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My new (old) mog

Riaan Harman

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paulventer

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#43
During the Bundu trail weekend in August my diff-lock seals started leaking (for those not familiar with mogs - the diff locks are actuated using compressed air).

The seals are cheap and easy to obtain from MBSA, to get to the seal is another matter though...
 

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The diff-lock "piston" removed from the axle. The arrow shows where one of the seals is located. The second seal is in the side shaft and requires quite some prying to remove...

The good news - the diff lock teeth are as new. Almost no signs of them being used.

The bad news - there was some rust on the diff lock piston - the result of standing for many years without being driven (the diffs are from an ex military Buffel, which was most likely parked in a military parking lot for 20 years +). A few minutes with a wire brush on a dremel removed the rust and had the diff lock piston looking like new again.
 

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Final pics - the axle all together in one piece with a new coat of paint.

The new paint was necessary as I made a bit of a mess when I disconnected the brake line on top of the diff. I fitted a latex glove over the end of the brake line to collect the brake fluid, but my plan didn't quite work out. The brake fluid leaked all over the diff and the torque tube and did a good job of stripping the paint... :-(

Most of this job can easily be done as a one man job. The only part where I really needed an extra set of hands was to lign up and fit the side shaft to the diff upon reassembly. It is a heavy piece of steel and takes some grunting and sweating to align it up to get all the bolts back in place (there were no free hands to take pics during this part of the process...)
 

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Alan

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Where do you camp where you can collect wood and drag it through the veld to a secluded camping spot?
I wanna go there.:) It's my kinda camping.
 

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Where do you camp where you can collect wood and drag it through the veld to a secluded camping spot?
I wanna go there.:) It's my kinda camping.
My secret ;-)

My dad has access to a piece of private property in the Waterberg which has no infrastructure, but it has the big 5 on it. It truly is a special place.
 

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At long last I managed to get my hands on the last article I need to fit my pto winch. It was a long search, but I eventually tracked down a pto drive shaft. Over the past two weeks I sanded down and repainted the drive shaft.

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So this weekend I decided to quickly fit the pto shaft. I expected the job to take roughly an hour. After all, how long can it take to slide in the pto shaft, fasten the 4 bolts on each end and bolt down the spline block?

As they say - few plans ever survive the first contact with reality...

The tolerances and clearances on these mogs are just insane! 9 hours later, the pto shaft was in place, but to get there I had to:
- remove the radiator
- lift the front of the cab
- remove the left front mudguard (for me to get access to work)
- remove some brackets holding my second alternator in place
- partially remove the power steering pump
- remove some of the power steering hydraulic lines (in the process drained all the hydraulic fluid)
- relocate a whole bunch of electrical wires (still not 100% complete)

In retrospect I should've just bit the bullet right at the start and tilted the cab...

Unfortunately I wasn't able to take too many pics of the process - I was covered in crease and oil up to my shoulders and didn't dare touch my phone to get pics. The only visual sign I have for all the hard work is the small portion of the spline block that sticks out at the front of the mog.

One good thing from all the time spent under the mog is I noticed that my radiator had a small leak, so at least I had a valid excuse for removing the radiator :)


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#55
Proper good job, Mate!

Yeah...................most jobs on a 416 are hectic.

Space is generally a problem, parts are heavy and cumbersome.

If you have a gantry life becomes much easier. You can have the cab off in an hour and then there is the plenty space to work.

Ive got my engine and transmission out at the moment........without removing the cab!!
That means: remove radiator. some judicious use of the angle grinder had the grill out. remove fan and damper. Remove cylinder head and injector pump as well as oil filter. Power steering pump removed and the could remove the engine.
Transmission was just as hectic. had to remove it downwards after removing the bellhousing. Those %#@#! Torque tubes!
Makes me realise that I am no longer a 19 yr old apprentice........

Got the transmission semi assembled and it can be reinstalled over the weekend. The engine is a different saga!
More on that later as just writing about this type of work makes me tired!

Regards
Gavin
 

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This weekend I eventually got around to fitting the winch.

I planned for a quick 30 minute job - slide the winch onto the pto shaft, insert two pins and all is done. Reality got in the way of the plans though...

After two hours of struggling we eventually had the winch fitted after having to remove the bumber and adjusting the mounting brackets. So now the winch is on, but there's interference between the winch and the bumper, which means the bumper can't go back on... :oops:

I'm hoping its simply a misalignment somewhere, although it does look like the winch housing is slightly deformed.

A big shout-out to Antony for his help. Without the extra pair of hands this would not have been possible.

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Thanks Paul. Eventually it will work and your mog will be the way you want it.

Luckily my labor rate is a cold beer and some droe wors. So you can afford to have me around again to help you




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Awesome, Paul! Welcome to the F64 club!!

Now we look forward to pics / videos of your first self-recovery ;-)

It takes some thought and practice to use that winch safely when the going gets tough.
Otherwise, it's easy to make it implode like mine did.
Luckily I have a new (old) casing fitted, but some of the other outer casing parts are still in need of repair, so mine is currently strictly-for-emergencies-only.