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Old 08-23-2013, 03:35 PM   #231
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I know I used fluxcore when I did shock mounts...mmmm..snow,water,grease....better penetration...oh and the wind...I feel the pain
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:45 PM   #232
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I'm using fluxcore, with my welder turned down to feed of 2 and low current, it will do 18 ga. the roof and what I got to join the roof is 16 ga. Spacing the welds is what I wanted to hear, less welding is good.

Oh, I have done 16 ga with an arc welder, that was fun.

So... what is a good filler to use
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:43 PM   #233
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Kitty hair--by Bondo I think. Fills fast and has some strength. Then regular Bondo or metal glaze to finish to prime.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:38 PM   #234
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

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You will stich seam it. Do not weld solid.
Yes, I plan to stich seam the weld, my question is do I overlap them and weld the entire joint or space them and fill with some kind of body filler.
Don't weld it solid. User a filler between welds. We used "All Metal" filler on my buses between the stitch seams. It has strength and will stay in the holes.
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Old 08-24-2013, 04:05 PM   #235
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Oh, I have done 16 ga with an arc welder, that was fun.
That sounds horrible, lol... My arc welding skills are non existent.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:41 PM   #236
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It was a beautiful day today and tomorrow will be the same, high only 80. I worked a long day, but it seemed like I didn't get much done.

I finished welding the supports. Pulled the Ram-Supports off and welded those also.



I spent the rest of the time prepping to put the new skin on. I had to remove the cover panels on the inside over the engine cover. The drivers side I will have to put back on, it is part of the air intake. You can see it behind the ladder here.



Then I had to remove 20 rivets on each side to re-rivet the new skin to.



This was slow going it took a little over an hour each side to drill these out.



I had to remove the top screw here, this is where I will rivet the bottom of the new skin. I did a test fit and my measurements where correct.
It took about four hours total to get all done. Tomorrow I have to remove the old glue on the U channel and start re-skinning.
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Almost forgot, I did a test fit of my new windows.

From the front.



From the inside.

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What you are doing is great work. You're definitely talented with fabrication.

I am excited to follow your project.
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I love the windows! Looking good, man. I can't believe you already have the roof raised and supports welded.
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Looking really good!!! I wish Ontario was more lenient on customization. If i did this i would never get it insured here.. Great job!!!
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