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Old 09-13-2016, 02:33 PM   #309
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I think you should change your signature block to "under extreme renovation".
You don't think that would be a bit extreme?
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The gearbox for the lathe has been stripped and painted - at least on one side. I'll paint the other side when it's mounted on the lathe for ease of access.


Watching the paint dry on the lathe got the better of me, so I decided to clean up the area where I have been dismantling the Elandan. First I moved the roof and floor sections over to where the walls are.

That was a bit of a challenge that involved lifting the pieces one at a time with the backhoe and holding the end of the structure with my hand out the window while driving so it wouldn't swing around and hit anything. Sorry, but with one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding the load steady through the window I was unable to take any pictures.

It's kind of sad to think that the ceiling and the floor get reduced to two frames and a load of debris.

I'm still using the one section of roof behind the trailer as a weed deterrent.

With the work area behind the barn cleaned up I can get back to actually working on the Elandan - time permitting. I just need to get the Jeep rotors turned and new pads and installed before I can drive the trailer off to the recycling center.
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You don't think that would be a bit extreme?
It sure would be extremely accurate.
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Well, watching paint dry is, well, like watching paint dry.

So into the shop went the doors to the Elandan. I started with the drivers door. I wanted to get them stripped down to the metal frame so I could fix it. Like everything else there is a bit of rust on the door frames.


I started with removing the window. This involves removing all of the screws around the inside of the frame.


After the screws are removed, careful prying let the seal break loose.


It took about 15 minutes per window to break the seal all the way around, but once done the window could be lifted.


Here's a hot tip (literally) for anyone working with steel screws stuck in aluminum: Don't heat the screw, heat the aluminum around the screw using a hot air gun. Aluminum expands faster than the steel screw and this loosens the threads. My heat gun is set at 650C (~1200F) and the stuck screws loosen in about 20 seconds.


Next I removed the fiberglass door skin. I've tried prying, induction heating, swearing, and what worked best was to heat the back of the steel frame with the heat gun.


And finally there are two door frames ready for some minor welding.
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Nice work Erik.
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The gearbox for the lathe has been stripped and painted - at least on one side. I'll paint the other side when it's mounted on the lathe for ease of access.


Watching the paint dry on the lathe got the better of me, so I decided to clean up the area where I have been dismantling the Elandan. First I moved the roof and floor sections over to where the walls are.

That was a bit of a challenge that involved lifting the pieces one at a time with the backhoe and holding the end of the structure with my hand out the window while driving so it wouldn't swing around and hit anything. Sorry, but with one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding the load steady through the window I was unable to take any pictures.

It's kind of sad to think that the ceiling and the floor get reduced to two frames and a load of debris.

I'm still using the one section of roof behind the trailer as a weed deterrent.

With the work area behind the barn cleaned up I can get back to actually working on the Elandan - time permitting. I just need to get the Jeep rotors turned and new pads and installed before I can drive the trailer off to the recycling center.
If you have the space I would not recycle the "scrape" until the new pieces are made. You might still be able to use some of it for a pattern. I have a rule that I follow, and that is nothing gets thrown out until that part of the project is done, and it has saved me many times for all kinds of reasons.

By the way in some of the pictures I could actually see the floor of your shop!
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By the way in some of the pictures I could actually see the floor of your shop!
You have to respect a man who makes full use of his shop. If not he built it too big!! LOL
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If you have the space I would not recycle the "scrape" until the new pieces are made. You might still be able to use some of it for a pattern. I have a rule that I follow, and that is nothing gets thrown out until that part of the project is done, and it has saved me many times for all kinds of reasons.
I did save some of the pieces that have the through-floor plumbing, etc. Saving all the little pieces didn't make sense, and I don't have the space to store them. Saving everything is a good rule though, and I try to save as much as possible.

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By the way in some of the pictures I could actually see the floor of your shop!
Incredible, isn't it? I haven't seen it myself in a while!
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You have to respect a man who makes full use of his shop. If not he built it too big!! LOL
There is no such thing as a shop too big! Nature abhors a vacuum, and a workshop is the perfect proof.

I don't know if you've noticed, but the outside work is being done in an area to extend the shop. The wall that the floor frame was being supported by and that's next to the frame is the foundation wall for the new part of the shop. Someday when the finances allow I will continue on it. For now it's a great place for outside work.
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Wow, I can't believe the rust in the door frames.
Thanks for the post.
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Wow, I can't believe the rust in the door frames.
Thanks for the post.
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The worst part is that you could hardly see any of it until you take the doors apart. The plastic door panel and the fiberglass door skin hid it.

And that's why I'm doing such a thorough dismantling - so I can get to all the rust.
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It sure would be extremely accurate.
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Just think, when you get the Lathe all back together, you will then have to keep the space around it clean, so you can get to it to use. So you will always have a clean spot in your shop, lol.
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Just think, when you get the Lathe all back together, you will then have to keep the space around it clean, so you can get to it to use. So you will always have a clean spot in your shop, lol.
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I've already thought about that. I plan on getting some cabinets that fit in the space behind the lathe where I can store all of the tools for the lathe. I can then roll them out when I need to use the lathe. In front of the lathe is the space that I use to walk from one side of the shop to the other (work/storage) and if I clutter that up I can't get in.
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