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Old 02-27-2017, 11:05 AM   #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, 11:54 AM   #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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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, 09:56 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, 11:02 AM   #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, 03:25 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, 09:05 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, 08:19 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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Old 03-10-2017, 10:31 PM   #2111
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A little headway --- Made a little progress on my "footwell". Several coats of Hammerite paint and a some work on sealing the steering column & throttle cable almost look like progress.


First fitted a piece of marine ply to fit, then a piece of the rubber flooring I am using to top it off.


Next came making a seal for the steering shaft.

NOTE: if you ever need a 7/8" punch, just sharpen the edges of some 1" black iron pipe. It cut clean with a big hammer and worked great through three layers of 1/16" rubber glued together.


The homemade rubber seal goes under the store-bought aluminum flange which (naturally) had to be cut to fit like everything else on this rig.

Not sure what to jump on next, but hey...there is still plenty to pick from.


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Old 03-11-2017, 07:12 AM   #2112
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Hey Tango, I see you Luke to use Hammerrite paint as well. We have a little Hardware store in Alvin that carries it. Love that paint !! You are making great progress. Keep the pix coming. You keep the rest of us inspired. But hey, isn't that what an artist is supposed to do?.......CARRY ON !!
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I didnt see how your pedal is.. but something i did years ago was put a collar on the "shaft" of the pedal going up to the TPS bracket.. the collar was basically a clamp... I then had a bracket that anchored the the cable assembly.. i could move that collar up and down on the pedal to achieve the result.. which was that the trans TPS cable be full out at pedal to the floor.. and at 0% pedal the cable would be slack taken up but not pulled at all...

once I found my spot I tightened it down... the collar could be tacked with a welder .. but it was an easy way to get that arc I needed...
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Old 03-11-2017, 09:03 AM   #2114
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Howdy Chris...pretty much the same idea here, I just fabbed & attached a sliding connector directly onto to my throttle lever. I can adjust the arc/length of pull by moving it up or down on the lever. The doodad below is what bolts to the throttle lever and pulls the TPS cable.


Not the prettiest device but actually works very well. And any cable slack can be adjusted via the threaded homemade turnbuckle.
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Old 03-11-2017, 11:35 AM   #2115
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got it.. yeah thats the idea.. , in one case on a Hotrod i used a real TPS(a GM one from a TPI) against the throttle pivot goping into the carb in that case.. and then electronically it went to my trans controller.. it was for a 4L60E.. im guessing inside that allison TPS box is a similar sensor that could possibly be mounted on the throttle pivot .. but this is probably easier at this point to get working...

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I love watching your build progress. It's amazing how many hours can go into these things.
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Old 03-11-2017, 10:47 PM   #2117
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Thanks. But, just for the record...there are much easier ways to build a Skoolie. Like...buy one less than 70 years old.
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I'd enjoy something like your project if I had a shop to work in. When I'm under my bus I'm lying on 3" minus gravel and it's usually raining. Yeah, I took the easy road this time for sure.

Did you see that recent '46 on eBay? It was pretty rough looking, and that's compared to other unrestored '46s that've been for sale over the past year.

I really enjoy those old rigs. They smell like old grease and they're built strong. I simply have no pride remaining for what I'm driving. I got rid of my car and truck, so now this TC is my daily driver.

You're very organized. What's you rig going to look like when you paint it?
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Howdy Robin --- Missed the '46 you mentioned but most anything that age is gonna' be a little rough. Mine was. Still playing with color schemes but will most likely do the fenders in black as original (but satin, not gloss). The roof will definitely be white and the body probably something like 1969 Cadillac Colonial Cream. I had an old '66 Dodge Town Wagon I painted that color and loved it.
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That sounds like a pretty cool paint scheme.

I was looking for a five gallon bucket of Eucalid green but there's none to be found.
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