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Old 03-16-2010, 08:25 PM   #81
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LOOKIN GOOD!!
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:52 PM   #82
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Dont forget the pics! I am just calculating the final sizes for my window skins, then its my turn! I just realized that the emergency exit windows are 1/2" shorter than the others....I thought they were all the same size....good thing I pulled one out and checked.
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:56 AM   #83
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

For the past few nights I've been installing insulation on the walls. Maybe I'm overdoing it, but I'm using liquid nails to glue them on. I will have a 1/2" air space between the insulation and the wall paneling, so I don't want them getting loose in there. I'm using extension poles to press the insulation onto the walls while the glue dries:



I also etched and primed the galvanized sheet metal pieces I had made to cover the windows I will be skinning:



I only primered the inside, so I can get them installed tomorrow. After installation I will primer the outside. I'm going to take the day off work so I can get some stuff done. I better get some sleep now so I can get an early start!
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:29 PM   #84
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Windows skinned

So I accomplished my goal yesterday of getting the windown skins on. I held the skins in place with clamps and then used the existing holes from the screws I removed from the pillars to attach the skins. For the bottom, I marked the hole locations and pre-drilled holes. For the rest, I drilled from the inside through the existing holes. I used seld-tapping roofing screws with rubber grommets. They are a bit "chunky" looking, but I'm okay with that. Main thing is they are very secure and will not leak. For the skins that covered two windows, I used aluminum rivets in the middle so they would blend in better.



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Old 03-20-2010, 04:56 PM   #85
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

As my dad would have said, "No Flys on that" Nice work on the window skins DD!
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:25 PM   #86
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They look great. The fit looks very smooth.
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:19 PM   #87
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RE: Window skins

Thanks guys! The pics were actually taken half way through the job, but the finished look is about the same except with a few more screws and the rivets. I still haven't caulked because it rained after I got them in, and I haven't attached the tops of the skins yet. I'll post some more pics when it's completely done. It's been rainy and cold and windy today, so I couldn't get much done. My goal for next week is to get the skins completely done and also finish insulating the walls. I'll need to run some wiring before I start putting the luan up on the walls. I can't believe it's already time to start laying out the wiring plan!

BTW, I just put my wheelchair lift up on Ebay with a starting bid of $200. We'll see if I get any takers. It wasn't selling on craigslist. I suppose I should post the lift in the skoolie classifieds as well...
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:02 PM   #88
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Finished window skin attachment

Well, I got rained out tonight. I was all ready to finish attaching the tops of the window skins, but it's pouring rain outside.

I do have pics of one finished skin though. Here is how I attached the top on the inside using a piece of angle iron as a bracket:



You can see how I used the existing holes in the pillars to attach the skins, and then screwed in the bracket.

And here is what it looks like on the outside. The angle iron was just big enough to allow me to put the screws (actually for this part I used little nuts/bolts with lock washers) under the rain drip edge:

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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Sorry to hear that the rain slowed you down, but the pics you have of the one skin look good. Using the old holes in the pillars makes the new skin look like it belongs there. Hopefully it will dry out soon and we will get to see more pics of all the skins. Nice work there.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:24 AM   #90
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

My goal for last week was to finish attaching the window skins and put up insulation. I did get the skins finished - attached the tops and caulked the seams all around. I also did some other caulking around other windows that looked like they needed it. I decided to wait on insulating the skins until I'm ready to build around those areas.

Last night I spend some time insulating the front firewall, and taking measurements and laying out the front hutch I'm going to build over the engine cover area. The hutch will give me an area for cup holders, munchies, maps (or perhaps a GPS), and other brick-a-brack. I'm going to add insulation to the inside of the hutch so it will also help to muffle the engine noise. The hutch is going to be about 40" across the front, extending from the gas pedal over to the heater near the door, and will actually cover part of the heater that is just a flat surface. I haven't figured out yet how I will make the hutch easily removable for engine access.
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