yoeddynz

Yoeddynz's 1985 Hino N0915 housetruck build.

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Am very interested to follow progress on this - also some ballpark costs you are running up would be extremely choice too - I wish to do something very similar in the next couple of years.

(will need to sell my half of the house first and thats not happening till approx March 2012)

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Are you going to be building above the flatdeck line or removing the deck and building up and around the chassis itself?

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This is mean cos its K-Whopper powered - would want Bizzo as my flatmate..

Little bit weirdly high and the gingerbread house look is kinda yuck.. would redecorate/drop off most the 2nd story - and roll on Alcoa 22's..

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:D love that kenworth- got a few pics of it. Its roof is on hydraulics and lowers back down. I agree on styling - is a bit ginger bread. It rolled into a service station in Motueka once when i was filling up- fuck i couldnt get my camera out quick enough!!!

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I will put costs down as much as possible- nothing to hide and if it helps others out to build something I'm all for that. I just love sauna houses on wheels and we need more of them :D

So far costs...

Truck was $6500. We hunted for ages and wanted something that would be long in the deck and wheelbase. This is about as long as you get on twin wheels, and can hence drive on class 2.

I thought trucks would be cheaper here in NZ- they are cheaper in UK. more trucks to pick from over there I guess. I would have loved an even older truck but they are either fucked or expensive and usually very short.

Bonus is that this one has a sleeper cab. I'm getting a CB and gonna rename myself smoky....

Steel is next big cost- I've priced up 40 x 40 x 1.6 and looking at about $1100 for the lot. Legally you can build it in what ever you want if its permanently mounted- shit you could build it out of straw! But then it would blow away when driving..

I built the last one out of steel as its easy,light and strong. then build wood framing onto it.

For the outside we were going to clad in ply- at a cost of $900- 1000...but then we found Brent at Plankville in Richmond- he is our current hero of the mo. $100 we have paid for all that wood! we will be getting all our wood there including flitchs for the benches etc.

Once we have built the outside 'box' then we will be back to work as our housetruck funds will be dry.

We are keeping the deck as its really well built and bloody strong. I have been tinkering with the idea of making the house removable but that means some serious steel and bracing due to its length plus weakening effect of having pop outs. So I'm going off the idea- the likely hood of us removing it is slim anyway. It will mean a nice solid structure!

Over the cab we will have a hinged lift up bedroom base so the cab can swing through. This is a big mistake others have made where come cylinder head off time etc they are looking at engine out the bottom. It easy to do and we did this set up on the last truck built.

Insulation will be polystyrene - fairly cheap and easy to fit. Better than Batts which we used last time which tend to slump and settle with all the movement as you 'Possum Borne' it through the hundalees...

Rx3 is gone to another Kiwi in london village. He might be bringing it to NZ one day though...

I will post up some pictures of plans etc soon. I'm still planning and constantly looking at other truck on sites such as...

http://www.mrsharkey.com/

and...

http://www.htnz.co.nz/gallery/housetrucks/

alex

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This will be a project to watch!

Just a thought, do you know what it weighs now? Could be interesting to have before and after weights 8)

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will have a rough tare weight on the loading cert no doubt, if not on a sticker on side of cab

mean bro. will watch heartily as I'm thinking of kk's plan too, however mine would be very basic.

such sweet whips. my brother's doing a clutch and flywheel replacement on a 1017 (omg 1 more tonne carting potential and 20 more horsepowers!!!!! :o :O ) at the moment. so easy (and cheap - thanks staff rates) to work on. do like.

you coulda gone older but that means even harder to find non rusty, and if you step into (vomit) bedford and ford d series territory then parts prices are ridiculous in nz (england'snot bad if you can find the requried parts) and road speeds are lower than a push bike, even without a house on the back!

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just plonk a old boxbody on the back and build around that .. its cheap and it makes servicing the thing amazing ... if you dont and you show up at my work ill make sure you never ever come back again

keep things sway from spring pins and the top of the bellhousing .

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good thing is that the deck itself easily unbolts off the chassis.

Tare weight is about 4 tonne. max weight is 11.5. But we plan to keep it under 10 as it makes a big difference on RUC. I think we'll be hard pressed to add more than 4-5 tonne... we'll see.

Bedford TK we had was lovely to drive and cheap to run but we looked and looked and couldn't find anything close to this for the same money. Plus most bedfords are petrol- fuck that when ya still have to pay RUC on top of the petrol with its combined tax. :shock:

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you jsut roll a 6bd1turbo isuzu conversion form a rotten tk at a wreckers if you go that way

brake parts, amogn most other things for bedfords here, now, are $$$$$$$ though

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Ive been planning doing this aswell, but out of a toyota dyna. Have you thought about cutting the back of the cab out so you can walk through ?

With the dyans they have a tilt cab like your truck but they also have seats inside that lift up. I was going to perminently mount the cab down and cut the rear of the cab out aswell as the roof.

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If you cut the cab back out you'll need to get it certified :( We'll be just driving it from here to there to work for however long- not really ticky touing about so we wont be in the cab very long.

just about to put some photos of the last one we built....

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