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Old 05-12-2016, 02:29 PM   #1651
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Love what you're doing with that old girl. I've done that most of my life and now I've discovered how much easier it is to not be working on some little thing all the time.

Same idea here, but I took a simpler path. I have no idea where I'm going to be when full onset dementia kicks in, but beyond that point it should be quite difficult to find me.
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:29 PM   #1652
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Well Howdy --- Got a little bit done today. Fritzed around with the containment for the fresh water tanks and also poked a hole for the gravity feed.

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Here is the basic frame for the fresh water tanks. Sits right on top of the driver side wheel well. The containment box that will sit on top of this is being built as we speak.


And here is the exterior portion of the fresh water gravity fill. Had to do a lot of playing with my body saw as well as my tungsten carbide rasp to get the right profile to fit this sucker. Discovered a reinforcing panel I didn't know I had in this spot. Mmmmmm...fun.


And here is what it looks like on the inside. Will hook it all up when I get that one tank replacement and the rest of the metal work done.


ONWARD!
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:57 AM   #1653
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Tango,

I have GOT to see her sometime soon! Hard to believe she's been a four year build so far! I'm sensing she's getting close to completion looking at how all that work is starting to come together......... WoHOO!!!!!!
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:53 AM   #1654
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Hey Tango, my water tanks ended up in the same location. Great minds and all that-----nah, probably not. With shorties like we have there isn't much of a choice.

When you plumb your tanks will you use separate pumps for hot and cold water or a single pump? Jack
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:25 AM   #1655
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Hey Jack --- yep...not a whole lot of options when you only have 15' to work with is there?

I will go with a single pump. There will only be three sets of lines, all very short. One hot/cold pair each to the kitchen sink & to the shower...and a single cold line to an outside "faucet". Never had one on any previous rigs but always seem to need one.
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:32 PM   #1656
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FINALLY!!!

I just now picked up my modified drag link from the machine shop!
As usual, they did a great job. They are a big shop that typically does very high dollar, very large and very critical projects so I really can't and don't complain (to them, anyway) about timing. Just happy to have some folks that really know what they are doing helping patch this old girl together. And they never charge me anything near the going rate. Great guys at Green Machine in case any of you locals need precision machine work. They have one precision mill that you could park most skoolies on. It was originally custom built for the D.O.D.,...in 1948. Two stories tall and can hold .005 from corner to corner. Gotta' love that old-school machinery.

Anyhow, I hope to test fit the whole steering system tomorrow. Will still need to take the drag link in to get a new bushing installed but at least I am getting closer to being able to get going on the dash & firewall situation. That has been a major hangup that I could not move on without this part.

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Old 05-13-2016, 04:46 PM   #1657
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that kicks!!! and yes I totally understand needing to get the steering set up before you can do ANYTHING with the front clip... and getting the right steering parts always seems to be a pain too... even on more modern cars when you do big block engine swaps etc the steering parts seem always to need modified!..

great to see you got more parts and can start putting that together.. trust me you will feel good when you get the steering parts together and can start working on the motor mounts and actually set the engine and transmission for real...
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:59 PM   #1658
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Thanks Cadillac --- I am ahead on the drivetrain. The engine, trans, driveline brake, driveshaft and rear axle are all done and ready. Still have more to do on and around the engine as far as oil lines, alt, A/C, accessories and such but I do feel a lot closer to the magic moment when I can crank and drive this puppy.
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Old 05-13-2016, 05:27 PM   #1659
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I sure admire your persistence and choice of vehicles. There's so many people following your build, and you write quite well. Your build is way beyond what the average parts changer is going to want to be involved in.

That other longer '46 appeared to be mostly paint, as it seemed to have the interior skin intact. It looked like a camper but I'm guessing uninsulated.
I'm pretty sure the guy was just exercising his particular skills. As far as camping, your bus has way more in it.

I'm actually thinking of spending my insulation money on fuel this fall when the temps drop rather than stick around for these frozen winters. The pipes freeze if I'm here or not.
Hitting the road means I need all that expensive equipment the rest of you have for convenience. It's a conundrum here because they simply won't insure a self built bus/RV, so it's not an RV, it's a van with file cabinets, plastic drums, fridge, bed, desk, kitchen/garage. All things I can unload from the bus in 30-40 minutes. So that's why all my creature comforts have to be modular and movable. So as I've said many times, this bus has been baptized and is now a van. Haleluya! Can I get an amen?
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Old 05-13-2016, 06:13 PM   #1660
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AMEN Robin! --- Being able to adapt your rig to your own, personal needs is to me what building a skoolie is all about. You want a "Tiny Home" with a wood burning fireplace and ice machine? Go for it. You want a rolling tin tent with minimal build out? Go for it. Whatever else you do...make it your own.

BTW...here's couple of kwik pix of the draglink. Part Isuzu NPR...part 1946 Chevy 1.5 ton truck/bus.



We opted to over weld the joint and not grind it. It needs strong...not purdy.
The diameter of the original shaft was welded up from 5/8" then turned down and threaded to 3/4" for a little extra beef. I'll add a jam nut once I get it adjusted to where I want it.

Should be a fun weekend.
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