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Old 01-12-2016, 10:43 AM   #1341
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Been re-thinking my combination dash/firewall arrangement. I will be getting some expert advice from one of the guys at my preferred sheetmetal shop regarding doubling up on the whole thing. Instead of a single layer of sheetmetal with some insulation on back, I am now looking at creating inner and outer layers of metal with some sound and thermal insulation in between the two. Cummins are notoriously loud and there will be plenty of heat coming off that rascal so in this situation I think I will be better served going with a "more is more" philosophy rather than "less is more". Definitely more complicated but should pay back down the road.

We'll see how it goes.

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Old 01-12-2016, 11:10 AM   #1342
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I think thats a wise route to go!

I have ceramic blanketing on my coffee roaster. That would be nice to put in between 2 pieces of metal.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:18 AM   #1343
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Hey OPUS...tell me more about the ceramic blanketing.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:26 AM   #1344
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Hey Tango,

It's a blanket made out of ceramic...... Kinda like an Oreo, ya know, crunchy on the outside with a yummy inside.......

Sorry, I couldn't resist.......

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Old 01-12-2016, 11:48 AM   #1345
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Hey OPUS...tell me more about the ceramic blanketing.
Here's a quick look-see: http://www.amazon.com/Ceramic-Insula.../dp/B00GT5Q6X0
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:46 PM   #1346
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Outstanding! --- Thanks OPUS. Rated to 2400* should handle the Cummins, the turbo and then some. Just about perfect for what I am planning. Thanks again.
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:55 PM   #1347
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Goodies in the mail! --- Got my stainless exhaust tubes today. Will be playing with them here shortly to make sure they fit and clear everything.

Also got the spare tire carrier put together today. Won't really be able to finalize it until the fixed portion of the rear deck is in place but just had to get something done while the weather was cooperating. While we have only been down in the mid 30's and 40's overnight (that is ABOVE ZERO and Fahrenheit for you Canadians and Upper folks)...laying on my back on cold concrete for hours really takes it's toll (no heat in my shop). I can work all day at 110 plus...but my old bones and joints lock up at about 45 or 50 after a few hours.


Shiny stuff. All stainless.


The spare tire carrier in the down position.


And...with the tire in rough position.

It will have a cable and crank hoisting system and two locking latches to keep it up.

Hope to get going on the first half of the deck later this week.

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Old 01-13-2016, 10:48 PM   #1348
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Ha! For a minute there I thought you had installed a sissy bar----then I saw the spare tire. Jack
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Old 01-13-2016, 11:11 PM   #1349
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Hey Jack --- I figure it might come in handy in the down position when doing wheelies, right?
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I can see Tango burning up the track in that thing!!!!
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The spare tire carrier in the down position.


And...with the tire in rough position.

It will have a cable and crank hoisting system and two locking latches to keep it up.
Very nice!! I like that a lot. I might have to look at doing something similar.
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:50 PM   #1352
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Thanks Hv --- A lot of folks say that with duallies a spare is not needed but I am too old school to run cross country without one. The remainder of the mechanisms will be coming soon. Also, I plan on spending a lot of time out in the boonies rather than Wallydocking, so a couple of flats could be a major issue. Getting a tow/repair truck out into the middle of Big Bend is a much bigger deal than at a truckstop on I-40.
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Old 01-15-2016, 09:09 AM   #1353
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Just out of curiousity, are all 6 wheel rims the same on your basic 10-bolt skoolie? Not the 5-bolt "star" rims, but the more common ones. I.e., is there any chance that carrying one spare might still leave you up the creek without a paddle?
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Old 01-15-2016, 09:25 AM   #1354
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Howdy Dan --- Good question, but all of my wheels are the same. It was (and still is) a common Chevy practice to use ten lug rims all around but only employ five of them on the front. My rims are actually from a late 90's Chevy 3500 which is consistent with the Dana 80 rear axle I installed. The bolt pattern was identical to my original 1946 pattern. The only difference is that the center hole on the new rims (they are what is called "hub-piloted") are a quarter inch larger in diameter. That was an easy fix. I made a pair of adapters that are mounted onto the front axle. Now any rim can go any where.
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Old 01-15-2016, 12:20 PM   #1355
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Hey Tango, are you bending the exhaust yourself? if you are what kind of pipe bender do you use?

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Old 01-15-2016, 01:11 PM   #1356
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Hey J --- Negative on the bending. I needed mandrel bends to avoid all the wrinkles you get otherwise. Had the tube work done by the folks at StainlessWorks. Never could find anyone local that had the mandrels for 3" pipe. The pieces will go together using stainless butt clamps instead of welding. Should make it easier to deal with down the road.

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A helping hand

'Morning Tango. I wanted to get this posted as soon as possible before you did any more work on your sissy bar or your back porch. I think I can hook you up with this guy so the two of you can talk design. It looks to me like he has come up with a combination sissy bar/back porch--and like always, I've got your best interests at heart. No thanks necessary.

Anyway, keep on building so we can meet up somewhere and terrorize all the other Skoolies. Jack













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Old 01-16-2016, 11:40 AM   #1358
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I really like these, they always work. Not sure if it would be heavy enough though. Well, plus, you already built a rack so just ignore my thoughts.

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Old 01-16-2016, 12:49 PM   #1359
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Hey OPUS --- Me likee! I've been looking at different crank options...what is that rascal out of?
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There's a plethora of them here. Some chain, some cable.

Spare Wheel Tire Hoist Mount Carrier Chain | eBay

I have an '84 Toyota pickup. The spare tire has NEVER been taken out in 10+ yrs. I decided to take it out a while ago cause its been forever flat. This thing wasnt going to budge. I sprayed it with some PB. 5 mins later, out it came.

Totally impressed! I thought I would bust once I reefed on it. I like the chain better than the cable.
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