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Old 11-27-2016, 11:19 AM   #1891
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Finally Back to Work!!! --- Howdy all. Spent the past few weeks moving the bus, shop, tools, etc. and then trying to sort it all out without losing too many critical parts. But at last, it is done...more or less. The new shop space is great (and cheap). Had to build out a workbench and we walled the whole place with insulation and OSB so that took a few days (and bucks) but I am at last to a point that I can get some work done on the bus. I actually did some welding yesterday!


Taa-Daa! Clean and reasonably level floor, a roof that doesn't leak and insulation that isn't constantly raining down on everything. Sweet.


It looks bigger than really it is plus there are four "Art Cars" and Rat Rods that will soon occupy the balance of the space (I am sharing it with the guy who runs the world famous ArtCar Museum here in Houston). Great guy and builder whose brain I plan on picking. A lot.


Needed a bench so I built a big one.


Managed to weld up the frame mounted brackets for the new rear deck and begin laying out the rest of it. It will stick out 24" and have another 24" that folds up vertically while on the road then forms a 4' patio when parked. My Honda 3000 genny will sit on the driver side corner. The doodad hanging down is the spare tire carrier and crank I put together. That will all tuck up under the deck.

All for now, gotta try and get some more work done today.

ONWARD!
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:28 AM   #1892
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Congrats on the fine new shop--even has a wash basin big enough to take a bath in!
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:34 AM   #1893
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That's great, Tango! I have some serious "garage envy"!! Looking forward to seeing some more progress!

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Old 11-27-2016, 11:35 AM   #1894
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:44 AM   #1895
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Congrats on getting the move over with. I can only imagine how stoked you must be to be working on the bus again.
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:53 AM   #1896
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Roger that. The lack of real progress has been driving me nuts. I'm on my way there in the next few minutes. Won't be able to work very late though. The folks that I sculpted that giant bench for are actually throwing a party for it today. Technically...a "ribbon cutting". But with way more fanfare than I am comfortable with. But if anyone is in the area, you are welcomed to drop by for hors d'ouevres, a little music and some tasty adult beverages.

3 to 7 pm at RE:HAB Bar on the Bayou. And if you can't make it, below is how it turned out. 6,500 pounds of hand applied cement.


This is the other thing that took up a bit of my time.

Back to work now.
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Old 11-27-2016, 04:12 PM   #1897
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Love the tree, but am really envious of the new digs. Are you still close to the downtown area? I get "all a flitter" (in an old man kinda way) when I see your bus. The porch, with it's crank is something I had been thinking about, and now I may be able to see one in action.

Congrats
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Old 11-27-2016, 05:00 PM   #1898
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Way to go Tango!!! Wish I could have been there to help, but I had another 60' of tower to put up.
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Old 11-27-2016, 05:22 PM   #1899
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Wow @ that shop. Sounds like your shop-mate is as good as the shop itself! Good to see you back in action! Also that's one puurty big bench!
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Old 11-28-2016, 10:30 AM   #1900
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Yep...still close to downtown. Just a couple of minutes north of my art studios and just a block from US 59.

And the shop is mighty nice. Especially compared to where I had been working. Have spoken with the building owner about subleasing space there for other artists/car builders and just might do something along those lines. But really need to focus on getting my rig further along first. Headed there now.
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