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Old 04-30-2007, 08:29 PM   #221
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Wasn't there the other idea here somewhere where you could put a single brow across all of them?
Maybe you could do awnings front to back just underneath them.

Myself I was just going to leave mine alone but I only have 2 on the right and 3 one the left and I didn't do all the nice skin work you have done. I do lurk in here to see the work you have done as you do a good job of describing what you have done and even with some wanderless rambling it is still nice to read what you have typed for all of us to read.

Just the idea alone of sharping drill bits, I have heard of doing it that way and I have tried it a few times but I am not that good at it. I have see a adapter plate that was made to get the angle just right.
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:18 PM   #222
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Thank you for the kind words!
Back in the beginning, I suggested that we avoid extraneous chatter on this thread, but of
course, we are too human to make that stick very long!

So I plan to sort thru it all once Millicent is (somewhat) done, and ask Steve if he would
like to place the boiled-down version under "tutorials". Mind you, it would be a "how I
did it", and NOT "how you must do it"!

My bench grinder has an angled groove in the work rests at the fine grit wheel. I believe many
bench grinders have this. That's a drill sharpening guide. The idea is to place the bit in
the groove and push it forward and rotate it. But I learned to do it freehand,
with a tilting motion in the wrist, so I just keep doing it that way,
stubborn as I am!

To find the correct angle of a standard metal drilling bit, just take two hex head bolts or nuts
and hold them together, flat against flat. Grind the bit to that point.

For the clearance angle, hold the bit up in front of you, pointing a little away from you, and
sight along the cutting edge, with the edge horizontal. The surface behind the edge needs
to taper downward a little towards the left.

For drilling steel, you should have a "pointy" edge -- less than 90 degrees. For soft
metals like brass, you must have a blunt edge -- sharp but more than 90 degrees -- or
the bit will dig in uncontrollably.

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Old 04-30-2007, 09:36 PM   #223
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You know, looking at your magnificent work, to me the eybrows aren't that distracting. The rub rails are what gets my attention I mean, if it was like an Eagle with dissimilar metals (aluminum skin on a steel frame) the ribbing is necessary for different expansion rates. But the rub rails just seem kind of unnecessary. Has anybody taken the rails off their bus? It might look good to have the one row down low and a smooth look above that. What? What do you mean, "extraneous chatter"??...
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:49 PM   #224
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Sure, a smooth Greyhound or Prevost looks good, but I'm happy to have the extra stiffness the
rails provide. And the eyebrows don't bother me a lot either -- it's more a matter of
how "clever" it would be to hide them with rub rails. This is a hobby, after all; not
a marketing campaign.

Quote:
...magnificent work...
Thank yew. Thank yew verrrry mush!
(I've got another one fooled! )

Uhhh... Thread Drift?

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Old 05-03-2007, 12:54 AM   #225
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Back in the beginning, I suggested that we avoid extraneous chatter on this thread, but of
course, we are too human to make that stick very long!
There is an amazing amount of useful info here! A boiled down how-to would be great....but then where would all the Elliottisms go?
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Old 05-13-2007, 11:12 AM   #226
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Still here.

Running the engine, I noticed a lot of vibrating and rattling in the new skin. That may be
more of a concern than galvanic corrosion. There is probably a reason why the factory
slathers that sticky mastic in every joint and seam. We should probably do the same.
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:50 AM   #227
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i'll make sure to put some sort of sticky ickyness all over the roof panels on the bus when i put the roof panel back on!

thanks
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:34 PM   #228
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What would the correct "sticky ickyness" be... Does anyone have a preferred brand/product?

And by the way.... Has everyone had as much trouble logging on as I have???
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Re: Millicent; Crazy Man Tries To Raise Roof 2 Ft On 40 Ft BB

Hey guys,

I just bought a bus today to use to relocate my family out of state. I happened on this thread at 3:00pm and it's now 5:20....

Elliot...this was the best 2 1/2 hrs I've spent in a while!

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Hey, welcome aboard, Ted! Glad you found something of interest to you. What little I know about buses, I learned here, so it is good to be able to contribute to the "club".

And... "the captain has re-activated the fasten seat belts sign" -- I'm working on Millicent.

We (I) failed to get her ready in time for the Kinetic Grand Championship on Memorial Weekend, so now we (yep, that's me, I reck'n) are shooting for the race in Klamath Falls. OR, on June 23. Screwed the windows in place today -- nasty, nasty. There must be a better way. Photos soon. Tailgate lift springs are coming along nicely, though.

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