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Old 12-05-2012, 05:11 PM   #1079
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Well, I passed my Exam...
Just need to find a job now!

Little bench project...

Docking lights, and nacelle..
The light output and spread was next to useless...
This was an earlier attempt with a LED bulb..


On the front..
Notice that the front one is held with 6 screws... and the rear only with 4...
I assume its because the front is inside the wheelarch and maybe subject to more air pressure?
I took some measurements to start with..


Then, I removed the whole thing..
I need to polish where it is mounted anyway...

The lamp cans were rusted... and the lenses were melted..
Nobody has these anymore it seems...




Plan B is evolving..

The Nacelles are our favorite ABS... brittle, cracked and ugly..



Backside.


Cracks

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:32 PM   #1080
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So, here is the plan...
Fix up the front one if possible, and take a mould off it.
If its too ugly I will make a pattern and take a mould off that.

Make 2 new ones from Fiberglass for the the curbside, and then make 2 to put the same lights on the streetside... The streetside positions will be the same, and will illuminate the holding tank drain area and the front will cover the Propane tank and genset area!
Also Derek has his name on 2 as well!

The new parts will have smaller lamp holes to fit the New and improved Plan B lamps..

Waterproof, solid aluminum housed projecter lens 10W LED floods from Ebay...





They cast an amazing wide flat circular pool of light that will illuminste the ground pretty well I hope!



The units come apart and look like this inside..


This is kinda how they will look when in place.
The stock bracket will be removed.
I am planning to cut the hole smaller in the new nacelles, and use the lens locking ring to sandwich the mounting...

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:54 PM   #1081
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Congrats on the exam pass.
Would something like this work? Use a polished aluminium patch for backing.


Innovative Lighting Docking Hull Back Up Lights Chrome Model 580 0200 7 | eBay

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Old 12-05-2012, 09:10 PM   #1082
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Those look REALLY sweet Dave!

The price is sweet too...
We got our little floodlamps for $12 each... inc shipping.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:31 PM   #1083
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Yes, but you are going to spend a lot of camping time trying to reproduce that recessed mount. You could use these while you are working on the original mount without changing anything on the body. Then there would be no rush to get the mold etc. done and you could continue to go camping.

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Old 12-05-2012, 11:32 PM   #1084
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Dave... I wish!
We are a long way from camping yet...
Its been a crummy year. No job, so no money, so no smog, so no moving the beast.
Now my study is done, my exam is passed..
I am one step closer to earning a living!
There are 2 major jobs ahead of the big push on the MH.
Interior retrim on one car, and a transmission R&R on the Suburban.
Just trying to always have something done every week.

We had a lot of rain this last week, and I was over to check today...
Everything was dry, aside from the battery tray, which had about 1/2" of water in the bottom, as I had not latched it correctly, leaving a gap..
And yes, I had not drilled a drain hole... I have now!
I wanted to get up on the roof, but it was wet... I decided it can wait!
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:16 PM   #1085
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Congrats on the exam pass.
Would something like this work? Use a polished aluminium patch for backing.


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I found these as well. They are for a boat but should do the trick for those of us that don't have them.

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Old 12-07-2012, 08:11 AM   #1086
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You will still have plenty of work to do with those lights... the area they mount to is curved.. my best guess would be an 18" radius, but I will check. The lamp backs look flat to me.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:36 PM   #1087
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Love going through all your posts Steve. Thanks for all the tips and suggestions. Hopefully, I'll be able to contribute like you have!

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These lens should be the same lens and are available on ebay.

Lens Replacement 4" Round Clear Plastic 3 Screws for Kenworth Freightliner Pete | eBay

The pots should also be still available from the truck dealers.

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[QUOTE=Keyair;1234796]Docking lights, and nacelle..
The light output and spread was next to useless...
This was an earlier attempt with a LED bulb..
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Glad my ramblings have been of use to someone STstudios!

Thanks for that Dave... They maybe the right ones... I just know that the Porch or scare lamp is different...

It does not change the fact that they are next to usesless and consume too much power!
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Way to go passing your exam Steve!
Could you tell me how you removed the interior light covers? I tried one of mine and it was so tight I thought it was attached differently than just snap in and I might break it so I stopped. I've broken a similar one at home under the kitchen cabinets so it scared me. What's the secret...just elbow grease, a firm squeeze, and courage?
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:18 PM   #1091
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Way to go passing your exam Steve!
Could you tell me how you removed the interior light covers? I tried one of mine and it was so tight I thought it was attached differently than just snap in and I might break it so I stopped. I've broken a similar one at home under the kitchen cabinets so it scared me. What's the secret...just elbow grease, a firm squeeze, and courage?

Thanks!

The trick to removing the light lenses is heat...
Put the lights on for a bit, to heat and soften them..
They are still pretty tight tho!
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:22 PM   #1092
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Wanna try to start piecing the rear fairing back together...

Broken bumper will be welded and smoothed while its off...


And off it came today..




Anyone know what the dangly/stringy stuff under the rear end is called????
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