Friday, October 19, 2018

Cab Side Opening

6:43 am:
A longer saws-all blade is needed in order to cut-out the cab side pass-thru opening. The Box Van side of the opening will be used as a guide.

A rubber weather-seal will be used that joins the lips of the cab and Box Van openings. There is some disagreement between myself and the manufacturer, C.R. Laurence. I believe that the correct seal to use in this pass-thru application is [This] one. The people at C.R. Laurence believe that [This] seal is the correct one to use. So, I have ordered both seals and will see which one does the job.

These weather seals will not arrive for several weeks and I want to be using the pass-thru before then. So, I am installing the pass-thru now and plan to disassemble it and install the correct weather seal when it arrives.



7:34 am:
After the pass-thru opening is completed, the pass-thru door with its tunnel-tube needs to be constructed. The door will swing open into Box Van. How I will move thru the pass-thru is in question, being the almost 81-year old guy that I am. But time will give the answer to this question.



8:14 am:
My new iPhone 7 that was received only a few days ago has a bad microphone. People that I call complain that my voice is breaking up. This is the same complaint that I received when using my old iPhone 7.

Just a few minutes ago Apple Support made an appointment for me at the Apple Store in San Diego's Fashion Valley. The plan is to return the recently received iPhone 7 and buy a different model iPhone.

I do not know which iPhone to buy. But will make that decision when I am at the Apple Store tomorrow.


11:11 am:
This is the very first Blog post coming at you from Box Van!

It came to me this morning, that my life is like an ocean-going ship. I may be steaming along on the same course for many years. Then, suddenly, without warning, I sight a different course. A better course. And off I go! Following that course wherever it may lead.

I care not a bit if this new course turns out to be a good one. Because my ship's course may be changed sooooo easily. Because I am my ship's captain. And my ship's crew. Come to think about it, I am my ship's owner!

And I am free to travel any course that I choose!

Captain George



2:13 pm:
During all of my travels, far and wide, I dream from time-to-time about China Super Buffet's pork chops.

Almost kosher are these fabulously tasting pork chops. Those who butcher these chops, do it perfectly. Leaving some fat on each chop. But too much fat. As you may know, without that fat the chop just does not taste the same!

The fabulous pork chop is marked with a red arrow


3:05 pm:
During my lunch, I had several conversations with the two young Chinese ladies serving the section where I ate. Both ladies spoke English, as a beginner speaks English.

Me: How much schooling do you receive in China?
Them: From the 6th year to our 20th year.
Me: What courses do you study?
Them: History. Geography. English.
Me: No mathematics/arithmetic?
Them: No arithmetic.
Me: All the Chinese women working here at the restaurant wear their hair in a ponytail. Is that how Chinese women wear their hair in China?
Them: Yes.
Me: Looking at the cell phone one of them was holding. She was looking up words to translate from Chinese to English. What kind of phone is that?
Them: An iPhone.
Me: How much did your iPhone cost?
Them: $750.
Me: Wow! You must make good money working here?
Them: No reply. Embarrassed face.

The two Chinese women that I spoke with preparing hundreds of cheese wonton.




10:25 pm:
I am now living in Box Van fulltime!! Wow! Double Wow with sugar on it!

It is said that a picture is worth 10,000 words. Here are 50,000 words about the fabulous, stupendous, exquisite, astounding, perfect and greatest fulltiming vagabonding home in the history of the World!

Bed

Left side with the beginnings of a clothes closet!

Potty


Right side


Table and chair serving as desk, eating place and ....





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30 comments:

  1. Maybe a sliding door would be an option, I am sure that you have considered that already.You sure enjoy your projects, keep it fun!

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    1. Tom,

      I am sooooo happy that suggested a sliding door!!

      I may have never considered one! 😎

      George

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  2. George I have installed these before at the shop I worked in, I believe the seal you have chosen is the correct one for your application due to the distance between the truck body and box. The one CRL has indicated is used in a different application.
    Doug

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    1. Doug,

      Thank you sooooo much for confirming my thinking about the CRL Accordion Seal.

      The CRL tech that I spoke with on the phone was very rude and would not give me the time-or day!

      George

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  3. Are you sure that the accordion seal will open wide enough to fit over the edge of your cut opening? It looks like your fiberglass is about 5/8" thickness, and it does not look like the seal will open that wide.

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    1. Robert,

      As my Grandmother used to say:
      "This is wait-and-see-pudding!"

      You must wait-and-see in order to learn then answer to your question!


      George

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  4. Hi George... juat wondering if the door was 2 inches wider if that would make it easier for your 81 year old body to get through it? Maybe handles on either side as well?

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    1. Dear Friend Ernie,

      The two seats in the Ford's cab are the limiting factor here.

      The pass-thru width is the distance between those two seats.

      George

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    2. Hi,Captain George, I wonder if you need the passenger seat,without you could have a wider pass thru doorway.-N

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    3. N,

      Fantastic comment/suggestion!!!!!

      Thank you sooooo much! 😎

      George

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  5. No matter which seal you use make sure you get a pinch block
    Your accordion could've been ordered through eBay faster shipping time
    What difference does it make if you have two left or left and right page
    If your 2 door walls openings has a 1 inch piece of metal to put the accordion clips in either or will work
    Would you care to post a close-up picture of the walls??

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    1. Ed.

      It's just like you to throw out in your comment this sentence:
      "No matter which seal you use make sure you get a pinch block....."

      What the devil is a pinch block?

      No, you are incorrect, in my opinion, when you flatly state:
      "....either or will work...."

      I shall publish close-up pics for you, my Buddy Ed!

      George

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    2. Picture not necessary
      In the older boot covers they used to crimp the spring and staple it but apparently in your case there have enough confidence that they don't need to crimp it so glue an a pinch block is not necessary

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    3. Ed,

      Thanks for clearing that point up.

      Ed, I may take you to task for the liberty you take with the words and phrases you use [ie; pinch block].

      But you have helped sooooo much with your incredible knowledge of things that I am eternally grateful to you [ie; the blind threaded inserts in the dear departed Señor Tránsito's roof].

      You may take your knowledge for granted. But to me, your knowledge is a valuable resource.

      Thank you, Ed, for sharing your knowledge with me!

      George

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  6. You could router cut the edge of the 5/8 inch FRP (fiberglass reinforced plywood) to make it thin enough for the gasket to grab. Also if you radius the corners of the opening the gasket will fit easier around them and won't tend to pull away like it will from a square cut corner.

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    1. Lou,

      Whatever plywood is used in the construction of these walls, that plywood is not bonded to the plastic.

      The accordion gasket only has to fit over a plastic lip that is less than 1/8" thick.

      George

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  7. Now that I have seen the picture in the previous post
    It appears you're cutting the1/8 paneling board
    And the metal skin behind it and you're trying to do it all at once take the paneling bored out .
    The proper tools that you need is called and electric nibbles They do make air nibblers but you don't have that facility you probably can rent those at a rental store they're too expensive to buy
    Any auto body shop can do this for what little time and effort it would take
    It would come out cleaner
    If you're going to cut the same configuration in the box van Lawrences suggestion does not hold,,, both clips need to go on the same order for your 360

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    1. Ed,

      The Box Van wall is only a 3/8" thick plywood with a thin plastic laminate. There is no metal skin behind that plywood wall.

      The Ford cab has a plastic wall. Less than 1/8" thick.

      I am using a Makita Sawzall, and it works very well. Also, the Makita is fairly easy to manage even for this almost 81-year old fellow!

      Perhaps you may be correct that a nibbler may be the better tool.

      Ed, you do not know me after all of this time? I love to do this kind of stuff! That's one of the main reasons that I bought Box Van. For goodness sakes!

      For me to farm-out any of this work would be a sacrilege

      George

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  8. So fun to follow your latest adventure. Sail on, Captain! This just may be your very best time in life yet.

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    1. JJ,

      Thank you sooooo very much! 😎

      I believe, from the bottom of my heart, that God has to be responsible for what is happening to me with this Box Van gig.

      My life has come together here, in such a spectacular way! I have come to understand myself, pretty much, emotionally and psychologically. And the limits of that understanding have never before been this great for me.

      I am truly being blessed! Amazing!

      George

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  9. You look so happy! Congratulations!

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    1. LBT,

      Happy? Much, much more!

      LBT, I am almost 81-years old. Not an ache or pain in my entire body [Knock on wood].

      I've stumbled on to having Box Van as my home. And tonite is my very first nite actually sleeping in Box Van!

      I am overwhelmed with my incredible good fortune. There is no doubt that God is looking after me.

      George

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  10. Hi George.... let's return to the issue of the width of the pass-thru door.... being restricted by the seat up front... one possible idea would be to remove the seat and buy a very comfortable "captain" seat, since your are the Captain of your ship... a boat Captain Seat is very comfortable. Plus, they sit in a floor mounted fixture. So. Buy 2 fixtures. Now you have a really comfortable captain seat with arm rests (and some recline!), that can be regularly in your residence area, but reset up front if needed. There must be several marine dealers in San Diego. Suggest you check and ask about the fixture that gets bolted / screwed to the floor. I have 2 boats and a captain chair on each. Very comfortable, and they swivel too.
    Just another idea...

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    1. Ernie,

      I may do the passenger seat removal some day!

      But its removal is not needed for me to easily move through the pass-thru.

      A boat captain's chair! Wow! Now there's an idea and a half! I could mount that captain's chair on top of Box Van's roof and look around with a telescope to see what's what! 😜

      George


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  11. George, your comment reminded me of the Big Chevy SUV's that had chairs mounted on the roof that you could sit in to ride down to Batopilas in the Copper Canyon. Narrow, windy, dirt road with spectacular views but nerves of steel would be needed to do that. We saw them when drove to Batopilas in a pick-up camper which was quite an adventure. Keep on having a great life.

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    1. Sandy,

      Did you drive your RV down that road to Batopilas?

      George

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  12. Have you considered finding a futon they they fold up and they pull down make a great coach and a great bed

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  13. You're a box truck,, does it have a loading ramp in the back
    If it does you can pull that about halfway out, makes a great workbench /Table
    Some of the trade craft guys that I know extended it all the way out
    And use that as a portable saw table at the job site

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  14. Yes, George, we drove a Shadow Cruiser mounted on a Ford pick-up. When we got to the bottom there was a 26 foot Class C from Pennsylvania! Some Curves were so sharp they had to back up before they could make the curve - we only had to back up once. It was a hair raising drive and so glad we did it when we were "younger". We even stayed an extra day so Rex could get the courage to drive back out. There is a "Lost Catheral" as some call it a few Km from Batopilas that is worth the walk to see. Great adventure.

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  15. Do you have to have a door at the opening? Would handles help?

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