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Old 04-28-2015, 02:12 PM   #301
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Just a thought...I glued strips of 1/8" rubber onto the areas of my support brackets anywhere the metal & plastic might rub. There will be a lot of vibration and minor movement that can add up pretty quickly.

Like I said, just a thought.
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:27 AM   #302
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That looks like it should be pretty stout. I like the clamping attachment scheme. Congrats on the welder deal. Fancy welders are nice... but I think it's impossible to beat a stick welder for ubiquity, reliability, and simplicity. It's a great skill to learn.
I just tried it out last night, it is a blast! Literally. Blasted some holes in 1/4" steel, haha. I didn't realize quite how quickly you burn through sticks! But I laid some nice beads down in 1/4" steel once I got the power set right.

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Just a thought...I glued strips of 1/8" rubber onto the areas of my support brackets anywhere the metal & plastic might rub. There will be a lot of vibration and minor movement that can add up pretty quickly.

Like I said, just a thought.
I was thinking about this. I am going to put ply on the top, definitely, probably 1/2" treated. However, there is so little clearance and extra room on the sides that there is literally not enough room for me to put any ply on the sides of the tanks. Front and rear yes, but the sides are just too close to the frame rails on the rear tanks, and too close to the air tanks on the fronts. So maybe an old bike inner tube? Old serpentine belt? But yeah, good call on that, because any movement whatsoever and it will rub through the tank eventually.
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Old 04-29-2015, 11:01 AM   #303
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I like the inner tube idea.

I use it around battery's, hoses ect for the rub proofing.

Looking good as always.

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Old 04-29-2015, 12:20 PM   #304
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Inner tubes are dang useful. I use them between almost every point where metal may meet plastic. They're easy to find, too. I went to the local bike shop and asked if they had any. It was too early in the season when I asked, but 2 weeks later I got a call to pick some up. I ended up with a box of about 100

I use the inner tubes to isolate the batteries from the metal mounts I made, to protect things from all-thread, around fuel lines where they are secured to the frame, between the solar panels and the metal mounts...
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Old 04-29-2015, 04:01 PM   #305
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And given that for whatever reason, bicycle inner tubes never seem to hold air for more than about two days...its' good to know they have so many "other" uses.
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Old 04-30-2015, 02:53 PM   #306
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So I just discovered Pinterest, but thought it was cool that I saw your bus posted or pinned or whatnot on there!
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Old 04-30-2015, 06:00 PM   #307
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Best type of free rubber for stuff like this is old conveyor belt from coal mining and gravel processing ;)
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:31 PM   #308
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So I just discovered Pinterest, but thought it was cool that I saw your bus posted or pinned or whatnot on there!
Can you link where it is? And am I popular? Haha. Cool!

And Bansil, if I was anywhere near a coal mine I'd totally ask. Haha.
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Haha awesome thanks! Let's make it go viral. I'll start a go find me or whatever.
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