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Old 06-22-2016, 06:44 AM   #1761
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They made concrete ships
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The remains of the SS Atlantus, off Cape May Point, NJ
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Old 06-22-2016, 06:51 AM   #1762
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OK...I have been slacking on the bus lately what with no new posts and all. But I have been busy. REAL busy. On that sculpting project I mentioned earlier. And since there are rules here (pix, or it didn't happen)...here ya go. Hard to see at this stage but it will be a sculpted cement & concrete on steel bench over twenty feet long.


Just rebar at this stage but the framework is now done.


Was going 90 mph to try and get the steel work done before the rains came again. Wrapped up all the cutting, bending & welding late on Saturday and 10 minutes after stowing the gear away...the bottom fell out. Close.

Been a really weird weather year so far.

ONWARD!

I love seeing frames of things being built!! cool stuff... oh and the weather... lets see we FINALLY get summer for once.. (last 3 years in ohio were COLD( we had a few days in 2014 with HIGHS in the 50s in JULY!).. and rainy summers.. this year we get the nice sun and heat and we sent all the cold and rain south

oh and I LOVE heat and sun!! ..

nevertheless I dont geuess rain goes too well with concrete and metal though....

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Old 06-22-2016, 08:13 AM   #1763
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Speaking of concrete ships-



The remains of the SS Atlantus, off Cape May Point, NJ

There's also about a half dozen concrete ships from WWII that were sunk in the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Shore side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. They were intentionally placed to make a seawall to protect a former ferry landing from years past. For a really good look at them take a boat or kayak and ride up to them from the water side. Pretty neat!
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:11 AM   #1764
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Lots of concrete ships around. We have one in Galveston Bay that was intentionally scuttled right after WWI to start a reef. Great fishing spot these days. I believe it was made by Henry Ford. And...there is an annual competition among universities called the "Concrete Canoe Race". Yep...all concrete canoes.

Concrete Canoe National Competition

Like I said...you can do some pretty crazy stuff with plain old Portland cement.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:15 PM   #1765
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Howdy Guys N' Gals --- got a bit more done on the crazy concrete bench project the past few days. Here's the latest...


All the welding is done and the metal treated to prevent corrosion. Now I'm tying on stucco lath to hold the first layers of concrete.

The weather has hardly been cooperative. It's either 105 heat index...or thunderstorms. What fun.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:41 PM   #1766
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I think you should makether shower stall in your bus out of concrete--that way the mods wouldn't have any way to complain if you keep posting pics of your alternate amusement----just trying to help. Jack
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:22 AM   #1767
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I think Jack has a "concrete" idea we can "set in stone"...... Just add a few more leaf springs and presto concrete shower!
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:56 AM   #1768
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Thanks guys. While I really do appreciate the ideas...and puns...I think I will stick with something lighter.

At the moment my hands are absolutely shredded. Blood everywhere. Which unfortunately is typical for this stage of the work. Anytime you cut stucco lath, it leaves an edge that consists of thousands of razor sharp fishhooks. I am hoping to wrap up this part next week and begin laying on cement media.
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:07 AM   #1769
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OK...Back to the bus for a few hours --- Had yet another "rain day" today and couldn't work on the bench project so I took my freshly made throttle cable over to my shop and did a little bus work.
Had to finish tweaking the rather tricky cable mounting bracket then hook it up.


Here is the aforementioned bracket with the final mods made and welded in place. I have discovered that painting stuff while it is still warm from welding does a pretty good job of baking the finish on.


And here is the new cable mounted. It was built by "Inland Truck" here in Texas. They fab all the connectors, cables, shifters and such for Allison Transmission as well as any specialty items...like this sucker. May re-drill the firewall and move it over a couple of inches but at least I know it fits and works.

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OK...Back to the bus for a few hours --- Had yet another "rain day" today and couldn't work on the bench project so I took my freshly made throttle cable over to my shop and did a little bus work.
Had to finish tweaking the rather tricky cable mounting bracket then hook it up.


Here is the aforementioned bracket with the final mods made and welded in place. I have discovered that painting stuff while it is still warm from welding does a pretty good job of baking the finish on.


And here is the new cable mounted. It was built by "Inland Truck" here in Texas. They fab all the connectors, cables, shifters and such for Allison Transmission as well as any specialty items...like this sucker. May re-drill the firewall and move it over a couple of inches but at least I know it fits and works.

ONWARD!
lookin good!! its always those seemingly small things that end up being the toughest and also the most accomplished when you get them done... just because well.. making anything custom and then seeing it fit the way you want just plain rocks!!
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