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Old 10-22-2008, 05:35 PM   #197
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Great job Toastie! I am following your work closely and starting my own project. I just worry about the ground clearances. I have dragged the skid protector a couple times on my Caravel, even with the increased height provided by the new axel and tire/wheel selection. (drags occurred on those steep gas station drives.) Are you planning on some type of protection for your dump system? Your photos really help. Thanks.
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With the new axle I gained about 3" in height. There is a full 13" of clearance from the lowest point, more than even a modern Airstream.

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Old 10-23-2008, 06:07 PM   #198
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What would be the minimum distance a tank to axle that one could live with?..............thanks toastie
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:32 PM   #199
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About 80% done with the 2 back tanks, all I need to do is strap them in. On the front tank, changing the design.
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Looking great Toastie. I had considered pulling off the top, but still a little gunshy. Hoping to accomplish mine without pulling the shell off. Keep it up.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:49 AM   #201
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Looking great Toastie. I had considered pulling off the top, but still a little gunshy. Hoping to accomplish mine without pulling the shell off. Keep it up.
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Old 10-25-2008, 01:15 PM   #202
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Getting ready to permanently install tanks and floor. Did some touch up welding and painting and also covered the edges of the plywood with trempro 635...................
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:48 PM   #203
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Had a little hale storm today here in Michigan.................toastie
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:48 PM   #204
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HAIL - very lucky it was small.....

We had one this past spring that if it had passed over the house it would have done real damage to the AS - golfball size. Instead it was 1/2 mile down the road..... Whew.

Great progress, let me know when I can bring the Caravel up for a referb.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:31 PM   #205
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Hey Toastie...Just wondering, do you sleep? Do you eat? Do you have a job you go to?!!!!!!!!!! Your doing a great job, I've been following your progress. I can't wait to see what you do for the interior! We hopefully will be doing a similiar, not-so-detailed retro to a 1959 24' tradewind. I have gota lot of great ideas from you, thanks. Keep them coming! By the way, what do you do professionally? Is it some kind of fabrication?
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Looking good Toastie,Getting the tanks and axel all set really seems to take some time,I like your tank hangers. Do the tanks move side to side enough to drop the tanks down,it looks like you welded the rerod in place? My project has come to a standstill for a while,I'm a heating guy and all of my coustomers have been starting there furnaces up the last couple of weeks,so not much a.s. time.How did you decide how big of tanks to go with?I've been reviewing the tank options,trying to keep as much clearance as possibleunder the tanks.Being you from the north also our days working outside are are getting fewer,I was hoping to get my floor back on before the snow hits but we will see,we had some snow yesterday.
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:32 PM   #207
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Looking good Toastie,Getting the tanks and axel all set really seems to take some time,I like your tank hangers. Do the tanks move side to side enough to drop the tanks down,it looks like you welded the rerod in place? My project has come to a standstill for a while,I'm a heating guy and all of my coustomers have been starting there furnaces up the last couple of weeks,so not much a.s. time.How did you decide how big of tanks to go with?I've been reviewing the tank options,trying to keep as much clearance as possibleunder the tanks.Being you from the north also our days working outside are are getting fewer,I was hoping to get my floor back on before the snow hits but we will see,we had some snow yesterday.
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Yes, the tanks drop right in and rest on the angle iron. I took steel washer welded to the rod ends, not to the frame, the rods can't move, but still can rotate, then welded the angle iron to the rods. To hold the tanks down, I will use 4 small bolts one at each corner, will make sure that the drilled holes are large enough for the bolt to freely drop in, hand tighten only, double nut, I may also wedge the tanks down. So, to remove a tank, I would have to cut the rods, and pull rods out since the rods are not welded to the frame. I original was going to use brackets to fasten the angle iron to the rods, but when torque is applied would twist the angle iron putting stress on the tanks. The main goal here is not to stress the tanks at all, if I can achieve that, the tanks should out live me.

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Thanks for the tank info,I agree with overlander, I really enjoy reading a good thread and pictures to go with just makes it all that much better.
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Permanently installed back 2 tanks, here are a few pictures, used plently of trempro 635...............toastie
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