How do I tell his children that their daddy has been reduced to a pile of charred bones?
This is fire country, so when I weld or grind, I keep the garden hose near by, with
a squeeze nozzle, and the faucet all the way on.
Millicent’s tailgate was in the horizontal position, resting on a sawhorse, and my
Able Assistant was under it, measuring something. I was topside using the
tailgate as a work bench and burning holes with my trusty Lincoln Spark-O-Matic.
Buzzz, buzz from the welding.
Suddenly I hear a different buzzing or hissing from underneath, and Peter cries
out in distress.
Oh Dear. I have electrocuted one of my best friends -- and a darn good helper he
was. I look underneath, expecting to find a smoking carcass.
There sits Peter on the ground, holding the garden hose, which he SAT ON and
filled his hip pockets with ice cold water. :P
Hey, that suggestion of cutting sheet aluminum with a plywood blade running
backwards in the SkilSaw instead of an abrasive wheel -- it works slicker than hot
buttered bikinis! I seemed to get more burrs as the wax wore off, so re-waxing
often is a good idea. Fast, neat, no dust or smoke or smell, not even particularly
noisy. Thank you for that info!
Roughly the rear half of the bus is skinned now. It’s slow work, drilling and pop-
riveting. Some work is wasted or done over for no good reason. I read that
Thomas Edison also made a few false moves before he got the light bulb to glow!
I wound up cutting away two of the eight diagonals I had welded into window
openings for extra strength -- I needed vertical pillars there to join the new skin.
The skin goes down behind the rub rail and up behind the “eyebrow” above the
window openings. Drilling out all the rivets along the top of the upper rub rails...
-- kind’a provided an answer to that suggestion about removing all the rub rails
for a smoother look. I’ll just have to be real smooth myself!
We wedged the rub rail away from the body a little bit, and slipped the skin
Then we bowed the skin out until we got the top of it under the eyebrows. Note
that the skin is just barely into the gap under the eyebrow.
This was the toughest part. Like the first skin panel that I trial installed a while
ago, we had to drive the sheet up into the gap under the eyebrow. We did this by
beating upward on the scraps of angle that we C-clamped to the sheet. Here it is,
finally as high as it will go. No rivets along here -- it’s just wedged in there. And I’ll
probably caulk it.
Now we could rivet it in place. First at the rear-most pillar, and then we made it
as tight as possible with a ratchet strap before putting the rest of the rivets in.
Maybe it looks goofy to have window eyebrows where there are no windows, but
guess what; I DON’T CARE!