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Old 10-23-2017, 12:07 PM   #2711
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always think about future service.. I have had to mod things I did previously because i looked at it and thought "well dayum what if I have to change that in a walmart parking lot"...
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Old 10-23-2017, 01:07 PM   #2712
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Yeah...there are no doubt any number of "well dayums" that will arise over time. Just hopefully not in too many WallyWorld parking lots or too far out in the boonies. The reality is I simply crammed too much stuff in this five pound sack. I have tried to keep things accessible but when you only have so much room to work with...well...that tilt-front end idea is gaining traction.
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Old 10-23-2017, 01:18 PM   #2713
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Might try fabricating some kind of custom wrench thingie before I start taking things apart.

Wish me luck.
Luck !!!

I have a box of crappy garage sale tools I cut/grind/bend/weld to make single-purposed tools. It isn't pretty, but gets me to step "B" on the diagram.
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Old 10-23-2017, 02:20 PM   #2714
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Luck !!!

I have a box of crappy garage sale tools I cut/grind/bend/weld to make single-purposed tools. It isn't pretty, but gets me to step "B" on the diagram.
thats the box of tools you shove somewhere in a cubby in your bus when you take a trip
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Old 10-23-2017, 05:05 PM   #2715
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The tilt front end sure helps with access though it doesn't add much to the looks of the bus.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:21 PM   #2716
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I would LOVE to do the tilt front end. Especially since dealing with access issues of late. On mine, it would have to lift straight up about 6-8 inches...then flip forward so it may be a challenge but I am getting with a local hot rodder/builder in the next day or so to see what we can come up with.

Course, there's always that nasty "budget" thing to deal with too.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:56 PM   #2717
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Hey Tango. I'll save you some time. The mechanical answer lies in a pair of different length arms which result in the up and then forward motion. I played with various "hinge" ideas until coming up with this one--blew off about a month figuring it out. As you look into the tilt idea you will see that most truck designs call for cutting a lower corner off the bottom of the "hood" where it must pass the cowl. The dissimilar length arms remove that requirement. I mounted the arms on short shafts with sealed bearings at each pivot--12 in all. Jack
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Old 10-24-2017, 09:58 AM   #2718
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Howdy Jack --- I need to go back and re-read your build thread. The tilt would make a HUGE difference.


Spent nearly $300 bucks yesterday on getting oil lines and fittings put together. But it's looking like only one of them will work. The remote oil filter plate is so close to the motor mount that now I'm looking at having to get another offset adapter made just to squeeze it all in. If there is such a thing.

What fun.
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Hey Tango. The build thread is still there but since I won't pay photofu--er bucket $300 none of the pics are. let me know if you would like me to post a few salient pics here or try to email 'em to you. I suspect you'd get more out of seeing pics than reading my blather. Jack
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Hey Tango. I'll save you some time. The mechanical answer lies in a pair of different length arms which result in the up and then forward motion.
Mechanical engineers call that a 4-bar linkage. I wish I knew any more about it beyond just the name! I want to use such a linkage on a bunk bed. After you've got the hood thing worked out and you're an expert on linkage design, maybe you'll help me work out mine. I understand there are books and conventional methods/techniques for the design of such things, but haven't made it a priority to edumacate myself on it yet. Hopefully knowing the term the ME's call it by will help you find design ideas.
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