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Old 06-17-2015, 11:08 AM   #1011
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You both have my support! If one is good, 2 must be better.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:44 PM   #1012
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Can't afford to buy it but would love to hire him to help with my metal work. Great looking craftsmanship from what I can see.

Sadly, I seriously doubt he'll get anything close to what he's asking.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:27 PM   #1013
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On the "progress" front --- Managed to get some insulation in place then back to head scratching on the dash/firewall/doghouse thing.


Needed 1-1/2" to fill the four window deletes so I wound up using a triple layer of 1/2". Works out to R-9.6 according to the chart. And that is over several coats of the HyTech insulating paint.


The body panel next to the pilot's chair also has the HyTech paint treatment but with the "bubble-wrap" Mylar insulation. May have room to add another layer but have to wait on fitting the roll-up window to tell.


The dash/firewall will be fabbed out of 1/8th" steel as will be the floor pan, doghouse and a box that the pedals & steering will go in to. All that will be heavily insulated for heat & sound on the backside.


First pass at chopping down a '90 Chevy 2500 van brake pedal. Took about 5" off the top of the bracket and 1-1/2" out of the pedal arm. Still had to go back and shorten it all more. It came with the master cylinder & power booster I am using.

Handed off more sheetmetal templates to my local shop today. The whole firewall/doghouse set. Still need to work with them on how to arrange the seals but they are swamped with big money work right now. My piddley paying jobs go to the back of the line, but they do such good work, I don't mind waiting a bit. Just not toooo long.

Onward!
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:35 PM   #1014
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:40 PM   #1015
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Hey Tango, I love to back seat engineer--I learned the technique from my wife. It seems to me that you'll need an engine hoist to lift the inspection plate/cover if you use 1/8" steel plate--that s$$$ is heavy. What were your reasons for going so heavy?

I used the same sheet insulation as you though my walls allowed for 2". I also put 2" under the floor, reflective side facing the ground. I discovered that the genny muffler produced enough heat to cause a section of the foam to shrink up into a hard sheet. The muffler is a good 4" below the floor so I was surprised at the problem. I replaced the section of foam and added an 18 ga. heat shield topped with a layer of muffler wrap (think Pep Boys motorcycle stuff). So far this seems to be working. I also used a couple of rolls of the wrap on the front of the cowl behind the engine along with a reflective finish. Jack

PS This is the third try at commenting so it will be interesting to see if it takes this time. Instead of seeing my post, I've been enjoying a scrolled version of Opus's big yellow thumbs up!?????? Sort of reminded me of Welk's bubble machine on his '50's TV show.
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:36 PM   #1016
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Sort of reminded me of Welk's bubble machine on his '50's TV show.
Golly, I remember that....but I only remember the 60's forward version. I'm not as "experienced" as you two. ;)
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:18 PM   #1017
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Just a 2cent input here but I can picture a custom cluster gauges box attached to the current firewall that could double to hide a steering column support bracket.

Just a thought.
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:41 PM   #1018
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Umm, 120 mph in a school bus---Tango will be all over that! Jack
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:49 PM   #1019
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You gotta be careful about shortening your brake pedal. There is a certian pedal ratio that Chevy (or whoever) built into the system. (between 5:1 +7:1.) Ive changed my racecars ratio due to lack of room vs comfort. Once I got a good fit, now I gotta push real hard. You dont what to have to have to use both feet to slow the bus down.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:17 PM   #1020
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Great data sdwarf36 --- thank you. I basically had no choice and I'm hoping the booster will aid with keeping the pedal effort within reason.

HolyBus --- Love the simple, retro look of that dash but I'm looking at a minimum of seven gauges. I hope to keep a similar appearance while accommodating all the extra diesel gauge stuff.

Jack --- The 1/8th" concept is based on the need for rigidity in all the elements. Especially the area where the pedals & steering need to mount. I'm even looking at adding a few "stiffeners" to the backside out of some angle or small square tube to help. The doghouse itself is not really all that big so weight is not a great concern.
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