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Old 08-12-2016, 01:18 PM   #379
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A little more progress made on Peanut today

I'm happy to say the rear panel has now been replaced. Took about four hours for Ernie and I to put the insulation in and get the panel riveted in place.
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All that's left is to have the rivets shaved and the panel wiped down one last time with lacquer thinner.

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Excellent Brad, looking great!
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Old 08-14-2016, 12:29 PM   #380
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Martin has opted to ditch the existing doghouse cover and switch to the same style used in Bella (i.e. 74-76 Argosies). Since I converted my 74 doghouse cover to the style used in the later Classics that meant I had my old one as a spare.

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I've prepped the opening by cutting out the excess sheet from the sides of the original doghouse frame.

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Hopefully sometime this week the fab shop can bend up some sheet metal for the side and back walls to frame in the opening properly.

On a slightly different topic, yesterday I rough cut the new flooring sections to size. I don't want to install the new flooring until the doghouse opening is finished.

Today I managed to replace the rusted and cracked transmission cooling lines. Since I changed to a 4L80e transmission my original cooling lines were no longer needed. It wasn't exactly a pleasant experience removing the old tubes and installing the new tubes but the job is done

The only remaining task before trying to start the engine is the power steering reservoir needs to be mounted to the firewall and a new hose ran from the reservoir to the power steering pump. The hose should be in this week so with luck Peanut might be running next weekend or shortly there after.


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Old 08-14-2016, 12:51 PM   #381
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Gregg,

Here's a couple of pictures showing the the clearance issues for the top and bottom ports on the 22" condenser.

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Old 08-19-2016, 05:58 PM   #382
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Ernie started tackling the damaged right front quarter this morning. The damaged section is off and as you can see in the picture it's being hammered flat so we can use it as a pattern for the new replacement panel. Weather permitting we'll tackle fabricating and installing the new panel tomorrow morning.
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I also spent some time on the new dog house cover. The hinge work is done and I've started fabricating the actual doghouse framework that the lid sits on. I'm hoping to have the framework wrapped up late tomorrow. That is if the heat and humidity don't do me in
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I hope Martin likes the decorative pattern on the cover
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I hope Martin likes the decorative pattern on the cover
Certainly in keeping with the rest of the retro look Brad!

Do you are or Ernie have a plan for getting the curve into the new sheet metal? Some sort of former?
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Certainly in keeping with the rest of the retro look Brad!

Do you are or Ernie have a plan for getting the curve into the new sheet metal? Some sort of former?
We've got an idea or two on how to roll the front curve. Had to stop for the morning due to intermittent rain. We might be able to start again this afternoon. If not we'll try again in the morning.
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Yesterday Ernie was trying to install the new step assembly and we found this problem with the rear outrigger.
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Airstream Supply lists the rear step outrigger for $23.55 plus shipping but they appear to be out of stock

Anyone know where to get a replacement?


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The same one on Bella isn't great and I found these on ODM


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Super!

I'll get one on order.
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Picture of Peanut from the front

Brad,
In studying your pictures of Peanut from the front, I noticed that the top of the radiator is open just like my Jelly Bean.

In pursuing air flow characteristics near the condenser and radiator I discovered that a large volume of air was flowing from behind the radiator over the top and back through the condenser and radiator. For the near term I stuffed some foam that Home Depot sells to seal around a window air conditioner. I put it across the top and down the sides to the bottom of the dog house. The "back flow" stopped and the air appears to be circulating more properly.

By the way that gap above the radiator was there from the factory.
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Got a small break in the weather and spent some more time fitting the right front quarter panel. This is just a preliminary fitting.
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To be able to proceed any further with the panel I have to get the front center grill section bolted in place and then the right hand headlight assembly will need to be fitted. Once those two pieces are in place we'll work towards getting the lower right banana wrap fitted.

While that work is going on Ernie has to straighten this panel well enough to use as a pattern. Martin managed to salvage a long enough section from the donor so it's just a matter of using the old piece as a pattern.
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Now that the panel is fitted we know where to work on shaping the curves to fit the banana wrap and the headlight housing.

This is definitely a multi-step process!
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In studying your pictures of Peanut from the front, I noticed that the top of the radiator is open just like my Jelly Bean.

In pursuing air flow characteristics near the condenser and radiator I discovered that a large volume of air was flowing from behind the radiator over the top and back through the condenser and radiator. For the near term I stuffed some foam that Home Depot sells to seal around a window air conditioner. I put it across the top and down the sides to the bottom of the dog house. The "back flow" stopped and the air appears to be circulating more properly.

By the way that gap above the radiator was there from the factory.
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Gregg, I'm curious to know how you managed to determine the air flow characteristics. The later Classics had a rubber sheet that came down from the firewall and extended down below the top of the radiator. I plan on doing something similar on my Argosy. I have a nice sheet of 1/8" thick rubber that will be perfect for it.

Did stopping the back flow help with your AC problem?
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I started by holding a strip of paper trying to observe air flow - as crude as that is. However as I was checking I discovered a significant draft blowing back into my face from over the top of the radiator. Your mention of 1/8 inch rubber sheeting is what I was considering for the long term.

Stopping the back flow didn't solve my problem. Before changing the condenser, I am trying an electric fan mounted directly to the condenser. With the local rains, I haven't finished installing the fan yet. If the dedicated fan doesn't work then I am going to change to the larger condenser. A larger condenser will require rework of two of the refrigerant hoses.

With the gauges hooked to the AC, I can watch the suction and discharge (head) pressures. When I first turn the system on everything is OK and the vent is 37 to 40 degrees F. As the engine warms and as additional heat builds in the condenser the discharge pressure starts really climbing. From OK pressures of 150 to 225 psig. Once things get out of hand, the pressure climbs up over 300 to 350 when I turn it off. At those higher pressures the compresser gets noisy. I did install a binary switch in the system that turns off the clutch at 390 psig.

I will keep trying!

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Brad,

Well the rain stopped long enough for me to complete the fan installation. It is mounted directly to the condenser which is a 15 x 20 inch coil. I ran the AC for about 30 minutes with stable temperatures and pressures. The outside temperature was 80 degrees at 95 to 100 per cent humidity.

I am anxious to run the AC at higher temperatures and measure the pressures and temperatures.

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