|A view of the left from wheel well showing steering and brake system|
At this point the chassis is complete. Drive line is original Dodge with upgrades! All new brakes, the only thing not new is the rear shoes which were relined. Everything else came from Alretta truck parts. Originally I was considering upgrading the brake system to disk and eliminating the hydro vacs. However, I have to admitt I am not an Engineer and could not make myself feel comfortable with it. Plus, all my drums were in excellent shape so the decision was made to stick with the bendix twin plex system!
The wheels are now 19.5 single piece rim. (ebay) with new Hankook 19.5-8R tires. You can see a picture of one on an earlier post.
I Have done an extensive amount of structural changes on Harvee. There are now four lower storage compartments which will open hinging up instead of down. If you look closely at this picture you will see along the lower sides is all new 1.5 inch square tubing with a lip for the floor to mount to. In the rear there is a schedule 40 steel pipe and plates bonded to the fiberglass at the body line. This in turn is welded to the extended structure in the rear. Originally it is just the wood floor with fiberglass strips glued to the sides. The angle steel is for the bed and underbed storage. (potable water, pump, Etc.)
|65 Gal. fuel tank with in tank sump and fuel pump|
You can see the structure in the picture to the right. There is an I-beam added through the frame at the factory extension.
This Travco had no support but the floor in the rear.
I know this will add weight but I am lightening the interior considerably.
Should be good. This was a rear bath unit and had lots of weight back there.
You can see the Gen. floor supports and structure also. This was lightened quite a bit but made stronger by incorporating it into the "box"
|Drivers floor and front inner structure|
New hood with old hood bonded closed
I am building this coach as a traveler. Therefore my number one consideration in my decision to modernize my 413 with a EFI system was dependability. I chose Mass Flow EFI because it is a simple plug and play system. It uses a ECM from a Ford 5 litre which is programmed for my 413. The system is complete fuel, Ignition and controls.
|Mass Flo EFI showing MAF, fuel rails& Mallory ignition|
|ECM, relays and fuses. Will mount under pass. seat|
Ok, now just a bit more tidying up. Finish tailpipe and tie up lines, then it is time to put the floor back in. This is my goal before snow flies!
I hope you did not loose hope in this project. I sometimes do! This Blog helps me to remember how far it has come!
Please feel free to ask questions. If you would like to see detailed photos I have lots to show!