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Old 07-25-2020, 06:57 PM
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Nicely thought out there Dane.
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Old 07-25-2020, 07:19 PM
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Looks great as always. Thanks for posting, Dane.
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Old 07-26-2020, 10:14 AM
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Thanks guys, it's a slow process building a vehicle from scratch almost, but an enjoyable one always.

Here is another update for the rear storage area.

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Here both basic compartment halves are bolted into position.

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Making a template for the skin. The two square openings will be for small storage (will have doors later) the oval hole is actually necessary on the driver half to have access with my hand to bolt the two compartments together at the middle support. I plan to shape a mesh cover that snaps into place and is removable if needed (think speaker type grille almost) this will also be a nice area for air to enter or exit so it's not such a sealed compartment with the mechanical components inside.

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This view shows how the compartment flowed with the angle of the seat back

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Inside the box I built a middle shelf and also added a little cross brace at the top bolt locations, so it always lined up and was less fiddly to get the bolts installed.

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With the skin template overlayed, you can see the shelf creates the two storage sections per side (and also stiffened the boxes up nicely)

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I now could mount the air tank permantly in place. Here is an outer support bracket I fabricated. It's two pieces. The lower section welds to the floor, and the top portion can unbolt (so it's not a large protrusion sticking up when I'm crawling around in the car finishing the build, painting, etc.)

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Here the one side bracket is located into place. The actual tank bracket attaches to the top of my bracket.

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All the brackets made for the tank install.

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With the compartments removed, you can see the brackets easier. There is a third one in the middle on top of the driveshaft tunnel as well.

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With the tank and removable sections of the brackets removed...

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With the brackets installed, The black tank brackets actually bolt on like this, and the tank "cams" into position and just has a small set screw on each plastic bracket to keep it from rotating back out of the cam.

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Made a basic removable tray for the elecrical panel. Punched large holes for the wires to pass through later

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Working on the skin blank. Cut out some hammerforms to bend over the lip of the openings.

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Lip hammerformed over

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Finished opening lip

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First skin being test fit in the vehicle

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Close up of the openings. I did a softer large radius on the oval since it won't have a door front. Instead will have the mesh or screen that I mentioned earlier (probably have a slight dome shape to it....not just flat)

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Both compartments with their skins fit.

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Next update....fabricating the large center compartment access door. Note cardboard doos on small side openings (in time they will all have basic doors and probably magnetic latches installed)
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Old 07-26-2020, 10:38 AM
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Incredible workmanship Dane.
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Old 07-26-2020, 05:41 PM
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I'm more impressed with his creativity!
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Old 07-27-2020, 02:53 AM
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Awesome work, keep it coming. There will be one proud owner once this vehicle hits the road
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Old 07-27-2020, 05:46 AM
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Very well thought out.
Very practical too.
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Old 07-28-2020, 04:53 PM
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Another update for the rear storage area. This one focusing on the main access door.

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Started with a basic sheet rough shaped to the contour of the rear storage compartments.

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Bent up a 90 and shrunk / stretched it to fit around the perimeter of the door skin. Very basic since it's just the inside of a storage compartment. I did the outer edges this way, so they can easily be trimmed to create correct gap for when the upholsterer does his work.

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Starting with some bar stock........

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Drew up a simple hinge design (access door on left, package tray on right)

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Drilled and bushed the barstock for the hinge pivots. Cut and welded out the hinge shape I decided upon.

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Fabricated a hinge mounting panel for the door. (This is the backside with a doubler plate and mounting nuts)

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Hinge mounting panel / brace located into the door.

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Hinges mounted to the door. Here you can see outer portions of the hinge pivots (two outers) The pivot pin slips in nice and is held in by a hairpin cotter pin.

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The inner structure ready to plug weld to the outer skin.

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Inner structure plug welded to outer skin. I'm fine doing this to the skin, since the door will be upholstered on the outside.

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Door fit into the opening to test the hinges.

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Made some mounting brackets and installed some gas struts.

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Door shut and added a general idea how the center console will blend into the access door. The upholstery shop will eventually contour and "do his stuff" with the storage compartments.....it won't just be flat wrapped with leather for example.

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A close up of the integrated door pull for the access door. (This is just a mock up metal mldg. for now)

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Will be a nice hidden finger pull.

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With the access door open and the console there, there is still clearance room for the headliner, etc.

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View from the front with the door and console set in.

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The door does operate / open with the seats installed as well. They just have to move forward a bit when you need to open it.
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Old 07-28-2020, 06:14 PM
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Nice work ad usual. I learn something new every time I view your post. So talented. Keep it coming.👍
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Old 07-28-2020, 09:43 PM
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This is an incredible build !!
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