we wanted to turn truck around this morning but its now too big to move about on the yard. Unless I could chop down one of the apricot tress.... And there are always cars parked outside on road during the day so I wont have enough room to swing it out onto road! So that's our mission tonight when cars are gone.
I took some photos while it was out to capture the roof.
the full roof
The main rafters..
now we are going to get out all the windows we have bought and work out where they will go plus see if we need more. Then I'll hopefully start building the slideout frames this arvo.
just a small library- car books and a magazine shelf for all my car mags. But lots of plants! Maybe some sneaky 'tomato' plants...
Bummer we couldnt move it around but I drove it out after lunch when some cars had left. Hannah had to stop traffic- not that they could go anywhere because the truck took the whole road to swing out. I took it up the road and around the block, no rear lights or plate. boy oh boy people were snapping necks having a look. And then one of the 12mm thick ply covers I had placed over the open skylights blew off and landed near the footpath. whoops....
Got back to house and waited for a gap then carefully reversed it back in. now facing the other way. simple.
awww shucks. I'm a messy, unshaved, dirty bare foot hero.
Handling ? It will be more wobbly and corner speeds will be assessed very carefully. But I didnt really notice much about handling on this short trip- watching for the fuzz!
It is going to be top heavy for now but we have just won 200meters of Rimu (native hardwood of NZ- very very nice grain) t&g flooring which will start moving weight down south again. I keep reminding my self that this will be used to go from town to town to work/live and not ticky touring about so we will just cruise- roads here are so bloody quiet anyway- at least in the south Island- half the size of Britain with less than a million people! If you see another car ya stop, hop out and say hi.
Had a good day- hot and sunny and took my brothers old TVR out for a spin to a hotrod show I'm gonna post up photos of that elsewhere.
And the truck- we made the pop out frames today! They ended up going together a lot better than thought. Just took it cruisy style and got into a groove. We made sure everything was nice and square by tacking the pop outs to the frame so they will fit nicely before welding them up. Next step will be to make the rollers. Plus add some bracing to the pop outs for floor support etc.
Yeah the sealy mig welder is fantastic- for what was a cheap little welder it works a treat. Its happy up to 3mm and then 4/5mm with patience. And the refillable sealy co2 bottle is handy- especially in uk- i think it was £15 for an exchange, although we are now getting it refilled here in NZ for £5 ;D its small size makes it easy to cart about on this job!
Finished - well almost finished- the bedroom floor today- but man its heavy! 70KG alone. It'll hinge at the back and with rope and pulleys will lift up at front to let the cab swing through. So i guess its only half that weight to lift. plus bed though.
the floor in progress....
I'm now thinking of adding a support from behind cab. I don't think it needs it but peace of mind when we have a lot of room to play with as far as adding load. I have mainly been against adding something due to losing quick access to back of cab and aesthetics. But I though why not have it bolt in place! And then add some curly wurly squiggly bits out of black steel making it look a bit more arty farty to go along with rest of truck... ( I knew the 3 months I spent in the blacksmith shop when I was an apprentice would one day come in handy..)
Anyway- heres a quick CAD drawing I whipped up on my Mac with my expensive pro cad program and rubber to show all where the support could go.... I got carried away...
Any ideas on how to make the support look pretty would be welcome