Merry Christmas/Happy New Year, blahblahblah...I hope all on skoolie.net are well!
Things have gone quiet on my project, I got her as close to the roof raise as I'd like to with winter setting in. I did score a free 7' base cabinet (the perfect length) for my galley kitchen out of a horse barn, will need some cleaning up and some Kilz primer but it's going to work perfectly. I also found a one man natural felled lumber mill where I picked up some really nice, and cheap, ash for the countertop - four pieces 2"x9"x9' for twenty five clams - not bad! However, one step forward ALWAYS requires one step backwards, right?
The one thing I did take on was removing the rear heater and looping the hoses as close to the forward heater bulkhead as possible next to the driver's seat. I got myself all set up with clamps and towels for the inevitable spill and was very happy with my approach.
Then I proceeded with my approach and managed to cut the first hose too close to the #$%^ heater wall to be able to both clamp it off on the engine side AND install the elbow fitting - F-up #? now?!!
So here you see my predicament. First off, the patch hose I now have to use is about four times as long as expected and bends closed (large red arrow), so it's no good and I need to pick one up pre-bent.
Second, and much worse, is the pipe on the left which I cut first and in the wrong place. I have a bar clamp with two pieces of small scrap angle steel keeping it closed right now. I'm not quite sure how to proceed. If I release the clamp it will immediately gush coolant.
My plan right now, in the absence of any other, is to do just that. Having premade the replacement loop I would release the clamp and install the second elbow while the pipe is gushing coolant.
I know that sounds ridiculous because it is but I can't get a clamp further towards the heater compartment and I can't think of another way to proceed.