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Old 11-26-2008, 08:01 PM   #481
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate

I'll be happy to get you those pics, as soon as I manage to go get mine from 350 mi away, (hopefully in about 1 week) when I bought it i was planning on cutting a large portion of the body off and making a car hauler out of it, but close reading of NY's registration laws show s me that if I leave it fully enclosed I can register it a passenger van, where as if I cut it I have to register it as a commercial truck, for MUCH more money, so this has me hoping it is wide enough to load most vehicles in and out leaving it completely enclosed, maybe I can turn your roof raise sideways and push the walls out....hmmm
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate


Aha. Now I'm able to make sense of it.

To maximize the "garage" door width, I would consider removing the entire rear wall. You can legally add three inches on each side (max legal width is 8 feet 6 inches), so you could build a door frame on the outside of the body, and minimize the risk of scraping the car when you drive it in and out. You would then mount all the lights on the "draw bridge".

Having said that.... I'm accustomed to the west coast, where 8 feet 6 inches is universally accepted. You might run into places on the east coast where they still have a local 8 foot limit.

Now... if you must have the absolute maximum possible interior width, how about replacing the rear half of the body with an 8 foot 6 inch cargo box from a truck? You would have to go back to your research and see if that could still qualify as a private van. But just how wide is this car?

Widening the body does not sound realistic to me.

Best of luck with your new purchase!
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Old 11-27-2008, 06:59 AM   #483
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Aha. Now I'm able to make sense of it.

To maximize the "garage" door width, I would consider removing the entire rear wall. You can legally add three inches on each side (max legal width is 8 feet 6 inches), so you could build a door frame on the outside of the body, and minimize the risk of scraping the car when you drive it in and out. You would then mount all the lights on the "draw bridge".

Having said that.... I'm accustomed to the west coast, where 8 feet 6 inches is universally accepted. You might run into places on the east coast where they still have a local 8 foot limit.

Now... if you must have the absolute possible interior width, how about replacing the rear half of the body with an 8 foot 6 inch cargo box from a truck? You would have to go back to your research and see if that could still qualify as a private van. But just how wide is this car?

Widening the body does not sound realistic to me.

Best of luck with your new purchase!

UP HERE IN WASH. STATE 8' 6" IS MAX. BUT I THINK THE CARGO BOX MITE WORK. WHAT'S THE DIFRENTS FROM THAT AND A TOY HALLER BESIDES IT A BIGGER TOY IN THARE. YOU MITE TRY FINDING A SEMI TRAILER THAT GOT IN A WRECK, SUME EVEN HAVE INSULATION IN THE WALLS. AND TRY TO SALVAGE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN TO DO THAT HALLER.


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Old 04-13-2009, 09:37 PM   #484
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I ain't dead yet!

Here is why I am not working on Millicent these days:



All steel, totally fireproof workshop with huge attic. Three years in the planning, and it is finally going up!

No, Millicent will NOT fit inside. I made sure the barn is just a bit too small for that, so I will not be tempted.
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Nice shop Elliot!
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate

You COULD work out something with sliding panels and hydraulics, so that the roof lift on Millicent can be variable.... so it drops down a foot or two for parking in the barn *grin*. Think of it as the biggest Westfalia camper van around!
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You COULD work out something with sliding panels and hydraulics, so that the roof lift on Millicent can be variable.... so it drops down a foot or two for parking in the barn *grin*. Think of it as the biggest Westfalia camper van around!
Hi Kevin, good to hear from you! But nawwww... the way to do it would be to turn the BARN into a Westfalia! But the barn is only 36 feet long, and Millicent is 40+.

Thanks, Abbott! It's a life long dream shop, yes.
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate

good start on the shop project, may i suggest that you double the dimensions?

my 7 year old 32x32 shop is busting at the seams and needs at least a 20x32 addition on the east end for dry storage, and yes momma has her new house with a full basement and attached 2 car garage for her collectables, and my stuff still doesn't fit in the shop with enough room to manuver around everything. maybe it'stime to start thinning out my menagery of fine collectables. to many projects and not enough time
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I recognize the problem, Paul!

This "barn" is 24 x 36. Ground floor is almost 12 feet high, so I can suspend light things from the ceiling. Upstairs is same footprint, but the walls taper inward, and I'll be leaving quite a bit open so we can hoist stuff up there. And this barn WILL be big enough, I am determined. Seriously. I expect to put some used pallet racks in there, and what does not fit gets recycled. I want my yard back.
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nice job Elliot are you using the heavy guage steel studs?And some I beams?Metal roofing and siding?$$$$$$$$Nice work Im a big fan of the metal........Timbuk
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