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Old 03-15-2011, 08:27 PM   #113
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New wheel wells not a good move

Here's another example of a great idea working against me. Abby's old wheel wells were cracked and tore up in a few places. I figured I'd save some time and just replace the old with new ones. I hit a few snags. First, I had to get the old ones out. No problem. But of course to install the new ones I had to drop the belly pan in front of the axles and remove the bolts holding the floor to the frame that also sandwiches the wheel wells. On the curb side, there was a nice big rotten hole in the floor under the sink where it appears the sewer vent has been leaking for a very long time. No biggie! I just cut out all the rotten wood, about 12"x13" section. I cut a nice piece of leftover MGP and put three coats of Defthane on it. That took the better part of two days. When I got all that ready for the wheel well to be installed, I discovered that they aren't the same as the originals. They are wider, shorter and the outer skirt does not go low enough to match the rivet line of the exterior skin. So a I made a skirt extender! It is 64"x4" and riveted to the plastic.
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I guess it's all good. Just takes a lot of time. I'll probably get more clearance when I install the Michelin LTX 235/75/15 tires. I also got to practice on my riveting skills on an area that won't be seen.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:10 PM   #114
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Oh Lance...getting smart on us. Adapt and overcome.

Yadda, yadda, hooah, yadda yadda.

Can't wait to see the progress in person (hopefully) in 10 days!

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Old 03-15-2011, 11:35 PM   #115
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I had a hole in the same location in the Old Girl, and my plywood patch is approx. the same size as yours. I feel you pain, the pain of being a man! Good job on the new wheel wells, you're thinking on your feet. Keep it up TOP, Trainer of Personnel!
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:27 PM   #116
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I haven't been working on Abby much while the kids were home for spring break. We've been out enjoying the time that we would have been spending in Abby if I were done with her. Yesterday the whole family ran a 5k on Ft. Hood. Man I'm sore! My daughter got first in her age group and my oldest son got second in his. I finished
The frau mentioned "I think we need a new Airstream" the other day. She thinks we should have two. One to work on, and one to camp in! So, what do I do? Well, I start looking, of course! We looked at two Airstreams for sale here in central Texas. One was an '86 Sovereign with a salvage title listed for $7,500. It had some bad hail damage in the front. BAD! I could live with the hail damage, but the OSB floor was rotten in many places. The entry door had flown open while underway and was terribly sprung. No need to look at that one much further! I shook his hand, and said good luck! The other one was a '73 Tradewind listed for $7,000 near Waco. When I drove up the lane to this guy's yard, I knew it would be a short viewing. I kinda chuckled to myself, said thanks and moved on. I called a dealer in San Antonio about a 2008 28' International CCD for $37,000 but it was sold already. So, I scratched my head and figured I better get back to fixing Abby, because she'll probably be "The One" forever...

I did manage to get the skirt extender on the other wheel well today while simultaneously making beer butt chicken and corn on the cob.

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Nice work Top, but where are the food pics?

Are we still on for Operation Axle sometime next week?

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TOP....remimber "The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions, so hang in there!" One day at a time... and where are the food pics?
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:38 AM   #119
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BBQ pictures from yesterday and a few days ago...

Beer butt chicken. I'm kinda tired of making it but my kids love it. It was good. You can do a lot of things to chicken, but you can't make it taste like beef! The Mexican sweet corn was good too.
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I made some great pork chops a few days back. Not sure if I posted these pics here or on my BBQ thread.
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Moving toward completion

Progress has been slow lately. I got the wheel wells installed and finished the patch of the floor just forward of the curbside wheel well under the sink. Yesterday I finished drilling, bolting and welding in the 2x3 angle iron to the underside of the main frame rails. It attaches to the axle mounting support plate at the front with five 1/2" bolts and welded to the bottom of the main frame rails. Here are a few pics.

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Floor patch

This is the piece of the rotten floor I cut out from under the sink.
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Here are some pics of the patch installed. It'll last a while. It has three coats of Defthane floor finish. I also applied three coats of the Defthane to the old floor under the sink. I also sealed the edges with TemPro 626. Don't forget to replace your sewer vent seals at least every three years.
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I replaced the same section in the Old Girl.....Must be a commen "bad" spot in the 70's AS's.
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Yesterday I finished drilling, bolting and welding in the 2x3 angle iron to the underside of the main frame rails. It attaches to the axle mounting support plate at the front with five 1/2" bolts and welded to the bottom of the main frame rails.
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I cut the old rusty 3x1" angle iron that held the black tank box under the main frame rails. As you've already read, I am adding two 25gal gray tanks. I'm replacing the black tank with a larger 25 gallon tank as well. That is 75 gallons of waste. So the possibility of 625lbs of waste water calls for some additional support. Also, it makes a nice flat belly pan from just rear of the axles to the bumper. This will also allow for the gray tanks and plumbing to be hidden under the belly pan. This is my version of "Farmer Engineering"
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oh, ok. couldn't make that out in the pictures. And actually, I was kind of wondering how you were planning to wrap up the tanks.

I thought that would have been 3" c-channel under the main frame rails on the longer models that have sub-floor tanks.

Mine is a shorty, so the black tank is inside, sitting on the floor. nothin' underneath but pipes. 5" c-channel frame. I would like to add tanks below, though, and thats what I was thinking of how to box them in: 3" C from the axle mounting plate to the bumper. Most of those wedge shaped tanks of appropriate size are about 8" deep at the outlet, so that would just fit.
Of course, they'd be "hung" from up high, so I'm not sure how that extended frame would actually add "support;" but it would box everything in neatly.
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