Archive for December, 2008

Flip down boarding ladder

December 30th, 2008

More shiny stainless steel.

Trog is tall.   Getting in and out of it is quite the chore.   Recently I found a great telescoping stainless steel ladder at a consignment marine store, and as a diversion to working on the popup, I decided to spend some time on it.   All the hardware and mounting rails are stainless.    It glides on  UHMW plastic rails (the white stuff below the ladder).   It will tuck nicely under the passenger side rear door.


Extended, it extends about 10″ more than necessary.   The bottom rung will just rest on the ground, with it’s section partially extended.


Yes, that’s a bigfoot gas pedal on the TIG welder’s foot pedal.

I spent some fun lathe time making a spring loaded stainless latch (seen on the right here)


Here it is in place:


Depending on how slippery the polished rungs are, I may need to apply some sort of grip tape.


Bottle Jack Extension

December 13th, 2008

An unfortunate result of the extreme ground clearance of C30x’s is most normal floor and bottle jacks don’t have the range of lift to jack the car up.    Unfortunately a previous owner of Trog lost the official “Volvo wood block” so it didn’t come with one.   Some use Hi-lift farm jacks on the bumper, but they are a bit scary and can tip easily.

I don’t like the unsteadiness of blocks or other bodgy jack extensions so I welded up a stainless bottle jack extender that fits over the bottle jack piston.


The pin sticking out near the bottom is a stop that the top of the jack presses against.    I turned the inside of the pipe on the lathe to make it slip snugly over about 1″ of the top of the piston.    I probably should have captured more of the piston but 1″ should be ok.   Total height is approx 7″.


At the top is a plate with some 1/4″ stainless rod on the sides to cup the bottom of the spring pack on the front


and the pivot on the bogie axles on the back of Trog.


Of course I could have fabbed the extension out of mild steel in a bit less time, but I then would have to paint it and it still would eventually chip and rust.    Trog has given me a heatlhly dislike of rust…


Pops with Roof

December 12th, 2008

The popup mechanism works great with roof on.    The roof weighs maybe 200+ lbs — my DeWalt drill drives the winch just fine.     With solar panels, the canvas and interior lights on it should still be no problem.


The 2×4 cross braces are there because I don’t fully trust the lift mechanism to stay up.   I don’t have a way to keep it locked up yet and am just relying on the worm gear of the winch not liking to be driven from the load.



December 2nd, 2008

A few weeks ago, I took Trog to the Seattle Burning Man decompression party, Seacompression: American Apocalypse.

Begin a “post apocalyptic” vehicle, Trog fit right in.

We filled the back end in with temporary furniture, some gauzy netting and some color changing LED lights.