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Old 08-24-2010, 01:30 PM   #91
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Re: 84 Thomas - The Yankeflyer

Hey timmylc , what happened to the website - after I posted last - suddenly the website was gone - I thought was it something I said - hope it was something on the website end. oh ya thanks for the coment on one of my flying stories.

Hey Doc - I don`t know if I could handle all day long at 53mph. When I made my first trip in the bus - Gillette WY to Rocky Point NC around 1956 miles it was torture - I was this slow moving yellow island in the right hand lane of the interstate system. In the three days it took drive that distance I passed one vehical and that was an old pick up in Ohio ,with an old couple driving along at 50mph - I went by at 60mph and that poor little 3208 was wound up to 3000rpm. Not good for the long term on the engine. But anyway everybodies situation is different and other than tires we will probley not use up the bus in our life time. The frames and suspensions are good hundreds of thousands of miles and the engines if well maitained are good for 2 to 5 hundred thousand and I have peronally put less than 8 thousand miles on mine in the 7 years that I`ve owned it.

The green is base coat that has me thinking camo now but anyway these things seem to take on a life of their own.

A coal train in my time was about 10,000 tn. and a mile and 2/10 long. Five units with 3000 horsepower a piece and the ringing in my ears is still there today.
Today they use distributive power and run around 15,000 or more and are a mile and a half long or more. The rear units are run by remote control from the lead unit works great except when they don't.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:21 PM   #92
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Re: 84 Thomas - The Yankeflyer

Yeah, that bugs me about my Thomas - that the top front cap is so "anti-aerodynamic". I mean, I know we are essentially driving down the road in huge bricks, but the designers could have at least created the illusion of aerodynamics. Sheesh!
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:54 PM   #93
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Well I posted at around 8pm monday and I could not log in to the skoolie site untill 8pm tonight. No matter if came straight here by typing the address in or using a link from the other websites that I use to link to this site.
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:41 AM   #94
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off topic but yeah, I couldn't reach the site then either
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:47 AM   #95
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Its good to know it wasn`t just me
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:23 PM   #96
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While the web site was unavailable a day or so ago, I looked up the Thomas Project by Les Lampman, whose engine compartment is designed with doors that open at the middle with hinges on the side, http://skoolie.smugmug.com/Illusion-...Anh2k/OriginalI like it. So I'm setting up to convert mine to that style.

As for the trade a plane deal, I'm still open to any offers or suggestions but it's kinda like my old Porsche, every time I started up and drove it I fell in love with it again and selling it was one of those things that just became easier and easier to procrastinate and put off.

It's been fun learning to maintain a 3208 and I'm looking forward to the day it runs off of bio diesel, that day will indeed be Mission accomplished.
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:18 AM   #97
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Making double doors
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:19 PM   #98
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The engine lid had warped in the process of laying out all those louvers. Plus both hydraulic lifts were broken to some degree or another one had a broken the end but still functioned in the other was, without any lifting capability.

So since I like the other idea of hanging the double doors from the vertical hinges and I enjoy using my plasma cutter, I decided now is a good time for the change. Plus all these church pews that I got, have presented themselves with veneer possibilities for my front door. I am exploring those possibilities right now, and should have a couple of pictures pretty soon to show where I'm going to go with it. Ran out of lag bolts and time for today.
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:53 PM   #99
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working on it - got work to do on the house too - and still lots of work to do -
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:22 PM   #100
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Have one more pic -sub framing - trimming the windows - and then while I there the steps need rebuilt -
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