Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6

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Re: Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6

#841 Beitrag von pairospam » 2018-06-20 3:52:32

And this was yesterday. The thread is updated... for now.

Greetings.


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Re: Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6

#842 Beitrag von pairospam » 2018-07-11 1:13:36

Well… a few weeks and not one comment or reply. That can be quite discouraging though I am aware that this thread has been going on for a long while, and the last news and updates have been not pretty interesting, and so… I understand.

But even if this has lost interest for many, I still go on at the pace I am allowed, and I feel amused by the necessity to tell the story, as if the revival meant that all the bad moments and the frustrating episodes could be overcome and only the successes and the lessons learned remain. I like to think that way, so here I go again.

In general, June was a quite lazy month concerning the project, though full of regular work. Good for the fundings but poor for the progresses.

The AC installation had turned to be a real pain in the ass, and the lack of time made it even worse. I needed to complete that item in order to close the carter and crank the engine, test the pressurized air circuits, the brakes, electrics, etc. When I put the cabin back on the frame I thought I could go on more rapidly but, instead, everything became slower and more complex. I know… if not… it would be toooo easy.

The weather changed, fortunately, and the cold days were gradually replaced by rainy days followed by some windy, less chilling ones. No matter what, the dogs woke me up early every Sunday, barking loud and scratching the windows in claim for the morning run. They love to run under the rain. Well… me too.

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When I could I went to pick the 10 mm steel plate from Verardo’s machineshop, and tailored a copy of the unborn support for the AC compressor with it. It was really strong, much more strong than the thinner one… and heavy too. Eduardo was right, as usual.

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And finally, the turner delivered the spacer for the extra driving V-belt pulley. Do you recognize the pulley from Spare the truck? It was not a big deal, the spacer, but the guy took his time to turn it, hmm…

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Anyway, I had to perform some acrobatics to remove the fan, modify it a little bit to allow the new longer bolts to fit in, and to bolt it back in place including the new pulley with the spacer. It went pretty good, in the end, though I struck my head quite a few times against the frame and the radiator.

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One of the blades of the fan scratched the funnel of the radiator as the fan got moved forward a few millimeters due to the spacer. As I did not want to mess with the fan, at all, I opted for simply putting a supple between the supports and the fan. Four millimeters each side gave enough free space for the fan to turn as it wanted.

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As the time approached, or so I badly wanted, I ordered the cranking batteries for the Merkabah. The original design included two normal type and size 12V truck batteries, but since I saw the spiral cell batteries the idea changed abruptly. Two 150 Amp arrived one day in the afternoon while I was at a tea brake. They looked pretty good, and it seemed that the tray was made for at least four of them. I would have to think on how to use the extra place.

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Re: Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6

#843 Beitrag von pairospam » 2018-07-11 1:19:49

Once the support for the AC was assembled, I checked for the tenth time the fit, and it was really tight. There was no way to put the support and the AC compressor separatedly, not enough space to maneuver.

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I then used the old trick of the rope, remembering the front winch issue, and after a few efforts the assembly was complete. The alignment was perfect, as expected, as measured, as measured again, and again.

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It was really tight, and there was barely a couple of centimeters between the pulley assembly of the compressor and the hydraulic pipes that ran along the inner side of the frame. Probably, the V-belt should have to be mounted, some way, before even installing the compressor. Christ.

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The connectors for the AC hoses were also almost hidden by the support of the engine, leaving barely enough space to make the connections. It was a real luck.

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If I wanted to get a more compatible compressor, or a condenser, with the space and the shape of the space available on the Merkabah I would have never been capable of finding one, not in a million years, and they came to me, without asking for it, just at the right moment.

After a few more measurements to be completely sure that everything was aligned I took out both support and compressor and got to the labor of fitting a proper tensioner for the driving belt. Eduardo provided a tensioner for another type of belt and so the pulley had to be replaced for the proper kind, but the lever and the dimensions were the correct ones.

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Re: Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6

#844 Beitrag von pairospam » 2018-07-11 1:26:37

I was at it, threading the hole on the support for holding the tensioner, when my phone rang. It was my father with some rather strange news. He was with her family at home, having an opiparus lunch as usual, when suddenly they heard and felt a terrible noise and shaking of the house, as if a bomb had exploded in the garden.

They ran out to the patio and they saw with amazement that the old and big front pinetree had fallen on the entrance road, on the car, and partially on the roof of the guests room. Fortunately nobody was injured, but the C4 surely had seen better days. Life is hard.

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It took them the rest of the day to get the car from under the branches and the trunk of the tree.

I finished the support for the compressor, including a quite simple system for adjusting the tensioner pulley, and I painted it black as the mighty V8. It would be necessary to wait for the next week to go to Santiago to look for the right part to replace the pulley of the tensioner. If there was none available Pimentel, one of Verardo’s turners, would be charged with the job of making one.

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That Saturday I had a few hours to dedicate to the Merkabah so I went to the shop carrying a gift for the truck. I had to put the front grille on to be sure that it would fit, and after drilling a couple of holes at the proper place, the powerful headlamp washer pump of the old and neglected Terrano found a new home. It would replace the broken “original” windshield washer pump of the Merkabah.

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The grille had to be slightly modificated to leave room for the pump, but it was not noticeable, and worth of it. Furthermore, the aspect of the Merkabah with the grille on was far better and pushed many comments from the bypassers, as if she was “almost” ready. I limited myself to smile.

Profiting of the sunny afternoon I prepared a little black matt paint to finish the central plate of the dashboard that I prepared before with the classical three hands of primer and some sanding. To make it worth using and cleaning the paintgun, I took out the gear lever, the long one, and sprayed a little black on it too, but it was a disaster as the paintgun jammed while painting and splurted over the plate. I forgot that I was not the last to use the paintgun, and nobody cleans your stuff as yourself. Hmm…

I would have to redo the painting, which I do no like too much.

Next sunday I woke up by myself and surprised the dogs for an earlier morning run. It was pretty cold but refreshing. We did the classical route and I got distracted a moment to make a picture of the mountains on the east on the way back home and, suddenly, I heard a big splash.

Deva, always the restless Deva, got too close to the edge of the pond and fell down directly into the cold water. I made my way to take her out of trouble, and she said thanks with a big body shake that left me soaking water and mud. I laughed a lot after the muddy shower and we went on, arriving home almost dry but dirty both of us. Carmen laughed as well, but not that much.

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Hope you are all okay.

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Re: Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6

#845 Beitrag von Wilmaaa » 2018-07-11 7:08:12

Just continue your updates as usual.
no comments don't necessarily mean no interest.
lots of people are travelling at the moment.
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Re: Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6

#846 Beitrag von Pirx » 2018-07-11 7:15:49

pairospam hat geschrieben:
2018-07-11 1:13:36
The AC installation had turned to be a real pain in the ass, and the lack of time made it even worse.
Hola Pairoa!

I fully agree to your statement! I am just about to fit an A/C into my truck ...

Greetings to all and keep on! Finish is already in sight ...

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Re: Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6

#847 Beitrag von hjm » 2018-07-11 8:38:46

Hola Pairoa,

nobody want such a visitor in the entrance road.
The goodthing, nobody was hurt.

Regarding your rebuilding, or better new construction of the truck.
Your thread is a highlight in the forum and it's amazing that you still have such a high motivation to optimize still the smallest piece on the truck. :unwuerdig:

At the end of the day, I would say that the truck did not even have had that condition when he left the factory.

Therefor keep on grinding, welding, screwing and painting, it's always outstanding to read new progress.


Also it's fascinating to read your storys beside your the work.


Best regard, allways good work and have fun, :spiel:
Hans-Josef



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(I have an old Magirus truck in the yard, I'll send it to you when you have yours ready)

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Re: Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6

#848 Beitrag von pairospam » 2018-07-11 15:42:03

Thank you guys, and thank you Wilmaa.

It is not quite easy to discourage me, but a few words are always welcome.

More to follow.


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Re: Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6

#849 Beitrag von Joe » 2018-07-11 21:23:52

Hi Pairoa,
since a Long while I am more or less just cross- checking the Posts and only read those which raise my interest (too much work and other things to do) but your thread is one of those which I always have in Focus! Great work, lots of ups and downs (Keep the head upright even if the neck is dirty! :joke: ) but I admire you and didn't give up the hope to be of those to knock on your door with Big Foot outside. So keep on updating - please.
Mit lieben Grüßen von der Nahe
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Re: Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6

#850 Beitrag von tonnar » 2018-07-12 12:31:57

Up to now, I didn´t want to write a comment without technical background. But if you like some feeback: Gread work pairoa, keep on rockin' that heavy metal!!! :rock:
I´m looking foreward to the very near moment, when you can drive your truck the first time (no matter with or without the cabin).
Wilmaaa hat geschrieben:
2018-07-11 7:08:12
no comments don't necessarily mean no interest.
Very soon this thread will have 300.000 visits!!! :eek:

Best regards
Tino

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