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Old 05-13-2019, 10:25 AM   #76
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Re: The Pig Rig!

I was considering removing our Suburban rear (middle) seat so that I could put a mattress in the back and have a foot well between the bed and the front seats. You can't open the barn doors from the inside so if you're sleeping inside, you have to enter/exit through the back seat doors. But LadyGMC wasn't too keen on the idea so I think we are just going to sell or trade it for a nice GMT400 pickup and a small pickup camper.

It's nice that you are doing a build in order to actually go out and travel in it, rather than just a show truck or something to sell and start over.
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Old 05-25-2019, 11:04 PM   #77
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Re: The Pig Rig!

the "bedframe" is coming along nicely



in the truck:



rough cut plywood thrown on top



further cut with hinge added



both hinges



lifts up gullwing style. I still need to add a filler piece in beneath the side rails to keep things from rolling out the bottom, but it functions ok. it's held in place by the hinge the seatback would have used, and I'm going to add a bracket to bolt it to the floor near the front on each side. I also need to add a hole to lift it by, and a kickstand to hold it up while it's open.



I also got a new favorite toy, Hypertherm Max40 plasma cutter, it's probably 30+ years old, but ti works and was about $700 less than a new one!

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Old 05-26-2019, 10:20 AM   #78
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Re: The Pig Rig!

So what is your expedition load out plan?

Will you slide you mattress to the front and have a couple feet at the back for cargo, or for a chuckwagon box ?
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Old 05-28-2019, 12:03 AM   #79
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So what is your expedition load out plan?

Will you slide you mattress to the front and have a couple feet at the back for cargo, or for a chuckwagon box ?
I was planning on using an air mattress than can be easily moved around as needed. I really need to start planning what I am going to take with me so I can figure out how and where it's going to go.

The brakes on this thing have been giving me hell, turns out, my brand new master leaks... that'll prevent you from stopping for sure.



the trans cooler lines were a bit too long, and the ends had the wrong angle to them, so I chopped the slack out and put 90 degree ends on instead. I gained a pretty good bit of clearance with it.







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Old 05-28-2019, 11:04 AM   #80
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Those "aeroquip" type fittings are handy! We used to find hoses in trashcans and junkyards, then go buy some new bulk hose and change the fittings over. People were throwing away hoses with re-usable fittings and thought we were crazy digging through the trash! I plumbed most of a log loader that way.

Anyway, I had a crazy idea about building a raised platform for sleeping in the back with storage underneath, and taking out the second seat like you did for access and a footwell and maybe some storage on one side. I think we're going to just trade for a long bed pickup instead.
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:21 AM   #81
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Re: The Pig Rig!

I like the reusable fittings, they come in handy for sure!

in the process of redoing the trans cooler line ends, I noticed the fluid looked pretty bad, I also remembered that the trans didn't really like to shift right, and being that I plan to drive this thing to Alaska(4000+ miles in a relatively untested truck... ) I decided to have it rebuilt, I called around, and after a couple hours of talking to very incompetent sounding shops, I found one about an hour away that said he could do it for a reasonable price. I set a new personal best, from the time I hung up the phone, to the time I had the transmission out in the back of my other truck pulling out of the driveway was less than 2 hours! he told me that unless something crazy happened, he could probably have it done tomorrow before he closed up shop! if he does, I'll get it installed before I go to bed tomorrow!
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Old 05-31-2019, 02:21 AM   #82
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Re: The Pig Rig!

Please keep the thread going when you're driving to Alaska. Love to see the squares road tripping.
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Old 06-01-2019, 01:18 AM   #83
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I'll keep the thread up as long as I have the Pig Rig, updates will probably be in batch form during the trip though.

well, transmission isn't done...

in other news, I found out that if I bolt my tow hooks up differently, they become tusks!



lol! I'm definitely doing this now!

I started work on the front bumper, but I'm not sure what route to take, I need to make sure there's room for a winch, I think I'm going to run one of these:

https://www.quadratec.com/p/quadrate...-stealth-winch

or these

https://www.quadratec.com/p/smittybi...n2-winch-97417

anyone have an opinion on synthetic rope instead of steel? my biggest concern would be abrasion of the synthetic.

the bumper progress is otherwise nothing to write home about, so far, I've cut two brackets and held the tube up to it.



it will be significantly more contoured to the truck than a straight line, but I'm not sure quite how much.
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Old 06-03-2019, 10:46 AM   #84
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I like the big square bumper, but I would somehow integrate tow hooks into the bumper instead of separate hooks bolted to the frame.

If it wasn't for leaving room for a winch, I would suggest one of those big pin hitches right in the middle of the bumper like logging trucks have: tow big triangular plates sticking out with a big pin that drops down through matching holes.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:08 AM   #85
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not much in the way of updates, I got the transmission back, it's installed, as well as the new master cylinder. the brakes are still a little squishy, and I have some driveline vibration I need to look into, I think I may need some axle shims to get the pinion angle right in the back, it's at a kinda odd angle right now. adjusting the TV cable proved to be way more of a pain in the ass than I expected, the automatic adjustment feature of the cable didn't want to work, so I had to manipulate it by hand to make it work, which made for lots of short minute drives followed with me under the hood for 10 minutes doing adjustments. the cable design is great when it works, but when it doesn't, it sucks.

I'm going to start work on the bumper again over the coarse of the next week, hopefully I can get something suitable built without too much work, I also need to find a winch so I can figure out mounting to said bumper.


1970gmc20, got a picture of what you are refering to? I'm not sure I've seen it.

most of my neighbors have been shocked to see the thing moving again... lol.
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:50 AM   #86
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1970gmc20, got a picture of what you are refering to? I'm not sure I've seen it.
Here's a walk around video of a KW:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBFiqe6SmRQ

That looks like a one piece bolt on hitch. I was just thinking you could torch something out of a couple pieces of plate or better yet, a couple chunks of large channel, and weld it right to your new bumper. I always liked to use something that had an L-shape so I could weld it flat to the main part of whatever I was building, instead of trying to clamp a plate at exactly 90 degrees.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:52 AM   #87
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1970gmc20, I might do something like that, it depends on if I get a winch or not.

A quick shot of the transmission awaiting the t-case



this was the first start of a bumper, I wasn't happy with the results though, so I scrapped it.



I then got 4 pieces of flat stock, drilled the appropriate holes, and bolted them to the frame. once they were bolted in place, I tack welded them to ensure they didn't move relative to each other.



then I tacked the tube to it,



then I cut two V-notches into it at each frame rail.



and, with the assistance of a 2x4 and a ratchet strap, bent the ends to a fairly close match to the grill.



Next, I am going to cut pockets to hold a couple of ammo cans and allow for storage of a recovery gear. if I can find on before I leave for alaska, I will also notch it and install a winch between the frame rails.
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