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Old 08-05-2012, 11:29 AM   #161
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Tango, '49, thanks for the encouragement. I've still got a ways to go on the roof but yes, the slide out is on the horizon. I've been looking at as many slide outs as I can find--some make sense and some just make you wonder who was smoking what I don't feel any need to reinvent the wheel so I'll just copy what I have seen and add a few "embellishments" as I go.
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:23 PM   #162
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Roof is looking great Nice progress and looking forward to more!
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:38 PM   #163
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Thanks for the compliment After ten hours of wrenching on the roof again today I can say with certainty that one percent of the project is creative and ninety nine percent is sweat, mashed knuckles and dogged determination Kind of like life in general I'd say. I look at busses like the Brown Crown and many others and try to imagine my bus turning out almost as good as those--keeps me "pluggin".
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:50 PM   #164
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Dewise, I forgot to say thanks for the elevator bolt idea. One of the bolt venders showed me what he called an elevator bolt and it had a thin broad head. The problem with it is that the underside of the head has a slight taper from the edge of the head to the shank which would not allow it to pull down flush without a chamfered hole and the paino hinge is too thin to allow for that. Pitty though as I'm having a hard time getting the plastic toilet bowl caps to fit!?! Jack
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:28 PM   #165
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Have you looked at "pem studs" a steel one,may allow a quick couple "spot welds" (ground down flush,if holes are to big) for your app. A 1time tighten and forget they may work.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:16 PM   #166
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Thanks Bansil, Yes I have used these for installing the mounting braclets for the roll out tent cover on my '71 Suburban as well as to secure the rear view mirrors--they work great. However, this time the flat part has to be mounted on the inside of the panel and the rough threaded part would end up on the outside of the bus. I may use them to hold on the "Z" brackete that secure the Polygal sheets as they are attached from the outside and the rough part won't show
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looking good! some progress you have there!
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Hey Trunt --- what's the latest? Haven't seen any pix in a while.
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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
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Hey Trunt --- Sorry to hear about any kind of medical issues and hope all is well. Just wanted to check in and see how things were going. And while I have no idea what "48" might represent, I do know that "42" is The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything.
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