Phils Famo build

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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Phil Woollard » Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:40 pm

A bit more work finishing off the front 1/3rd, Ive gone for the leather look cover fillet piece over the fire wall body transition gap.
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I have made my own tie down strap loops out of silver solder , they are tough have a rounded profile and are easy to use.
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A bit closer to the originals too
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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Phil Woollard » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:10 am

A bit of fun on a Sunday morning.
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His head looks to big in this shot.
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The hood frame now folds back
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Test fitting the rear cargo deck and frame.
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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:01 am

I think I'm on the home straight about now.
A mod to the rear deck that I think is worth the trouble, if you end up with the wire rope tangling around it's self ( and it will if you don't keep an eye on the feed in but more so the feed out of the cable) you can get to those hard to reach places without taking half the rear of the vehicle apart.
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Looking at the reference material on the Famo, the examples that had the steel floor had the sheets joined all over the place, so I have gone for this position just back from the tool lockers and over the winch.
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Etching all the rear deck parts ready for first assembly
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An access hatch inserted in the rear deck floor just like the real Famo
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You can see the nice grey colour of the canvas in this photo but you can't see the winch as it's not fitted (it's awaiting a part )
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Through this hatch you can access any wiring, the smoke unit (in my case) and the winch. The air tanks and the back of the gear box can be on show at shows.
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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Chang » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:17 am

Phils,
How did you cut the rectangular hatch on the steel deck floor?
How did you decide the size and exact position?

Hardly can find any photo or article to mention about this hatch.

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Lerh Chang
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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:03 am

Hi Chang, going through my Famo books a couple of photos show the rear deck being made up of probably 8 by 4 by 16 gauge sheets and one was conveniently positioned over the winch area, so that is what I have reproduced.

All I did to find the correct supported position of the hatch was to lay the ali grid over the deck and mark around that, then using a very thin cutting disc in the angle grinder carefully cut towards each corner, after dressing square with a file I added brass angle to form a neat edge to both the hatch and the opening.
If you are a very neat worker you could almost hide the hatch with paint. I think it will be so useful I don't mind seeing it, and as I said you can show off the winch and the air tanks at shows. You could also cover the deck with timber planks to conceal that way.
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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:27 am

Another idea for stowing the canvas covers, this photo shows the front cover folded down and hinged back over the rear cover, the rear cover hoops being neatly stacked over the tool lockers, the vehicle could then have a full load of stores all on display.
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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by martin pitcairn » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:06 pm

Hi Phil,
I really like the look of the bottom Famo. great picture.

Martin

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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:08 pm

So do I Martin so do I, there's so many different looks with this vehicle. Here is some more progress. I've not been very tidy with the tie down straps and folding everything nicely as I am rushing at the end of my day to get the photos loaded for the forum regulars but I hope you guys can see how shes coming along.
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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Derek Attree » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:01 pm

Hi Phil
This build is amazing some of the detail you have added makes some of the photos
hard to tell if its real or a model.

Great stuff

Keep it up

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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by simon_manning » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:42 pm

As derek has said, full credit and effort to this stage, it takes a lot of skill to do it this quick, marvelous build phil, regards simon.

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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Phil Woollard » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:27 am

Thanks guys, these photos are for Chang and show the access hatch in this particular vehicle, I would strongly recommend performing this mod you guys, when it comes to fitting the rear deck and frame you will see why. If you guy's are not to confident in using an ultra thin 100mm angle grinder cutting disc then I may offer a cutting service but do try your local workshop first as it would be much cheaper!.....Phil.
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I have been using images of this vehicle quite a lot (and others) for reference as it's "naked" and shows all!
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Rear cover hoop stowage brackets
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I will be adding the rear body sides top edge detail today, I shall use 4mm angle all the way round.
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The floor plate cover pieces.
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The access hatch position, mine is slightly bigger and a little further forward.
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Those hop up folding ladders on the tail gate would be a nice addition.
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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Phil Woollard » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:43 pm

Some more progress and some advice.
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You will need to chamfer the joints under here so that the tracks don't catch the square edge and rip the rubber blocks off, this rearward joint is not so critical but the forward joint must be chamfered as the track could whip up and catch it! I've also ground those two m3 nuts down.
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Lots more rivet to put in
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I've drilled and tapped the rear body near the bottom rounded section to pull the plate in tight, if you rivet before you get to this stage it may not be necessary.
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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Phil Woollard » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:02 pm

As it's the day of our Lord just an hours work on the Famo, and I'm hung over from a party last night! I'm reluctant to fill those m3 countersink screws just in case i need to remove the odd one here and there , so I have inserted a rivet head in each to hide them for now.
Not that far off her first outing now, I will shoot lots of video just as soon as.
Florian all I did with the crew hood frame was to make a bracket to hold the hoops in the collapsed position, to put the hood up it's just 4 m3 screws to undo and reposition but I think it may live in the down position for now.
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You can see the top edge detail added to the cargo walls
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Loads of rivet detailing done and loads still to do.
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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by Christoffer Ahlfors » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:42 pm

The top edge bracket does wonders for the looks! :D
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Re: Phils Famo build

Post by florian rudolf » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:34 am

Hi Phil,
I've seen how your carpet is folding. I look for a real funktion solution.
Nice work till Now.

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