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Old 02-10-2017, 01:17 PM   #826 (permalink)
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Just stumbled into this thread and read it all. Amazing fab work, I completely agree that your making art here.

Keep at it, and hope your health improves. Its going to be bitchin when its done!
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:48 AM   #827 (permalink)
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Just stumbled into this thread and read it all. Amazing fab work, I completely agree that your making art here.

Keep at it, and hope your health improves. Its going to be bitchin when its done!
Thanks! I appreciate that! Health has been manageable lately so I've been trying to get some stuff done. The big kicker is dexterity in my fingers comes and goes and that can really put a damper on progress when I can't hold onto a 5/32" rivet or a 1/4-20 bolt.

Worked on it for a few hours each day over the weekend and also for a short time on Monday night. Previously, was trying to fit 10 lbs of stuff in a 5 lb box; now it appears I am actually stuffing 17lb 9 oz of shit into said box. This 3" diameter intake stuff takes up a lot of space and the air box is going on the driver's side. Looking forward to hearing some whistle echo off of things when I drive by.



The dog thinks he is helping. He wants it done so he can go for a ride too!

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The dog thinks he is helping. He wants it done so he can go for a ride too!

ACD?
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:36 AM   #829 (permalink)
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Yea, he's a really cool dog; however a bit neurotic about things and can be super freaking loud sometimes. He is very protective of my wife though, so thats good.


So, I have taken a page out of FST's book, you know who he is, the guy building that sick nasty Willy's pickup in the steam punk resto-mod theme. He cut the WO logo into the side of his blower box... So I figure I'd steal and play on his idea. I needed a place to hide my rear chassis CAN module for the Infinity wiring system. I figured the original radio filter box would be a good location that is easy to get to and also easy to somewhat blend in. I started designing the box and thought "man, I should play with this idea some"...

So this...



Will be replaced with this...





The box isn't finished yet (needs rivets of course) and some corner guards are on order from Restoration Hardware.

Also, before anyone gets all "preacher" about the logo... READ...

From "The Dodge Brothers - the Men, the Motor Cars, and the Legacy," by Charles K. Hyde, Professor of History, Wayne State University: "Despite their distinct personalities, interests, and talents, John and Horace Dodge - partners in work, in play, and in life - were a team. Even the corporate symbol they adopted embodied their utter dependence on each other. The Hindus first used this symbol as a charm against evil, as did ancient Arab peoples who put it on their drinking cups. The Jews later adopted the symbol during the Talmudic period of their history, named it "Solomon's Seal," and used it to ward off evil. During the Middle Ages, the symbol stood for the mystical union of the body and soul, of truth and beauty, and of other dualisms. The symbol is especially appropriate for John and Horace Dodge, since a triangle represents the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, delta. On the Dodge Brothers logo, the triangle pointing up is white, supposedly representing the soul, while the triangle pointing down is blue and stands for the body. This is not a Star of David and does not refer to Judaism in any way."
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Old 02-25-2017, 12:57 PM   #830 (permalink)
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What did you use to bend that with?
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:48 AM   #831 (permalink)
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I've got one of the Baileigh Magnetic brakes and it does some truck things; however, at the same time doesn't have as much brute rigidity as needed when bending some thicker gauge. It claims it is rated for 16 ga, however after using it for a bit, 18 ga is more like it.

So finally got some time to work on this truck again. Creeping along. 50 minutes of planning for every 10 minutes of work.

Yes, that is a flip cap Dust resistant USB port on the back of the box. It was the most retro modern way I could think of to hide a USB port in the box cover so that something could be charged in the back seat and also can be used to adjust different features in the CANbus system. The box cover opens but all of the wiring will be covering that access panel so this is just as easy. The corner guards are just little Jewelry box corners from Restoration Hardware. So yea, Restoration Hardware, Bed, Bath, and Beyond.. now all I need is some Yankee Candle and maybe William Sonoma and this truck will be the true definition of a "Mall Crawler".





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That turned out absolutely amazing.
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Old 04-09-2017, 06:23 PM   #833 (permalink)
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So my Cummins ECM doesn't have the fan temp control system, even though the build sheet says it does... weird. So, that means I am installing a stand alone controller. Went with the Dakota Digital that I can program my on/off points using the temp gauge sender as a source. Pretty slick little unit; however it has zero weather resistance and I didn't want to stand on my head to make the adjustments so I went ahead and bent up a glove box and installed the control unit there.





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Nice work. Jealous of your sheetmetalworking skills.
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Old 04-11-2017, 05:17 PM   #835 (permalink)
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I am continually amazed and impressed with not only the quality of your work but the attention to detail. It is obviously a labor of love for you.

What got me started watching this thread was not just for the Dodge but for the Airstream as well.

It has been some time since this thread was started. We have seen this worm turn into a chrysalis and how it is emerging as a beautiful butterfly. But except for a few photos at the start I haven't seen anything on the Airstream.

How has the progress been going on the Airstream?
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Old 04-12-2017, 06:56 AM   #836 (permalink)
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Thanks for the compliments for sure guys! It is certainly and labor of love. I sold my TJ crawler just recently as well so this is now my only real baby for the time being.

Ahh, yes. The Airstream; We had submitted to get a title for it years ago, and that process proved to be nearly impossible through the standard Virginia DMV stuff. We were hesitant to put any effort at all into the trailer until we had a title. Some allotted time went by and we tried for a title in a different manner, which was also a long drawn out process and finally got one for it. In the mean time, my wife has been stacking different goodies for it and researching like crazy how she wants to build it. She has a stack of brand new windows for the thing, and I've been honing my solid rivet and sheet metal skills.

One of the big reasons I sold the Jeep was to free up some cash to create somewhere to work on the Airstream. The camper has just been stored along side my garage and has actually been doubling AS storage for my Carryall project, housing the fenders, hood, etc. Sometime in the next 2 months, I am having an addition for the garage poured, and a nice concrete driveway leading up to it. I can move the Airstream to the building pad / driveway and she can get started on it as I am closing in on the final pieces to this truck before starting it, driving it, then blowing it apart to finish up body work and paint (which I am not making this thing street rod clean but rather just functional and solid).

I actually spent Sunday afternoon rearranging our lawn tool shed so that we could gain access to some of the parts we saved when gutting the trailer. For the sake of recreating the radius, we kept a few wall divider panels and trim pieces and I dug those out. I even took this picture and posted it on my IG account. The Airstream is about to become a big part of this thread again here soon; my apologies for the 4 year delay but as is life. You must have a nose for it because nearly every conversation with my wife starts or ends with an idea involving HER camper.

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I've probably posted this before, but this is my favorite build posted anywhere. Amazing job.
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I love this build. It is the only one that I check weekly and make sure I never close out of. It also has an icon on both my personal and work phone home screen. Please keep up the awesome work
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Old 04-24-2017, 06:03 AM   #839 (permalink)
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Thats great to hear! I'm chugging along and it will be done hopefully sooner than later. Been deep into the wiring system lately. I'm keeping a full spreadsheet with connections, colors, gauges, and branches, then eventually will draw up a schematic to have printed to keep with the truck. Doing it right the first time takes time, but will take less time than having to figure out what is wrong or what went where in order to fix or modify something 5 years after the truck is complete.


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It appears that some folks don't share our mutual opinion of this truck being awesome.

Not sure the exact relation but Chad Parsons was another one of these grumpy purists to comment on my truck. Picture was taken from my IG account and shared in a WC and M37 group on Sunday. I'm writing these guys off as people who can see no farther than cleaning something, painting it, and putting it back together the exact way someone else created it. They lack the vision to see where I am going with this machine. Oh well.


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Fuck 'em. If you are pissing people off you must be doing it right
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just remember he wouldn't say it to your face...carry on man
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I don't care so much what anyone does with old iron as long as somethings being done. Letting them rot is the worst thing that can happen.

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You're names on the title, Chad needs to shut the hell up. If he owned it he could make it a parade pounder.

I follow along always looking forward to new updates. It's coming along Awesome! I hope you're health hangs in there.
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Truck looks great man.

Some people need a clue. I get the same shit with MY old VW truck. It's rattle canned, has all terrains, and I generally beat on it. I can't count the number of people who say it's ruined or ask when it will be restored. Mind throwing up your IG name so I can follow the build? I don't get on here a whole lot.
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after 50 yrs of hacking flat fenders i'm familiar with pissing off the purists and my response is always . i have followed this truck from the start and have learned from your skills and stolen some of your ideas. i'm looking forward to the airstream and seeing the finish of this one. takes a man with vision and balls to hack up vintage tin
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Why does it even matter?

I piss off Diamond T people, Pete people, Studebaker and mil truck people.

I don't care, they're not paying me. You give them too much power by even listening.
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I could understand comments like that if this build was full of booger welds and hacked up shit but this thing is full of craftsmanship! Well done sir you have my admiration.
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wait till your done and see how much the haters flip to the leg humping crew...... the build is great keep going
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