Minion Missile - 1973 Colombian Patrol Project

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Postby RiverPatrol » Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:44 pm

rdarnell wrote: I am planning to make the correct mount that was offered by Koening for the lower mounted winch. I think the A frame winches were used on Toyotas and Jeeps.
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Somewhere I have pictures of that mount with a measuring tape showing the measurements of all the necessary parts, but for the life of me I can't find them. This picture is actually one of my previous Patrols, and I took all the pictures and measurements from it before it went to a new home. I just need to find them. :roll: :doh:
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Postby mad4hws » Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:40 pm

Thank you for the input. A little re-work is definitely in order. I do want to mount the PTO driven winch, which I know will take a little bit more effort and fabrication. The winch that I have mounts from the bottom (Rdarnell, i think this is the A-frame that you mention). this causes it to stand a little bit taller than the winch that is normally found on Patrols. If it was mounted to the top of the bumper, it would require a hole be drilled in the front bib, which I am not going to do. I'm thinking a frame structure of some sort that will sit between the two frame rails. Will be curious to see if anyone else has done a set-up like that with this type of winch.
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Postby rdarnell » Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:16 pm

You could cut out part of the bumper and countersink the winch. I am pretty sure that is how the Toyotas are done. Figure our how low it needs to mate up with the hole in the frame and then build some supports that mount to the underside of the frame. That might put the top of the winch in the correct spot.
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Postby mad4hws » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:18 pm

Look what was in my garage when I got home last night.
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A new Crazy Cart... Ya!
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Postby mad4hws » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:22 pm

rdarnell wrote:You could cut out part of the bumper and countersink the winch. I am pretty sure that is how the Toyotas are done. Figure our how low it needs to mate up with the hole in the frame and then build some supports that mount to the underside of the frame. That might put the top of the winch in the correct spot.



Yes. This is what I'm going to have to do. I have to get some confidence with the welder. I guess this is as good as any place to start
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Postby mad4hws » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:58 am

Got the new tires/wheels on the Patrol. What a difference:

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here is the before picture:

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Postby mad4hws » Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:06 am

Yesterday was nice outside. #1 daughter is turning 16 in a few months, so figuring that she is about to get her learner's permit and also considering the amount of time she has spent with me on this rig, we took her out to a local school parking lot to do some test driving. It was the first time the Patrol has been out since the axles were overhauled, new drivelines and new brakes. The Patrol did great. No issues to report. #1 daughter, however, needs a little more time behind the steering wheel.

It was amazing the amount of people that we saw out. I was expecting streets and sidewalks to be abandoned. that was not the case. It seemed as though people were keeping their distance from one another. We were the only ones at the school parking lot :)
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Postby L60Boerne » Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:32 am

Very nice! Your work is most excellent. Now need to go back and re-read the history of your mosheen.

It looks like your seats are moved back a beat for more leg room. Am I seeing that right?
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Postby rdarnell » Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:32 am

I have been taking my niece out for driving since Dec 10. Started in church parking lot getting her used to driving and her surroundings. Then we moved to her neighborhood and added route to her school. Then we kicked it up a notch with drives in the park that was one way with lots of walkers, bikers and dogs to keep an eye on. With social distancing happening we have added the major streets in Louisville ky. In ky students have to 40 hours day driving and 20 night
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Postby RiverPatrol » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:24 pm

It looks great!
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Postby mad4hws » Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:43 am

L60Boerne wrote:Very nice! Your work is most excellent. Now need to go back and re-read the history of your mosheen.

It looks like your seats are moved back a beat for more leg room. Am I seeing that right?
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I don't think the seats are modified at all. But maybe, I'll take a picture. They are fixed and mounted on a pivot bolt. I thought this was how all Patrol's seats were mounted. When #1 daughter was driving, she was reaching for the pedals, so it would be really great to have adjustable seats. Has anyone made this modification?
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Postby mad4hws » Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:46 am

rdarnell wrote:I have been taking my niece out for driving since Dec 10. Started in church parking lot getting her used to driving and her surroundings. Then we moved to her neighborhood and added route to her school. Then we kicked it up a notch with drives in the park that was one way with lots of walkers, bikers and dogs to keep an eye on. With social distancing happening we have added the major streets in Louisville ky. In ky students have to 40 hours day driving and 20 night
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Wow. That's actually a lot of driving. I'm not sure what the rules are in Connecticut as far as that goes. I do know they're restricted from driving at night and the number of passengers they can drive. Makes sense -it takes a while to appreciate the fact that when you get a 4000lb mass moving at speed, it becomes lethal weapon.
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Postby mad4hws » Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:52 pm

I ordered a pile of seat belts from SeatBelts plus for the Patrol. The picture below shows the comparison of the original lap belt (on top) and the reproduction (on bottom). The clip on the original is bigger and the blade is a different shape. Definitely a discernible difference for the trained eye. But, for the untrained eye (i.e. mine), these look the part and more importantly will be functional. I ordered three point harness for the pax and driver (no the retractable kind as they are bigger. I wanted low profile, so these have to be adjusted. I also ordered 7 lap belts - 1 for the front and 6 for the back. This is a medium wheel base patrol, so the back is longer. Spacing was wide for 2 on each side, so I ordered enough for 3. Soon we will be cutting off the aftermarket Colombian top on this rig, so all occupants in the back will need to be strapped in.

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Postby mad4hws » Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:12 pm

All-Tech in Danbury rebuilt the wiper motors. Look gooder than new (haha). The only question is about the grommets. The old ones have a much bigger outer diameter. the ones that they installed was was much smaller (they're both in the picture for comparison purposes). Will the smaller ones impact anything?

Now that the motors are done, we can uncrate the new (old) windshield frame and work on refinishing it. It needs to be sanded, primed and painted. New glass also needs to be installed. Once we have that done, we'll be in a position to cut off the colombian aftermarket hard top and scrap the current windshield frame that has been hacked beyond repair.


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Postby mad4hws » Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:17 pm

RiverPatrol wrote:Somewhere I have pictures of that mount with a measuring tape showing the measurements of all the necessary parts, but for the life of me I can't find them. This picture is actually one of my previous Patrols, and I took all the pictures and measurements from it before it went to a new home. I just need to find them. :roll: :doh:


RiverPatrol, were you able to find your pictures and dimensions? I have made a deal on a better Koenig winch than the one I have mocked up on my patrol. the one I made the deal on is the one that would have been dealer equipped (i.e. without the larger taller mounting brackets). With the correct winch, I'll be able to set this up closer to how it would have come originally. I won't get the winch until August, so I have some time to think about this.
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