Hey Tango----not much progress the last couple of weeks mostly because slow work takes time I guess. That coupled with an emergency hospitalization for my wife and all that goes with it--she's out and doing much better thanks.
I replaced all the temp brackets for the linear actuators (read spacers made up of nuts) with thick walled tubing and gussets welded in so opening and closing the pop up will be smoother. I also trimed the square corners off in an arc which better fits the curve of the bus body and built the body up about a quarter of an inch in the corners so the gasket material will fit better--once I finally recieve my order. Here is an example of what I ran into trying to order the weatherstriping:
Please re-read my original request. I don't mind modifing your part but I do need an accurate description of just what the part looks like (dimensions-including length width height, size of bubble seal, does product look like the picture offered on the internet? etc.) so I can decide if it will be possible for me to make modifications. Thank you in advance for your more specific reply. And the reply was: Our parts catalog only gives the following approximate dimensions of the weatherstrip seal as follows:
Length: 48.00; Width: 1.00 [ in.] Height: 1.00 [ in.] our website disclaimer says picture may actually vary from the actual product.
This was VERY helpful and of course I promptly ordered--HA HA.
I actually found someone else who seems to know what he is doing and I expect to get the seal next Monday--we'll see
Another slow down was caused by the VERY slow cure time of Rustoleum with which I painted all the pop up parts. I have been spoiled with catalyzed paint. I like Rustoleum just fine but I had forgotten just how long it takes the stuff to turn from fly paper into finish
My wife and I went to the shop in the dark last night to try out a couple of strings of LEDs just to see how they looked. I had anticipated taking a pic of that to post but until I quadruple the LEDs I don't think the camera would even have seen them---I still remain hopeful that I can make a go of nothing but LEDs but we'll see.
Work (I'm retired of course) becons and tommorrow the PD Academy starts anew--I enjoy being involved with training the new cadets (50 of em) but it will cut into my bus time. I know you know how that goes so pics when I can.
Thanks for checking up on this lazy old soul. Jack
P.S. I'm still wondering what the dimension "48.00" means