Early to-do list:

Things to do:

Upholstring in camper area.
Fitting carpet in camper area.
Make console for overhead radio and aux. switches.
Installing interior.
Finish plumbing for water/sink.
Fit interior lights.
Construct bullbar/exocage for the front.
Make hinged sandlatter mount.
Mount roofrack and awning.
Install bed.
Construct table between rear folding seats.
Change 24/12 VDC convertor to bigger and better unit (Alfatronix PV12s)
Realign generator mount to get rid of the screaming sound from the belt.

…probably a lot more to come…

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Offroad test:

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We decided to take the Volvo out for a little offroad test.
Only few km from us lives JP, the owner of JP Teknik – a guy that knows alot about these Swedish machines. Fortunately JP is a realy nice guy and hes backyard is perfect for offroading!

We played around for an our or so together with a Volvo 3315 Firetruck, testing the capabilities – and it is very capable, despite the helpless AT tires πŸ™‚

Heres a few shots:

And a small video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpnAbb35EE8

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Why Volvo?

Previously we have been using our ’90 Suzuki Samurai for both offroad
competition, 4-wheeling and trips around Europe. Even though it is kind
of hardcore
with its lack of carpets and soundproofing and considering that it is build for competetion use with rollcage and sparco seats.

We started looking for a bigger vehicle but had some demands which were not met by a lot of cars:

Good ground clearance
4×4 (or 6×6!)
Hi/low gear ratio
Rugged and simple design
No electronics
Fair fuel economy
Spacious inside, without beeing to big for driving around big cities and narrow tracks
Preferabbly forward control design
Drivable on a B-license
Acces to camper area from cab
Fitting into a 20 ft shipping container

As mentioned, not a lot of cars meets these requirements, the cars in consideration was:

Iveco WM 40.10
Iveco Daily 4×4 (by Scam)
Pinzgauer 712
Land Rover 101
Volvo C303/TGB 11
Mitsubishi Shogun
and of course the Volvo C304/TGB13

Of these cars, some were to expensive (Ivecos) some to exotic (Pinzgauer) and some to small (C303, Shogun)

The TGB 13 seemed to be the best, so we went for a testdrive and fell in love πŸ™‚
Months going on, negotiating price and considering if it really was the right thing to do, we decided to buy it!

Some may point out that 6×6 is a bit of overkill for most of a normal journey – and they might be right! But we really don’t want to find our self thousand miles away from home, seeing a beautifull track and be forced to stay on the tarmac!

It might only be a minor part of the trip where all-wheel drive is needed, but our experience tells us that it is the most fun part (and the one you have to be best preparred for)

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Converting it from army to comfort!

We like the “no-nonsense” military looks and works of the car, but as we are planning to live in it for extended periods we need a little bit of luxury smiley
We are the 2. owners since the Swedish Army – the previous owner did do some soundproofing and changed the green wood interior to some black felt, but we thought it was a bit to dark. Therefore we bought 12 meters of fake tan leather and we are now slowly working our way through the car.
All surfaces are covered with bitumen for sound deadening and to remove noise from panels vibrating. Then a layer of PE-foam for sound and heat isolation and then 6mm plywood with 2mm of felt and at last 2mm of tan leather, giving it a nice feel to the touch.

Until now only the front cabin has been done.Still needs to build a box for the car-stereo, speakers and switch-panel for lights, fans and so on.

1975 Volvo C304/TGB 13 6×6

The vehicle is a Volvo C304/TGB 13 6×6 from 1975.
It has been in service in the Swedish Army until 2008 and is one of the rare “Alu-Zink” versions. In the 1990’s the army decided to prolong the use of these offroadbeasts and therefore replaced the bodies with new ones made of aluminum and zink plated steel.
So although the car is nearly 40 years old there isn’t a single spot of rust!

The Volvo is very rugged and simple with 6×6 and vacuum opereted diff lockers on all 3 axles, hi/low gear and portal axles which gives a whooping 40cm of ground clearance!
Equipped with a OM603 Diesel engine it drives wery well, allthough a bit noisy…

A special thing about this car is that it is possible to take off the upper half of all 5 doors and open the windscreen in the drivers side – making it much more fun going to some of the hotter places around the world. AND there is a gunners-hatch in the roof πŸ™‚

Vehicle specs:

Type: Volvo C 304 / TGB 13

6 Cylinder/12 valve
3,0 liter Diesel Engine.
113 Hp @ 4600 rpm
191 Nm Tourqe @ 2800 rpm
8 Gears forward (4 Low gears and 4 high) + 2 reverse
All wheel drive 6×6, permanent 4×6 with vacuum opereted front wheel drive.
Diff. locks on all 3 axels
Portal Axles
Ground Clearence: 400 mm
285/75-16 BF Goodrich All Terain tires.
Empty weight: 2280 kg
Max weight: 3500 kg
Lenght: 5450 mm
Hight: 2170 mm
Width: 1900 mm
Angle of approach: 45ΒΊ
Angle of departure: 45ΒΊ

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