Well, I hope this is the final take anyhow! We used paint-on contact cement this time for the veneer, clamped between boards overnight. Then very light sanding and a 50/50 Ipswitch Pine/Dark Walnut stain mix. Allowed to dry 2 days and then epoxy pour-on finish. There will be drips on the underside to clean up, but I have high hopes this will work this time!
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Well, finally we have radiator hoses that will work!
The first time we went to the parts store, we came back defeated and thought it couldn't be done. I searched online for hours to try to locate the lower hose. The only thing I got from my search was a silicone reducer that we thought would help, but didn't end up using it afterall.
After being defeated initially, we gave up for a while. The time has come that we are getting so close to starting it, that it was now a priority. So, after two trips to NAPA(and a very capable clerk), we have hoses! I had to buy 3 total and all had to be trimmed to fit, but it is a miracle in my eyes! The fitting in the middle of the upper will be for the electric fan sensor since originally the Dodge had a clutch fan that was off-center.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Here is the view of the master cylinder from the access hole under the seat:
And, below the seat:
We tested the brakes as much as we could with it not running yet, and all corners work! We have an adjustable proportioning valve as well as an adjustment in the air can, so I am sure there will be tweaking here and there after the truck is running - which doesn't seem that far off now!!!
I started on the fuel lines and got them from the tank, through the bulkhead fittings we put in (pre-existing) holes in the frame:
I had to get a new set of tube bending pliers to bend the 5/16'' fuel line - so that is probably on the 'to-do' list for this weekend (although it is supposed to rain all weekend, so that might change).
I was sick Sunday, so wasn't up to working on the truck - but Brian got the air compressor installed and the bulkhead fitting for the airlines through the fuel-tank-turned-battery/air compressor-box. (will add a photo next post).
Monday, September 19, 2016
Then, we worked (mostly Brian) on customizing the brackets for the battery box (which used to be a fuel tank). They used to stick up several inches over the frame rail, now they are flush and look a zillion times better!
Next weekend, finish the brake lines, then maybe start on the fuel lines? We will see!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Last weekend, we finished the floor pans and the seat pan. Such an exciting hurdle to clear.
Prepping the drivers side of the seat pan for welding. We drilled holes for rosette welds along any area of the perimeter or supporting structure on all the panels. Here Brian is working around the access hole for the master cylinder:
Seat pan welded on and the pockets for the seat attachments look great with the trim (scavenged from a Suburban the same year as our Suburban since the seat we are using is the 3rd row seat)
Finally everything installed and ready for primer:
Next step, epoxy primer!
Then, the cab was unbolted from it's mounts and slid back.... we were hoping to tip the cab to do the finializing on the underside, but when we went to tip it, it started to rack.... so we left it just lifted up and we took out the driveline instead to work underneath it. It wasn't fun for Brian to do the final welding overhead, but it got done.
We sealed the seams on the topside too - and will paint over it soon after we get a couple more things finalized on the interior.
Now, we are going to work on the front brake lines since the cab is out of the way!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
So, we prepped the steel panels with epoxy primer and some gray primer over that (the epoxy primer is black and we didn't want it showing through on the edges).
The stain was too opaque to show much the figure of the maple in the sanded veneer :(
Anybody have any good suggestions? And, no, vinyl is NOT an option :P Maybe gray leather, but that is near the bottom of my list.