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Old 02-25-2013, 04:07 PM   #241
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Re: El Tortuga...update 02-25-13

NEW EXHAUST tip


no muffler and 10 extra feet of pipe

and idling and driving down road not louder (atleast inside ) apparently the dogs on our road don't chase the bus any more she does bark back now
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:57 PM   #242
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Re: El Tortuga...update 02-25-13

Between the barking and the air horn.. look out ... comin' through.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:38 AM   #243
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Re: El Tortuga...update 02-25-13

That is a nice pipe. Ill bet it sounds good.
I noticed your drill in a picture on page 3. That is a serious drill. I have the same one.
Almost broke my arm drilling the toilet drain.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:49 AM   #244
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Re: El Tortuga...update 02-25-13

For a 3/8 elctric it has alot more torque than my milwakee,dewalt or other brands and it was cheap
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:12 PM   #245
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Re: El Tortuga...update 02-25-13

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For a 3/8 elctric it has alot more torque than my milwakee,dewalt or other brands and it was cheap
I have that same drill, as well. Can't beat it.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:24 AM   #246
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Re: El Tortuga...update 02-25-13

I braved the cold and wet and worked on the shock mounts,i was soaked and muddy thru 3 layers
I marked some plate and drilled my holes

I trimmed up edges some

plug welded the 3/4 all thread to the stand off

Then welded it up


and got it mounted

the lime green thing is just what held shock compressed,it was removed
one to other side I had to cut everything off again.....by the way shock oil isn't flamable when it spray out of the shock.....oops...
I didnt have a torch so I cut the shock mount loose,grinded a deep "V" into it and welded it back together, you can see how far off it was



So I need to crawl back under and move and secure the heater hoses away from brake hose and shock
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:01 AM   #247
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Nice work...... Keep it up!
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:27 AM   #248
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Nice welds!
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Nice, I love working with metal!!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:40 PM   #250
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I packed everything up on saturday, to prepare for, are you ready?

I convinced my wife to try and drive

So I stuffed everything into, under and tied and lashed and removed the heavy stuff from the bus...buttoned up the front shock replacement and sat back and said hell yeah I'm ready....mmm...crap it's only 3 pm, what am I going to do the rest of the afternoon?

So I decided to open an older Cab Franc I had and decorate

off to the plotter

This is my wifes "logo" from when she raced trucks and such heart and crossbones


I turned two $5 lights into $6 lights my wife loves
see....


since we are not insulating the inside of the roof (we hate cold) and we will have a small deck on top as a shade barrier.

We decided to make silhouettes of our adventures and stick them on the roof as memories

such as,

A world map woith a compass, so my wife knows where everything is ;D




A breaching whale off the Alaskan coast



A herd of Giraffes from S.Africa



and we have a bunch of others that will have to wait.

SO Sunday we took off to a high school about 45 min away.

They have a driving course setup that people use,

We walked around the bus and I showed her how short the WB is and her comments went from "I really have to watch my AZZ when I turn, it's alot bigger" yes I laughed and she smiled

The whole idea about "a valve" stopping the bus (with air) and not having to "push" fluid was interesting and it took awhile but we made a bunch of laps, she practiced the basics of stopping,turning and starting etc and understand the basics behind air brakes and the park brake system (enough for an emergency use if it came down to it)

She stopped,set brakes, got up and said lets go shopping!

I climbed into captains chair and said "where too?"
"we're buying a fridge for the bus"

Heck yeah...bye bye little dorm fridge

So 6 stores later...WTH no one had a smaller fridge in stock?!!??

So we found one, and bought it....it didn't fit...so back in and another was picked out.

Moral of the story?? Make sure the diagnal measurment will allow the fridge to "set down" from the loading angle

More pics when I figure out where it's going and what gets modified
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