Side hatches step by step

Written by ralph on February 22nd, 2015. Posted in Boot storage build, Ralph's blog, Vehicle modifications

The configuration I wanted for the new boot storage layout required side access.  I had planned, for many months, to replace the rear side windows with lift up hatches similar to those found on some Defenders.  This is a step by step guide as to how I did it.

Storage Plans and updated to-do list

Written by ralph on January 11th, 2015. Posted in Boot storage build, Future plans, Ralph's blog

Having ripped everything out of the back of Matilda I thought I’d give you an idea of what I have planned.

Fitting Twin Turbos

Written by Ivan on July 24th, 2013. Posted in Vehicle modifications

To make life a little easier towing my 5th wheel on mountain roads I decided I neede a little more power so, a couple of months ago I fiited bigger injectors to my Cummins which are rated to give me an extra 110 horsepower.  To take advantage of this extra fuelling I knew I would need more air if I am going to keep the EGT’s in check so, I planned to fit a second turbo.  To facilitate this, the exhaust manifold has to be turned upside down and the oil filter needs to be moved from the stock location otherwise it will be extremely difficult to change once the second turbo is fitted below the first.  The top turbo is the modified factory HX35 while the lower on is a new, ported and tuned K31.

Engine Change

Written by Ivan on September 16th, 2011. Posted in Repairs and ongoing maintenance

In response to customer complaints that the needle on the temperature gauge kept fluctuating when the thermostat opened and closed Dodge, in their infinite wisdom, moved the coolant sensor from the back to the front of the engine.  The rear (number 6) cylinder runs the hottest which can cause problems because the driver cannot detect an overheat condition on the gauge until it is too late.  Pulling my 5th wheel back from a trip to the US in hot conditions it happened to me.  Number 6 overheated, melted the piston and scored the bore.  The only evidence of this was a “knock” and a slight loss of power.  It speaks volumes for the Cummins engine that I was able to drive the rig home some 2 hours further.

Delivery trip

Written by Ivan on March 12th, 2011. Posted in Trips and journeys

A good friend has just asked me to help him deliver a motor home and I have agreed after having my arm severly twisted.  This is a Cummins powered luxury coach chassis based 26 foot “land yacht”

On April 5th we fly from Kamloops (4 hours drive from home) to Phoenix Arizona via Calgary Alberta.  Thence to Sun City about 45 minutes drive away to collect the bus.  Next day we set out to return to Horsefly 1687 miles away taking in Las Vegas and Reno en route.  Arizona, Nevada, California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.  It should be fun?

Shopping trip

Written by Ivan on February 28th, 2011. Posted in Trips and journeys

“Her Indoors” decided that it was time for a new kitchen so, after much planning on the Ikea web site we set off for the nearest Ikea store to buy all the units.

I know, you are asking why I’m bothering to put a shopping trip on here??  Well here are the statistics: