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    That looks mint!

    All dressed up and waiting for the beer to arrive.
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    I concur, everything is straight!! Nice work, once again.
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    K-fab, now that your project is nearly finished, I have to ask; After the years of planning, countless hours of work, the time in the shop away from family, the money spent, all the stresses and frustrations along the way (fire, smoke, redesigns), would you do it all again? Allow me to explain.

    My wife and I just finished an enormous pool project. I did everything myself except pouring concrete. I'm ready to move on to my next project, a 30' x 30' workshop (wife got her dream pool, now I get my dream shop). My intent for the shop (aside from he obvious, what man doesn't dream of having their own shop) was to one day build my own Desert Slayer and give her a place to sleep for the nigh. Following your build over the years has been both an inspiration and a deterrent. And I mean that with the utmost respect. The things your doing is phenomenal and I could only dream of creating something half as nice. Mad respect! As soon as punch list things on the pool build are done, I'll be right into the design phases of my shop and I'm already thinking about the tools I would need. I find myself needing a quality drill press, a tubing bender, and a better welder as a minimum. Space and $$$ start evaporating quickly. So I start thinking about the benefits of building my own Slayer vs buying something that will get me out there slayn' on day one. I love the idea of custom builds, making mistakes and learning something along the way. And tinkering with new tools is all the rage in my book. I can't wait to dive into my new pool with a cold beverage and marvel at what I have created. Appreciation is worth something. But I can't say it wasn't stressful. The only difference with the pool vs. a dessert slayer is building the pool myself saved me half of what it would have cost to pay someone else to build it. Building my own Slayer will no doubt cost for more than buying something. So, I find my self wondering what's more important, enjoying the Build, or enjoying the Built?

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    fter considering everything you've encountered along the way, all trials and tribulations, told and untold, would you do it all over again?
    Was it worth it?
    Why?
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    I can chime in on this LOL..... Yes I would do it again. I like building things. Buying something all ready done is always cheaper and way faster. Buuuuuuut, there are always thing that you do not like about it and will have to change or it will bother you it the day you sell it. When you build something you get to make everything the way you want it funds permitting. Downside to this is as you build things you learn. Then you want to do something different so you do another build. It's a sickness really. My buddy has a truck that I designed and built a lot of. Even though it has performed flawlessly over the years I want to cut the front end off due to the simple fact that I build things differently now.


    Also, your shop is on the small side. I'm in a 24X36 and have room for 1 project at a time inside. I would reall like enough room for a lift, but that's going to have to wait for a bigger building.
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    Hey, good to see ya again.

    Quick responses because my coffee hasn’t kicked in:

    Pool - I still regret putting one in (never wanted it but got ganged up on) - useless pain in the ass. If the wife unit would let me it would be a garden/landscaping instantly. Sorry, I digress...
    Shop: Add at minimum 15’ to one of those measurements and it’s still gonna be too small.

    Do it again? In a heartbeat. Already have ideas floating around in me haid. Will be a much simpler project that would be lighter, faster, mo better.

    This thing has tested and taught me new skills on pretty much every level.
    I’ve made and/or modded a lot of stuff over the years and each time I bring something new to the table from the previous venture.

    The Wizard pretty much nailed the rest of it so “what he said”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-fab View Post
    Brian - is that the Toyota you sent me a pick of the other day?
    Yes.
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    Center console controls are complete (or at least I think they are? - something will show up)



    The HVAC system is my next major component tackle. I'm in touch with Rencool on getting the rest of what I need for the system. Rencool (who makes the control module and the DC compressor) supplies mining equipment with their systems and they offer bespoke setups so I should be able to piece together everything. Not sure how much of the Samurai! stuff I'll actually end up using - probably the ducting and maybe the heater core? Dunno yet. The dash will end up getting finished once I start running duct work. More on that later in this ramble.

    Power windows. Who'd-a-thunk that wiring two buttons to change polarity to a motor would be so freaking complicated.

    Started out with a pair of quad relays and control circuits.
    Good stuff 3 of the 8 relays were kapoot, ah Chinese quality. I'm still amazed at what you can find on Amazon and how cheap the stuff can be (both cost and quality)

    Fortunately enough of them worked to let me figure out the circuit. It's a double pole, double throw (DPDT) relay required to make things work. Unfortunately all that I can find is single pole, double throw (SPDT). That means I had to double up on the relays and have one for each pole.

    Here's the start of all this silliness with the two circuits:



    So back to Amazon and low and behold, they offer an 8 place setup. Clicky, clicky and two days later I've a single circuit with 8 relays and inputs sitting in my hand. I figured I had some working relays on the four place units so if any of them in the 8 place didn't work I had replacement parts.

    Got to wiring and making things work correctly and then figured out how to mount the circuit to the control panel. It ends up being a fairly tidy package. I didn't take pix of the final work (yet - will next time I pull it out). It now has all the jumpers soldered to the board and a single pigtail with a plug instead of the spaghetti setup. I had to make sure the plug in the back of the HVAC control still was accessible too. The bigger group of wires is for the HVAC:







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    Well shit... I'd typed a bunch more info regarding what's next in line but I've obviously pissed off the system and it's cut out a few hundred words of stuff. Does this on occasion...

    More to come as I move forward in this project.
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    Nice!! The company I work for is having fits finding micro processors and components right now... especially ones that will hold up to our reliability standards. Seems to be a common trend now... Can't find people that want to work, when you can they want the big $$ and then only work just enough to not be fired since they know they are "valuable".... Society needs a old fashioned 1970's a$$ whooping right now!!
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    Pulled the little control panel back out and worked on the HVAC wiring - it was just a loom coming off of a plug.

    Every time I'd try to manipulate a wire it would come out of the plug. WTF??? Horrid job of crimping and according to the diagram and pin layout, the plug wasn't correct either. They'd put two wires in incorrect spots.

    I decided to ditch the connector all together and went deep. Pulled the circuit boards out of the box, unsoldered the plug and then wired directly to the board and put Yamaha OEM style (Sumitomo HM90) on it too. The whole thing plugs in now - one tail for windows, one for HVAC.





    I also ticked another boxen off the check list and got the blow off valve set at 7.9 psi to activate.

    I've never messed with forced induction before so this is a whole new world to me. Fortunately my buddy Jay is well versed in this crap and I was discussing how to set the blow off pressure and he pipes right up "Got a pressure gauge and some way to put some into the blow off?"
    "Yeah, I have a pressure brake bleeder."
    "Perfect. Plumb this to that and build pressure. When the blow off piston moves, that's your set pressure."

    Simple enough. Made a quick adapter, grabbed my Longacer gauge and started playing with the preload on the valve.

    It cracks at 7.9 now. You can just see the piston starting to open up.



    Still in touch with Rencool - got an email this morning with parts listings and pricing. Can only get the hoses in 5 meter lengths! Will be sourcing them locally when the time is upon me. Parts to be ordered either today or tomorrow. The desert calls this morning (perfect weather, meeting two other guys in my local riding area) so I'll work on things later this afternoon.

    Part of what I'd typed in my last episode got canned. Every now and then this forum likes to dump my posts - not sure if I get too wordy and over the limit (if there is one?) or what.

    List of things to get done and the order, sort of...

    Windows next. Shouldn't be a major endeavor as I already have a working, fitting pattern. It's just going to be a bit of warming up so I can warp the top edge so that it fits into the groove. Gotta install the fuzzy channel stuff into the door.

    After windows it will probably be door panels and bed paneling. I'm looking forward to playing with Kustomfab's bead roller again.

    Not sure if the panels will become molds for composite panels or if they'll end up just getting covered in a couple sheets of composite. I'll figure that out as I move along. Keeping the aluminum under the carbon, especially in the bed, will help with rock and FOD. The door panels will probably be molds - no reason to make the doors any heavier than they already aren't.

    Dash and HVAC system are going to be done hand in hand. I need to get the duct work in and the dash isn't set up for it yet.

    I still have to figure out how to seal the cab and there's a gap below where the windshield fits to the existing fire wall - thinking that there will be a second false firewall that goes from the one that's there up to the windshield shelf. This will give me quite a bit of working room for venting and such. We'll see - build on the fly type of setup.

    Progress!!!
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    Great progress! That wiring job is AAA+++

    More go go beans under your right foot is just icing on the cake.
    All dressed up and waiting for the beer to arrive.
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