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Old 01-28-2013, 09:59 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Plans to A-B-A test the cap when it's finished?
Absolutely. I also plan to video the ABA tests and have anyone local along to observe/report. And tuft test.

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I bought the hardware, and a cheap, sacrificial tarp from Harbor Freight yesterday. I'll put the frame together with the hardware, then cut up the cheap tarp (which has a convenient small amount of stretch) and use them as a temporary cover for the panels. That way I can do some preliminary tuft testing and ABA testing before committing to the curve and design.

Let's see if we can make some big progress tomorrow
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:59 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Progress...

Today I put the sides in. The design has become a lot more rigid now there are triangles involved. This is good.

Next, I assembled the lid and dry fitted it with the retaining clips. It's a bit more snug than I'd like, but it looks right.

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That's a nice Airstream you have there. Single axle at that length, is it a 50's pre-torsion axle one?
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Moving swiftly on...

Today things are really taking shape. I'm getting the luan on, getting beautiful curves...

Once that's on, I'll just very lightly bondo the seams and sand to get a professional looking finish, then seal it all in...

One thing I can't find... The mystical auxilliary brake light lead for hooking up the brake lights on camper shells. Where do they stash that?
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Today things are really taking shape. I'm getting the luan on, getting beautiful curves...

Once that's on, I'll just very lightly bondo the seams and sand to get a professional looking finish, then seal it all in...

One thing I can't find... The mystical auxilliary brake light lead for hooking up the brake lights on camper shells. Where do they stash that?
The wire you are looking for is located under the drivers side door in the wiring harness against the frame. It will be a green wire with a black cap on it. Snip off the black cap and that is your hot lead for the brake light.

You will have to wire up a ground wire to the frame or another good grounding location also.

Best of luck to you on your project, it is looking very good.

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The wire you are looking for is located under the drivers side door in the wiring harness against the frame. It will be a green wire with a black cap on it. Snip off the black cap and that is your hot lead for the brake light.

You will have to wire up a ground wire to the frame or another good grounding location also.

Best of luck to you on your project, it is looking very good.

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Found it! Wow, they really hid that well. It was tucked behind a wiring harness, behind a plastic cover. Including the 3/4" black cap, I'd say there's about 1" of wire there. I guess I'll carefully remove the cap instead of snipping it off, so I have something to work with

What do you think of my rounded tail, Bondo? I'm trying to keep the airflow attached to 18" behind the truck. I will make a rounded section to fit beneath the tail, so guide and smooth out the airflow coming up from beneath -since we all know turbulent air is a bad thing.

My luan laying went fairly well. On the one side, I applied it in 3" strips and it took the compound curve very well. On the other side I got brave and put it on as one piece. Not so good. I'll take it off tomorrow and make another piece in 3" strips, and start bondoing... Is bondoing a word? I also need to put a couple of guide strips under the top of the tail piece. It has tried to dip down and I suspect it will cause the air to break away right there.
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It would be best to ask aerohead about the rounded back end. A boat tail extension may be best that mounts on the lowered tailgate. That will get you another 24" back and then you can also haul 4x8 sheets of plywood laid flat in a 6.5 foot truck bed and keep the wood dry too.

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Once that's on, I'll just very lightly bondo the seams and sand to get a professional looking finish, then seal it all in...
Make sure you use Bondo Gold, its what I use on cabinets when there going to be lacquer finish. I thinly coat the entire surface and then lightly sand. The finish paint is so smooth you cant tell its wood.

Normal Bondo is to much work

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