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Old 04-19-2016, 12:47 PM   #11
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Would Dzus fasteners work? I love those things.
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I have some designed that use some linear actuators. Basically, a double triangle truss and actuators to change the shape of the triangle. I'd have to draw it to demo it better.

The idea is that from a single actuator, when "parked" halfway through it's travel stroke, should allow you to tip the panel to the left or right.

With creative use of software controls on the linear actuators, there is limited ability to pan and tilt the unit, since the actuators I've specified use heim joints.

The reality is I'll probably build some channel aluminum brackets that "someday" I can install actuators, but for now everything is al manuel.

I like the idea of 8-10 panels on the roof of the bus that can all independently track the sun.
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Did you really just suggest that I "Google it"?

I have been researching adjustable mounts for quite some time, just thought someone might have done some already, and might have some pointers?
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:35 PM   #13
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Has anyone tried using the rams from a wheel chair lift to move your panels?
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:15 PM   #14
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I called these things "pip pins" when I was using them to assembly my hang glider back in the day. They might be adaptable to the purpose.

Allstar ALL60310 Quick Release T Handle Pin 3 8" x 1" | eBay

Exactly what I was looking for, thanks
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Old 04-22-2016, 02:08 PM   #15
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So after I determined it would cost 16 X $20+ dollars to have some quick-release pins for the panels, I jumped back up ther to take a closer look. I stared at it for about 2 minutes.

Then.

I used my brain.

Sometimes it works pretty well.

The search for an easy clip-in bolt came after I realized my hand was too fat to slip in under the panel when lowered. If I could not slip the bolt in under the panel, I certainly could not thread a bolt, or even clip a cotter pin in.

BUT, I could slip the cotter in BETWEEN the mount and the panel.

Hard to believe I could not see this before?

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