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Old 12-16-2015, 05:59 PM   #1311
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Hey M1 --- how goes your build? Don't think I've seen any pix lately.
With Christmas break coming up starting Friday I'll have a chance to get some stuff done. Got the rear blank from Blumenthal's last month. Have three thin coats of paint on it so far just to prevent rusting.

I'm going to be getting some serious help at the end of January/beginning of February. I'm going to swap my '88 Ford B600 for some work and buy my daily driver when it comes up for auction sometime late spring/early summer.

Got my teaching license back, so I'll have some serious income starting in the fall. Wife and I are going to be teaching Jr. High math/science. We're not sure which one just yet. So with two incomes we'll be getting both Saf-T-Liners going in short order.

SOOOOO looking forward to working ONE job, not six like I am now.....

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Old 12-16-2015, 10:52 PM   #1312
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Sounds good. Congrats on the job situation, I know it was severely limiting your bus time.
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Old 12-21-2015, 04:35 PM   #1313
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Just want to wish all my fellow Skoolies a Joyous Noel and the Happiest of Holidays! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa...whatever reason you choose to celebrate...may it be the best!

And...

I finally got a few parts from my sheetmetal shop for Christmas!

Won't be able to do anything with them until after I get back from visiting my Grand-kids, but...at least now I will be able to move ahead a bit in a few critical areas come the New Year.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
...and...

ONWARD!
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Old 12-21-2015, 04:47 PM   #1314
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Merry Christmas to you as well. I managed to get the grandkids to come see me this year...BONUS!
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Old 12-21-2015, 05:11 PM   #1315
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Merry Christmas all! I get to travel to see my grand daughter--annnnddd--the stork is delivering a grandson on the 27th!
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Old 12-21-2015, 05:30 PM   #1316
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I'm a Skoolie-wannabe, but I'll never pass up on the opportunity to wish somebody a Merry Christmas!
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Old 01-03-2016, 12:47 PM   #1317
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Hope the New Year is shaping up well for all - I managed to get a couple of small chores started over the "Holidays".

First...a house battery box. Big enough for three Lifeline 150 amp batteries. Roughly 17" x 24" with room for about an inch or so of insulation all around. It is at the back on the drivers side right behind the wheel well since my Honda genny will be on the "back porch" right behind it.


Big tin box...


Hole for Big tin box...still trying to decide whether to weld it or screw it in.


Battery box set into the hole. Still needs paint & insulation as well as mounting.

And then there is that spare tire thing...


Here are the frame mounts and hinge. A section of 3/4" black pipe. There will be a couple of sections of 11 gauge 1" x 1-1/2" rectangular tube attached to the hinge so that it can be dropped down if needed. Has been a real pain to deal with since the 140# tire has to be in position to measure anything. Will get the rest of the steel next week.

Have a few of the dash/firewall pieces but need to do a lot of work before I can begin installing anything. With any luck, my custom made steering components will be ready for pick up this coming week.

ONWARD!
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Old 01-03-2016, 03:14 PM   #1318
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Screw it in!
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Old 01-03-2016, 05:29 PM   #1319
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Hey Tango. Nice battery box. Like Opus says, screw it in. If you weld it you'll just about guarantee yourself that something will fly up and damage the box requiring its removal-----Jack
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Old 01-03-2016, 05:33 PM   #1320
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I'll throw in a vote for screwing it too!

I come to this thread for bus fabrication porn, and am never disappointed. Keep up the work and pics!!
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