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Blew

4x4 Custom 75 Toyota Chinook Motorhome

This is another one of those projects that started with an idea and slowly progressed. Its a 78 Toyota truck with a 75 Chinook body, with all 82 Toy 4x4 running gear, sports a 7" lift, power steering, AC, power windows, the rear camper section will  have the roof mounted permanent (no pop-top) the small rear door will give way to a single large swing up rear door, all the side windows and compartments will be removed and finished out, and the rear interior will be just an upholstered open shell for hauling stuff.  The old saying turbochargers are fine but I'd rather be blown applies, it will run a built 22R with a side mount supercharger. Just another play toy to keep me occupied.

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New photos and text added below (11/28/04)

Here's a few quickie shots of some of the work done on Blew for your opinion. One is the gauge cluster I built, houses the tach and water, oil, volt, with the boost gauge mounted in the dash. One of the interior framing in the rear, the rear door opening cut out, still have some additional framing to do and the lower corners will be radiused instead of square, and the fuel filler cover i fabbed up, the old filler was just an exposed gas cap that was originally about 6 inches higher, I removed it and mounted the door type lower so the hose to the tank runs below the floor level instead of in the fenderwell, because I removed the original large inner fenderwells also to save floor space inside. The fuel tank was also replaced with a larger late model unit that carries 19 gallon now compared to the 15 original.

The rear door is starting to take shape. The original step up when entering the rear door is now going to be a storage compartment with the floor extending clear to the rear when completed. The other is just a shot of the rear suspension and some of the doodads I added on, the dual shocks, torque arm, axle housing gussets, ect.

Seemed like it was a long time getting it done but it finally all came together and now its time to just drive and have fun with it.  As you know it all started with an old worn out 78 truck and a really worn out 75 Chinook,   the frame and running gear from an 81 4x4, and whatever else I could find to use from various years and models of Toyotas,  then some ideas and a determination to see if I could build what I had thought of.
 
   With the other Chinook I didn't need another camper so I went in a different direction building this one for a play Toy instead, although it could still double as a weekend sleepover rig on rockhounding trips, beats a tent I suppose.
 
  Started out with the bare frame, cut it in half, stretched it out to fit the length I wanted, then started the assembly back together.  The camper shell was completely gutted, down to even removing the floor, a new floor was built using 5/8" ply instead of the original 1/4" for strength, it was insulated with styrofoam inbetween the floor layers to help cut noise and add warmth or cool whatever the case may be, then a steel "H" frame was built and welded to the frame and the camper body was set on the frame, the "H" framework adds a lot of strength and holds the floor flat and straight so ot can carry some weight if needed, plus adds a lot of places to anchor it down so it will stay flat and straight over time.
 
 After that the camper shell was stripped of all the windows, compartments, poptop roof mechanism, rear door assembly and all the holes were glassed in, the roof was mounted down solid to the shell via a steel tube framework welded inside, then the roof was molded and fiberglassed  into the shell so it forms a single piece camper shell.  The small rear side swing door was removed, the entire rear cut out and a framework built along with a handmade rear door that swings upward via gas shocks.
 
  The entire inside walls and ceiling are all insulated with foil back foam insulation, from 1 to 4 inches depending on the location, all the rest of the voids were filled with the spray foam to give a complete insulation job.  The shell was bolted to the cab instead of riveted like original plus its mounted to the frame in 15 spots, its pretty solid to say the least, plus no squeaks and creaks running down the road, its actually pretty quiet.  The entire rear was carpeted inside and undercoated underneath also to cut noise.
 
  After all the construction was done, the bodywork, painting, interior, ect. was attacked, I can say that all the work was done myself with only a few items farmed out, those include building the driveshafts, some sewing on a few interior pieces, and the machine work for the engine parts, the rest was done here in my carport or garage whatever would fit in at the time.  But after all the fabbing, the finish work began and all the bells and whistles to make things different  was finished up to get it to where it is now.
 
  Features I added include,
88 22R block, bored, balanced, blower pistons, homemade dual timing chain conversion, windage tray, ARP head studs, big valve 22R head with bronze guides, heavy springs, Shnieder camshaft, Hooker header, Mallory ignition sytem, electric cooling fan, and the side mounted supercharger with Holley 500 cfm carb. plus a molded in hood scoop, gotta have one of them if ya got a blower don't ya :)
 
   Has 7" lift,  dual steering stabilizers, reversed pitman arm, runs 33" tires, and has 4.38 gearing, driveshaft hoops for safety, dual rear shocks and a custom built rear axle torque arm, plus overload springs in the rear,  a 19 gallon fuel tank plus a 2-1/2" exhaust system pretty much round out the underneath stuff.
 
  Inside creature comforts include power steering, AC, power windows, tinted glass, custom steering wheel, custom racing seats, remote control rear halogen lights, front driving lights, blue halogen H4 conversion headlights, remote controlled under dash am/fm/cd/dvd/tv tuner head unit, with 8" lcd visor  monitors, plus a rear vision infared wide angle camera that plays through the visor monitors, has a dual battery setup for the rear, plus a portable propane wall mounted  heater for the rear just incase it gets cold out rockdigging.