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Old 08-31-2016, 07:10 PM   #421
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I guess I should add I still need to figure out the best way to get the battery cables up into the box. I wasn't impressed with how the factory did it so I'm looking at various options right now.
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:39 PM   #422
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No pictures for this update but I'm happy to say Peanut moved and stopped under it's own power today

Ernie came over and we spent the morning bleeding the brakes. Front brakes were a piece of cake, the rear brakes were a total pain in the you know what

Since the front wheels were already off we bled the front brakes first. The fronts went pretty good with no issues. Then we mounted the front wheels to get the front end off the jack stands. Working on one rear wheel at a time we had to jack it up, remove the wheel and bleed the brake. Repeat for the other side.

After the brakes were bled it was time for a short (very short!) test drive. I basically drove it forward about 15 feet and then backed it up about 15 feet. Brakes felt pretty good. It has pretty good pedal although possibly a little spongy. I think the best thing is once the floor and seats are back in I'll drive it slowly down to the auto repair shop and have them power bleed the brakes and install an exhaust system.

Peanut may not be ready for touring the country just yet but he's certainly getting closer to being able to do so


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Old 09-04-2016, 11:26 AM   #423
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Still need to get two 8" straps for door support hangers and caulk around the seam where the box meets the frame with vulkem. The assembly can't be set in place until the wood floor is installed.

Brad, Have you considered using the Coosa bd instead of plywood? I know it is expensive but, look at where you are working. All that keeps the tire spray from the front wheels from getting through to the carpet is plywood and a thin piece of aluminum laid under it. I would venture to say the plywood started getting wet the day it left the factory. Even if you did not replace the lower floor with it I would suggest you replace the raised floor in the driver passenger area and the vertical step with Coosa. I think once you worked with it you would really like it.
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Old 09-04-2016, 11:41 AM   #424
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Brad, Have you considered using the Coosa bd instead of plywood? I know it is expensive but, look at where you are working. All that keeps the tire spray from the front wheels from getting through to the carpet is plywood and a thin piece of aluminum laid under it. I would venture to say the plywood started getting wet the day it left the factory. Even if you did not replace the lower floor with it I would suggest you replace the raised floor in the driver passenger area and the vertical step with Coosa. I think once you worked with it you would really like it.
Brad and I kicked this around quite a bit and I believe we would have gone with Coosa apart from, it wasn't available locally and the shipping of just one sheet to do the raised floor was crazy. When we looked into it the Bluewater 26 board was about $350 a sheet and something like $150 delivery. If we could have got it we would.
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Did someone mention Coosa?????

If I had a dollar for all the times I have advocated using this board on this forum you'd think I was on the board of directors.

It was well worth the cost to me in piece of mind and it did help my boss uses a marina that stocks it, so I didn't get charged for shipping.

Still lurking, carry on.

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Did you try Composites One? I talked to Laura Frizzo (800-334-7498) and she shipped it to my construction site on a 52' semi for $106.00 @ $264.00 each. She would not ship to a residential address . When it arrived we simply pulled it off the back of the truck by hand. Wasn't worth the trouble of going to get the forklift. The stuff is that light.
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We both searched independently, but from my side I contacted Coosa Composites who referred me to a place in Knoxville as the closest supplier to Brad, I think they were Total Plastics(?). They described two different densities of Bluewater board but could only do the higher quality one (26) in 5/8". Looking at the Coosa website they also do Nautical board, so I guess the first question is do you use Bluewater or Nautical board, because there seems a big difference in between what I was quoted and what you paid?
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Old 10-21-2016, 03:46 PM   #428
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Well, Peanut has a full set of headlights again

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Ernie and I spent half the morning and most of the afternoon fitting the grille, right hand headlight assembly and the right front fender. All things considered I think it came out looking pretty darn good

Still need to fit the lower steel curved panel just in front of the generator compartment, the wheel well trim and the plastic valance.

At some point I'm going to have to temporarily remove the center grill section in order to install the inner panels that surround the engine opening and the AC hoses, etc. That will likely happen sometime next spring.


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Looking great Brad, good progress!
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Great news Brad!
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From the front Peanut sorta actually looks like a motorhome again
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Nice work Brad! That really looks great. Nothing scares you on these rigs does it. Not sure I would have the juevos to attempt such a project. In fact, Im absolutely sure I dont.
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Nice work Brad! That really looks great. Nothing scares you on these rigs does it. Not sure I would have the juevos to attempt such a project. In fact, Im absolutely sure I dont.
Nice job!

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Thanks Mike, the fender replacement was actually a joint effort. A friend of mine, Ernie, does body work on the side and he helped cut and fit the new fender section. He knows how to work the metal and I know how they are assembled

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Just a quick update on Peanut. He got new front suspension air bags today and new front shocks. Replacing the air bags was a real pain in the backside. We opted to pop the lower ball joints and pull the springs out instead of trying to squeeze a ten pound bag into a five pound hole

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The job actually went faster than I expected but it was still a dirty greasy job and I'm glad it's over!

Tomorrow will be some window sealing and some more body work.

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