for the Line-X Spray in Liner.  The Verticle part of the headache rack will not be shot with Line-X.  Line-X would Glop up in the expanded steel and not look good.


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July 16, 2006

PPG, MBC Red.


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July 23, 2006

Bed is complete !!  I was going to load the bed on my Gooseneck Trailer and take it to have the Bed Line-X'ed.  But there is to much chance for damage moving it between trailers.  So the bed will get Line-X when the Bandit can drive  to Line-X.  Now to move on to the Cab.


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New reflectors look great, Thanks Tom

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Second Fuel Tank in its compartment.  Compartments are painted with Gray Spatter paint with white flakes and then heavily cleared.

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August 7, 2006
Cab shot with PPG, MP-170 Expoy Prime.


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August 8, 2006

Cab shot with PPG, MP-182, now the wet sanding.


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September 03, 2006

The air induction system.  Air is brought in from in front of the radiator.  I will fab a air box that will accept a 2003 Ram CTD air filter and then on to the Turbo.


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September 03, 2006

Here you can see the air intake in front of the Radiator and the 3.0" pipe coming out along side the radiator in the engine compartment.  This pipe will feed the air box.


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September 18, 2006

The Laundry is hanging.  All parts have been PickleX'ed and now shot with PPG, MP-170 Epoxy Primer.  Next will be PPG, MP-182 Primer and finally Color and Clear.  Winter is a coming, got to keep moving


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September 18, 2006

Close up of air induction system.  Air enters thru the expanded steel opening, into a cyclone chamber where any large particulate will drop out, then out the 3" pipe to a  air box (yet to be fab'ed) and finally into the Turbo on the Cummins


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September 19, 2006

All parts exposed to road spray or the engine compartment have been shot with PPG, MOA Hardened Chassis Black


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September 26, 2006
PPG, MBC Black top coated with PPG
2060 mixed for a satin finish


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September 26, 2005

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September 27, 2006

PPG, MBC Red, will be top coated in the morning with PPG High Solids Clear


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September 28, 2006

All Red shot with PPG MC-161 Clear


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September 29, 2006

Front end is complete, bed will be lifed on within a few weeks.  All that is left is to prep the Arctic Cap and shoot it Satin Black


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September 29, 2006

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October 7, 2006

Painting is done.  The final build will be done this winter


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October 7, 2006

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October 7, 2006

Can't wait for the first test drive


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January 10, 2007

Front cover pulled off Cummins to Tab Killer Dowel Pin


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January 10, 2007

KDP Tab in place along with new front crank seal


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January 14, 2007

Console nearing completion


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January 14, 2007

The Ratchet E Brake handle will be here tomorrow.  Then I can button up the floor


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January 14, 2007

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January 14, 2007

Disk E Brake has been fab'ed and installed and 1st Gen Dodge CTD
Muffler installed


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January 14, 2007

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January 17, 2007

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January 17, 2007

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January 23, 2007

Bandit is on External Power getting wired up


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January 23, 2007

Once all circuits are wired up the gauges will be installed


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January 23, 2007

I am using a 14 volt Current Limit Power supply.  Each circuit is run and tested before moving to the next one.


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January 23, 2007

I am using a 10 circuit load center with a magnetic switch to bring it on line.  All heavy current items are switched with relays and all wire is run in loom.


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January 23, 2007

Yup, the tunes are playing.  The one song that keeps repeating "Big Sam left Seattle in the year of 91"  hmmmm


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January 31, 2007

All wiring is now complete and tested.  All that has to be done is install the gages.


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January 31, 2007

Load Center all buttoned up.  Fuse and Relay ID's are on the cover


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January 31, 2007

Relays for Headlights and Horn


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February 10, 2007

In previous Picture # 24, I had added 2.0" front lift blocks for measurement purposes ONLY.  Lift blocks are deadly on a steer axle.  The Lift Blocks have now been removed and new springs with 2.0" lift plus added weight capacity for the Cummins have been added.  The front spring is a M37 NOS, the Center Spring is the new Spring and the rear spring is the Original M37 with the 2.0" lift block


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February 10, 2007

Working alone, Everything is cribbed up super kill.  I dont want to have a BAD day.


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February 10, 2007

The new suspension with added lift and carrying capacity are now installed.  Kevin at Plattsburgh Spring did the work.  I told Kevin I had to have the 2.0" lift.  He took NOS M37 front springs and 3 leafs from NOS M37 Rear springs and  
made the spring paks.  Measured with a ruller the lift is exactly what I had to have 2.0"  And the rear shackles are vertical.  Thanks Kevin for a great Job.


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March 8, 2007

The fuel tank has been modified for the VDO senders and fuel flow  and return lines.  The gauge is tested for proper operation before install.  Now to do the other fuel tank.


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March 8, 2007

Fuel tank ready for install.


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March 9, 2007

The VDO Vision Series Instruments are installed.  These instruments have the numbers and lettering ilumenated from behind with fiber optics.  The Speedo is driven by a hall effect sensor on either the Tranny or T Case.  Its programmable so Differential Ratio or Tire Size can be changed and just reprogram for acurrate speed.  It will self calibrate over a measured mile or manually calibrate .  Power for illumenation is complete, functions should be hooked up tomorrow.


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March 9 2007

Instruments Illumenated.  A few are missing the green filters that were back ordered


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May 3 2007

Radiator has been re-cored, water ports moved and changed in size to match the Cummins.  Radiator Cores are thru the roof in price, what you see was $701.75


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May 3, 2007

Electric Fan is in place and expanded steel will harden the entire radiator/fan from rock hits.


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May 3 2007

Expanded steel in place behind grill


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May 3, 2007

Radiator installed.  All that is left is fill with coolent, pre lube the engine, pre lube the turbo and a few loose ends.  I may light the oil burner on Sunday.


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May 5, 2007

Its Alive

Time flies by.  I thought the Cummins had been sitting for 11 months without running.  I looked at the date on the picture when I took her out of the test frame to mount in the M37....its been 21 months.  No wonder this project seems to have taken so long.

This morning, I pre oiled the Cummins, pre oiled the turbo, manually pumped fuel from the new fuel tank to the fuel filter.  This is it and hit the key.  She started as  if she was just shut down and still warm.  No cranking, the starter  engaged, engine turned over and  immediately was running.  This is typical for a  4B series good runner.

The Alternator is alternating, the oil burner is a burning, the oil pressure is pressuring, all gauges working, and she sounds sweet.  Now its really down hill from here.    I'm going out now and start her up, drink a Pepsie and just listen  to her  run  LOL


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May 29, 2007

2nd Fuel Tank complete, ready for fuel.  ARB Compressor fits in cubby designed for it.
Hydroboost, JD8 Master Cylinder, Tail Gate, Hella E Code Headlights with Xenon + 50 Burners, Valves for Hydraulic LU-4 Winch ordered today.  Its time to get on a roll and
'Git Her Done'.


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May 29, 2007

Close up of the ARB Compressor installed and tested.  All ready to accept air lines from front and rear differentials.


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June 14, 2007

My Hydroboost Brake system arrived today along with a new 1.3125" Bore Master Cylinder.   Also the Solenoid operated high pressure hydraulic valve came that will control the Hydraulically driven LU-4 Winch.

The Hydroboost, Power  Steering and Hydraulic LU 4 Winch are all interconnected and will be installed as a Plug and Play package.

The Hydroboost Booster is built  to the Power Wagon Spec by Hydratech.  In the picture, its designed to bolt right to a Helitool Suspended Pedal assembly, Plug and Play.  The Power  Wagon Spec  Booster works  with the Helitool Suspended Pedals in a M37 as well as  PW and WC's.  For more information and pictures of Hydratech's, Hydroboost Brake system look at the Hydroboost album also at this site.


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June 16, 2007

I was told a few years ago that it was impossible to use  Helitool Suspended Pedals in a M37 since the brake pedal was directly inline  with the steering column.  This is true, but dont believe it cant be  done, and simply.  To make the brake pedal clear the steering column, you would have to serious bending (re-shapeing) and then the pedal would be shorter  in length than the clutch pedal.

Instead and a lot easier is to take the Helitool Suspended Pedals as shipped and just swap the Clutch and Brake  pedal.  This is plug and play,  requiring only a 3/4" wrench to remove the top pivot bolt on each pedal, swap them and re-insert  and tighten the pivot  bolts.  Thats it, problem over.


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June 16, 2007

Hydratech Inc has developed a Hydroboost Brake unit with a Power Wagon Spec.  This  spec details the billet machined aluminum mount, Booster Unit and a Plug and Play connection to the Helitool Suspended  Pedals.  Ten minutes and the Hydroboost is mounted on the Helitool Suspended  Pedals.   The Master Cylinder in the picture was supplied by Hydroboost, but it is the same one I use on all my trucks  NAPA 39017 (Bendix 11584) with a  1.3125"  bore  (JD-8 option for Hydroboost)  The M37 engine compartment gives much more available real estate than a PW or WC.  Look at my Carryall or Hydroboost albums to see how close the Hydroboost is on my Carryall compared to the M37 with lots of free  space.


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June 20, 2007

Braden LU-4 Winch now converted to Hydraulic Power with a Char-Lynn Motor.


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June 22, 2007

High Pressure Electric Valve


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June 22, 2007

Rear of Electric valve with O ring ports feeding winch


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June 22, 2007

A friend machined this O ringed output manifold to feed winch


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June 22, 2007

1/2" Pipe to JIC 37 connectors on output manifold


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June 22, 2007

Valve, Output manifold and mount bracket


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June 22, 2007

Assembly complete ready to be fitted in Bandit's engine compartment


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June 22, 2007

System in place.  From the Valve lines will go to the Power Stering and Hydroboost.  Other lines will feed the Char-Lynn Motor on the Winch.  Tomorrow, I will remove the mount and blast it and paint and reinstall.


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June 22, 2007

Rear of Valve assembly.  The 2 JIC 37 connectors will feed the Char-Lynn Motor on the Winch


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June 22, 2007

Winch and Motor install complete.  Tomorrow my 2, 90 degree close street El's will be at NAPA and replace the present ones on the motor.  Then I can measure and have all my hoses made and juice the system.  I can then check this off the punch list


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July 4th 2007

Todays Big Bang

The  Hydraulic System is complete; Power teering, Hydroboost and LU-4 Winch.  The Superwinch Husky 10 Controller will also control the Hydraulic LU-4 Braden Winch.  Both winches can be operated locally at the winch or from inside the cab.  Milemarker lists the line speed of their 9K Hydraulic Winch as 6.16 FPM, first layer.  The Braden Hydraulic LU-4 is  has a line speed of 7.250 FPM, first layer.  The Winch ran with no cable/load for 30 minutes and the Hoses just got warm, much less than 100 degrees.

Hydraulic Power is not cheap, in  fact it cost considerable more than staying shaft drive.  But it eliminates PTO's, Drive Shafts, Clearance issues.  And the winch is totally independent, I can throw the hook on you at 60 MPH and winch you in.

Now to get ready for a nice BBQ, Parade, Fireworks and ..........................LOL


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July 9, 2007

Custom front  bumper will be fab'ed from an Original M37 non winch bumper.   Two days ago, this bumber looked like a  Pretzel.  I spent a lot of time bending  and  straightening  in my 20 ton H Press.  She is good to go now  for a driver fun  truck.  Still a  lot of  work on her  before paint.


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July 11, 2007

The Industrial Grade, Made in USA Fairlead and Cable Tensioner arrived.  It has replacable bronze bushings and weighs 24 pounds.  Almost ready to blast the bumper and paint.


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July 17, 2007

Front  is now  complete.  Now  to  install the Superwinch Husky10 Winch on the  rear,  bumper, fairlead,  lights etc.


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July 22, 2007

Superwinch Husky 10 Winch  controller plug mounted on side of  bed.  This  way I wont have to roll back the bed tonneau cover to access the winch contols.  
The same controller also operates the Braden LU-4 Hydraulic Winch when plugged into the front LU-4 controller.


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July 23, 2007

Rear Bumper, Winch, Trailer Plug and Backup Lights all complete.  Tail Gate will be painted in a few weeks when I shoot some other parts.  I'm Getting closer to roll out  LOL


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December 1, 2007

One Differential complete with 4.89's and ARB Locker.  Second differential will be completed tomorrow.


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December 1, 2007

5 STA Super  Lugs mounted, 6th one will be picked up tomorrow.  Just in time, one old baloney tire now on Bandit is leaking  LOL


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January 25, 2008

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January 25,  2008

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January 26, 2008

The Bandit is complete and rolls out


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