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Old 08-08-2014, 03:17 PM   #111
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Been a while since an update on "Gimel". I began salvaging items out of a donor travel trailer we've had for years. The first thing to get pulled was the fridge. I've been going through it (as stated in an earlier post) and just about have it done. I dealt with any rust on the cooling unit (they corrode from the outside, not from the inside0 and painted with a high temp grill paint for the really how sections and some heat resistant brake paint for the rest of it. I salvaged some muffin fans from some old computers I had gathering dust around here and made a cooling fan assembly for the cooling fins on the outside of the unit and a couple small ones hanging from the top of the fridge section to circulate air within the fridge compartment. The shelves were rusted out and just plain shot so I'm using them as patterns to make new ones. The metal should be here by Monday. I spent the better part of a day with some chip brushes, some acid and cleaners getting the rust stains off the plastic on the inside and now it looks brand new (I'll post pics soon). I took out the gaudy raised panel wood panels from the front and painted the putty colored plastic trim on the whole thing. We're going with stainless and black with Cherry wood as the kitchen decor.

The next thing I began attacking is the range. We purchased a 20" Avanti range a while back from a craigslist ad along with a nice stainless steel hood. We're wanting to go as much off grid as possible so the 100 VAC part of it has to go. There were a couple valves stuck so I disassembled the whole top of the stove, pulled the burners, bead blasted the crud and corrosion off them (this range had been in storage uncleaned for a while) and took apart the stuck valves, cleaned and lubed them and reassembled them. I'll remove all the igniter switches before reassembling. The 110V igniter was removed and I ordered a 6 way BBQ grill unit to do the ignition part of the conversion. As it turns out 12VDC oven lights are available for the bulb type in it so we will be able to run the range with only 12VDC.

The jacks I ordered to make my stabilizers came in today and I'll have to disassemble them, shorten them 4" and reassemble. They'll be mounted directly behind the wheels on brackets mounted to the frame rails with access doors built into the new skirts that'll cover the new fuel tanks and under storage, I'm maintaining 17" of ground clearance which will give me under storage 20" high and 26" deep. Within the next week or so I will begin taking off the skirt from the floor down to begin building the fuel tank hangers and stabilizer jack brackets. Metal should be here by Monday as well for that. Things are about to get ugly .

I'll post pics soon.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:50 PM   #112
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I worked on the stabilizer jacks today. I purchased these:
http://www.nueratrailerparts.com/p-5...op-leg-8k.aspx

The problem though is they're too tall for my application. I couldn't find a drop leg jack short enough so I decided to make them. These were 25" tall fully retracted but I need something closer to 20" to not hang down too much from the understorage compartments I will be making.

Here's a pic of the first one I shortened beside the standard height. Since these will be under the floor and inside the outer skin I can't use the crank handle. We'll operate them with a cordless drill and socket to a 3/4" bolt I installed instead of the handle. We can make the final adjustment with a crank handle. This will allow me to keep the stabilizers behind a door that will conceal them.

Here's the pic of the first one beside a standard unit:


I had to disassemble them entirely, cut 4" off the bottom of the outer tube, inner tube, top of the drop leg and the bottom of the screw. The factory handle was made from 1/2" round stock so I used a 1/2" bolt and cross drilled it for the pin for the main drive gear. I took 48 photo's in all (trying to get a step by step thing) but unfortunately a bunch of them were a bit blurry (I really don't like my camera with anything close). So these 2 will have to do. Once I get the brackets made I'll weld mounts to them so they can be removed to repair if need be. Once all is done, everything's going in to be hot dipped galvanized.

Here's after doing all four:
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:02 PM   #113
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Those look plenty substantial. Where along the frame do you plan to put them? Funny how it goes, I pulled 4 cheesy little jacks off a pop up trailer for my shorty Skoolie and had to add 5" to them to make them work . Jack
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:27 AM   #114
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They'll be right behind the wheels. I'll be making extensions from the frame rails to mount them to. The extensions will be 20" our from the frame rails giving me a wider footprint. I'll build them from 2" square tubing. Kinda like a ladder truss. There'll be an additional arm to the frame that will make a triangle to secure any forward and backward motion. Once done, there shouldn't be too much visible when retracted fully. Even with the understorage, I'm going to have 17" of ground clearance. The drop leg let's me fill that gap and still have some adjustment. I'll still use a 2x8 for direct connection to the ground.
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:17 PM   #115
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Been busy on Gimel the past few days. I finally got he Range finished. It's all converted to 12VDC for the oven light and a BBQ ignitor in place of the 110VAC electronics. The little Avanti range is officially an off grid kinda thing. I got an order of metal so as soon as I get some Argon for my TIG machine, I can get some new shelves made for the fridge and short of the panels for the front I can check that one off the list.
I began this week taking off the two bottom rub rails as well as the bottom sections of skirt from the floor down. I'm reusing the rub rails after modifications so I didn't want to do any damage to them using a grinder to deal with knocking the heads off. This calls for making a new tool (something that I'm always game for) to drill a pilot hole in the top of the rivets. I scrounged around here and fund a short piece of 1" hot rolled round stock. Chucked it up in a lathe and using a valve spring from an old lawnmower engine whipped together this handy dandy rivet head center drill.



Here's what it looks like in the drill:



Pushing down on the tool as I would when pushing the drill motor to center the drill bit to the rivet head to show how the drill pilots through the tool:



This tool let's me basically put a dimple in the center of the top of the rivet:



The next step is drilling the rivet top with a larger bit to weaken the top so it's easy to knock off:



Once all the rivets have been drilled and the heads knocked off, it's just a matter of removing the rub rails.

After removing the rub rails, I found the bottom skirts were in fact welded to the frames in places under the skin lapping over it. Needless to say, this sucked!! The first panels I tried to get loose I sharpened a crowbar and wedged it next to the panel to break the welds and drop the skirt. In case Texas wants half a county of dirt, they can come and get it. My, there's a lot of dirt collected over time in these things. I did finally determine you could drive the rivet shafts through the holes and basically pull the panel out and wiggle it back and forth to break the skirts free. They're not going back anyhow. The plan is to build the framework for understorage which will be 20" from the bottom of the floor channels.

Here's what Gimel looked like when I started:



Here she is looking all ghetto with the skirts removed:

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Starboard



Pics look a bit strange as for some reason the right side is chopped off a bit. Weird.

If ll goes well, tomorrow I drop the fuel tank. I'll temp the battery and a 5 gallon fuel can inside to move it around as needed until the new tanks are made and installed.
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Although not directly related to my project in the usual sense of the word I am posting some pics of a few of the projects I had to get finished before I can really get started in earnest. I told myself I could not get heavy into another project until I got some things finished around here. One of the things that's derailed me over the past few years is traveling to various places in the world teaching and building aquaponics systems. The first thing I got done was a 10 barrel half Barrel-ponics system I started 2 years ago and never seemed to get around to finishing. It's Lori's "basil bomb".


The second thing I finished was a 80 barrel half Barrel-Ponics system I started on almost 4 years ago and in a totally other location and configuration. I was planning on building 2 of these this size but instead made raised bed container gardens where they were supposed to be. This system has a 5000 gallon fish tank, 80 barrel half growbeds with over 12 tons of gravel. The entire system operates on a single 175 watt pump. We're hoping to grow crops commercially in it for a restaurant that buys our produce.



The third thing I got done on my list is a solar dehydrator I have been talking about doing for years.



Putting the finishing touches on a roller mill to make our own feed here for our chickens. Hope to have it done by weeks end and then begin working on a car for my youngest daughter who decided she wanted to fix up a Neon I bought for parts. She's about to get an education !!

When I do get a few minuted here and there I'm doing things to get set up for Gimel's transformation. I'm going to try to slip over and at least remove the fridge this week as well. The shelved did not have enough metal to make it through the rust removal in tact. Gonna have to make some new shelves from scratch.

Slacker!!! LOL, those look cool. I'm interested in both projects. Any info?
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:47 PM   #117
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Slacker!!! LOL, those look cool. I'm interested in both projects. Any info?


What do you want to know? I'll help anywhere I can.
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I so want to take that off road now
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Not much to get in the way now for sure. Yea, a 4WD set up with fuel tank inside would give these things a whole lot of possibilities for sure. I was amazed at just how much room there appears to be to work with once you get the covers removed. This is gonna be fun!! I'm keeping 17" of ground clearance which is what it technically already has if you measure from the lowest hanging stuff underneath. First thing to build though is the fuel tank mounts (duals) and stabilizers.
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Got the fuel tank, fuel lines and battery cables removed today. I also rerouted the battery cables inside and will do the same with the fuel lines so I can move it around as need be until I get the fuel tanks and new battery box built. Battery box will be after getting a door framed in the side which will happen after getting the fuel tanks in. This thing reminds me of my dog with all the parts off it. I have a (mostly) Great Pyrenees that when dry looks like quite a large dog. When he goes swimming, however, you discover he's basically a whippet with a thick coat.



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