My Megaforce Assault Vehicle

I debated posting this here and figured what the hell, why not.

It started off as this. A pretty ratty looking 1987 Suzuki Samurai JX. Towed, never claimed and taken by the towing company on a mechanics lien. After two years of sitting around in the yard, they put it up for sale. $1225 out the door.




Here it is now.












Mods included:
Petroworks full roll cage. Modified with the addition of brackets for front seat belt shoulder belts. Had it powdercoated.

OEM Folding windshield kit. Samurais sold overseas come standard with a fold down windshield. Only the US versions were fixed.

Doors hinges were modified so they are removable.

Durabak coating of the interior. That was a job and a half, as all of the interiof insulation (about a 3/8" thick coating of tar) had to be removed. That was two days worth of softening with a heat gun, scraping and finally finishing up with a scotchbrite pad and solvent. Two coats of Durabak and it turned out great.

New steering wheel and shift knob.

New tires. A couple of the tires were OEM, i.e. 19 years old. These vehicles are so light, the tread never wears out but they will dryrot eventually. The tire sidewalls ripped just getting the tires off the rims.

ZOR front bumper.

My buddy is a genius when it comes to metal fabrication and welding. He built the brackets from scratch to mount the rear seatbelts. They EXCEED factory specs and quality.

14 cans of AERVOE Desert Tan paint.

And finally, the Megaforce unit markings.

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Mark

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Joined:  2/24/2003                          Location:  Nevada, USA

Original Post
That's a badass ride.

I'll bet all the guys in your neighborhood envy you ....and all their wives hate you.

"But honey, Dorsai has one...."




Gary

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A difficult child at best, fit neither for the cloth nor the pen, too dangerous to be unleashed upon society and too horrible to let live, but yet too brilliant and unique to destroy; He was eventually given over to The Ft. Benning School For Boys to receive the proper education and be brought up right -as both a savior and destroyer of man.

Dorsai, that kicks ass! Did you make a stencil for the skull and MCLMM? I need to make one and put that on my Scout...damn...megaforce markings.
I feel your pain on the duraback. I did the interior of my rig a few years ago with it. I think I want to put another coat on to help keep the heat from the motor down though..Got any shots of the interior? Oh yeah, are you ever going to lift it and go to bigger tires?

Dan

Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate

Is pint blank range where they get close enough to wing a beer can at 'em?

Nice lookin' make over, Dorsai. Looks like you did even more than you mentioned. Now if you only had a pintle mount on that bad boy...

Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.-Exodus 22:24

Actually, the Megaforce markings are automotive vinyl appliques. $10 each shipped, in brown (on mine), black or white.

We're still working on a rifle rack.

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Mark

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Never hint at what you really feel

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Beautiful.

I could just as easily envision firing an AR into traffic through the (folding) windshield as I could picking up a couple of bikined babes at the beach...

Either way, beautiful. Make it bulletproof, and it's that much better.

That's a damn Beach Assault Vehicle right there. I'm sure if you played around with acronyms you could legitemately name it "Bad Boy", or something similar...

"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms." - Aristotle

quote:
No weapons mounts or rifle racks? Poser.

No shit,
where are the sandbags and mag 58? Just out of curiosity what the hell is Durabak? (Rhino liner kind of thing?) Nice rig dude,
BT

"Stay angry my friends"-the most dangerous man in the world.

 

"All hat, not much cowboy" Big Sky Brewing Co.

 

" I am Godzilla, YOU are Japan" -Critical Bill

Wow, I'm impressed. You were able to take a "Dyke-only" vehicle and make it studly. Just busting your balls. Good job.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would do them harm." -George Orwell

Money is tight, but I'd like to replace the exhaust manifold and pipes with a header and 2" exhaust. That will boost the horsepower. New cam too. So far, I haven't found a replacement carbuerator that will pass smog.

The gas tank is only 10 gal. Petroworks has a 15 gal tank, but that is another $300+.

We've talked about a pintle mount just for fun. I figure we could come up with something that mounts on the roll cage. However, someone will have to provide the M240/MAG58! Hell, if someone had a belt fed and wanted to mount it on a vehicle for pics and some shooting fun, we'd for sure come up with a mount!

There isn't a hell of lot of interior space, but we've just about figured out a way to mount one vertically on the passenger's side of the transmission hump. The problem is working out the mechanics of a latching system that will accommodate various weapons and still hold it tight enough that vibration doesn't abrade the contact points.

The Calico Jack and MCLMM came as a surprise to me. I had talked to Don about doing it and I was planning on making up a stencil. Don likes to do things first class (as an example, he stamped the custom fabbed seatbelt retractor mounts D and P to differentiate the sides) so he made up the vinyl appliques. If anyone wants them, I'll post an add in the Swap Meet.

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Mark

Swear allegiance to the flag Whatever flag they offer

Never hint at what you really feel

Teach the children quietly For some day sons and daughters

Will rise up and fight while we stood still

 

Joined:  2/24/2003                          Location:  Nevada, USA

Back in the late '80s, I worked with a repressed queer who had a Samurai, but I never saw the potential in it like you did. Damn, that's cool as hell. Can I have it? Big Grin

I think the perfect gun for a tactical Samurai might be a 10/22 with one of those German MG42 dress up kits on it.



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"I don't think I smell like a brewery. I was drinking Scotch."

 

Join date: 3/8/03

Location: NC, USA

quote:
Originally posted by Dorsai:

We've talked about a pintle mount just for fun. I figure we could come up with something that mounts on the roll cage. However, someone will have to provide the M240/MAG58! Hell, if someone had a belt fed and wanted to mount it on a vehicle for pics and some shooting fun, we'd for sure come up with a mount!


<Rumaging around gun room> Why there's a 1919A4 right here! Can you say "Rat Patrol" (Jr.) Most excellent ride. I hear these things are pretty nimble off road as well. You must appreciate the gas mileage nowadays too. Best of luck.

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IT'S A COLT.  THEY'RE LIKE THE HK OF GUNS.

HRH (Ret.) The Most Reverend Consig

 

 

 

 

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You mean this one?

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Mark

Swear allegiance to the flag Whatever flag they offer

Never hint at what you really feel

Teach the children quietly For some day sons and daughters

Will rise up and fight while we stood still

 

Joined:  2/24/2003                          Location:  Nevada, USA

Holy shit dude, nice work !

GIs carrying 1911s defeated Axis forces, including Austrians. The 1911 was winning battles and saving lives before Gaston Glock was even born - somewhere along the way we probably figured out a thing or two on combat handguns." –Larry Vickers

Niiiiice!! Bloody nice!!

The Sierra (as they were called over here) was my first entry into the 4wd market as a broke uni student. In fact I went through 2 of them (one roll-over). Good times.

Ah, the memories of getting out scrub during uni break, drinking copious amounts of rum and beer and then falling into my swag...

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Forward!
Where we are, where we belong, where we should be.

  

Location: Back in Bris-Vegas, wondering at the bright lights of the big smoke

Dorsai, that is beautiful!

Nice vanity plate too.

Back in 1994, my wife and I rented a Samurai on Aruba and toured the back side of the island with it. We beat the shit out of it and it took it all and then some. Ever since then, there has been a soft spot in my heart for one of those. Best of luck with it!

-Paul D.

Londonderry, NH 

quote:
There are two things that would complete this cool ass ride in my opinion:

1) a weapons rack or pintle mount as has been already mentioned.

2) a deep water fording extension for the exhaust.


And a swing arm mount for a SAW on the passenger side.

mercUSA

Joined: 12/26/02        

location:Retired 11B in southern AZ

ejection seats. Ejection seats would be even cooler.

Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.-Exodus 22:24

I have two samurai, one convertable and one hardtop. Both are works in progress. They are so small and light I can run on trails used by 4-wheelers (ATVs). With a little momentum they seem to float through mud. I am working on a mount for my BREN gun.

------------------------------- Ignorance is curable, stupidity is terminal.

sas,
Hit me up in a couple of months. We're working on a pintle mount that uses the factory mounts for the spreader bars between the windshield and the targa bar for a no-mod installation.

Or, if you've got a good idea, pass it along. No sense re-inventing the wheel.

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Mark

Swear allegiance to the flag Whatever flag they offer

Never hint at what you really feel

Teach the children quietly For some day sons and daughters

Will rise up and fight while we stood still

 

Joined:  2/24/2003                          Location:  Nevada, USA

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