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S75 Overland Truck Build

Postby ralph » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:11 pm

I brought a 1992 Renault S75, 7.5 ton, 4x4, 144" wheel base truck a couple of years ago and have slowly been progressing towards fitting it with a camper body.
The truck had been rolled over and suffered substantial damage but after selling the winch it only cost me 50 pounds so a nice cheap start to the project.
I found a suitable replacement cab from an ex army RB44...but after blasting it became apparent that it needed substantial repairs.
The cab still needs fitting out and various other mechanical bits and pieces need sorting out. but i couldn't wait any longer so I have made the sub-frame and started on the framework for the body.
I have opted for a steel frame clad in aluminium sheet mainly because both myself and my son can weld and also the cost was much lower than composite panels . The steel for the sub-frame and body frame cost 600 pounds including cutting to size and delivery.
The sub-frame is fabricated from 100x50mm box section and the body frame work from 50x50mm and 50x25mm box section.
I intend to sandwich oak rails between the sub-frame and chassis rails to level off the chassis rails and also to prevent the sub-frame from rubbing on the chassis. The sub-frame will be fixed at the rear and restrained by spring mounts at the front.
a few photos of things so far:

There wont be much more progress until next year as I am off to China for 4 or 5 months. But i thought I would post something since i have been reading other peoples posts looking for ideas and information
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Re: S75 Overland Truck Build

Postby Brian-reynolds » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:28 pm

When you said rolled, I did not think you meant off a cliff!

You are a glutton for punishment!

Good one though!

Will be good to meet you at the show, you should bring it over on a trailer just to show how they all start!

Be good,

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Re: S75 Overland Truck Build

Postby Grommet1 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:44 pm

Welcome.
Wow that's some project. At least you're not constrained by the existing body!
Looks like a long job but if you can get it running, and then carry on as a rolling restoration, it will keep your enthusiasm going.
I concentrated on the mechanicals first so I could be confident in using it. After that it's been a jigsaw of bits gradually being added and modufications.

Good luck and have a great time in China

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Re: S75 Overland Truck Build

Postby crinklystarfish » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:01 am

ralph wrote:
...I intend to sandwich oak rails between the sub-frame and chassis rails to level off the chassis rails and also to prevent the sub-frame from rubbing on the chassis. The sub-frame will be fixed at the rear and restrained by spring mounts at the front...



Top job. Not many bother with a sacrificial / cushioning medium - good to see it included. The level of refurb is impressive, too. I'm betting it's going to be a nice build. I assume you're aware of The Dodge 50 site and the various common fixes etc.

There's a guy Nottingham way on called John (if memory serves) who has stacks of Dodge / RB experience and spares. He's popped up at the AO show before - the attached is his - it features Reynolds Boughton running gear.

Looking forward to seeing progress.
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Re: S75 Overland Truck Build

Postby Reece » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:15 am

Amazing timing for a S75 / RB44 post. We've just picked up a used S75 camper that we're going to start a refurb on. Definitely not in a similar condition to yours so we've got a hopefully easier task to get this built and on the road. We're planning of a full strip-down of the interior.
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Re: S75 Overland Truck Build

Postby bromleyxphil » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:59 pm

Ralph you are my kind of man....building it on the drive. Good luck with the build and China, If you come at the weekend mention China to me!

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Re: S75 Overland Truck Build

Postby ralph » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:25 pm

Reece when I started thinking about an S75 that was the only picture I could find of one that was used as a camper.
I noticed it on eBay recently you must be the lucky person that brought it.
Good luck with the return.

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Re: S75 Overland Truck Build

Postby Reece » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:57 pm

Hey Ralph, there's also these guys: http://www.roverlandcampers.co.uk/, but apart from that the only pics we found were of the one we bought. We even found much of its history on the dodge50 site. We only got the truck yesterday and we're thinking of taking it to the overland show. I'll be keen to hear how your build goes!

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Re: S75 Overland Truck Build

Postby Brian-reynolds » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:03 pm

Reece wrote:Hey Ralph, there's also these guys: http://www.roverlandcampers.co.uk/, but apart from that the only pics we found were of the one we bought. We even found much of its history on the dodge50 site. We only got the truck yesterday and we're thinking of taking it to the overland show. I'll be keen to hear how your build goes!


Why are you just thinking about? It is compulsory my friend!!!!

Come on, you know you want too!

And I want to see the thing myself!

B.

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Re: S75 Overland Truck Build

Postby Reece » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:54 am

Brian, I'm well up for it but there's the small matter of not having done my Cat C licence yet... I'm going to have to rope in a driver! Negotiations ongoing...


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