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Old 09-02-2016, 11:54 PM   #1831
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There are any number of excellent heat reducing products out there these days. Just be sure they don't collect moisture. Rockwool for example is a great heat reducer but will hold a ton of water that rusts everything away.
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Old 09-05-2016, 08:26 PM   #1832
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Sheesh! What a day today! --- In preparation for my upcoming move, I spent the entire day disassembling the 10' tall x 8' wide, 3-ton hoist I built...by myself. What a freakin chore! Had to do a major balancing act. Between the uprights and the 6" I-Beam top section it was a real bear. Took a lot of rope and several ratcheting tie downs just to keep from dropping a few hundred pounds on my head, but I eventually worked it all out. Just need some rest now.

And STILL no progress on that big bench project! It has rained every day now for the past two weeks. In fact, this was the wettest August in Texas in 150 years and tied the all time record. Climate change? Ya...but then it's always a changin' around here.
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:53 AM   #1833
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Took a lot of rope and several ratcheting tie downs just to keep from dropping a few hundred pounds on my head, but I eventually worked it all out. Just need some rest now.

Yep ... that's us old guys. You should have seen the rigging I had to do to build my Deuce, Henry. All I had was a Harbor Freight cherry picker, a 1.5 ton block and fall and miles of ropes, chain and cable ... and me. 3 days from start to finish.

And a LOT of rest breaks.

But, us old guys, we get it done.
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:34 PM   #1834
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for your bus parts and needs try Interstate Bus Sales Inc. - WALLISVILLE TX 77597 this is a local co in wallisville tx
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Old 09-10-2016, 08:10 PM   #1835
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Howdy All --- Given that it has rained here every day for the last two weeks, not much has taken place on the "Big Bench" project. But I did manage to finish the last bit of welding just as another deluge came through. And it looks like the same weather pattern will hang around for another week or so. Getting pretty bored with all the wetness.

However...I have managed to get a couple of small things taken care of on the bus. Mostly been boxing stuff up for the shop move but at least I did make some small progress the last two days.


I did a few welding fixes to my inner fenders way back when and decided to go ahead and get them in shape for painting. They were pretty nasty.


Taking them down to bare metal was a monumental PITA. If I ever need to do another piece like this, I'll send it out for chemical stripping and soda blasting. Using Aircraft Stripper and a wire brush is easy enough on flat metal...but a chore on stuff with lots of kinks and bends.


I think I may finish them with truck bed coating. Not the rubber stuff that never sets hard but the other kind. I've used it in a couple of places and it seems to be pretty tough stuff. But I will likely wait till after the move to apply the final finish.

ONWARD! (well...a lit bit at least)
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Old 09-16-2016, 11:58 AM   #1836
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Made a little progress on the "Big Bench". It finally stopped raining for part of a day so I jumped on it, got some welding done then added the base coat of concrete. Still a lot more work to do but at least now I'm ready for round two...of three.


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Old 09-16-2016, 12:12 PM   #1837
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Looking really good Tango. They obviously commissioned the right person for the job.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:28 PM   #1838
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that bench is gonna be bad-ass!! (and so is your bus!) im assuming it never will move after you build it? that you are making it right where it will live?
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:40 PM   #1839
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im assuming it never will move after you build it? that you are making it right where it will live?
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LOL...I hope you are talking about the bench and not the bus!

Thanks for the kind words all. I hope to keep moving ahead on both.
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Back on da bus --- thanks to the daily downpours I had a little bus time yesterday. Started prepping some floor areas for new sheet metal walls and did a test fit for an access hatch to my propane tank.


Aluminum diamond plate door with a stainless hinge. Should make filling a bit easier.

Meanwhile...on the other side...


...the upper hole will just get replacement sheet metal and the lower part may or may not get another piece of the diamond plate. Don't really need the access, but what the hey...IT'S SHINEY!


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