What did you do IN your Garage today?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by JimVonBaden, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. BillMoore

    BillMoore Long timer Supporter

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    Mounted a Grape Solar 180W panel on the roof of my cargo trailer, to supplement the 200W on the roof of the campervan. Got everything done except for the layer of sealant. I thought I had a tube of Dicor in the garage, but what I had wasn't Dicor, and I don't trust it, so a tube of Dicor Self Leveling Lap Sealant is on the way, plus a pack of flexible caulk nozzle extensions so I can reach behind those brackets to get the Dicor around the back side of them.

    The three front brackets are screwed into a roof framing member, but the back side was a couple of inches short of reaching to the nearest one, so I fabbed up a couple of brackets out of 2x3 aluminum angle. Used all stainless steel hardware, nyloc locking nuts on the bolts on the rear brackets, a good coating of blue loctite on all of the bolts that hold the brackets to the panel, and I figure the coating of Dicor over the top of the screws across the front will be a good thread locker there.

    Installed a panel mount SAE connector on the side of the panel above the door. Cut off the other end of it and installed MC4 connectors (polarity reversed to match Zamp), so it just plugs into the MC4 connectors on the panel. When you step into the door, it is within easy reach to plug and unplug the cable. Picked up a 15' 10AWG SAE cable with an inline fuse for connecting the panel to the Zamp SAE plug on the side of the van.

    Panel feels really solid, I think you could almost pick up the trailer by it...

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  2. BillMoore

    BillMoore Long timer Supporter

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    And yeah, I left a little blood on the bracket in that last pic, drill slipped on me...
  3. yokesman

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    just put up a plastic curtain down the middle and moved the electric 4k-5k heater to the working side. will be interesting to find how much difference it will make, since I dont need to warm up the next years project truck.
  4. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile Supporter

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    The Artist in me is jealous as hell. Of course I really have a hell of a time even drawing stick men
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  5. Lapchik

    Lapchik Tinkeritis posterboy

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    I tried to take a panorama of the shop. I bought the nicest used snowblower in the world from my Dad, and had to rearrange to fit it. This snowblower is cleaner at 25 seasons of use [yes, 25 years] than the new ones at Fleet Farm. It's crazy. Dad waxed and armor-all'd this thing every spring.

    So, the other projects....there is a CRF250L getting a fuel cell, F11 Kawasaki getting double 125cc engines, and a GS550 waiting to be canibalized for a trike project and for the F11 project. There is a welding positioner I am building on the bench, and there is a battery charger I need to repair. Tonight all I did was remove the front tire from the F11 and then drink a beer because that 20 year old tire put up a fight and took all the ambition right out of me.

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  6. telejojo

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    Fuel cell?
  7. Lapchik

    Lapchik Tinkeritis posterboy

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    Extra gas tank plumbed into main gas tank
  8. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Long timer Supporter

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    This is really great. Can you explain the procedure a bit more? What wall thickness is the tubing? I am guessing, you heat the tubing by rolling it around and then clamp your device on the tubing to create a depression. Then push the depression together somehow.
  9. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    Replaced the TPMS sensors in my wife's car. Only broke one bead to get at them.
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    I let the second old sensor get away from me and had to unmount that tire to retrieve it.
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    Insurance on the last two.
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    The replaced sensors were original to the 2008 Buick. Date code of July, 2007. They had a good run. Car has only 98k miles on the clock.
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  10. trumpet

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    Helped my friend 'get his head straight' , then tragedy struck. New headbolts on order.
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  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Today @NoVa Rider and Kevin came again and we put up the trim, drip rail, and all the shingles. I can't say enough about these guys!

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  12. rodrigzj

    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    Went up quick!
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  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Yes it did. I had a lot of awesome help, most from ADVRider! All riders! This group is amazing!
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    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    That’s great!
  15. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks. The wall tubing is .065 so it easier to work with and is all I need for this type of project. What I do is heat the tubing with a rosebud and put it in the tool/device I made and hit it with a hammer while I rotate it back and forth. That creates a groove. After that I heat it again and stand it upright and use the weight of the tubing pounding it on a piece of metal on the floor and the groove collapses together which makes the joint. Works pretty good.
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  16. mattdridebfree

    mattdridebfree n00b

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  17. local1

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    IMG_20191209_083607283.jpg IMG_20191207_202416349.jpg IMG_20191209_083733501.jpg IMG_20191209_083733501.jpg Im finally getting some paint on the mill. I spent around a hour painting compared to 30 hrs prep but it's looking good.
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  18. Chagall

    Chagall It's about to get real Supporter

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    Cut off the old boot and removed the driveshaft.

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  19. Chagall

    Chagall It's about to get real Supporter

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    Cleaned up the final drive.


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  20. Chagall

    Chagall It's about to get real Supporter

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    Looks like this bearing needs to be replaced

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