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Old 12-31-2006, 12:28 PM   #71
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Good show, good show!

I love to see a plan be executed so well. Did you have ANY hitches? I can't seem to ever have it all go right, even when I plan stuff a year in advance.

I've convinced myself that I too would never raise the roof....I'd just torch it off and build a flat top at whatever height I wanted. I just don't have the patience to be as precise as you are!
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Old 12-31-2006, 12:56 PM   #72
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Actually, some things have gone wrong and are not all that precise.
The front cap wound up 1/4 inch or so higher on one side than the other. I didn't
mind that it was offset 1/8 side to side, but the 1/4 out of level is disappointing.
I considered tearing into it to try to correct it. But rather than panic and go nuts
with cutting tools and waste a lot of time, I asked a second opinion of my good friend
Otis Gudenov. He said "Oh, 'tis good enough." Otis Gudenov is a dear and valuable
companion who saves me a lot of unneccessary work.

I cannot imagine building an entire new roof from scratch like some people do.
Why?! There is a roof there already -- all you have to do is reposition it. I think the
tough work is ahead of me.
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Old 12-31-2006, 01:38 PM   #73
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I think that everyone that is involved in projects like this should know Otis, the difference between an excellent job and a so so job is in knowing when to disagree with Otis and also how to adjust/compensate, for a finished look. I seriously doubt that anyone will see the discrepency unless you point it out, besides, I'll donate a set of measuring tape suspenders so you can make everything the same size side to side.
Again; excellent job, I'm extreemly impressed!
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Old 12-31-2006, 02:59 PM   #74
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Thank yew. Thank yew verry mush.

But the rumor of success may be premature, as there is so much left to do!

At the moment, I am welding in various cross-bracing. Where I cannot
get a sound connection between two structural members, I add guessets.
It ain't pretty, but nothing I have welded has ever come apart.

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Old 12-31-2006, 03:46 PM   #75
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I worked for a un-named carnavel ride builder...one saying went "doesn't have to be pretty, just work".... course we always hide when it was time to test out the new rides....
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It's always the painter that gets the most value added points, this part is always at the bottom of the food chain, paint just makes it pretty, this is the part that makes it work.
Did I mention KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK?
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Well heck....after measurement after measurement and using a ton of jigs to position stuff, the wheelbase on my truck varies by 1/4 inch from side to side. Nothing a good 4 wheel alignment can't fix.
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Old 12-31-2006, 11:54 PM   #78
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Lookin' good Elliot!

I like those diagonal braces...up here in the Pacific Northwet (err...Northwest) we call that style of building Skookum! And meant to last a good long while.

By the way...what sort of welder do you use? (Since it seems apparent I better educate my self).
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Old 01-01-2007, 12:59 AM   #79
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I use an old Lincoln "tombstone" 220 Volt arc welder. That does not mean that
you should. I burn a lot of holes.

From all accounts, a MIG (wire feed) is the easy way to get servicable welds.
As with all tools, get a good one. My pal Peter has a small gas-less MIG, which
serves him well on his bicycles and such at home, but it failed to weld on Millicent
even at full power.

Since it's New Years Eve, I'll ramble a little.
Back around 1999, I took the unfinished Two Ton Tricycle (Kinetic Sculpture
Racing Kontraption) down to the river for its first float test. The test went well,
and drew a lot of attention from boaters and other bystanders. One guy looked
closely at it and exclaimed "Who made these horrible welds?!" I don't know if
he was just trying to be jovial, or if he somehow didn't realize that the perpetrator was
standing right there and might feel insulted, or what -- it doesn't matter, because he was
right, and I was not offended. I just gave him my standard answer: "Oh no, there is no
welding here. It is all assembled with a type of hot glue called... "slag"."
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Does that welder have a setting for "doesn't try and weld flesh of hands to steel?" Seriously...what's with those gloves? I know I shouldn't talk...my typical welding garb is a t-shirt, jeans, and sandals. I like to get the full effect....Heck...even in the pictures of me grinding my seat bolts I'm only wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and safety glasses and that was in the middle of a Minnesota February. 5 points for trying to wear safety equipment. -10 points for managing to set leather on fire.
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