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Old 01-06-2016, 04:24 PM   #1331
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That mysterious white stuff, as you call it, is nothing more than solidified dihydrogenated oxygen.
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Old 01-06-2016, 04:26 PM   #1332
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You mean this stuff?

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Old 01-06-2016, 04:27 PM   #1333
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HECK, YEAH! And the weather guesser says we're getting more!
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Old 01-06-2016, 04:45 PM   #1334
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Hmmm...looks a lot like the white sand beach at Destin, Florida. But those are mighty funny lookin' palm trees.
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:45 PM   #1335
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Gees Tango---they just haven't had their skirts trimmed in a while.
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Old 01-09-2016, 02:27 AM   #1336
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More muddling --- I got a couple of stray pieces going yesterday. The house battery box is just about ready to install. And yes...I did go with screwing it down rather than welding. If welded, it would no doubt be the first thing bashed.

Then there is the new main crossmember for the frame. Had to have some steel C-channels formed to fit inside the existing frame so I can bolt them in place...then, weld the crossmember. This is seriously scary.


Here is the battery box with four coats of rubberized undercoating + two coats of "Truck Bed Spray". It still needs the insulation installed to keep the batts happy and not too cold or hot. It will be home to three 150AH LifeLine batteries.


And here are the pieces that will replace the factory main crossmember. Lets just hope this works. I just hate it when a frame breaks in half.

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Old 01-10-2016, 10:11 AM   #1337
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More parts fabbed --- Howdy all. I now have a spare tire carrier put together. Given the weight of these critters, I used a fair amount of steel. It will be hung between the frame rails of my rear deck (more work to do on it).


1" x 2" rectangular tube makes up the carrier. The hinge, which is a section of 3/4" black pipe goes through the mounting tabs and attaches to the frame via a couple of large brackets.


Once the deck is in place, the carrier will use a winch to pull the tire up then a couple of chinks of all-thread will hold it snug. If needed, it can be swung down.

The deck is cut and ready to tack so it should be together before too long.

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Old 01-10-2016, 11:08 AM   #1338
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As always,it's looking good! Sure takes a lot of time planning and testing before the final assembly doesn't it? Your new frame rails will make the drive shaft build a piece of cake. Jack
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Old 01-10-2016, 02:12 PM   #1339
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Lookin' good as usual!
Does the replacement cross member have something to do with your spare install?

Thinkin' I may have to do something like this as well, tire guy gave me a matching aluminum rim for mine, will have keep my eyes open for a tire.
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Old 01-10-2016, 06:18 PM   #1340
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Thanks for the kind words. The new crossmember is necessary to make room for a driveline parking brake on the back of the Allison tranny. Naturally...it is about a half inch to big in diameter and has to go exactly where the original crossmember is. I hope to get some work done in that area this coming week.

And the new driveshaft may get ordered pretty soon Jack. I ran some calcs and came up with a "critical speed" of 2795 RPM's. Will get with the local shaft shop to see what they think might work best given it's length & speed.

Meanwhile...the new house battery box is also ready to install. I just need to drill & tap a couple of dozen holes and lay down a bunch of seal sealer. Who knows...I might get BOTH projects done next week.

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