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Post Matts new build thread...
Hi Everybody... \m/

So those of you that know me, you may know that I have been blowing hot and cold on 4x4s in the last couple of years.
I have even bought a Volvo... :shock:

But all is not lost, following a few outings in friends trucks, I have once again been bitten by the bug... I have purchased a 2000 GV2000, with a full service history and only 70k on the clock.
Its not without it bugs, but they can be ironed out.

This one is going to be themed along the adventure type vehicle, not so much 'hard-core' off road. The plan is to modify it and take it on an epic trip down through France and cross the Pyrenees mountains, along with 3 more GVs a defender and an L200.

I am going for a drawer system in the back, along with removal of the rear seats to make more sensible effective use of the space, 2" lift, Kumho KL71s at 205 80 16, front winch and maybe a rear.
This one will see a new tubular version of winch bumper, not one of the previous designs for those that know them, so hopefully it will also look the part. (Ant, watch this space)

As it type this, I am on lunch at work, so cannot put any photos up, if my photo bucket account even works still, but I will follow this with a picy post when I get home.

I must say its good to be back in the game, although the site seems very quiet :-?? , but lets see if we can change that... \:D/
Good to see some of the regulars are still posting... Hi to you all. :-bd

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As promised, some pictures of the build so far...

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So... as bought, in reasonable condition... Things of note, lots of history, brand new spare tyre and the little flappy lid thing between the seats that allways breaks off.. isnt. Bonus.

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First things first, a nice big hole for the snorkel. An eBay special that came as only the snorkel and head, no other internal parts... Not a massive issue, a quick trip to screwfix for guttering parts and it a goodan!
Note: for anyone thinking of purchasing the said eBay special snorkel, it does not come with a template either...! Makes things trick :)

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Looking 'mint...' ish :D

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So.. on to the electricals... First up, make a bracket to hold the jet turbine start battery i happen have lying around where the ABS unit would normally sit, if i had one :)
Made from some 20mm x 20mm angle, cut and bent in the vice, with some 20mm flat welded on to hold the parts together.

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And.. presto! One seccond battery. will eventually be wired to a 2nd alternator, mounted where the aircon compressor would be... if i had one... :)

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After alot of poking around inside the dash board looking for space to put a 2nd fuse/relay board, i discovered a good size free space beneath the steering column (taking off the panel with the 4 screws)
Many more wires will be run here eventually.

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Bit of a trial install of the CB radio, beneath the stock head unit location. It does mean i will loose the clock!!! whatever will i do... lets hope the stereo has a clock.

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Onwards to the storage build, forgot to take photos through the build of the box, needless to say lots of cardboard templates and cut/mark/cut/re-mark/cut was done.
All 9mm exterior grade ply, glued with battens in the corners.

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A shot from the inside, gives an idea of the configuration. The idea being that access can only be gained through the rear door, making the softop a little more secure.
Carpeted with tie down points, run out of carpet, the lower sectio will be carpeted too... at some point.
The whole thing lifts out of the back of the car, meaning the seats can be fitted should i need them.

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On to the next job... her rust back end. Having had a good poke around, i discovered that the back end, although looking not to good, was actually mainly surface rust.
So commence removal of axle and tank to clean it all up...

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After much swearing, rust in face and use of rattle gun, the back axle is freed from its ruber mount bonds... Looks a bit sorry for itself.
Quick pop quiz... anybody spot the issue in the photo..?
3 patches of oilness...?
One on the oil drain... to be expected.
One on the axle where i unbolted the brake lines... my bad.
and a third... where there should be none??
Turns out there was a hole in the weld line... :shock: about 2mm diameter, looks like a hickup in the weld process.
I reckon it has been there since manufacture and got filled with paint. Over the years the oil inside managed to work past the paint and hence... oily patch.
So on stripping the axle of rust, the small hole got drilled part way down, and ground out a little, checked and re-welded. Jobs a goodan!

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Tadaa!!! One cleaned, welded and re-painted axle. Much better.

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Rear chassis with same treatment... I got very... very... messy doing this job!

So thats where i am about now, there are some lights on the roof to, but i am not entirely happy with them, and may remove and replace with a light bar.
She currently sits awaiting the lift kit, as i am not installing the original suspension parts only to remove them later.
Can't decide between 2 and 3" lift.
I think 2 is adequate???


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Post Re: Matts new build thread...
Great write up Matt. :-bd

looking forward to seeing the finished product. Also I think you'll be giving Ant inspiration


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Like it. Really looking forward to seeing it when I visit. Epic roadtrip you say? ;)

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Post Re: Matts new build thread...
Awesome start, I'm looking forward to the progress!

Quick question, are all GV's like that underneath? as in no stone chip/underseal? very surprised to see that!


Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:08 pm
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Post Re: Matts new build thread...
Cheers for the kind words guys.
There is underseal on the body of the car, and some of the chassis. It dosnt seem like all of it is done though.

O... and forgot this one...
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Post Re: Matts new build thread...
Hi All

Quick update...
Made a doohickey thing for the kitchen/drawer area at the back of the car.
Made from 20mm steel tube with a tee of the same welded to the top.

Fitted with one of the Chinese eBay special 'CREE' (yeah right) LED cycle lights.
Did some testing, and turns out they will regulate and function from 7V all the way to 20V. Well... the one i have does.
So running of the 12v of the car is easy, and very low current.

Its powered from the 2nd battery and switched in the cab with all the other 12v and USB sockets under a single '12V Aux' switch.
Its switched on using the switch on its rear, which gives 3 brightness setting, and no flashing function. (on this one)

I may fit another next to it, to light up behind the car whilst at camp.
Its not as close to the windows as it looks...
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Took a photo of the LED roof lights.
Not entirley happy with the angle they sit at, they cant go any lower due to their design.
But will give them a try when she rolls again.
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Mounted the center console complete with CB Radio, switches and eBay China special Bluetooth Head unit. (spotting a theme here??)
£18!!! for a Bluetooth head unit with hands free.... and it works.. bonus.
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Also...
Been looking at tyres, and what rims sizes are. For anybody that wanted to know, here is the stamped info on the SWB GV rims...
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Thats all for now.
Got lots to do before I can afford to buy a lift kit, maybe even a January thing.
Tyres first I think, then i can gauge if 2" will do the trick.


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Noice :)

What tyre are you thinking...?

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Pics aren't loading for me now, Matt. Photobucket rocks. Guess I'll just have to wait a couple of weeks to see the real thing.


Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:03 pm
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Pics all fixed i hope, in your face photo bucket. Google... you rock.
Let me know if anyone wants to know how to direct link to google photos (formally picasa)


Steve.
I was thinking the kumho KL71 or maxxis trepdor.
Favoring the kl's at the mo, only as they are meant to better on the road than most MT tyres (big drive through France coming up), and that I have had them before.


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My last tyres wer KL71s. My current tyres are trepadors.

Just sayin...

The KLs are MUCH lighter than the treps. Many Kilos per tyre, and you can feel the weight difference.

Handling, I actually think the treps are better on road.

Off road, the KLs aren't the best. The treps are.

The both wear very slowly.


Are you looking for 15" rims, as I don't think they do the trepadors in a 16? I may have some knocking around...

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I also have some 31" tyres (dead) on rims if you want to try out for size.

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You got any pics of your truck on Trepadors Steve?


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Cheers for the info steve.
Are the treps really that good then?

I have managed to find some in 205 80 16, so they would be the candidates.
I will talk to my tyre man and see what can be done...
Cheers for the input.
Will 15" rims fit the GV?

I have this from an album, the trip when Steve dis located his rear axle Heim joint... :shock:


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Steve... I think I am sold.
Need to double check they are the size they are quoting me, but I think I will switch to the Trepador.
Cracking looking tyre, with great reviews as a great all-rounder (for a mud tyre)


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Honestly, they're feckin good on road. But VERY heavy, and you can feel it.

Mine are 31 10.5 15, and I reckon they knock 10mph off the top speed compared to road tyres, whereas the KL71s didn't. Acceleration is also noticeably slower.

It's not; 'MMMmmm... my spidey senses detect a 0.3% reduction in performance'

It is; 'Feck, is the handbrake on?'

Utterly bombproof tyres.

You can try the rims if you want? I believe they will fit your GV, but not all.

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