91 Starcraft Meteor build

Discussion in 'Taking Your Camper Off Road' started by Psifanboy, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. Psifanboy

    Psifanboy New Member

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    good morning everyone one. I recently been looking for campers and was planning on building a offroad teardrop but my neighbor gave me a Starcraft Meteor for free last week. It was damage from hail about 4 years ago and some dents were actually pierced so figured the inside was trashed. Opened it up and not a single water spot or mold or anything but some bugs. Got it all cleaned up and installed a AC window unit, bought new laminated flooring and paint. The Gf and I have been wanting to do some overlanding or boondocking so going to make this so i can haul it almost anywhere. Plan to make a new frame with 5K axle with brakes and extend it up front about 4' for storage. Started making a ABS black pipe water system with air valve so itll have some pressure. got the AC and DC all working about will be coverting my Propane valve over this weekend to new style. Plan is to get it livable first then start making the suspension mods. our first trip is planned mid Aug.

    Well here is some pics of it so far.
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    after a good clean up
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    AC install. not sure about this set up yet.. my compressor keeps shutting off so not sure if its from the heat inside box or just bad. going to open the top and just let it run and see if thats the issue. its vented on the back with a 12"x12" vent
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    The tow rig for now. also building a 86 M1009 Military K5 with a 6.0 ls and 37s with dana 44/14bolt
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    This area will be my electrical box. all dc and ac components, solar and batteries.
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  2. Psifanboy

    Psifanboy New Member

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    ac box
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  3. JPBar

    JPBar Well-Known Member

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    Looking good!
     
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  4. Psifanboy

    Psifanboy New Member

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    not much work was done just painting. got first and 2nd coat of paint on this is the first coat
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    already looks way better. going to remake the counter tops in like a natural wood.

    I was having issues with ac in that box it would run for 10 min than the compressor would shut down. Guessing it was getting to hot inside of that box so i cut a hole on the top to help it get air and seems to be doing alot better. it gets cooler in there even with all the hot air coming from that hole. Plan to make vent to the outside that can be removed easily. should be starting on flooring today or tom.
     
  5. Psifanboy

    Psifanboy New Member

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    well got the interior almost done. flooring turned out decent for winging it
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  6. Overland

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    Looking good! Look fwd to following along..
     
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  7. Psifanboy

    Psifanboy New Member

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    thanks been putting a list together for my suspension. not quote sure if i want to do a DIY solid axle with leaves or go with a trailing arm set up on bags. i can fab up the arms pretty easy but im afraid the stock frame wont hold so will prolly end up making another frame to weld to existing frame if i go that route. Im just going to do a torsion spacer for now to clear a little bigger tire. hopefully i can get started on that tonight. got the trim and cushions recovered yesterday. looks good but didnt take any pics
     
  8. Psifanboy

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    my other two projects take up alot of my time lol
    The tow rig for it is far from being done. its a 86 M1009 k5 that has been abused. got a 6.0 ls and some 1tons for it. its going to be green again hopefully soon
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    my other blazer. 1200hp turbo ls s10 blazer.
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    doesnt look anything like bottom pics new wheels and a little better stance now
     
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  9. Psifanboy

    Psifanboy New Member

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    the cushions are wrapped and the camper is on jack stands to install lift.
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    COCONUTS lol
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    Axle out of it. will be working on this tonight.
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  10. Psifanboy

    Psifanboy New Member

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    got it jacked up last night. it should clear a decent 14" wheel and tire under that is rated at 81 mph now. Going to brace the spacer with some lateral bars and a bar in front of it like a slider. This just temporary until i do a trailing arm set up. Was pretty straight forward. basically welded 2x3 and a 2x4 and drill holes to mount the axle to blocks. going to attach it to the frame tonight using plates and bolts. might weld it just to be sure it doesn't move. will square it up and make sure nice and straight before attaching to frame. probably lifted it maybe 5" will check tonight.
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    sits up good now. will build a new step to get in it.
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  11. Psifanboy

    Psifanboy New Member

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    test drive was a success, need to make a latch for the door and seal the top where the top meets the bottom. could see daylight when i was getting tools out. tracks great just need to go buy some new hubs and wheels. going to go 5 lug. just gotta find out what size spindle i have.
     
  12. emoney

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    Man, great work so far! "Free" is the best deal ever, so kudos to you guys! Keep those updates coming.
     
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  13. Psifanboy

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    I cant wait to build another frame and start on the trailing arm suspension. the set up i have now is pretty bouncy. Probably wont help the back roads to well lol.
     
  14. Sjm9911

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    Looks great, lots of work done allready! Just an idea, I saw another thread with the a.c. like yours, but they had it on a slide out. Maybe that will help. I figure at least you will not have the heat inside and it will just drain to the ground. Seems like you have the tools and skills to do that.
     
  15. Psifanboy

    Psifanboy New Member

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    Thanks, that was my plan originally but the depth of the ac i have is longer than the frame so couldn't actually slide it in all the way with out it hitting the front of the cabinet. i might buy a smaller ac and try that. im not 100 percent happy with this set up. Ac compressor still shuts off after 15 mins or so. Think it may be heat or just going bad. id like to just stick it outside the back or front and be done. going to be testing it shortly.
     
  16. ricksadventures

    ricksadventures New Member

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    Looks nice! I'll be following for sure. My wife and I have a similar model PUP, stock height currently with a spring under set up. Are you adding to the current frame or building a separate frame and moving the box over? If it is the same frame, how are you going about adding the length? I was considering upgrading my axle to a 5k as well and just doing the spring over conversion and some shocks.. not sure if that will be enough to limit the bouncing or not.
     
  17. yota_dude

    yota_dude New Member

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    great looking rig. could you post some pictures on how you did the lift on it? i have one thats a couple years older and want to lift it some

    thank you
     
  18. Toy(Yota)

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    Your builds are awesome keep up the progress pics! The blazer on tons will be rad. I’ve got an 87 meteor lifted a similar amount on a leaf spring axle.
    Yours looks nicer inside haha
     

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