Re: TIlt Cab Idea-?
Posted by Wayne on 7/27/2012, 15:56:33, in reply to "Re: TIlt Cab Idea-?"
Thank's for the reply, my back ground is, Marine repairs & sales and just a motor head, I built several race cars over the yrs. & restored several old cars, but never did a tilt cab. I was thinking along the Marine end, the power trim rams from a Mercury inboard/outboard boat, the rams are very powerful and easy to limit there travel if they are to long, the hdy. pump will put out around 2,500 PSI. I would not do the air pump, the air can be compressed and it will be spongy, like air in your barke lines. The PTO & Overdrive will be cable shift, the transfer case will still be done orig. rod. I plan to move that lever very close to the tranny shifter and that area for both shift lever's will be cut out of the floor and build a support to hold that section of the floor in place, so when the cab tilts up there will be a hole in the floor and seal it with a rubber seal when the cab comes back down. That's the way some of the big trucks do it. I started driving B model Macks in WV.. |
I can't remember which model did it that way.
I have done extra welding already on the cab. My plan was to only tilt on level ground. I've been all over for front hinges, but can not find any that is heavy enough, I may build my own. The other problem I may have is the front mounted winch, when the cab is tilted, will it hit the winch, not sure, so i may have to make the front hinges lift the cab up as well as tilt forward. As of today, I'm recovering from a broken leg, still on 1 leg, hope to get on both in a week or so, so I have a lot of time to THINK, LOL. The cab is on the floor, I have a running chassis with a bed sitting on it, all painted. I also was worried about the windsheild falling out-?, I plan to tilt it as far as I can.
Please keep in touch, Thanks, Wayne
: If you look at the pictures of the various FC
: Roundups & GTGs, you'll notice that
: quite a few have been done, even a couple of
: M-677s, and a huge number of tilt/dump beds
: as well.
: Planning to do a tilt cab & dump bed on
: my FC170 here also, so I've looked around a
: bit & asked a bunch of questions of
: folks. One thing I've noticed is that our FC
: cabs are quite a bit lighter than most of
: the COE truck cabs... basically a good
: thing, especially if one is adding A/C,
: interior 'upgrades', or other cab
: A good suggestion I received was to use
: aircraft surplus control surface hydraulic
: units, but with utilizing the onboard
: compressed air, to tilt up & lower the
: cab, good balance & smooth controls
: being the main concerns with that idea.
: Another recommendation was to tilt the cab
: -away from- as many floor controls as
: possible, to avoid unnecessary cable, hose
: & line chafing or binding, as well as
: simplifying routing of control rods, etc.
: That would also depend on the engine layout,
: one reason I'm losing the V8 & returning
: to an inline six-cylinder configuration,
: although not the original Willys.
: With a goal of secure mounting &
: minimizing cab twisting, my plan is to
: connect a sub-frame to the cab in several
: (more than 4!) spots and actually pivot the
: sub-frame off the FC's frame. Doing it that
: way should also allow more flexibility for
: better ride cushioning in the cab, whether
: by air bags or variable density foam/rubber
: cushion pads.
: Given the scope of today's hot rods, show
: cars, jumpers, cab dancers, low riders,
: wannabe desert racers & urban ricers,
: etc. the pieces & parts are readily
: available. The challenge for most of us is
: to actually do it right the first time, and
: at a minimum of cost.
: Hope that gives some useful input to the
: process for you. If you look around Craig's
: website you'll see a lot of great ideas that
: have been carried out, most with really good
: results, and some just downright ingenious.
: Have fun.
: --Previous Message--
: I'm in Fl. and I want to tilt the cab on my
: FC-170, and put A/C in it also. I have
: looked at the pic of the green & white
: one for hours, but I've never done a tilt
: cab, I have 1 COE here now that is a real
: bear to work on it and I want my FC easy to
: work on.
: Any input would be great, Thanks, Wayne
: PS-my FC is all stock wrecker