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Old 06-10-2012, 02:09 PM   #869
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Some more polishing... almost done with the first hit..
Stll a little swirly, but I think its an improvement...

When I bought it...'
Now...

Even got a shine on the Banks tip
Looking nice, how many hours did it take you to this point ?
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:23 PM   #870
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Ok, just checking...

I am well able to handle the pokes Mike, don't worry!
I see them as Encouragment!

As far as Polishing hours go... I have no idea, as so far it been strung out over months...
Maybe 50 or so... really I have no idea... and those of you that have done it, I bet you have no idea really...
My GF will tell you, I disappear saying I will be back later... only to have her call me and ask when I am coming home for dinner... "Oh, about 5-30", I say... she replies... "Well, its 7-30, so you missed that!".
I always have a few beers in the freezer compartment cos that cools fastest, and a few snack bars to keep me going.

Once I start, the hours just melt away... but the next day the arms tell me a different story!
I think my second HF buffer is getting tired, either that, or the AC current from the Genset is a little weak...

GF and I spent a couple of hours on the M/H today.
We decided where the TV's are gonna be mounted, and a bunch of storage issues.
We made a list of stuff that we need too,and generally did a work up ready for or trips... It was fun!
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:23 PM   #871
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You now have a new handle,:"Swirly" We'll be in Flagstaff the middle of September until the snow flies in November. We're friends of the campground owner, so take a cruise, give a post and we'll find you a spot.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:22 PM   #872
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You now have a new handle,:"Swirly" We'll be in Flagstaff the middle of September until the snow flies in November. We're friends of the campground owner, so take a cruise, give a post and we'll find you a spot.
LOL, Swirly...
I like that!
Sounds like a plan Mike, we can stop by on the way to see my son is Pheonix!

Ok, I promised some progress...

A few months back I got some Velvac Mirrors...
They are much bigger and also have different mounting points as well as needing to move the position some..
A refresher...



Original...
On the Pass side...




New mirror foot in comparison...


Now, onto the Drivers side...
I decided to use the lower forward Original hole to index the new mirror with the old... But none of the others lined up.


Now, also, the bodywork curves inward, which also tilts the new mirror inward...

Not acceptable.



Now I needed a plan, and today I moved forward on the drivers side as its the simpler one..
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:38 PM   #873
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Seal it with Parbond, and you're good to go. Don't seal the drain on the bottom.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:44 PM   #874
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After much thought I went forward..
Here is what I did...
Build an "Interface plate"...

Normally, I would have taken a block of aluminum and milled it... but I don't have access to that equipment, so it was time to fabricate something that will be a test piece and and also fully functional and visually ok..

Planning sketch... and template..


Started with some 18G steel.


Now, I made 2 plates... the Left plate is drilled to bolt to the original holes in the bodywork... and the Right plate is drilled to mount the Velvac Mirror.


Used the mounting bolts to set up the captive nuts...


Welded the nuts on the mirror side, and then began building the angle that will tilt the mirror upright..
Note that there is no nut on the front lower hole, as the bolt will go right thru and thread into the body.


Fabricated the top curve plates...


Then the bottom...


Then tacked on the body plate..


Now bolted the mirror and plate assembly together it will begine to make sense..




More welding work to do and more holes to drill, but I think you can see what I did now...
The plan is to put a skim of bondo on to smooth and blend...

FYI, to get the mirror upright, the wedge needs to be 1/2" wider at the top.

More later..
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:02 AM   #875
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You are busy!

Now, while you are still in the design stage, why not build in a LED signal/marker lamp on the bottom of the mount and a small flag holder on the front side.

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[QUOTE=Keyair;1159431]After much thought I went forward..
Here is what I did...
Build an "Interface plate"...
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:47 AM   #876
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Since I just installed a new Velvac mirror that fits fine, I realized the base on yours is larger, therein the problem with mounting. Leave it to you to figure a way to square it away!
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Great minds think alike Dave!

I was looking at it this morning and had the Idea to drill a hole in the top of the box to mount the CB antenna!
Still have to cut a large hole in the center of the box to route the wires thru as well as access the body mounting bolts.
The mirrors are powered and heated, but for now I will use them manually.

I also had plans to add a sidemarker/Blinker to it, but there is a place on the lower mirror arm already for it,like a knock out.
This will more it outboard more and so more visible.

Just FYI, I spotted that I used the pass side mirror for the drivers side interface plate... You can see the mirror is offset inboard.. which is not the way it should be.

I am gonna go over and do a test fit today before I do any more...
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:03 AM   #878
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Yes, I saw that Mike...
I got these Mirrors very cheap, so am happy to put a little time and brain power into making them work!

The passenger side is gonna be very different tho... The mirror is going to be offset rearward by about 4" and the interface plate will be thicker... about 2" at the base is my best guess. This is due to the arm of the Awning sticking out and obstructing the view.
Today when I test the drivers side I will try it on the pass side and get a better idea.

About the only thing I have not decided is color...
Leave them black... paint them all silver metalic... or black base and silver mirror housing?
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For anyone who does not have time on their hands, the Velvac "Star" mirrors that fit our coaches are #712788 with the "Wedge" convex, or #712806 with the full width convex.
I like the black finish.
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Good info Mike...

Test fit went well...

Here is the Original Mirror on the drivers side..



And for fun, here is the "Field of vision" it gave..


Now compare that with the field of vision for the newly mounted mirror..


Not sure if its clear from the picture, but its a HUGE difference!

Now to the details...
Test mounted the plate... I had rough cut the holes for wiring and body screw access..



I test fitted the mirror..
Position looks great and the mirror sits upright... despite my lopsided pics!






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Next I did a test on the pass side, using the drivers side foot...
The screw holes are not in the same places, but by using just one I was able to get a pretty good view of what I will need to adjust...

Again, Original Mirror view showing field of vision...


A little zoom..


And the new mirror...


Zoomed back...


Again a HUGE improvement in vision and safety!

Its tricky to see from the photos, but I think I am gonna add 1" to the thinkness of the pass side foot to get me outboard of the awning leg a touch more...
You can see in this pic how much it encrouches on the bodyside..


Front side view..



Here is how I mounted the plate to test...


Now I have to finish weld the Drivers side and make the passenger side foot!
A skim of bondo, and a shot of satin black for now and we will be ready!
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Moving Day!
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