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Old 02-20-2007, 09:16 AM   #161
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Oh yeah, the best would be if I could visit you, like I may do with Les and Kevin
(Kevin is one of my Kinetic Sculpture Racing pals). But Illinois... that won't be until
April 2008, when I plan to take Millicent to Baltimore.
Mr Naess,
You're more than welcome to come on by, we've got a decently large side yard for Millicent so parking is not an issue (I think)...
We're just a little noth of I-90, a bit east of Rockford and about 20 miles south of the Cheddar Curtain. Let us know...
As for the shipping of those monsters... I'm thinking that would be less than buying four new ones... Four new ones that I wouldn't have any real use for and the wifey wouldn't let me sleep until I gave them away on Ebay...
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:55 AM   #162
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Thanks Oldog, we may indeed be able to get together some day, but please note
I said 2008!

And I still think all the jacking power we need are some two dollar scissor jacks from
Pick-A-Part.

And guides are easy. The hardest part is finding two sizes that fit inside each other --
-- not too tightly and not awful sloppy either.

One hint about designing and installing guides: I decided early on that I am willing
to drill holes in my bus. Holes can be easily plugged with bolts or rubber plugs or
something, and only you will know that there wasn't supposed to be a hole there.
It's not a space ship! If that makes sense to you, you may find it "suddenly"
easier to mount guides to the sides of your bus.

Keep brainstorming while I am distracted by Gainful Employment for a few hours.

Oh, and Mr. Naess died years ago. I'm his son, Elliot.
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:13 AM   #163
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check your local junk yards..I know older cars/trucks came with a jack a lot like the ones he used and could be had for next to nothing...
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:15 AM   #164
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"Bumper jacks".
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Old 02-20-2007, 01:42 PM   #165
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Oh, and Mr. Naess died years ago. I'm his son, Elliot.
OK Elliot...

You had to pursue gainful employment, I had a dentist appointment... Yeah, these things ain't "spaceships"... I just wanted to avoid re-inventing the wheel here. I haven't got my grubby knurled hands on my new bus just yet, but I think I'm hot on the trail of a TC 2000, and should be able to run it to ground here shortly. None the less, I really admire your ingenuity and resourcefulness, ans yes, I did take note that it WAS April 2008 when you'll be heading out to Baltimore.... So whenever you and Millicent decide to ditty-bop this way and need a place to stop for the night or two or so, let us know...

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Old 02-20-2007, 02:37 PM   #166
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Actually, I don't seem to be getting any Gainful Work done!
It's neat having two part time jobs where I can pretty much set my own schedule,
but one of them is a "home office" job, and I can see Millicent from the window!

I'm very much in favor of joining other Skoolie-folks in roof-raising-parties --
or at least contributing is some way. But right now I'm tripping over myself
to get caught up around here. So keep brainstorming for now.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:53 AM   #167
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From a while back:

(quote) ...that crazy old coot... (end quote)

Peter just read that. And he is offended!

Of course, it’s all in good fun.

Peter is a good pal. He tells me his girlfriend troubles and I tell him my no-girlfriend troubles.
He’s been doing Kinetic Sculpture Racing longer than I have. Up until 1986, he drove
a model A Ford as his only motorized transportation.

Here’s what he plays with when he isn’t helping me with Millicent: http://whymcycles.home.comcast.net/
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They're so Dr. Suess! I love it. A+ to anyone that can weld on those flimsy bike frames. My welder has two settings....stick and burn through.
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He uses a tiny wire feed welder with... I think it's called flux core wire -- no shield gas.

Myself, I use the stick-and-holes method like you mention.
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Update

Update -- in fairness:
I mentioned that the 1/4" pop riveting tool seemed to be failing after only 300 rivets.
Turns out, it was just a minor maintenance issue -- an internal part was unscrewing itself.
Five minutes on the kitchen table and it works like a champ again.
Read the owner's manual!
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