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Old 11-07-2015, 11:03 PM
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Please post up how well it drives .

I see you've lowered it a bit , anything else done to suspension ? .
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:33 AM
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Please post up how well it drives .

I see you've lowered it a bit , anything else done to suspension ? .
The entire frame is custom made. It is astonishing.
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Old 11-08-2015, 07:26 AM
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Please post up how well it drives .

I see you've lowered it a bit , anything else done to suspension ? .
As Tom W. points out, the chassis is custom, made with Jag-U-War suspension parts. Overload air bags were added at the rear to compensate for any loads that I may haul.

It handles well, especially for a truck, and has a nice ride. I used a Dodge Omni steering rack, which quickens up the steering. A friend who drove it described it as "slot car" handling, although that is an exaggeration ...

The Jaguar IRS does not have ideal geometry by modern race car standards, but it is pretty darn good, especially for a slow "shop truck." The Jag suspension pieces are also very strong and over designed for a car that weighs much more than my truck.

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Old 11-08-2015, 08:58 AM
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Thumbs up THANK YOU !

For the details and photo .

I'm impressed .
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Old 11-08-2015, 09:10 PM
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The frame should be capable of handling 900 hp or so.
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:51 PM
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The frame should be capable of handling 900 hp or so.
Wish I could find the missing 775 horses!!
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:19 PM
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Patina preservation ... with PB Blaster. Lots easier and quicker than washing and waxing those shiny ones!

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Old 01-08-2016, 05:57 PM
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Now all it needs is a W123 front bumper.
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Now all it needs is a W123 front bumper.
Hmmmm! Had not thought of that. Excellent idea. Maybe one will show up at pull-a-part.

Thanks for the idea,

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Old 01-08-2016, 06:07 PM
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Hmmmm! Had not thought of that. Excellent idea. Maybe one will show up at pull-a-part.

Thanks for the idea,

Bob
It looks like even the rubber ends would fit nicely to the contour of the fenders. Maybe a member in your area has a parts car you could at least get some measurements from to see if it has a chance of fitting.
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:35 AM
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Love that hood ornament. My dad got one of those off and old guy he was buying farm equipment from for $30. It was pitted so he cleaned off the pits and sprayed it with "cast color" wheel paint.

Then he bolted it to his 92 Cummins truck.
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:25 PM
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Update: Nothing but legendary OM617 reliability in a year and a half of driving the shop truck mostly around town.

The truck attracts a surprising and unexpected amount attention in normal use and at cruise-ins. Many people seem somewhat surprised at the MB turbo diesel engine but, so far, no negative reactions (unlike what I experienced with a Toyota 1JZ twin turbo that I installed in a 1936 Nash! Some thought it blasphemy to install a furrin engine in an American hot rod!)

Only change I would make is to install an overdrive transmission and compete the A/C install.

I continue to follow the forum.

The Best,

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Old 07-16-2017, 08:45 PM
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Thumbs up Update

Thanx Bob ;

Feedback is very good .

I need to leave feedback on my OM603 job but can't seem to find the tread where I asked for and received good help.... .
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1984 300CD KEEPER ! 430,XXX miles
1984 Euro 300TD Fully optioned SWMBO's
1974 350SLC 4 speed stickshift SOLD & missed
Krazy Kommie Ural Motos (3)
BMW Moto R60/6 Barn Find, 8,000miles
1959 VW #113 Deuxe Beetle, 36hp engine, stock
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