I Think I Might Build Me An RV...

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by Nailhead, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

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    Camel straights were the carpenter’s smoke, we shared them on the job site. I preferred unfilteredTurkish cigarettes but they were expensive.
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  2. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    Roads are dry, just 45 mph winds. Those combined with 85mph speeds made for a very thirsty Cummins. We’re home now, girl doing good.
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  3. Nailhead

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    Got some welding & painting done, pix to follow mañana.

    You ever concentrate so hard on one thing to the point your mind won’t let it go? I can’t stop seeing the wire leading the puddle, back & forth, back & forth...

    Gotta turn that camper frame over & run the top welds.

    I can’t wait...
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  4. Nailhead

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    Saturday, I started in on the camper frame construction with this task:

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    It’s a great way to get really dirty.

    With the side & back rails sanded, I welded them on, and then painted the tops & whatever other areas I had enough paint in my bucket to cover.

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    We then installed the rear bulkhead in Harry’s Terra with a Porta-Power.

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    Took about a half hour, way less than we thought it might.
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  5. Nailhead

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    Sunday brought a task we’d been dreading ever since starting the frame construction upside down: time to turn it over.

    A bull-headed old man doing some rigging while another helps out:

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    Up we go:

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    And over:

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    We set the frame aside & moved the old flatbed for its ride halfway around the block for storage.

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    Out the door:

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    And on its way:

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    I’d love to put this Ford 300-6 in my M715. It’s in Harry’s wood chipper right now:

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    Welding & painting completed, frame done:

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    Next time, we’ll set it on the truck to free up the floor space.
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  6. Nailhead

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    Some undercoating fun:

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    The weather this week is supposed to be really nice, so I went & tried to find some foam roller sleeves for this Purdy roller frame I have. They don’t make a foam one, just a 1/4” nap sleeve, so I hope that works for the R&T method.
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  7. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    I finally got around to watching that painting video, it was impressive.
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  8. Nailhead

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    It looks deceptively easy.
  9. Nailhead

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    Ok, today I decided it was time to paint those fenders, do-or-die. The paint and the fuel tank(s) have become the primary roadblocks now that the camper support frame is essentially complete. The ball has to stay rolling. I’m sick of lying awake at night obsessing on it.

    I rounded up roller, brush, paint, thinner, and a piece of gutter coil for testing.

    After a few test runs trying the R&T technique with a couple of different paint-to-thinner mixtures, I was seeing some some encouraging results and decided to move to a fender because the days have gotten a lot shorter.

    What resulted looked like bad skin condition, and that was it— I was done with the charade: this truck gets the paint it gets, applied the way it’s going to be applied. What’s more...or less, really... is that I’m shit-canning the clear coat idea: I’ve had little success making that work on a matte finish, and at this point, I figure the less finish work I take on, the less I can fuck up. I’ll do the rain gutters, let the qualified make the vehicles pretty.

    The underwhelming results of months of research & inquiry:

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    At least rust will find it more difficult to gain a foothold.
  10. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    Damnit Chris, I was hoping you had it whupped. I would have offered you my paint booth, but I sold my shop a while back and now have to rent a booth for my side work.
  11. Nailhead

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    Thanks George, I just had to get this paint monkey off my back. I'm sick of worrying, obsessing, wondering about it. I don't have the skills to do what I envisioned, time to accept that and move on.

    It has a mild bedliner texture that I actually kind of like, so there's that.
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  12. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    On the upside, you can enjoy it more without stressing over scratches while camping!
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  13. Nailhead

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    True that, George.

    After a night’s drying time, that texture has cured into a look I really like.
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  14. Nailhead

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    Since there's nothing going on the IH front, I thought we'd take a little side trip.

    Remember that pic of the 300-6 above, the one where I mentioned I'd like to put it in the M715?

    That got more appealing about 1/2 hour ago, when I was trying to remove the distributor from the Jeep and found it it's stuck in there.

    Why am I attempting to remove it, you might ask? I was driving it home from my sister's the other night, out on a last drive before a snow storm & the road salt hit, and it just quit-- went from running great to dead in about 100 yds. After a ride home in a tow truck, it sat until the Pertronix that I thought it needed arrived and was installed. I cranked it some, and after noticing it wasn't developing any oil pressure I popped the cap and had my GF crank the engine while the rotor just sat there, still.

    This afternoon, I decided to dig into it, and this is where I am now: a distributor that will come out only about 3/8", and no desire to remove the timing chain cover I'm dreading I'll have to, since there is dust & leaves blowing all over the place and no hope of working on this thing inside.

    I'm awaiting ideas from M715 Zone members at this point, hoping for good news.
  15. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    Damn.

    ironically, we had the cam gear break on my Dad’s 300-6 in Paxton Nebraska on our way out to Laramie for me to attend WyoTech back in the 90’s. We changed that gear in a motel parking lot with temps in the teens.
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  16. small_e_900

    small_e_900 Amanda carried it

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    Never heard of one breaking on those bullet-proof engines.
  17. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Well, now you have! :D

    Anything can break, and when it does, it will probably be in Paxton, Nebraska with the temperature in the teens. :vardy
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  18. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    I wasn't saying it was common, just that it happened and thought it was ironic that it's the only time that truck stranded us in almost 300,000 miles and it was for the same type problem that Chris is wanting to swap one in to fix!

    Yes, anything can and will eventually break. This 300 eventually burned up a piston after the cat plugged up at 296,000 miles. We had a spare low mileage, roller cam EFI 5.0 laying around so we swapped it in since it was a simple swap on an '87 F-250, didn't even have to change the computer. Since those are batch fired we just spliced in two extra injector plugs and that was all it took to do the swap.

    Chris, you'll get it figured out soon I'm sure. In the meantime stay warm, it's been an ugly weekend.
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  19. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go Supporter

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    Ugh. Stupid cardboard timing gear. Who thought that was a good idea? Broke one on my '75 F100 back when I was a teenager, fixed it in the apartment parking lot. Had to heat the crank gear to get it installed because I barely had any tools, so oven at 450 degrees, gear on the top rack for 20 minutes, and then run downstairs juggling it in oven mitts out to the truck.
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  20. Pressingonward

    Pressingonward Looking forward to what is ahead

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    Which motor does your M715 have in it now?