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Old 09-29-2012, 08:49 PM   #311
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Hey Tango, what's shakin? How's the door skinnin comming along? I can't seem to get out from under my genny- be-silent box. Six pounds of genny in a five pound box--that old problem. I'm sure glad I don't have some old "A H" boss breathing down my neck or I'd be in deep dodo over it. Jack
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:17 AM   #312
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Hey Jack --- Scheduling with the local sheetmetal shop is pretty loosey goosey. I typically just sit and wait for a call from those guys telling me something is done. That said, hope to have something in hand this coming week. Anxious to get started actually building something on instead of just cutting & ripping stuff off.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:06 PM   #313
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Latest --- spent the last couple of days repairing the wheel wells. Rusted through in a number of places like most older rigs. Discovered that welding new metal onto some that is "almost" rusted through is tricky. Seems no matter how low I dial in my mig, it blows the old (thin) sheetmetal away. Oh well, at least now I have more practice at tacking...and grinding...and tacking...and grinding...and...
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:56 AM   #314
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Hey Tango, The forum shows that you posted this morning but I can't find anything--any ideas? Maybe the moderators decided we are a bad influence on each orther or something. Nah, it couldn't be that
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:54 PM   #315
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Howdy Jack --- I did leave a note for "retro101" regarding his shorty, but that was it.

I did just pick up a boatload of $heet metal from my local $hop (ouch), so now I finally have a few things to add onto the old girl instead of just cutting stuff off. They made the box for the A/C that will fill the hole in the roof, fabbed a couple of window deletes and a bunch of reinforcing strips. Spent last night test fitting the A/C box and it looks like it will work. Got my door skinned too, just waiting to see if the bugger fits. Will go by there Saturday and try it out. Will try and get a few pix while I'm at it.

How's your rig coming along? Haven't seen anything lately. Sure do wish I had access to some of the metal working gear I've seen in the background of your shots. Especially after today's tab. Course I'd still be short the skills necessary to do anything with said gear but maybe I could pull off a few simple right angles.

Ah well...Onward!
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:32 PM   #316
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Well Howdy --- after much ado and many dollars spent fabbing sheet metal, I finally got to start adding a few things rather than just subtracting them. Gotta admire Trunt's sheet metal abilities. Had to reinforce the area around the cut-out for the A/C since it will also carry much of the load for the yet to come roof deck. In the pix below you can see the additions made to the structure. Basically I turned the inner & outer roof skins into a ladder beam by adding spacers then tying them all together. Next, the big box for the A/C will get fitted into the hole. Also made a couple of window deletes and had the front door frame skinned. That was the tricky & expensive part. And it doesn't fit right. I'm guessing that the welding they did torqued it slightly out of shape. Damn. May have to cut a bunch of kerfs to get it back where it needs to be. Not at all happy about that. I guess that's what I get for going with such an old rig. They were made very differently back in '46. Nothing is square...or straight. All oddball angles and curves. I've come to the conclusion that what I need most is not an RV builder to help me on this project...but rather a master ship builder. Someone at home with lots of compound curves and goofy angles.


To avoid the curve calculations, I just tacked a number of different length chunks of 1-1/2" square tube in place...


...then tied them all together. Amazingly solid now. Also added pieces at each end that now complete the full surround.


This is the big a$$ mongo box that will go in the hole and house the A/C. Only about 3 inches of the bottom intrude into the inside.


And here is the new front door. I let the shop talk me into using 14 gauge steel to skin it (to save money?) but now the bugger weighs around a hundred pounds! There will be a big window across the top and another small, vertical "curb viewer" near the bottom. The good news is that the hinges I'm using are made for reefer doors and rated at 500#'s each, so hopefully it won't sag.

Onward!
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:39 PM   #317
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Hey Tango, I thought there for a minute I was looking at the cutout in my bus! I like the way you added the tubing to add strength to the roof. I didn't have to do that much since I was only creating stand up room so I just welded the side walls to the inner and outer roof skins. I know what you mean about needing a shipfitter but you won't have any problem getting the door to fit---other than a loss of time. I'm enjoying a little off time from the project while I wait for an injured knee to start working again--too much fun keeping up with the young cadets while training them. Soo, I dragged the wife to Yosemete, her favorite place, and about the only way I can keep myself from working on the bus. I have done more work on my bus and will post if I can get Photobucket to work from this "remote outpost". Jack
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Howdy Jack --- Kinda figgerd something was up (or down) since I hadn't seen any progress pix lately. Take care of yourself first, the bus ain't going anywhere. And I can't think of a better place to recoup than Yosemite! Damn I'm jealous. Would almost be worth tweaking my trick knee if I thought it would get me there. Have great trip and get well soon. We all miss living vicariously through your skill set.
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Fitted the new A/C box into the roof today. Still need to weld it all up, but at least it appears to go into the hole I made for it. Trying to cut a "square" opening in a compound curved roof is tricky I discovered.


From the outside...

...looking in...


...and from the inside looking out...


...and from the side you can see that only a small portion intrudes. The A/C will hang out another couple of inches, but given the space available, it seemed like a reasonable compromise. Might oughta' pad it anyway.

Onward!
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Looks like you acomplished what you set out to do...... congrats, Looks great!
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