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Old 06 March 2008, 12:17   #11
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Old 06 March 2008, 12:18   #12
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I've got her parked up in the driveway now, thats when it struck me just how huge this thing is!

Towing her on the road wasn't too bad at all, tho the Isuzu got rather warm after going a mile and a half up hill

The biggest struggle is the initial pulling away from a standstill, I really noticed it when I was backwards and forwards trying to get the boat in the driveway.
And, remember you do not have engine on yet. I suggest you find an alternative to the Izzi. Is the Izzi an auto and if so you may want to do a transmission oil change. Don't want to appear pessimistic but been there before.
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And, remember you do not have engine on yet. I suggest you find an alternative to the Izzi. Is the Izzi an auto and if so you may want to do a transmission oil change. Don't want to appear pessimistic but been there before.
Its a manual, I'm thinking about taking the front prop shaft off so I can use low range on the road, tried it as it is and it didn't like it, even a short distance. Wish I still had my old Rangie
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DAY 1: "Deconstruction"

It's been mentioned on here before about how many screws hold down the deck on a Halmatic....they weren't lying!

Got a good days work in today, console and jockey seats taken out and centre section of the deck removed. No major suprises that I could find, every thing looks in good condition including the tanks. It's obviously had a refit, in 2002 going by the date on the new fuel lines. A new control box and cables have been fitted but they left the old cables in situ (too many screws!!)

Theres a lot of warping in the top of the stainless tanks but my guess is they have been like that since it was first welded up so I'm not too concerned. Anyone come across this before?

When you start taking things apart on this boat you start to see the quality in the materials used and in the workmanship, very pleasing to find!

Will post pics with the deck removed tomorrow as it was a bit dark by stage.
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Nett result of 2 cordless drivers going non stop all day!!
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Old 09 March 2008, 13:41   #18
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Few pics with deck removed showing fuel tanks and foam buoyancy
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Theres a lot of warping in the top of the stainless tanks but my guess is they have been like that since it was first welded up so I'm not too concerned. Anyone come across this before?
I think your guess is correct. I've made stainless tanks and there was no way I could prevent the sheets taking a bend when welding.

It's a nice project. You've done a lot for one day's work!
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Its a manual, I'm thinking about taking the front prop shaft off so I can use low range on the road, tried it as it is and it didn't like it, even a short distance. Wish I still had my old Rangie
See if you can find out if a set of freewheeling hubs from an early 2.8 Trooper will fit. I've got them on my Mu and it means you don't have to lose 4wd if you need to use it.
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