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‘Mollie’ Bedford MJ expedition trucks

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A very impressive set up you have! One question, how do you get the spare wheels down, or up for that matter? I can't see any lifting gear.

Have you travelled far with it yet?

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It’s now time to tackle the ‘Oilly Bits”

So far she is mechanically pretty much standard. I added Proper Bedford power steering, was like looking for hens teeth! But finally found it, was a real ass pain of a job to install.

She is very well sound proofed, can have a normal conversation in the cabs comfortable RX8 seats.

Have disconnected the front prop, high level air intake, that’s it.

With being a 50 year old engine design, with the afterthought of a tiny turbo that’s back to front small intake larger exhale. She is asmatic to say the least on hills.

This weeks plan, to fit proper turbo, have modified a Holset HX35W turbo, bolt pattern the same just fabricated a off step to allow fitting.

Have also designed and built a cracking intercooler, so these two should add some much needed horses. Waste hate turned down to 25psi.

Am also going to change the air intake flow and block off the truck compressor re entry feed.

Have bought the 6 speed ZF gearbox, just need to fabricate a bell housing and change everything, gulp.

OH and wang on an electric cooling fan and disregard the aeroplane propellor 

 

will let you know how it goes 

 

 

 

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Thanks Richard, I employ gravity to assist in getting the wheels down, and a much more tiresome worm winch to drag them back up.

have also changed the steel split rims at 49kg each to Alloys at 22kg a wheel.

Have not travelled far with Mollie yet, only 6000 mile, have a 3000 mile test run planned September 

I have done 7 years Africa and 5 years India with former trucks bikes thou.

 

 

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At least you won't run out of beer with two kegs strapped to the side of Mollie!

Is there any reason you put the tyres up there and not mount them under your rear deck/tailgate and use a lightweight winch to open and close the rear deck/tailgate.

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Hi Zuffen,

The beer kegs are a 80 litre LPG tank, i fabricated.

The tyres are up there for a reason, I hit a tree branch in Rwanda  and broke the house box, it leaked forever after that .so the spares act as a bumper, would prefer to use a tyre than a house.

The rear deck has a built in top mounted winch for lifting lowering, its a heavy thing with Galve sheet decking and frame anyhow 

 

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So this weekends activity involved fitting a supper sexy hand crafted curved intercooler, but also stippling and pepping the 330 for the intercooler manifold alterations exhaust removal (got to build new stainless exhaust manifold to support much bigger turbo, may as well go straight through with better shorter system).

 

 

And a new intake, shit this is a big job! Next weekend pipe work, button up and see if it works

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Looking for any suggestions to which engine Oil I now put in, the last oil change I googled OMD 90 or was it 80?

Anyhows found the one we used to use, an eqivelant online- wasn’t expensive and seem to think it was a bit crap? What would you suggest.

Am going to be running in warm to hot conditions in the main, an odd frost at the worst.

Ta

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Guessing I am not internet savvy, spent hours trying to find the oil conversion charts, lots of mention of Clive’s corner and some links but none work!!!! Confused

 

turbo bridge step made, need to clock the turbo reduce waste gate to 25 psi, and pipe up.

more horses please 

 

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