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Old August 9th, 2010, 03:38 PM
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What would you do with a 1966 Dormobile?

Just picked up a Dormobile this weekend. It pretty much needs a complete rebuild but everything is there, including all of the camping gear and cabinets. Obviously I need to go galvy. So now I need to decide, original or coil hybrid?... What would you do?
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Old August 9th, 2010, 03:42 PM
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Congrats, Jon.

Is it all in one piece currently? Pics please.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 03:46 PM
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If it is largely intact and has all the camping stuff, I'd go original.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 03:51 PM
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Congrats, Jon.

Is it all in one piece currently? Pics please.
It is
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Old August 9th, 2010, 04:07 PM
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coil designa chassis, lt77 to series t-case to 200tdi
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Old August 10th, 2010, 08:40 AM
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Keep it Original. You want coils and a 200tdi, get a cheap 110.
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Old August 10th, 2010, 11:00 AM
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meh...

you don't want that thing...

you should just give it to me instead

(I'd vote coil it and make her into the ultimate offroad camper)
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Old August 10th, 2010, 11:11 AM
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I'm pulling toward the coil myself. I've got a lead on a rolling galvy 109 frame setup for a V8. It's got brand new axles and steering componets and is riding on boosts. I could take the 54k mile V8 and LT85 that's coming out of my 110 and drop it on the glavy coil chassis. What do you think?...
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Old August 10th, 2010, 12:34 PM
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As long as it is a 109 chassis so you can keep the rear body, I think that is a good idea. A six cylinder bulkhead I am told fits over a V8. I think you can just buy that center section or do the series IIA conversion of a defender bulkhead like tdiguy did (highly recommended).

If you galvy the bulkhead and buy/fix teh t-pieces and galvy them, you wont have to paint anything (the original paint looks good).

Also, take and post to a webhosting site a million pics before you take it apart.

I have a set of early 5in rims if you want them to tuck under the fenders (they will with 7.50 x 16s). Sell off the boosts and avoid the tires sticking out issue.

http://www.eastcoastrover.com/Thompson109.html

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Old August 10th, 2010, 04:33 PM
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Parabolics and Bilsteins are hard to beat. With military shackles and poly bushes, you will be very pleased. Strongly urge the Ford V8 install and a Roverdrive or Fairey OD. Ford EFI of course. Also do the power steering conversion. Defender seats up front. That's all I can come up with.
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Defender seats in a dormobile would totally defeat the purpose, maybe a driver's defender seat if you traveled alone, but with both you would lose the bed function.
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Yes, of course. the other seat has to stow. I'd point you to TeriAnn's Dormobile as an example. While she has hers kitted out for post apocalyptic survival, she has some good ideas.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 08:45 AM
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With EFI? Doubt that very much...


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I'd point you to TeriAnn's Dormobile as an example. While she has hers kitted out for post apocalyptic survival,
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Old August 11th, 2010, 09:17 AM
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Yes, of course. the other seat has to stow. I'd point you to TeriAnn's Dormobile as an example. While she has hers kitted out for post apocalyptic survival, she has some good ideas.
You mean Timm Cooper has some really good ideas as most of the what's nicely done on her truck Timm did...
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Old August 11th, 2010, 10:48 AM
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Well its just my opinion but unmolested Series trucks are getting really hard to find. I can't remember when I saw a doormobile as nice as yours sell. I would keep it original for sure. It will be worth way more as an original vehicle than a modded truck. It won't be too far in the future when folks will be checking for matching numbers to guage a vehicles worth.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 10:49 AM
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Yes, credit where it is due. Just that she has the changes documented for others to see.
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Old August 12th, 2010, 07:44 AM
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It is
That's a nice looking truck...
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Old August 12th, 2010, 07:45 AM
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Well its just my opinion but unmolested Series trucks are getting really hard to find. I can't remember when I saw a doormobile as nice as yours sell. I would keep it original for sure. It will be worth way more as an original vehicle than a modded truck. It won't be too far in the future when folks will be checking for matching numbers to guage a vehicles worth.

Definitely
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Old August 12th, 2010, 11:03 AM
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Bulkhead is pretty shot as well as the door pillars and such, some how the rear cross looks good... must have been replaced at some point. Everything needs to be gone through but it's all still there. Here are more pictures http://s300.photobucket.com/albums/n...6%20Dormobile/
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Old August 12th, 2010, 10:58 PM
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What a great find! You have a ton of work to do there, but that's a nice complete truck. I'm pretty well maxed out with four Rovers, but the one truck I would still add to the stable if I could would be a Dormobile.

My vote is coils. It sounds like you're already pretty well set, especailly with that available coil chassis that's already set up with axles and such. I say go for it!

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