Happy to clarify:
Millicent is almost 10’ high. I don’t have exact measurements front and rear, but
10’ looks safe. With a 22.5 lift, final height will be safely under 12’. This leaves 18”
for solar water heating pipes, deck, rocket launchers etc. (13’6” is legal in all
states; 14’ in most.)
I’m not worried about hitting any overhead obstacles. With diesel engine I’ll be
refueling in truck stops -- lots of room. Sure, there may be the occasional local
low bridge -- there is one next to the camp ground in Corvallis, so I have to go a
few blocks around. No big deal -- I’ve spent ¼ century avoiding low bridges
(successfully, mostly!). Just stay out of Chicago!
Thank you! We DO have fun with Kinetic Sculpture Racing. I think of it this way:
Most adults only imitate the games that children play -- with carefully measured
sticks and rules that must be followed. In contrast, Kinetic Racers ACTUALLY
The inserts will be welded together. A half inch bead at each end should do it,
just so they stay together. That’s today’s project, once I get out in the garage.
Oh... it cost 50 Cents per cut to have those 98 pieces prepared by the steel store
-- exact lengths and perfectly square. $49,-. Worth every penny!
I’m making just one cut across each original window pillar. Thus, the finished
pillars will be roughly half and half original and new. I may need to add shims to
the outside surface of the inserts to get the skin to fit smoothly.
Yes, roof goes up, inserts go in, and roof gets “impaled” on the top of the inserts.
So the inserts need stops at both ends.
In the roof, the stops are those bolts I mentioned earlier -- the ones that will serve
as lift points. The lower of the two will be the upper stop for the insert.
At the bottom, the stops will be the bolts that fasten the Guides. These go thru
the screw holes that held the windows -- perfect for the purpose as they are all
evenly placed along the bus. I just drill them out to 5/16 and thru to the outside.
The upper of these two will be the bottom stop for the insert.
The Cut will be at the arrow.
(After the welding is done, I may have trouble getting those Guides loose, but
there are only four of them. Brute force is allowed -- we’re not building a watch
Have not decided about the windows. I picked up five RV windows cheap at the
local flea market, but don’t know if I will use them. I cannot place the windows
until I finalize the floor plan, and I cannot finish the floor plan until I have the roof
up. The floor plan will be based on the old one (in Old #35, RIP), but I need to
“experience” the new height to decide -- specially about the upper bunks. Sure,
I’ll wind up cutting away a couple of the new inserts for windows. No big deal.
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