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Ticking Rubber Time Bombs

Posted 04-28-2012 at 10:30 AM by aluminitus

So after choosing Carlisle tires on the advice given by the guy at our local tire shop, I went home and did some research.
I was horrified.
Out of 58 reviews, 54 reviewers gave these ST tires ONE star! With review titles like "How Much Is Your Life Worth?" and "WARNING CARLISLE TIRES ARE DEADLY" and "Avoid these tires like the plague", I was beginning to wonder if the tire guy had a death wish for me. I had not purchased the tires yet, and having...
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Hey, I Put Some New Shoes On...

Posted 04-26-2012 at 05:12 PM by aluminitus

And Everybody's Smiling!

So maybe they aren't on just yet, but at least they are a new color.

The chassis came back from the welder (for the second time) after having the new axle and step installed. Mr. Aluminum finished sandblasting the frame and wheels while I polished some more and prepped the frame for spraying POR-15. That last sentence took 10 hours. We both looked like squalid hobos by the end of the day, but nothing a shower and a good scrub couldn't...
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Slowly (and expensively) but surely!

Posted 03-20-2012 at 08:32 PM by aluminitus

To bring you up to date: we got the chassis back from the welder, fixed up and looking solid for a measly $198. Two whole dollars under the quoted price! This included three new crossmembers, fixing the bumper, outriggers, and a new plate on the front, not to mention a bunch of little welds that needed to happen.

The West System epoxy set showed up and I got busy on that today.

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If you're a purist and you know it, look away...

Posted 02-29-2012 at 08:34 PM by aluminitus

While there has been silence for a while on this here blog, all has not been quiet at home. We are preparing to sell our house and most of our belongings in order to start our new life on the road, so all of the last minute details (like replacing door hinges, touching up ceiling paint, etc...) have been keeping us more than busy. Today was the first time in a while I have been able to put a few hours of work in at the shop. The big news is that we found a welder to do all the fixes for the chassis,...
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HSC Insulation and Chassis Sandblasting

Posted 02-08-2012 at 05:03 PM by aluminitus

So guess what arrived today!!


HSC!! (short for "hot surface coating")
I will paint the ribs and interior of the exterior skin in order to keep the airstream nice and cool on hot days. For all who want to know, it can be purchased from:
Hal McElroy
hmcelroy@superiorcoatingsusa.com
(Super Therm® and Rust Grip® Products | Official site of Superior Products International)...
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