The photos below are what we saw.
of this evolution of Thor, all of the current tool box mounting
would be removed. The rear boxes are riding on 2x2" tube
that spans the width of the frame.
front boxes were similarly mounted.
to removing the tool box mounting frames, the upper frame cross
member must be moved forward about two feet.
was to harvest the mounting portion of the headboard and salvage
it as the intercooler and hydraulic pump mount.
colliding with a boulder in Baja, one of the mounting points was
welded in addition to being bolted. The welds needed to be
was more material in those welds than I recalled, but in the end
the grinder won.
boxes were big and awkward and heavy. The forklift was used
to support the boxes as they were dismounted.
forklift placed the boxes behind a U-500 being repaired.
for a few welded-on mounts, Thor is fully naked.
frame U-bolts were loosened and the cross member mounting bolts
were removed. A hydraulic spreader was used to separate
the upper frame rails allowing the cross member to be moved
forward. The final resting spot is the 2 bolt holes above
the rear overload bumper.
member in final position.
mounting post for the now-defunct headboard was removed from the
front cross member.
covers were put over critical plumbing before the rear pivot
mount was cut off with the plasma torch.
Lance was lifted to allow getting Thor below for a test-fit.
areas on the upper frame rail were the mounting holes for the
rear cross member. The member was slid forward to allow
the region below the tank to descend between the upper frame
rails. The area underneath the black water tube will be
scalloped to provide clearance.
front, the freshwater tank bubble will descend between the frame
rails. Alas, clearance for flanks of the tank will likely
be the final mounting height determinant.
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