Day 1 12/10/2015 Well Ive decided to build a mobile Observatory to allow easy movement and hopefully set up on sites quicker.This Blog will record the process in the various stages of the build conversion project.
Donor vehicle is A 2004 Mercedes Benz frontline Ambulance with 200k on the clock. The engine is misfiring and preliminary checks would indicate piston trouble, as the engine is misfiring / lumpy and has excess back pressure at the oil filler cap.
First job is to remove the engine from the vehicle as sump access is not good, I will likely need to drop the sump . Hopefully there will not be any major damage to the engine bores as that will mean a replacement engine.
The conversion will take approx 6 stages to completion and a build time due to costs of around 10 months.
1/ Repair Engine unit.
2/ Install additional imobiliser,security lock upgrades and tracker system.
3/ Fit large sliding roof
4/ Fit an elevating Pier
5/ Fit a self leveling system to enable stability on site
6/ Re Enable Power supplies and safety check on electrics