Truck Update 3/17/19

  • Received additional tool roll
  • Continued to organize tool rolls
  • Drained coolant
  • Removed old engine pre-heater (120V AC electric)
  • Relocated horn to accommodate new pre-heater
  • Shortened air compressor intake line (was rubbing on grill)
  • Lubricated and measured steering box adjustment stud size
  • Removed engine water pump outlet hose
  • Started looking for small power steering hose leak
  • Removed pre-heater outlet hose
  • Purchased and trimmed new radiator hoses
  • Purchased new steering adjustment jam nut
  • Purchased Zerex G05 50/50 coolant
  • Fabricated pre-heater mount brackets
  • Machined aluminum hose union
  • Removed brackets in engine bay that interfered with pre-heater
  • Installed new pre-heater brackets
  • Seam sealed and painted pre-heater mount assembly
  • Replaced lower radiator hose
  • Rerouted pre-heater inlet hose
  • Received fuel filters
  • Mounted pre-heater and finalized pre-heater plumbing
  • Refiled engine with Zerex G05 coolant
  • Secured pre-heater wiring
  • Started engine and burped coolant system
  • Test drove and evaluated fluids:
    • Nice firm brakes
    • Good engine temperature
    • Significant improvement in shifting with new fluid
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Truck Update 3/10/19

  • Machined sink drain adapter
  • Installed sink drain and connected to drain hose
  • Tested sink drain and checked for leaks
  • Installed anti-rattle straps on under subframe storage boxes
  • Took measurements for driver side accessory palette
  • Started looking at design changes to our driver side accessory palette
  • Started sequencing and planning final phase of truck build
  • Moved truck back to shop
  • Drained engine oil, transmission fluid, and differential oil
  • Ordered fuel filters
  • Verified correct oil filters on hand
  • Verified correct replacement fluids and quantities
  • Reviewed brake bleeding procedure for power bleeder
  • Purchased engine oil
  • Ordered DOT4 brake fluid
  • Filled differentials with Redline 75W-90 (GL-5)
  • Drained transfer case
  • Drained engine oil filter
  • Replaced oil filter and filled engine with oil (Rotella 15W-40)
  • Torqued lug nuts
  • Removed and replaces clutch drain
  • Reduced tire pressure to 55psi
  • Fit checked auxiliary diesel tank
  • Identified small power steering hose leak
  • Disposed of unneeded oil
  • Test rain engine to check for leaks and oil level
  • Filled transmission with Redline MT-85 (GL-4)
  • Checked hubs, differentials, and clutch plug for oil leaks
  • Inspected steering linkages
  • Reviewed brake bleeding procedure in Mercedes manual
  • Inspected rubber drive shaft boots
  • Evaluated options for adjusting steering box
  • Disposed of additional oil
  • Picked up brake fluid
  • Bled brakes

Truck Update 3/3/19

  • Measured for shield plates over rear wheels
  • Fabricated stainless steel rear wheel shield plates
  • Received tool roll
  • Started organizing tools
  • Purchased material for dinette foot rest
  • Inventoried and back filled missing tools
  • Fabricated dinette foot rest
  • Prepped, masked, and bond installed dinette foot rest
  • Purchased flex lines for under sink fresh water pump assembly
  • Made plywood mounting palette for under sink fresh water pump assembly
  • Tested cold weather performance of habitat using small space heater
  • Habitat was rained on heavily: no leaks
  • Sewed ratchet straps for under subframe box anti-rattle
  • Fit checked under sink pump assembly
  • Painted plywood mounting palette for under sink pump assembly
  • Bench assembled water pump system
  • Fit checked all under sink systems and located under sink pump assembly
  • Drilled pilot hole for under sink drain
  • Drilled 1″ hole for under sink drain and installed drain hose
  • Drilled hole and installed tube for fresh water vent
  • Bonded on stainless steel over tire rock shields
  • Installed fresh water tank corral
  • Installed water pump system
  • Installed water filter
  • Connected fresh water quick disconnect
  • Connected faucet to water filter
  • Wired and tested water pump

Truck Update 2/24/19

  • Fit checked and installed left and right bed decks
  • Wired and tested bed deck ventilation fans
  • Installed overhead storage bins
  • Installed stove alcohol cans
  • Installed Froli star bed springs
  • Installed mattress
  • Checked ergonomics of bed height
  • Test fit custom quilt
  • Looked at priorities for next phase of truck work
  • Measured and cut plywood for seat backs
  • Bonded and trimmed 1″ foam on seat back panels
  • Cut and painted support for aft dinette seat back
  • Measured water pump mount area
  • Measured, fabricated, and painted wire chase cover for over head board
  • Fabricated stand offs for water pump mount
  • Installed water pump mount standoffs under sink
  • Installed support for aft dinette seat back
  • Upholstered dinette seat backs
  • Installed dinette seat backs
  • Installed wire chase cover

 

Truck Update 2/17/19

  • Prewired GFCI breakers on bench
  • Made mounting brackets for inverters
  • Drilled mounting holes in under bed storage bins
  • Finished all heater duct work
  • Installed inverters
  • Installed GFCI breakers
  • Tested all 120V AC systems
  • Cleaned underbed area
  • Test fit driver side bed deck
  • Picked location for overhead storage bins on bottom of bed deck
  • Installed underbed storage bins
  • Carpeted exposed surfaces in underbed cargo area
  • Secured refrigerator power plug
  • Mounted overhead storage bins to underside of drive side bed deck
  • Installed electrical distribution panel polycarbonate shield
  • Fabricated cargo net top mounting angle
  • Installed cargo net mounting angle
  • Installed cargo net
  • Purchased supplies from hardware store

Truck Update 2/10/19

  • Tested solar charging system under load
  • Drilled bolt access holes in driver side under subframe storage box heat shield
  • Made heater duct distribution box
  • Cleaned under subframe storage boxes
  • Remounted rear license plate
  • Ran heater fuel line and heater pump wiring forward to fuel tank area
  • Drilled and painted vent holes in water tank area
  • Touched up paint in habitat
  • Painted heater duct box
  • Sealed vent holes in under subframe storage boxes with aluminum plates
  • Silicone sealed under subframe storage boxes
  • Added weather stripping to lids of under subframe storage boxes
  • Installed under subframe storage boxes
  • Bonded and screwed heater duct flanges to heater distribution box
  • Bonded heater distribution box into habitat
  • Measured driver side bed deck vent hole positions
  • Measured inverter area
  • Started laying out inverter and GFCI breakers
  • Wired and installed composting toilet vent fan
  • Installed composting toilet
  • Made new bug screen for toilet intake (oops, I broke the first one)
  • Drilled additional vent holes in driver side bed deck

Truck Update 2/6/19

  • Installed white rubber seal strip around entry door
  • Modified entry door screen clips
  • Fabricated insect seal between screen and wall
  • Installed screen mounting clips with VHB
  • Installed screen door
  • Fabricated additional battery cables
  • Installed battery cutoff switches
  • Installed batteries
  • Final wired solar charge controller
  • Final wired battery assembly
  • Set battery monitor for lithium batteries
  • Tested overall battery system using battery power
  • Cleaned and organized shop space
  • Organized truck materials
  • Installed velcro on bed deck contact surfaces
  • Drilled heater mounting holes
  • Dry fit composting toilet
  • Bench assembled heater
  • Installed heater in habitat
  • Fabricated heat shield for heater on underside of habitat
  • Bonded and screwed in heat shield
  • Installed heater insulation
  • Installed both under subframe storage box mounts and boxes
  • Started preliminary layout of heater ducting
  • Wired heater
  • Started running heater ducting