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Old 02-25-2011, 08:09 PM   #81
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Jealous of the weather that you and Amy are getting down there....heck..it's only a month from today that I'll be flying down for 10 days of Texas food, fun, family, and friends.

Everything is looking good Top. I am glad to see you are working so quickly and diligently ahead. At this rate, I won't get to help you with anything on your rebuild...which is something I really was hoping to share in!

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Old 02-25-2011, 08:41 PM   #82
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Looking good Top! Im amazed at how much some people get done in a day.
You talking about the Texas weather temps sure has me eager to get back home so I can work on the Excella some more.
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Thanks guys. I feel like I'm spinning my wheels most of the time.
When I get the gray tank hangers built then it'll be time to put the new floor in and bolt everything together. I need to get some plumbing supplies on hand soon. The weather here has been just wonderful these last few weeks. I can't imagine being somewhere like Minnesota or upstate New York.
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Two weeks until CoE. You're gonna have to hurry!! Tell the army you have things to do I'm hurrying myself to try and get the 20 ready. gonna be close- i have to go out of town next week. Yours is looking good though!!
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If you keep posting pictures of food, I am going to drive up to Harker when I'm there over spring break and not leave till you feed me...I tip well by the way

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Top, what can you tell us about that tank hanger? how does it support the tank? how does it attach to the frame? Its just angle-iron? how much does it weigh?
can't really tell from the pic.
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The tank hanger is made from 1x1 angle iron. I made it so that it wraps around the lip that is formed on the top of the Ronco 17H tank. There is one section above the 3" outlet that is flat. I cut that area out and welded an angle on as a doubler. I welded the brackets that the hanger bolts onto directly to the frame. It is removable and weighs about eight or ten pounds at the most. Here are some more pics.
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Lance TOP notch work. It looks just like a factory install.
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Thanks Chris. Things are getting easier to make every day. By the time I'm done with Abby, I'll need a new project just to keep my skills up. I think like a really LONG, OLD girl would be the ticket!
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Thanks Chris. Things are getting easier to make every day. By the time I'm done with Abby, I'll need a new project just to keep my skills up. I think like a really LONG, OLD girl would be the ticket!
Lance you can always head this way. I've got a spare CSI suit and you can get some practice at polishing.
BTW I HATE POLISHING. It seems like it will never end. I can't imagine what it would be like doing this in the summer heat. I've had to turn off the heat in the shop while doing the roof and top areas using the ladder. Ths suit just doesn't breathe and I end up dripping in sweat. It mixes with the compound dust and ends up in my eyes and you can't just wipe away that s**t. I was reading another thread about someone else's polishing and his wife called the look "guy shadow". It takes days to go away, even after several showers.
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Polishing

Thanks for the invite Chris, but I think I'll have to pass I think polishing Abby will be better served by hired help! I have heard the ranting of guys in the middle of polishing their Airstreams. What you need is a small migrant labor force!
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Thanks Chris. Things are getting easier to make every day. By the time I'm done with Abby, I'll need a new project just to keep my skills up. I think like a really LONG, OLD girl would be the ticket!
I'm thinkin' that if you get bored and rusty with your skills you could always practice on my 63 Sovereign. It's LONG and OLD

Keep up the good work, Top! it's lookin' great!! can't wait to see the results of your hard efforts-and such a short time as well.
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I left a small time capsule of sorts on the underside of the sub floor. I hope in 40 years it's as funky as a magazine cover from 1972 is today
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While you have the bathroom torn out, are you redoing your waters lines with PEX or something else?
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Yes Bruce. I'll be installing Pex lines with brass fittings and the crimp rings.
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International emblem make over

Well, since there are no replacements available, I decided to re finish my old International emblems. Here's what it looked like behind the emblems when I took them off.
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The old emblems weren't really that bad. They just needed some love.
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I cleaned up the corrosion and did a little polishing around the area where they mount.
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I left a small time capsule of sorts on the underside of the sub floor. I hope in 40 years it's as funky as a magazine cover from 1972 is today
Hey TOP...looking good! I found a welder's hat when I gutted the Old Girl. (it was under the bath tub). And two old Calif. DMV registration cards, one from the 70's, and another from the 80's, two different PO's, (they were between the fridge and the front panel). I like your time capsule idea, someone will have a nice surprise, when you're dead and gone....

I was thinking of you when I came across this, on the Sacramento River trail, this last Sunday.


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Thanks so very much Rex! If only peace could be had by walking around in a big circle....
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Thanks so very much Rex! If only peace could be had by walking around in a big circle....
If it was that easy... you would be working for the Forest Service, not the Army. We need you guys, to do what you do, so the rest of us can live in a safe America. Thank-you Top
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