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Old 02-27-2017, 12:05 PM   #2101
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Ah, an access hatch and here at first glance I thought you were showing us the seating area for your composting toilet! You're a better man me Tango, I HATE working with wood! Jack
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:54 PM   #2102
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You and me both Jack, I'll take steel any day. At least with metal, when I cut it too short, I can just weld some more back on. Not that easy to do with wood I have discovered.
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Old 02-27-2017, 01:36 PM   #2103
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You and me both Jack, I'll take steel any day. At least with metal, when I cut it too short, I can just weld some more back on. Not that easy to do with wood I have discovered.
Oh come on Tango? what the hell do you think glue is for ?
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:56 PM   #2104
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More "Little Stuff" --- No really...I mean little.

In this case...more tiny bits of metal cut and welded to make stuff that would otherwise not exist. Oh the joys of creating a real life Frankenstein. ("It's Frahnken-Steen!")

In this case...an adapter to connect an Allison 2200 MH TPS (throttle position sensor) to the throttle of a Cummins 4BT which was never meant to live with such a transmission attached.


Simple enough problem. Fab something that will move the TPS cable 1.81 inches as the Cummins throttle moves 3 inches. The "box" portion on the right is made up of five separate pieces. It can now be adjusted up & down to refine the arc it travels. The rod and clevis portion required six separate pieces (not counting the pin, shims & cotter pin) but can be adjusted in and out to take up any cable slack.


Here is how they go together. Also had to make a bracket for the actual TPS electronics that will attach to the frame.

Bad news is...the Allison tech I was counting on for hook up guidance moved to Indiana. He is coming down to Houston, but not for at least two months and I really need to get this sorted out in order to move ahead with the firewall, steering and such. Have not found anyone else locally I feel comfortable with so I may have to wait and work on "other stuff".


Arrrrrgggghhhh!


ONWARD! (sort of...eventually)
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:02 PM   #2105
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But all that tedium produces a one of a kind piece of art that you will forever appreciate. My only question is why didn't you use an era appropriate buffalo head nickel----just saying---
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I don't know about a nickel...but I have considered mounting a 1946 wheat penny onto the engine. Pratt & Whitney used to mount a year of manufacture penny onto their aircraft engines which I always thought it was kind'a cool.

And the '46's can be had from .99 cents to about a grand as some were circulated with serious errors on them.

I'll settle for the cheapest.
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Old 03-07-2017, 04:25 PM   #2107
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I don't know about a nickel...but I have considered mounting a 1946 wheat penny onto the engine. Pratt & Whitney used to mount a year of manufacture penny onto their aircraft engines which I always thought it was kind'a cool.

And the '46's can be had from .99 cents to about a grand as some were circulated with serious errors on them.

I'll settle for the cheapest.
Now that sounds like a response that I would have expected Ol trunt to come up with......... LOL. I'm with Ol trunt. I'm for the buffalo head nickel. It's appropriate on so many levels. Besides that Tango, you're right there by Buffalo Bayou. I've been out of commission that last couple of weeks and I've missed a lot on Skoolie.net. Looks like you're making some great progress Tango. I should be able to make it to the Rehab pretty soon. I'll let you know
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Old 03-09-2017, 10:05 PM   #2108
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Several days work --- Amazing how much time the "little stuff" can suck. Getting the #@!%&# TPS (throttle position sensor) hooked up and hopefully doing whatever it is that is is supposed to do has been a RPITA. More freakin' tweakin', time and trimming and nudging, than anything this small should ever require.


The problem was to fab a system that would make the TPS travel 1.81" while the throttle traveled 3". Looks pretty jury-rigged but it does appear to do what I was told it had to do. The guys at my local hardware store always seem to get a kick out of the odds & ends I dig around for and just about always shake their heads when I tell'em what all the bits & pieces are for.

Glad someone is enjoying this!


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Tango,

We're just sitting back and looking on in stunned amazement at the work of a true Master.......... There's NO WAY 99.999% of us would EVER dream of taking on such a visionary project like this and have it come out so high class........

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Old 03-10-2017, 09:19 AM   #2110
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Thanks for the encouragement M --- It's really not so much visionary or masterful...I just haven't been able to talk anyone else into doing it.
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