Nugget's H3 Mods so Far

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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby daniel » Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:45 pm

so whats with teh sneaky front bumper all covered up by photoshop? mmm???? ;)
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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby nugget » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:30 am

It is an ARB prototype and I am not able to show any pictures of it at this time..sorry
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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby John » Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:49 am

Very nice! You do good work. Makes me want to go camping now.
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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby nugget » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:19 am

I haven't updated this for a long time so I thought I should bring it upto date...I have done a fair bit since the last post so it might take a while but here is a start at least....

Top view of the roof rack ready for a trip.

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Detail of the feul filling system

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Long handled shovel is mounted on the side

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The bibs and bobs are kept in the rear door compartment

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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby nugget » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:39 am

I have already posted the rear suspension mods in the H3 section so I will not go into the full detail but a military wrap bigger 2nd leaf, long and bigger 3rd leaf, add a leaf and longer travel, big bore Rancho's pretty much summarises it!

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The Turbo finally just gave me too much trouble ( my 1 hope for the Global recession is that it Turbonetics are hardest hit!) and so I had it replaced with a Super Charger with water cooled intercooler..

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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby nugget » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:47 am

Next was a snorkel...

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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby nugget » Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:16 am

The original air filter box had to go to make room for the super charger and was replaced with a K & N.

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ARB terminated the snorkel in the guard, leaving it to me to make a custom air box and join it up to the snorkel.

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I started with a section of 6 1/2" (165mm) tube and cutting a 4" hole for the air inlet. Then we welded the inlet tube and also blanked off the end.

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The lid was made from the lid from a Discovery air box, modified and then encased in a polyurethane moulding so that it fits over the main tube and sealed with a large clamp. The K & N filter is clamped on the inside of the lid.

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I was able to use the rubber hoses supplied with the origianl kit, cut it in half and add a section of pipe.

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And bingo, one custom air box connected to the snorkel.
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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby nugget » Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:23 am

When I mounted the Mile Marker Winch, the extra electrical cables started to make the battery terminals just too crowded so i decided to sort it out a bit.

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I installed a positive bank strip and also an earth post to remove a lot of the clutter from teh terminals.

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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby Jason » Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:03 am

I really like what you did with the auxiliary fuel tank! Good looking H3. 8)
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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby Mark » Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:12 am

Great mods and writeup, love how your H3 has turned out 8)
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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby leaseH3alpha » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:35 pm

That is the coolest H3 I have ever seen. Good Job man, I wish my truck looked half as cool as yours. I also wich i was able to do some of those mods.
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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby nugget » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:05 pm

Thanks for the kind comments.

These things tend to be a work in progress and I decided that I woudl like it to be a bit easier to change/clean the air filter. I had the body holding of the air sensor bolted to the side wall of the engine bay which in retrospect wasn't the brightest thing I had done! So changed it so that the air sensor body bolts to a bracket and the bracket bolts to a nut welded to the underside of the guard. To change a filter, I now undo 2 clamps and the one bolt and it all comes away nice and easy. So version 2 is like this...

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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby nugget » Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:57 pm

Decided to extend the plug in socket for my Mile Marker 10,000lb variable speed control winch to make life a bit easier.

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The Mile Markers have had some problems with the control boxes starting to smoke in Aussie. I have not had any problem with mine, but just to be safe I installed an isolation switch so the winch only has power running to it when the isolation switch is turned on.

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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby PhilD » Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:41 am

Nice work 8)

That's a serious air box you made! 8) 8) 8)
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Re: HMA03's H3 Mods so Far

Postby nugget » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:49 pm

Thanks Phil,

I have to learn how to weld aluminium!

The engineering shop across the road from my work had some 170mm..sorry..6 1/2" pipe. Pretty heavy guage which was a bit of an overkill but free wins every time!!!! 8) 8)

I started trying to modify and early Disco air box but gave up . I did rescue the lid and then got a local shop to cast some urethane over it and around the body tube to creat the lid. Seals really well and enabled me to replace the filter easily which was an obvious design requirement!!! 8)

I also put in a water drain using a "rubber duck bill". Not 100% convinced yet as when I bench tested it using a vacum cleaner to create suction, I got some water through. Thinking i will block it up again and trust the snorkel not to take in water.

Any thoughts greatfully accepted here as I have never built an airbox before!
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