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Old 03-23-2017, 09:10 AM   #2131
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Pretty close Jack, but no bus parts were harmed in the making of Big Bird...so far.
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Old 03-23-2017, 02:35 PM   #2132
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That is awsome, cant wait to see the finished birdalope, im just curious as to how & when the idea came to be.? a drunken night at the bar perhaps.?
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Old 03-23-2017, 08:26 PM   #2133
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In spite of numerous "drunken nights at the bar"...the idea was simply an evolution of the whole Texas Jackalope history. Just needed a little twist.
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Old 03-29-2017, 11:01 AM   #2134
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Howdy Group --- Well, Big Bird is progressing, even if somewhat slowly. Need to wrap him up so I can get back to some "on topic" work on the bus.


Frame and body pretty close to finished. Working on sculpting the head and collar now.


Building a base for those areas using spray foam which will get encased in Bondo-like material. This will be the head...


...this will be his collar.

And, in the process of some testing, came across a new brand of expanding foam "sealant"...


Loctite has jumped in with what seems to be a much better foam than GreatStuff. Denser and with fewer holes...is more UV resistant...and is fully paintable with any kind of paint including oils. I shot it with a really wet dose of Rustoleum rattle can and it did not dissolve. I even poured some acetone on it and it had no effect. Seems to be a much better option for use on skoolies so I thought I'd pass it along.
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Old 03-29-2017, 11:11 AM   #2135
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Hey! Was that the back door of a Skoolie I saw in the first pic? I'd almost forgotten about that part of your thread.
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Old 03-29-2017, 11:16 AM   #2136
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Yeah, that "other" project is still there. Good thing I have a bigger space now or it would be in my way.
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Old 03-29-2017, 12:23 PM   #2137
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Hey Tango, thanks for the info. Just got back to my project. March has been a helluva month. As you always say.....ONWARD !
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Old 04-01-2017, 05:39 PM   #2138
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Hey Tango. Now that BB is just about finished how about giving some thought to a pair of matching TOADS. We'd be the hit of the camp grounds without a doubt and probably be able to hustle a bit of $change at the same time!

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Old 04-01-2017, 06:45 PM   #2139
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No Thanks Jack. No Toadie for me...I'm terrible at backing up with trailers and such.
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Old 04-01-2017, 07:53 PM   #2140
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Little stuff...Big hassle --- Spent 2-1/2 days redoing a small engine access panel so I can proceed with my firewall design. Needed to be cut back in width one stinkin' inch but did it's best to become a major project. I originally had it in place with some self-tapping sheetmetal screws, but lo and behold...a couple of them twisted of on the way out! Really? After drilling those suckers out I soon discovered that I really needed to tap the holes and use bolts as I had to go with 1/8th" angle for the new brace. That meant a couple of more trips to the hardware store. One for bolts...and then another for a 13/64's drill bit to get the right hole size to tap with 1/4 x 20 threads. 3/16th (which I had) was (naturally) a bit too small to tap properly. Grrrrrr.



Anyhow, it will now let me start on the more demanding work of creating the dash/firewall/doghouse. More fun to come.

Then there is Big Bird...

I still have more to do, but he is coming along.


Got the head & collar shaped and some features sketched on today. Now need to apply a few layers of Bondo-like material to seal it all and sculpt the final finish. All it will need then is some paint...and installing...welded atop and eight-foot post.

Not enough hours in the day, despite Daylight Savings Time.


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