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Old 06-11-2017, 09:46 PM   #2371
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STILL working on the deck --- You may be as bored with looking at this thing as I am but it is just about ready to set aside. Lost some time (and pix) due to my camera getting stolen but I tried to catch up today.


Wrapped up some details and hung the spare tire carrier.


The tire pulls up snug against the deck using a chain hoist arrangement from the scrapyard. I made a special socket so it goes up and down without too much straining. There will be a hatch in the deck for access.


Made some braces through which a hitch pin goes to secure the deck in the upright position...then...


...added a turnbuckle to pull it tight to prevent rattles over the road. Lots of little pieces had to be fabbed.


Just need to add something to keep the stabilizers in place when up...then the decking will go on.

That won't take place for a while. The whole deck/tire thing will sit in a corner until more work is completed on the rear end.



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Old 06-11-2017, 09:52 PM   #2372
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how cool is that, i didnt realize it housed your spare also.. great idea!.. how do you take that on and off the bus? do you have a bobcat to remove the deck? looks like real heavy!..
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Old 06-11-2017, 09:55 PM   #2373
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No Bobcat...just lots of grunting from an old guy. May have to call in a buddy on this one though.
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Old 06-12-2017, 12:03 AM   #2374
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That deck is looking fiine!

I'm stewing in envy over here.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:58 AM   #2375
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Awesome progress Tango. Everything looks first class as usual.
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:50 AM   #2376
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No Bobcat...just lots of grunting from an old guy. May have to call in a buddy on this one though.
or hit up Harbor freight for an Engine hoist..
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:53 AM   #2377
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Fun to watch it all come together. As always, your workmanship is top flight.
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:39 PM   #2378
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It is fun to watch that porch come together. Good documentation as usual too.

For just a little while I thought it was going to be a large barbeque grill, but I got past that when you put the spare tire to close to where the fire goes.
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Old 06-12-2017, 02:08 PM   #2379
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Many thanks for the kind words --- There are parts to this whole bus project that have been sitting around for more than a few years now. Makes it hard sometimes to try and recall just what the heck the plan was way back then...and then trying to make it work with whatever is in mind today.

Kinda' reinforces the idea that adaptability is key to successful and continued evolution.


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Tango, the fact that you can still remember where you put all your stuff, particularly after a shop relocation, reinforces the fact that "you da man."
I'm pretty sure that you have forgotten more than I, even hope to know.
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