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Hello from Lancashire...

Postby Vonflames » Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:29 pm

Greetings folks,
I've been meaning to join this forum for a few years now and I have eventually managed to get to it and register myself.

My name is Scott and I'm around the hazy age of 30, currently residing in the glorius county of Lancashire (North West of England).
I've always had a mechanically minded interest since a young age in RC cars, Karts, Cars ,Trucks and Classic plant. I lost My father when I was 20 and from that point onward, that was it, no help, no one to turn to and out to fend for myself.
Copius amounts of VW's and Land Rovers tend to lure a fella into the hardened world of being involved with heavy trucks.
I'm sat typing this out in the back of our Gaz 66 which I repaired in, and drove back from northern Sweden.
The Gaz is a very clean low mileage unit which I believe has spent most of its military service sleeping in a bunker.
I spent a year making sure everything is mechanically sound and re-instating some of the military hardware.
We use the Gaz mainly for music festival use in the UK, perfectly suited with onboard power generation, cooking, kettle, NBC air filtration and Geiger counter etc...

ImageIMG_6599 by Scott Von Flames,

However,
I've decided to register on this forum as I will believe you guys may be interested in sharing your knowledge on my current project, A 1980 DAF YA4440 which I am aiming for world overlander spec.
I've owned the DAF for a few years now (it got sidelined a little when the Gaz came along) and have been slowly plodding along with sorting it out.
The truck came as a 16000km's ex army flat bed (factory 4 point torsion free) which was great, but the first thing I decided to do was to convert it to military alloy wheels with tubeless michelin xzl tyres, instead of the dated three piece steels with cross plys.
The brake drums were sent away to be remachined and the wheels now suit the truck with a more aggressive look, I am however going to move up a tyre size from 335/80 to 365/85 as I feel the tyres still look a little on the small side at the minute.

I purchased an HF Radio box out of the Brittish MOD which had never been deployed,
such a beautiful piece of equiptment being all aluminium and stainless.
The radio box sat on the bed of the truck until last week when I had decided that I just don't like the idea of it being a flat bed carrying a box when it should be more purposefully built.
I took the box back off for now, took the bed off and tossed it to one side. Instead of the bed i will have made a cradle that locates directly to the ISO points on the lowerside of the box. The cradle itself will form the upper part of the 4 point torsion free frame.

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I took the opportunity whilst its in chassis/cab format to take the frame back and respray it etc..

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The missus getting in on the action, tightening up the brake dust shields.

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As it sits as of this very moment.

I aint started anything inside the box as of yet.
I'm stuck on pondering wether to try and get it MOT'd before I put it back together or shall i wait until the box is on and try to get it through on class 4?

Anyway, enough of me waffling on, You're probably thinking "who the hell does this kid think he is?" :roll:

Hope to hear back from you guys....
Scott.

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Re: Hello from Lancashire...

Postby PeteB » Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:13 pm

Welcome Scott, nice looking pair of trucks - although there are lots on here with way more expertise than me who can help with advice and comments.

Having your own telehandler too though, that starts to get a bit excessive :lol:

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Re: Hello from Lancashire...

Postby DaveS » Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:22 pm

Welcome aboard - that's one heck of a good introduction :-)

I'll be looking forward to seeing how this one progresses.

Good luck

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Re: Hello from Lancashire...

Postby Ivan C » Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:12 am

Hello and welcome from me as well.
A very nice brace of trucks, look forward to hearing and seeing more
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Re: Hello from Lancashire...

Postby crinklystarfish » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:26 am

Morning and welcome from me, also.

I like these DAFs and it's a shame they haven't had greater uptake amongst overlanders.

Interestingly, it looks like the chassis has a (factory-fabricated?) pivot-point bracket at the rear almost begging to be utilised in a subframe fabrication.

Is there such a thing somewhere near the cab, too?

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Re: Hello from Lancashire...

Postby Ivan C » Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:46 am

"Factory four point torsion free" :roll:
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Re: Hello from Lancashire...

Postby Vonflames » Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:20 am

Hello Guys,
Thanks for the very warm welcome!
A Telehandler does come in handy though I must admit, it makes using a bottle jack a lot heavier when the time calls for it.
As Crinklystarfish mentioned, these DAFs do seem to be rarer in the overlanding scene.

About 6 years ago when I first set out to find one after falling in love with seeing videos of them in the Dutch army, I really struggled to find one in the UK.
I tried a few well known ex-military dealers, some who claimed to have 10's of them in stock, I was quite frankly knocked for six when they offered the price tag of new truck money for what was a 34 year old machine! :o .
It seemed as the dealers weren't interested unless I was the UN, PMC or some corporate company taking 20 of them at £50k a piece.

A year later I got wind of a utilities company only 10 miles from my house, that had recently just bought out part of a pipeline welding company through a liquidation auction, part of the equipment was an "all terrain pipeline welding rig''.
The rest is history and the long search was over..
All of these DAF YA4440-4442 were manufactured with 4 point pivot systems, that's how the bed was attached on mine, as you can see in the photo of the lower half of the pivot bracket, the other upper parts are on my workbench.
The subframe that I will have made will simply replace the bed and attach via the factory made pivots.

I've been trying to work out why there is a clear pricing and availability difference?
The YA4442 seems to still be in service?
Do T244's have pivot systems as standard?

Scott.

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Re: Hello from Lancashire...

Postby Brian-reynolds » Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:06 am

Hi Scot and a very warm welcome from me as well Sir!

That was the best introduction I have ever read! Brilliant!

A nice pod of trucks as well! I think our Colin in this group has one of the GAZ things!

I used to go on Google quite a bit and type in "Expedition Trucks" and there was always a Dutch chap sitting on his motorbike which was sat on a front mounted carrier on his YA4440, or at least that is what it looks like to me!

I never knew they already had the 4 point fixing already mounted.... interesting...

As to you asking if you should register the DAF prior to putting a cabin on it, then yes, no question! My T244 failed miserably when I tried to do the very same thing, as they will test it to a modern motor caravan standards, and it is no where near that!

Have a look at my website to see how it failed!I also should add that I registered it under the IVA scheme with the DVSA which probably makes a difference..... Also worth noting that motor caravan rules changed towards the end of last year, so be careful as to what you register the truck as to start with....

I think I am right in saying, get it registered as PHGV tax class, then body type(?) as GOODS, then you can change that over later on to a motor caravan when it is completed.... providing you meet all the new silly rules.... and providing DVLA can be bothered.....

I also look forward to see how things proceed! You have come to the best forum for that sort of thing, excellent members on here with a wealth of knowledge!

Without being rude, how is your knowledge about building a world travelling motor caravan? Have you seen Steve's excellent book? Worth every penny if this is a new venture to you!

B.

http://home2roam.uk/wp/registering/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Overland-Campe ... XY5Q06GQW9

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Re: Hello from Lancashire...

Postby crinklystarfish » Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:41 am

Vonflames wrote: Do T244's have pivot systems as standard?
Scott.


No, in fact, very no.

Also, taller (rather than wider) tyres would almost certainly be a better investment. A quick summary of advantages appears at the bottom of this page but I can elaborate more if required.

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Re: Hello from Lancashire...

Postby Vonflames » Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:06 pm

Hello Brian,
Thanks for the welcome.
I've met Zoltan and Grommet through being a member of the RussianMillitaryTrucks forum under the alias Calfdozer99, and what a hive of infomation those two cool fellas are :D
My Gaz is one of the lucky few that now has a vernier adjustable steel cam gear that Colin designed, what a weight of the shoulders that is I can assure anybody.

If anyone is interested in how My Gaz runs 240v, a thread of the project can be found here:
https://www.russianmilitarytrucks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=8032.

I know exactly which truck you mean (grey one with the cab box) when you mention the front mounted motorbike as I would keep looking at it for inspiration from time to time.

I've stupidly forgot to mention in My introduction that the DAF is already registered in the UK on an age related plate and the current V5 is in my name etc..
However, because it was registered by the company that had the welding rig on its back, its body type is down as Mobile Plant and its taxation class is logged as Special vehicles, so thats gonna need altering and I'm hoping that it wont be to much of an ordeal.

I have the book too! t'was a present from a like minded fellow and have drank many a cup of tea whilst giving it a good reading.

Scott.


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