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Old 07-01-2008, 05:35 PM   #411
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Drove over 600 miles last weekend and calculated 13 MPG! Not sure about the accuracy of that, so will calculate the next few fill-ups also, for a more accurate average.

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Grille looks proper now that the bus-front parts behind it are flat black.



I had all kinds of plans for clever latches, and even started building one. Then sanity returned:



Countless vehicles use this simple spring loaded hook -- from Ford model Ts to Jeeps. Available at any NAPA store. Bottom of grille rests on rubber pads on top of bumper bracket, made from old tire. Rear of grille rests agains body with plastic "door edge guard" on the edges of the grille to prevent squeeking. Latches at an angle seem to provide adequate tension in both directions. K.I.S.S.!
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:50 PM   #412
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That's just too cool, Elliot! I love it!
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:46 PM   #413
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she's lookin' cool, but when ya gonna paint her?
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:39 PM   #414
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Regretably, paint keeps getting put off in favor of other projects and gainful employment.

My excuse is that I hope to find a budding artist who wants to paint the murals if I pay for the materials. And I do have one such offer, but the guy lives 300 miles away.

I could certainly do the roof. And also make the front all one color. Soon.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:53 PM   #415
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I enjoy seeing all of the tinkering Elliot!
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:59 PM   #416
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That's exactly how I proceed -- I tinker and putter with Millicent whenever I feel inspired to do so. That's one of the reasons she is not painted yet -- I do not yet have a clear picture in my mind of how it should look, so... no hurry.

More puttering and tinkering and thinking.... After our weekend outing to the Klamath Falls, OR, Kinetic race last weekend, I have started thinking about rearranging the interior a bit, making myself a better bunk; maybe even giving up some cargo space for a "master bedroom". (Me Master, ugh! ) Originally, I had myself placed in the only ground level bed, but that bed became Jerri's when she and Peter started a family. So now I'm tinkering with what I thought was the perfect floor plan for us.

Still, some deadlines are necessary. We really must get the plumbing and air conditioning all installed for Burning Man.
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I look forward to the days when I get far enough along to use my bus enough to start up the tinkering.
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I look forward to the days when I get far enough along to use my bus enough to start up the tinkering.
Hear! Hear! Well spoken, Abbott (and Elliot)!
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Hey Elliot! Millicent has a nice, old London Double decker bus look going now!!
The grille could be 6" or 10" narrower and we could paint a faux upper windshield
with Hobart and a kinetic chicken or two peeking out. I'll paint the roof this weekend,
early, before the temp hits 95.....
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Fake upper windshield.... Great idea! But would require some serious painting skills to look realistic. Hey... we do have a photo to use as a guide:



That's Peter (Whymcycle) relaxing in Millicent at Burning Man last year.

Of course, Peter lives in a town where there is an old London double decker in daily service!
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