I Think I Might Build Me An RV...

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

  1. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    How did piss become so valuable.
    The real test when hiring is can the prospect keep their hands off their phones for 10 minutes.
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  2. bmw318tech

    bmw318tech Long timer Supporter

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    As fairly recent hire in the USPS VMF its not like its a shock that they ask for a clean piss test. You have plenty of time to study.
  3. Nailhead

    Nailhead Inclusion Rider

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    Back in the land of wind & cruise control, our story resumes:

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    These are two of the four oak blocks from between the old flatbed & the frame. I didn’t pay them much mind previously, being old & weathered, with some areas of light surface rot, until I priced out options for their replacement starting at $400. They are now being treated with all the TLC I can give them, starting with a loving hand-scrubbing with a wire brush to remove funk the years have accumulated.

    Then some stain to preserve them as best I can:

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    My kinda finishing: satisfying, and very forgiving.

    It took a surprising amount of time & stain to arrive at this:

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    because it was like painting a sponge.

    Then some old guy with nothing better to do did some sanding:

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    More later today. Got those damn red frame rails & the back of the cab painted in preparation for mounting the camper frame.

    Monkeys, lifting equipment, a big heavy object, a non-running truck, and bottomless coffee & Baileys won’t be boring.
  4. Nailhead

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    Sunday morning, and we’re ready to set the camper frame. The necessary painting is done:

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    Mostly.

    Rigging time:

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    Up we go:

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    Next we rolled the truck under that suspended load,

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    set the blocks in their places, and lowered it.

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    It went off without a hitch, and took maybe 20 minutes. A complete anticlimax.

    20 more minutes, some lock washers & Loctite, and it’s securely attached.

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  5. Nailhead

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    We figured we had to test fit one of the side boxes, just for shits & grins:

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    Those things are really heavy. They’ll hold a bunch, too:

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    It looks like camper & boxes will fit together just right. Just have to weld up old mounting holes in the boxes, drill new ones, and paint them.
  6. Nailhead

    Nailhead Inclusion Rider

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    I also took care of some front-end finish issues before heading south again. I wanted to get rid of the red overspray behind the grill with some undercoat:

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    I’m pretty well satisfied with that. I painted the bumper, too, while Harry was away, and I’m not as sure about that. I think it may be too much, but I’m not really sure where to go with it. I thought maybe cutting the lower corners back at 45°, or maybe painting the lower half black would lighten it up a bit.
  7. Nailhead

    Nailhead Inclusion Rider

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    While mocking up the layout last weekend, Harry & I discovered a problem: there’s no room for the spare wheel, and the details of the solution I came up with have been bugging me...until I found this:

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    A swing-away spare carrier weld-on pivot kit!

    Seriously— hallelujah; the pivot was the biggest question mark I had in the design I worked up in my head. We just have to come up with a pivot mount location out of the path of the camper during loading & unloading.
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  8. Nailhead

    Nailhead Inclusion Rider

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    Since nothing is happening on the IH front, I thought I’d update y’all on what happened with the Jeep a while back.

    If you remember, it just shit the bed out of the blue driving through town. Here’s why:

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    The oil pump/distributor drive gear.

    I’m at a loss as to what the cause is.
  9. Pressingonward

    Pressingonward Looking forward to what is ahead

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  10. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Something small & hard that doesn't belong there must be floating around in there.
  11. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    Does the distributor shaft spin freely with it removed?
  12. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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  13. Nailhead

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    ...she said. :lol3

    I figured it out last night with a little sleuthing, and a little more Tito's. An M715zone member posted up a pic of his engine during assembly, timing chain cover not yet installed. This guy has a lot of cred on that forum for the obsessive detail he goes to with the work he does on his trucks. Did ya ever see a transfer case so clean you could eat off of it? That's what Dan does. Anyway, I was staring at my gear, looking at the tooth contact patch when a light went on. A bright one. The gear in Dan's engine had been installed with the shoulder to the rear-- mine, if you'll notice, is the other way around. Backwards. I then consulted the online TM's on the Zone and, sure enough-- those fuzzy old photos verified my suspicions.

    Too much loading on too little tooth area on a bronze gear did it in. Add to it the 15-40 oil I run, and the force on those teeth was even greater. It was a ticking time bomb from the moment it was (mis)installed.

    This engine has showed me signs it was rebuilt not very long before it was taken out of service: numbers written in crayon on the block, a clutch & flywheel that was new when we removed the engine from the truck it was originally in. I think the gear was installed incorrectly when the chain & sprockets were replaced.
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  14. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    I'm glad you got it figured out, that means you know how to prevent it in the future!
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  15. Nailhead

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    Once I find a gear, I’ll have ‘er nippled, George.

    The volume of replies to my “wanted” post on M715zone has been nonexistent, however.
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  17. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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  18. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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  20. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    Definitely not cheap, but that's the nature of the beast with stuff like this. I know of that site because of the Willys connection to Kaiser and since I own a Kasier I know about every place that sells parts that can even be cross referenced to fit!
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