1972 Search & Rescue Pinz (*warning* picture heavy)

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1972 Search & Rescue Pinz (*warning* picture heavy)

Post by GadgetPhreak » Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:01 pm

Kicking of my build thread...

I have been a long time volunteer with Search and Rescue in King County. I belong to King County 4x4 Search & Rescue, King County Explorer Search & Rescue, and am a member of the Washington State Regional Special Vehicles Unit (Snowmobiles, ATVs, Dual Sports, etc.).

Last year I sold the Jeep I had built for SAR use and started looking for a new rig to build. My goal was two-fold, first it had to be able to serve as a vehicle I could use on missions and second I wanted something that would draw attention at the events and parades we participate in frequently (typically providing First Aid and missing child services). Few people realize that SAR is all volunteer based (in Washington state and many others). So drawing people in so you can remind them of key safety protocols when in the wilderness as well as informing them that we are 100% volunteer and non-profit funded by donations is really important, otherwise we cease to exist...

After looking at a lot of options I decided on a Pinzgauer. They are small and capable (good for the tight trails in Washington), have a large capacity for people and gear, and definitely have that attraction factor I was looking for. I shopped for almost a year before I settled on a 1972 710M in San Diego. I fly down to pick it up at the end of the month and will be shipping it home as I will be on a business trip and unable to drive it back due to time constraints.

THE PLAN:
  • Go through it end to end and replace all fluids and address any maintenance issues found.
    Upgrade to Power Steering
    Swap out any old glass for safety
    Swap out the street tires with something more appropriate for SAR (This will be a purpose built rig so tires only need to be good enough on road to be safe and to get me to/from the mission)
    Get a little time behind the wheel to validate my assumptions and make any changes needed to the build plan.
    Design a custom box that will drop into the rear (similar to the Ambulance box) that will be designed for SAR use (more details in a later post on what I'm thinking for this) and then will be working with Andre or VMI Off-road in Washington to build it out of Aluminum to keep it as lightweight as possible - similar to what was done for this rig http://www.vmioffroad.com/products/e...version-2.html
The vehicle:
  • 1972 Pinzgauer 710M
    2.7 liter high performance motor with custom cam and forged pistons.
    This engine makes 130HP! Stinger fuel injection system - customizable
    New ML Mercedes rotors with 5 aluminum rims with tires (ML & GL Mercedes wheels will fit)
    12” Wilwood disc brakes
    Custom progressive front and rear spring sets
    New dash with VDO performance gauges
    Rearview camera system including custom mount
    Sony radio with JBL speakers
    7" GPS, MP3 player, SD card reader and XM radio
    Two yellow top Optima batteries
    24v/12v 60amp. Equalizer/converter
    2 HID auxiliary lights, Lightforce made
    9500 Mile Marker winch (100ft Kevlar rope)
    Stainless steel air compressor
    New body paint (matte sand)
    New custom top
    New tail light with reverse light
    Lightened and balanced inner shaft
    Expedition Imports side steps
    New front seats with custom brackets (Mastercraft Baja RS - very comfortable)
    Many miscellaneous upgrades as well...
And finally some pictures of the rig as it sits currently from the previous owner:

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Post by stiffler4444 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:39 am

Wow, certainly looks like you got a "fully loaded" Pinz for sure! Sweet....
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Post by GenevaPinz » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:47 am

Well, power steering is really the last thing to add to your truck (if you don't wish to have an upper body workout from time to time...).

To have a slide-in / slide-out box for SAR, the fixed sides and rollbar of the Pinz are going to be in the way (depending on the box size of course...). If you want a full-width box, a split tailgate may be the solution. They were used on Swiss 712M that were used for Rapier ground-to-air missile resupply. I believe some of the US-based suppliers have them on inventory.
Good luck with your plan!!
Jan

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Post by TechMOGogy » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:28 am

GenevaPinz wrote:Well, power steering is really the last thing to add to your truck (if you don't wish to have an upper body workout from time to time...).

To have a slide-in / slide-out box for SAR, the fixed sides and rollbar of the Pinz are going to be in the way (depending on the box size of course...). If you want a full-width box, a split tailgate may be the solution. They were used on Swiss 712M that were used for Rapier ground-to-air missile resupply. I believe some of the US-based suppliers have them on inventory.
Good luck with your plan!!
Barn doors is a great idea Jan!
GadgetPhreak, here are some pics in case you have not seen them before - they would replace your current rear door and the small side panels. Then all you would need to do is make a quick release for your rear roll bar for when you want to slide in the new alum box!
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Post by GadgetPhreak » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:39 am

Great suggestion! Thank you both.


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Post by GadgetPhreak » Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:00 pm

I'm flying down to San Diego tomorrow to finally see and pick up the Pinz, I can't wait!!!

The seller just sent me this photo of all the gear he's found so far that is going in a bin and coming with the rig.

I've also been chatting with Andre about the build out for Search & Rescue. Once I finalize the details I'll post a summary and link to the PDF.
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Post by GadgetPhreak » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:32 pm

Flew down to San Diego today and saw the Pinz for the first time. No surprises, was exactly as I hoped. It's a great rig and will serve as a great platform for my build. The owner was fantastic and spent the entire day with me, walking through the rig and going over it end to end. I can't wait to get it home and get started on the build.


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Post by NEWFISHER » Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:29 pm

Glad it worked out and its a nice one. Its always a good start when the previous owner/builder is able to go over things with you.

Shipped, driving, stopping at Jims or Daves to check stuff out or are you headed South with it to Andre's?

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Post by GadgetPhreak » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:19 am

Shipping it home. Work is getting in the way of a long drive right now. Next time ;)


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Post by GadgetPhreak » Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:46 pm

It's on the truck and headed this way!Image


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Post by TechMOGogy » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:11 pm

Exciting!
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Post by GadgetPhreak » Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:24 pm

Look what showed up this morning :)

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Post by NEWFISHER » Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:27 pm

Glad its home! Let the fun begin

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1972 Search & Rescue Pinz (*warning* picture heavy)

Post by GadgetPhreak » Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:16 pm

After putting in a refreshed gearbox from Expedition Imports, a new clutch, new master and slave cylinders, flushed all the hydraulics, topped all fluids, and installed the new rims and tires, last night I finally got to take it out on its first off-road test. The short update is, it performed great. As I was heading out of the woods I was flagged down by a hiker who informed me that an ice climber had been injured at Franklin Falls and what started as its first off-road test became its first SAR test as well. All in all it took 8 hrs, with 10 trips transporting in the rescue crew, and one trip transporting the subject down to the ambulance (by folding down one side in the back so the litter/stretcher could slide in while EMTs sat across and tended to him). The Pinz never skipped a beat. What an incredible rig.

I really got a good sense of what I need to change.
- Need to move the seat belts in back to make it easier to fold/raise them. I suspect that's why some have moved over to the e-track.
- Need to install the Vision-X LED headlights I bought, fix my reverse lights, and add additional lighting for mission activity.
- No hot air blowing at all and the fan makes a terrible noise.
- Time figure out my overhead mount for my radio heads and decide on what approach I get going to use to power all four 12volt radios.
- Build a mount for my little buddy propane heater to help heat the rear in the winter.
- Switch over to a multi-stage wiper motor to deal with pacific northwest drizzle
- Look at ways to tighten up some of the water leakage around the front doors
- Figure out what is needed to ensure the front windows slide smoothly in their tracks
- Dont need to add a tank to the onboard air compressor as it is much faster than anticipated at filling all four tires after airing down.
- Roof rack needed for lights, antennas, and ad hoc gear hauling during a mission when back is full.
- Figure out where/how to store my recovery gear so I can move it up to the roof rack quickly when hauling a full compliment of searchers.

Overall it did exactly what it needed to and was a true hero at last nights mission. I was able to get rescue teams all the way up to the trail head in about 7mins whereas a similar mission in the same place was a 6hr trudge through waist deep snow. By dropping down to 4-5psi in each tire I could float right on top of the snow and drive straight in.

Can't wait to get this set up right and put it into regular service. A huge thank you to Expedition Imports for all of the parts and help, to Andre for his previous work on this rig and his advice and inspiration on how to set this up, and to Jim LaGuardia for his "phone a friend" support on the gearbox issues. You all made last nights mission possible and contributed to saving a man's life on Christmas.

Ben
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Post by GadgetPhreak » Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:18 pm

Here's a few pictures of the day.

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