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Chris Cooper

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After discovering the build forum, I decided I wanted to join the party & start a thread on what I hope will be my summer go-to funmobile. A little backstory first:

After building this M715 with my Wyoming buddy Harry:

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we got to talking about another project, something else to keep us out of trouble. I’d been wanting a camper for a while, something that could go places with some decent accommodations. I’d had an M886 army ambulance in the ‘90’s, but I never had the money, knowledge or facilities to build it out the way I wanted to. I liked the basic idea, just not the trouble involved in converting another of the same to a camper.

We were sitting in Harry’s shop, drinking beer, when I realized the truck that might fill the bill was at the other end of the shop:

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Put a pop-up camper on the back, and head out. How hard could it be, right?

The truck was a runner, it just needed a rear main seal and passenger-side window mechanisms.

And a heater blower motor.

And front springs.

And paint.

And an interior.

And a fuel tank.

You get the idea.


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Chris Cooper

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I love it.
Solid body? Everything else is easy.

Mostly: some rust at the windshield corners, in the cowl, and at the lower edges of the cab at the rear. Not much really compared to what it could be.


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Chris Cooper

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Back to it then.

I’d decided this was truck might work, so I signed up here & posted with some concerns, the biggest being power.

Test drive day:

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My misgivings couldn’t have been more misplaced— I loved it. That 304 felt like the 5.7 Hemi in my ‘08 Power Wagon. It punches way above its weight.

Let’s get on this— all we lack is finishing.


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Chris Cooper

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The very next day, I broke my right thumb in an ATV accident caused by stupidity, pure & simple.

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That put a stop to any actual progress that particular weekend.

All we lack is good sense, apparently.


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Chris Cooper

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I’d been looking for pop-up campers on Craigslist, and finding nothing much that excited me: sketchy ones were available from $500 to maybe $2500 then nothing up to 8 or 10 grand. Then I stumbled onto this:

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Like my grandparents had when I was a little kid back in the late ‘60’s, early ‘70’s. I thought it was so cool when Grandpa would raise that top and make a little home out of it.

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The interior was just like I remembered it nearly fifty years ago:

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and in good shape, too.

It had its problems, like leaky lift cylinder o-rings, bad Pirelli seals (they seal the top to the bottom), and a slight water leak:

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I noticed this build label, then I got to thinking about that familiarity.

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This camper was built in Ft Lupton, where Grandpa’s likely was, and I saw a possibility this might have been his. When I took into account the build year (1969), and the fact that I think I remember a furnace in his (none in mine), I had to discount this possibility, appealing as it was.


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Chris Cooper

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The next weekend, I met Harry in Laramie for a pilgrimage to find inspiration, and maybe a better grille:

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The Grand County Fairgrounds in Kremmling delivered on the inspiration. No grille, though.

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As a bonus, I learned about Hamilton FI and Alcan Spring by walking around and admiring the trucks on display.


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Chris Cooper

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Next I went to Wheatland, I noticed Harry had been busy with his new Harbor Freight gantry:

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We set about removing the unused stock fuel tank in order to figure out why it had been replaced with a plastic one mounted to the flatbed. After removing a really burly skid plate and the rusty tank mounting bolts, the battle was won:

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Then it was time to determine the capacity of this tiny tank:

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Given that I’d used about two gallons on my 16-mile test drive, knowing this had become more important.

I’d looked inside it after we removed it, and it looked perfect. Pristine.

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Not so much. Probably the reason the previous owners retired it.

That tank holds 12 whole gallons, by the way. Probably the reason the previous owner didn’t repair it.


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Most of the short ones where on trucks with utility beds.
Guess they were . Very strange idea on a vehicle that might get 12mpg. Mine had the powers body and it was built around the normal tank. A 13 gallon tank without the aux, tank would get very annoying real fast.
 

Jeff Jamison

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My 1210 had one short tank(passenger side,) and the drivers side they built the bed around the full tank,seemed strange that they did that.
 

Chris Cooper

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The normal factory ones (not cut short) are 16 gallon.Most of the short ones where on trucks with utility beds.

Yessir-- I bought a DS fender-fill from a member here, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

My truck has a "McCabe-Powers" label on the door that tells me (after some Google work) that it was a bucket truck, or the like, before it went fire fighting.
 

Chris Cooper

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Next, we attempted to make the interior latch mechanism function in the passenger-side door.

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It turned out we had several components missing, so those went on my Coonrod’s shopping list. Why those were missing mystifies me still.

Just as an aside, next day I headed home with a small thunderstorm forming off to the southwest of Wheatland, and me. By the time I reached Cheyenne, this is what it had become:

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I just barely missed it, the nastiest storm I’ve seen in my 55 years.


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Chris Cooper

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A few later, I head back to Wheatland, and Harry had stumbled upon a lady who needed to sell off the family home in town, and had some vehicles she needed to get rid of:

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This would have tripped my trigger thirty years ago before I moved from Colorado to Wyoming— I used to love vintage European sports cars. I even owned an Alfa, a Fiat, and an Abarth once upon a time. Now, if it doesn’t have four wheel drive, greasable shackles, and room underneath to roll around on a creeper, it doesn’t do much for me.

He also got these:

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And this:

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Lots of projects suddenly.


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Chris Cooper

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Next visit, it was time to address the leaky rear main seal. We removed the hood, and while I was underneath rolling around disconnecting and unbolting things, I discovered this:

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Add it to the Coonrod’s List.

With everything disconnected, it was time to put the gantry to use:

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With the engine out, the effects of a bad seal are evident:

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Off with the clutch:

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This looks to me like the effects of not keeping the engine straight as it is separated from the transmission:

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Got the engine onto its stand:

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Ready to fit these:

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