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Old 04-08-2014, 01:28 PM   #183
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EVERYTHING I am doing is practice for the MH.
And you know what practice makes....
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:51 PM   #184
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Alfa passenger seat is done...
Another step closer to getting back to working on the Airstream!

A LOT of foam work on this one to get it to look right.
Phew...
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:53 PM   #185
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:34 AM   #186
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:28 PM   #187
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:21 AM   #188
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WOW... you are going to have an amazing MH. Can't wait to follow the progress.
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:15 PM   #189
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Not much in the way of updates for the MH, but plenty of Alfa progress, and a few MH related items in the process...


Here is one...
We needed to fabricate an exhaust heat shield for the Magnaflow SS exhaust system that runs hot and close to the drivers floor.
A piece of aluminum was rolled, then folded the edges, and then I began looking for some heat insulation material.
My buddy then says... let me help you with that, as he is in that business... and here is what I ended up with!


He tells me its a fire retardant fiberglass/mica material and is good to 2000deg or so... I will get the full spec soon..
He said to protect it from oil absorption by adding a layer of foil on the engine side.

Anyway, I am thinking that this would be PERFECT to line the inside of the doghouse with!
The roll is 4' x 15', and I only used a 8" wide strip off one end!

And of course, the heat shield became a little test bed....




Aluminum must be polished and riveted!


Backside..


Test Mounted...


Interior is almost finished... Another step forward toward getting back to the Motorhome!
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:27 PM   #190
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Wow, this stuff will be perfect for the doghouse!

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Old 08-11-2014, 04:04 PM   #191
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Every week I get closer to getting back on the MH resto...

In the meantime... a few Alfa progress updates.

Airbox media blasted and powdercoated.







Trunk paneled and carpeted.


Custom Hard Top stand was built from 1" tube, TIG welded and painted to match the car...



Interior light, which never worked was restored and after some electrical troubleshooting is now working!



While I was at that I found and fixed a bunch of other functional and electrical issues like the screen washers and trunk lights!
All good practice!

Now, its ime to start buffing and polishing before she emerges into the sunlight..



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Every week I get closer to getting back on the MH resto...

In the meantime... a few Alfa progress updates.

Airbox media blasted and powdercoated.







Trunk paneled and carpeted.


Custom Hard Top stand was built from 1" tube, TIG welded and painted to match the car...



Interior light, which never worked was restored and after some electrical troubleshooting is now working!



While I was at that I found and fixed a bunch of other functional and electrical issues like the screen washers and trunk lights!
All good practice!

Now, its ime to start buffing and polishing before she emerges into the sunlight..



I love powder coat!
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Old 09-19-2014, 12:10 PM   #193
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Trying to get back to Airstream jobs...

When I replace all the smog gear, I wanted to put a nice pair of Mickey Thompson cast aluminum valve covers on the 454 that I found at a swap meet.
The issue I had with them was someone had hacked out the breather/PCV valve openings oversize, and they needed filling and drilling out to the correct size.

It needed to be thicker material than sheet, so I used a piece of a Honda Oil pan that was in my scrap pile!


Plug ready for detail fitting..


Fitted.


I had never TIG welded on cast aluminum before, and also this was thicker than I was used to, so it took me a few tries to get the settings correct... needed about 200 amps to get it done, but I think it looks good...



Then I carefully ground/filed/sanded it back to flat.... I found a little porosity in the weld, probably caused by my lower amperage attempts at the start, but I think this will be fine...



Once I have the other one done, I will move on to powdercoating them!
I am leaning toward black gloss with the ribs and raised areas sanded back to show off the aluminum.
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:38 PM   #194
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Trying to get back to Airstream jobs...

When I replace all the smog gear, I wanted to put a nice pair of Mickey Thompson cast aluminum valve covers on the 454 that I found at a swap meet.
The issue I had with them was someone had hacked out the breather/PCV valve openings oversize, and they needed filling and drilling out to the correct size.

It needed to be thicker material than sheet, so I used a piece of a Honda Oil pan that was in my scrap pile!


Plug ready for detail fitting..


Fitted.


I had never TIG welded on cast aluminum before, and also this was thicker than I was used to, so it took me a few tries to get the settings correct... needed about 200 amps to get it done, but I think it looks good...



Then I carefully ground/filed/sanded it back to flat.... I found a little porosity in the weld, probably caused by my lower amperage attempts at the start, but I think this will be fine...



Once I have the other one done, I will move on to powdercoating them!
I am leaning toward black gloss with the ribs and raised areas sanded back to show off the aluminum.
Nice, looking forward to you starting to work on the Airstream again.
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Me too!

#2 valve cover hole...



Had some sinkage, so ended up filling the whole top with weld... all good practice!



Now to powdercoat... these are big covers and barely fit in my oven!
Have to figure out how to do it without knocking the powder off!
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:11 PM   #196
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Me too!

#2 valve cover hole...



Had some sinkage, so ended up filling the whole top with weld... all good practice!



Now to powdercoat... these are big covers and barely fit in my oven!
Have to figure out how to do it without knocking the powder off!
One neat trick with valve covers like these is you can put a coat of power on, cure it, and then take a die grinder with a gasket cleaning disk and grind of the tops of the fins, and then put a coat of clear on the whole valve cover. It comes out very nice.
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