Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pass-Thru Day #2

8:19 am:
Yesterday, I had intended to begin the construction of the Pass Thru. I never got to the beginning of that construction. All sorts of other things with higher priority had to be done first.

The first thing to do this morning is to remove Box Van's jump seat.

Box Van's center jump seat.





5:35 pm:
Removing Jump Seat
I figured that I would simply remove the [4] hex bolts that secure the jump seat, and then begin installing the pass-thru.

Oh, what a naive person I am! The hex bolts go thru the jump seat's steel base. Then thru the Ford's cab floor. A hex nut is then threaded on to the bolt.

In order to remove the hex bolts, a wrench must hold the bolt securely from inside the cab. Then, from underneath the cab, a wrench must remove the hex nut.

No way do I have the tools and strength to manage the removal of these hex nuts. So, I went to an auto repair shop for help. It took over 2-hours to do this removal job. The hex bolts are rusted on to the bolts. And, the nuts are hard to reach from below the cab with a wrench.

In fact, one hex bolt had to have its head cut off in order to remove it!

Auto mechanic cutting off hex bolt head.



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14 comments:

  1. That jump seat could maybe be repurposed in the living space of Box Van... Just a thought.

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    1. Kent,

      Thank you for your jump seat suggestion.

      George

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  2. I now understand (this picture shows it), your cut-away chassis was made into a cab/chassis before the box was installed. Makes sense now.

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    1. Squire,

      You are correct. A cutaway chassis is used by [ie] motorhome manufacturers.

      George

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  3. Excellent thought, a place to sit while you work.

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  4. You have taken on quite a project George but I have no doubt that you will do a great job. The commode can be lined with medium size garbage bags with twist ties that can be dumped in garbage cans, more convenient than dumping in public toilets. Just a thought.

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    1. Croft,

      Thank you so much for your "...great job..." compliment!😎

      George

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  5. You need to put all this up on YouTube George, there's good money there but it's a lot of work. Take it from experience...

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  6. George
    If you're going to be doing a lot of sheet metal or panel cutting, may I suggest you go to Harbor Freight and buy a cheap angle grinder. The cutting wheels for these are cheap and make precision, clean metal cuttting easy.

    Joe

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    1. Joe,

      Good suggestion! I shop at Harbor Freight often.

      Just walking around HF and looking is a sooooo enjoyable for me!

      George

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  7. Nice.
    Only a suggestion and one you may have already considered. You might look into composting toilets in place of porta potties. Very interesting.
    Davy

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    1. Davy,

      This is the best suggestion!!!!

      I've heard of composting toilets but did not know what they were or how they worked.

      After I read your comment, I Goggled "composting toilets" and was completely blown away at how great it would be for me to have one!

      Thank you sooooo much,
      George

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  8. George
    You probably don't have a good high-volume air supply like a compressor with 6CFM minimum, but if you did, I'd recommend an air angle grinder for it's low cost, compact size and very high RPM's. An electric model will do, but get something compact. The cutoff wheels are about 3-4" in diameter and very thin, so you can do nice fine work if you're careful.

    If you had it yesterday, you could have cut off those bolt heads yourself.

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