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Volvo C303 Overlander Build

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any more infoon the mods to get the engine running on factory management???

Yes sorry, I have been rather busy with my new job. I need to find time to write it all up.

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Great Idea, i've been looking at the 303 to convert to a camper myself, I'd love to see how the enginge conversion works out.

I'll be watching with interest

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Well i found out one reason why the fuel system wasnt running as well as it should have been.... I had the feed and return pipes swapped :blink:

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Any news on switching off the immobiliser and installing the factory ECU? I'm running an e300 as a daily. What an engine!

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A bit of a long overdue update. Recent progress:

- Installed marine cables for the transfer box high/low and the autobox selector.

- Moved the battery box and OBA compressor between the chassis.

-Transfer box tested in place, and crossmember constructed.

Some pics:

Crossmember

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Battery and compressor boxes

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Compressor box contents

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The lifting cab in action

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isolators & main fuses

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The custom manifold

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OBA tank

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New version dash panel

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The crossmember in place. I just need to add a bracket at the rear to support the transfer box.


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I do wish the body just lifted like that on my 88 sometimes!

Yeah its a nice feature, glad i did it. Its even worse on a standard C303, you have do do all your maintenance through the wheel arches or through a hatch in the cabin only 50cm x 75cm. (Which also makes the cabin more noisy. Have welded that up)

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First of all: great project! I love these Volvo's! :-)

But also some (hopefully usefull) criticism:

- the crossmember looks like two leafsprings connected with a piece of box section: not very stable. :unsure:

- and the lock for the cabine, is that attached with only two vulcanized rubber mounts? What happens when these shear off? :wacko:

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Hoss.

Is the engine idle running better now the fuel lines have been fitted correctly.

Great read.

Hb

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How's that going?

Its about 1/3 done, but unfortunately comes second priority to paid work.

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Hi Hoss

Must be time for a detailed update. I'm getting withdrawal symptoms! Plus I need inspiration for my project putting an OM606 into a C304 6x6

Cheers

Nick

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Sorry for the lack of updates, but not much has happened. Time is more scarce since starting a new job.

I've also rethought the plans for the rear camper body, so have actually move backwards and changed a few things.

- Got rid of the air/water intercooler, and will fit an air intercooler behind the cab.

- Still thinking on how to get more axle/engine clearance (move up = lift cab more, move back = a big PITA, dry sump, doesnt help much)

- Rear body will be a hard side lifting roof similar to the picture below. Am going to invest in a TiG to make up the Ali frame. Have to finish design and locate Alu profile. Source composite wall panels.

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hi what make are the vacuum and oba gauges your using?

Keyence AP series, you can find them trade, or sometimes on ebay.

I must've missed it - why so much on-board air capacity on an overlander? :huh:

Didnt think i'd overrated it, with big tyres to fill, air tools perhaps. Anyway the compressor and tank were a freebie taken from a 90 equipped with trailer air braking.

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