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Old 08-02-2016, 07:45 AM   #85
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One never has enough clecos
No kidding. I have enough to hold the trailer together but a few hundred more would be nice.
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Old 08-06-2016, 09:03 AM   #86
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1,2,3

Yesterday I had a day off work and my wife's help for 30 minutes so got busy. Nothing super exciting but we decided that we might play with the aft kerb window locations which had been bothering me.
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Old 08-28-2016, 10:31 PM   #87
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getting closer

For such big sheets of metal and such a big visual change you think it would be more interesting post wise. I did learn that 22' long sheets is really the limit if there's just two people, especially if one of them is on mat leave and extra sleep deprived.

It's probably hard to see but picture 3 shows the lower skin on my 22' bench and around the location of the wheel well cutouts you can see a big gap between the skin and the edge of the bench; from front to back the skin and hence rivet line deviates over an inch from plumb, that's brutal but illustrates how floppy the chassis was and gives some insight into the original build.

I still need to fit the side skins tight to the C channel and cut the wheel well finished profile but I'm starting to enjoy looking at Lightning a lot more :-)
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:54 AM   #88
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So here's the question, with the new frame and all the new side sheets, will the rivet line droop remain, or can you straighten it out?
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:17 AM   #89
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Well I haven't drilled the rivet line yet and don't want to tempt fate, but yes it will be straight. The frame was built with the fore and aft raised slightly so I have the weight of the floor, shell and probably 150lbs of shop weights keeping her flat and jacks preventing any droop. I snapped lines for the rivets and they're parallel to the uncut sheet edge so it's looking pretty good so far. Even the new wheel wells are sitting well against the skin. I just need some time to button it up. Fingers crossed it looks good because I really don't want to be buying any more sheet for a while
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:29 AM   #90
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I saw that you hadn't drilled the lower row yet, and your answer was as expected.
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Old 10-01-2016, 06:04 PM   #91
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another 2 hours of childcare invested

With flurries on the way in the coming week's forecast I'm taking full advantage of flexitime at work to get some structure riveted. Five hours later and we got the street panel on and some roof stiffeners pilot drilled. If I can get the stiffeners in, curb side forward skin and front and rear wrap around lower skins riveted then I can actually move lightning and rest easy knowing snow load probably won't crush her :-)

I quite like the Sikaflex 221 even though it sets up really fast which isn't ideal on big panels, it's a bonding agent as well as a sealant so I think it's well worth the $6 CAD a tube.

Last pic is just for fun as I think it looks kind of cool and I'm enjoying how ultra clean and fresh it is inside. I want to get every exterior fitting in place before final sealing and spray foaming in the spring so I've been collecting parts. The VTS porch light shroud and clearance lights are beautiful next up are all the tank vents, Furrion inlet and Solar terminals. I think I might modify the original pressure tank fresh water fill to accept a hose fill.

I'll have to make a decision on roof vents/ AC too... Current thinking is 2 low profile Maxxair vents painted silver and one long, 42"x 14" custom skylight at the front with folding doors to keep the heat out. (a picture would help but I'm not far along on this particular crazy idea).
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:33 PM   #92
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WOW.....great job......toastie
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:11 PM   #93
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Thanks Toastie :-) another afternoon "invested", roof stiffeners and curb side forward panel.
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Old 10-14-2016, 07:58 PM   #94
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Man this flexitime is a godsend

Another 3 hours away from work this afternoon. Now there was still some snow kicking around but it was 5 degrees which is the absolute minimum temp to use the Sikaflex. Rear lower wrap riveted, check, and it turned out pretty nice, especially compared to the 3 section original metal.
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Old 10-16-2016, 12:59 PM   #95
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Year end wrap up

Yesterday afternoon we got the front lower wrap around skin on, it was a bit too cold really but I ran a small box heater in the trailer to keep the bucking assistant (wife) above freezing. The window is just temporarily jammed in place as I'm going to fill the existing rivets holes and relocate them when I adjust the window "level". (The fore and aft windows are not perfectly on the same plane which will bother me so I'll adjust as required).


I'm pretty stoked to be able to pull the jacks out from under lightning and move her across the driveway. At last I'll be able to use my garage for actually garaging vehicles over the winter and refurbishing all the windows.

Now I just have to make it through another freezing 8 months of snow before breaking out the Nuvite on the front end cap :-)
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:49 PM   #96
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Spectacular end to a season of work. Can't wait to see it as you start putting the windows in!
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Wow that thing looks awesome with no windows so sleek.
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