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Amphibious HEMTT

WaterH

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Note on last post, I ordered one of those Gates belt tension gauges. It a POS. Never thought Gates would build something of such poor quality.

Anyways I have another up date.

While working on the never ending task of wiring, I realized I need a dimmer switch. I've always liked a floor dimmer and I truly delight in explaining it to younguns on my Bronco. I also wanted a left foot rest. I figured I should incorporate them together. I made a foot rest on the pax side next to the window. The main purpose is to have something to push against in the event of a exciting situation. (Other than the window) On the driver's side there wasn't any room for a rest next to the window, so I needed it to go over the window. Of course, it couldn't be solid or it would defeat the purpose of the window. So those were the goals.

I decided to make the whole thing out of stainless so it wouldn't rust after I scratch the paint off. It was to be fashioned into a grating to be "see through".

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I started with stainless flat bar 1" x 1/8" welded in to some stainless angle. Since I wanted it to be as invisible as possible, I welded the rails at a slight angle. This proved to be quite a chore to set up.

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I clamped a spacer in between to keep it straight, spaced and at the correct angle.

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I had to make a location for the dimmer switch, so I just flipped a some section of angle around to form a pocket.

I kept moving the spacer and welding new rails in at the same angle.


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After making some mounts to raise it about an inch over the glass, I tried it out.

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Not real noticeable from the outside. I think it will be less noticeable after paint, glass and the bumper is back on.

It looks decent.

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When sitting in the driver's seat, you can see how the slats line up with your eyes.

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Of course, if I'm using the rest or the dimmer, most of the view is blocked.

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It took a long time to make, but I'm happy with it. Its heavier than you would think. It also appears to be very strong when pushing yourself into the seat.
 

WaterH

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So even though I've been working on the time machine, I still work on the HEMTT.

The same day I bought the Delorean I also bought these rollers. I plan to use them to make it easier to paint the cab.

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I covered the bottom of the sleeper bed with some Kilmat. It's supposed to deaden sound and insulate heat/cold. I hope it stays stuck hanging upside down over a hot engine.

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I painted my first big part with the HF spraygun. Not sure if you can see here, but it didn't really come out nice. It should go on wet and dry flat. This went on flat and dried uneven.

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It also was rough. I'm not looking for concourse here, but that won't do. So I thinned the paint 2 parts paint, one part thinner. Sprayed a second coat.

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Again, you probably can't see it here, but it's much better.
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In other news, I'm almost finished with wiring. What a mess. Now that it works, I have to "neaten" it up.


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This would be so so much easier if it was a buggy with no heat and AC.


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WaterH

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awesome. paint always looks better in pictures :laughing:

To be clear, the only color paint is the panel hanging on the paint rack. I know the front of the truck looks like it, but it's just primer. I screwed the panel on the cab and it looks good. I need to take a pic. Can't wait till the cab is done.
 

WaterH

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So I got some more work done. Not lots to show.

Painted wheels.

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I'm pretty sure the wheels are going to stay green. I think it looks good against the black tires. The only prep I did for the wheels is scuff them with sand paper and wipe em down with acetone.

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Two coats with some scotch brite in between. My paint booth is the outside wind. The first time I wore a mask since covid began was painting the wheels. (The deep dish seems to blow it back in my face.)

I painted the bed floor with rustolium "bedliner". The finish is nice, but I couldn't get it to go on without streaks. I might remove it later and get it done at a LineX place.

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Before screwing down the bed, I changed the intake tube. Not sure if I have a pic earlier in the thread, but originally I had one long flex tube. It is aircraft high temp tube of good quality, but I didn't like so long a run of flex tube. So I put aluminum tube on the long straight runs.

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The aircleaner on the end is temporary. The real one is mounted to the bed side with some more of the red flex hose.

The truck looks funny with the rollers on it. I'm soon going to paint the cab green. (The black camo comes later)

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Paint is going slow because I have to deburr, scotch brite, acetone, and prime every piece first. Some pieces I have to rivet also. It's a lot of work and I still think I'm not really doing a good job. On top of all this, right now I'm getting a lot of work teaching people to fly.
 

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Boy that aluminum tube really pays off in both asthetics and air flow. Eveb dryer vent makes me cringe. Flexible anything is never a permanent replacement for anything ever. on a car.
 

WaterH

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So we have some good painting weather and I got busy. First I set up my paint booth fan.

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Masked the cab, hit it with final rub of scotch brite and let the HF paint gun loose. First coat looks a little light.

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One more coat and it looks fairly uniform.


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Pulled it out in the sun to bake.

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I looked it over good and I only found one run. It was small and up high by the rain gutter. I'm pretty happy.

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I'm working on fenders now.
 

evernoob

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Wait, how is it amphibious with the air intake that low?
 

subybaja

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Bitchin rimz, brah1!!1

:flipoff2:

You're just like Calvin out there screwing around in the back yard building army trucks, aren't you?! WIN! :laughing:

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WaterH

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Thanx Subybaja, you got me pegged. Lol.

Still plodding along painting stuff. Working on the Delorean definitely slowed my progress. Not much to show, but I did need to make an cold air intake. I just whipped one up. It just screws on the side of the bed. I didn't get a pic of the hole in the side, but you get the idea. A hose clamps on the bottom that goes to the aircleaner.

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With that done, I painted the bed sides. I'm going to round up some help to mount the sides on the truck without scratching it to hell.
 
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gt1guy

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Great progress.

I always take a different approach when painting. I'm more of a "feed the runs" guy.:flipoff2:
 

geckoadventure

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I'm still watching your build and my build both started in 2011 lol but I'm now closer to completion lol.
 

WaterH

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I'm still watching your build and my build both started in 2011 lol but I'm now closer to completion lol.
Yea, but your building three trucks and have to drive 200 miles through the jungle just to work on it. So your years ahead of me. Of course, the only thing my "hot pants" will help with is bleeding the brakes. Lol
 
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