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Old 06-28-2016, 09:58 AM   #5489
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Happy Birthday Tim hope you have a great day!!!
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:27 AM   #5490
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"Your" rain made it here last night at 3am !
Really loud on the roof ,still NO LEAKS and all the vents were open too ! Only 70* now at 11:30 .
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Happy birthday , we will need pictures of the CAKE !(so we can count the candles )
Hope the bus guy makes it to the group....with lots of closeup pics !

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You got some major karma points for helping that homeless guy .

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You win the prize for making it to Nut's place first !
The rig is lookin' good.
Getting the piece off will make fixin' way easier....
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Old 06-28-2016, 06:01 PM   #5491
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Good Afternoon, I always think when does it become "Evening". Popeye, if you got our last rain there's more coming........we've had hard rain and thunderstorms today seem to be moving out now. So not alot done today had to keep the hatches battened down. maybe will be able to open up tomorrow. I did get some projects started, worked on the interior of the PU. I am recoloring the interior from tan to Charcoal grey. Pulled the old carpet out and installed a rubber floor, (I snow plow with this) to control water. Need to do the dash, side panels and back yet.
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Old 06-28-2016, 06:42 PM   #5492
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Tim, no wheel well blowout. A construction cone jumped out from the side of the road and attacked the wheel well trim. I do not think TXDOT pays these cones a decent wage and some get vengeful. Trying to put in a picture.

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From the look of that break that looks like ABS. Not hard to plastic weld together OR use ABS pipe cement. The trick is making the piece to fit the hole. fiberglass will work but it may fail due to the ABS expansion rate. Easier would be to buy a small sheet of ABS and use heat to form it, (Heat the ABS to make it soft, then lay the soft piece on the unbroken area to form it. Douse with cold water to make it set. Then mark and cut it to fit the hole. Either solvent glue of plastic weld it into place. Sand, fill any pinholes, prime, paint.
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Doorbreaker, welcome! great idea, I've been wanting to try plastic welding, seen it done by guys that was good at it and its nice.
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Terry,
As usual, your down days are busier than most of our busy days.
DoorBreaker,
Welcome to the forum. nice write up to help Ron fix his cone attack.
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ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !
I hate plowing , sure it's fun ,,,for the first hour every year but the rest
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Welcome and good suggestion , maybe Ron has some material research to do??
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Thanks DoorBreaker. I will try that ABS. Found a 1/16th inch piece on amazon, along with glue. Still need to get it smooth enough to paint. Could I still use Bondo after making the repair?

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Hey Ron, I've used some of this co. products, I had forgot about them.Polyvance - Advancing Polymer Repair Dig around their web site they have some videos on repairing basically what you have. Look for Plastifix
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:32 PM   #5498
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Good Afternoon, I always think when does it become "Evening".
A google search gave multiple answers. My version is evening starts at 6:00 PM (1800) and ends at dusk (no visible light from the sun). Then, night takes over.
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Hey Ron, I've used some of this co. products, I had forgot about them.Polyvance - Advancing Polymer Repair Dig around their web site they have some videos on repairing basically what you have. Look for Plastifix

Thanks Terry. Looking into this.

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Ron, Yep you can still use bondo but you shouldn't need much ABS forms REAL easy. I use a common heat gun to shape it. The easy way to test if the glue will bond it is simple, clean a small spot off, apply a dab of Acetone (fingernail polish remover) and see if the plastic softens. I'm betting it will, the break doesn't have the look of a Polyolefin (those usually bend and break with a stringy edge) It also doesn't look like a nylon or Polyethylene material. They are TOUGH to break and usually tear apart.


Terry, Plastic welding is actually very easy. The hardest part is identifying the plastic and the correct heat to fuse it. There are a few tests if you can't find the actual symbols on the part. One is the float test. Polyolefin (TPO, TEO, PP+EDPM) bumper covers are lighter than water and will float if you cut a sliver of plastic from the cover, make sure itís free of dirt, paint and place it in a cup of water. These account for close to 80 percent of the bumper covers out there. About 15 percent are polyurethane (PUR, RIM, RRIM) usually on the higher end vehicles like Lincolns/ Caddys. Urethane doesn't float. The remaining 5 percent are mostly going to be xenoy/polycarbonate (PC, PBT).
There are other plastics used as well. ABS, Polypropylene and Polyethylene are popular for trim and accent parts as well as fuel and water tanks. SMC for Vettes. Glass reinforced nylon for radiator tanks. All can be repaired with either chemical bonding or using heat.

Plastifix is good. So are LORDs Fusor line of products.
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DB, sounds like you know your stuff!! And, , Glad you found Terry's thread!
Another from central NY? Cool! Rail!
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Good Morning, Charles, I'm going with your evening explanation. DB, Thanks for the Info! ID of plastic has always been the hard part for me for sure, that explains alot, Thanks! Might have showers again this afternoon, hard to plan work, (especially when you work outside).
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