Monday, October 15, 2018

Pass-Thru

7:56 am:
Our next project is the fabrication of a Pass-Thru. This will be a kinda tunnel from Box Van's driving area to his living/workshop area.

The first thing to do is to remove Box Van's jump-seat. Fortunately, the jump seat is fastened by [4] easily accessible hex bolts!

View of base of jump seat.






8:08 am:
Tunnel Tube
The pass-thru will be a fabricated rectangular wood Tunnel Tube that is attached to the rear-inside wall of Box Van's Cutaway Van Chassis [Link].

Here is the thing to understand about this Tunnel Tube. It must not be fastened to both the cutaway and the van box. The reason for this is that the van box is engineered to move or work while traveling down the road. This engineering concept produces a van box with a long-life.

In order to install our Tunnel Tube, a rectangular opening needs to be cut out in the cutaway and in the van box. This opening size will be about 1/4" larger than our tunnel tube. We are planning to use a Sawzall to do this cutting job.

9:35 am:
Sealing Against The Weather
In order to prevent rain-water intrusion, an Accordion Boot Seal will be installed. One end of this rubber device will be installed on the cutaway. The other end on the van box.

Click [Here] to get an understanding about how this seal will work.



7:38 pm:
A Busy Day!
Before I go prepare my supper, I wanted to give you a summary of stuff that I accomplished today:
➜ Ordered the accordion seal which is used to prevent rain from entering the pass-thru.
➜ Found out that the rear of the cutaway chassis that will be opened up for the pass-thru, appears to be fiberglass. Also, the front of the van box is  fiberglass or some kind of plastic.
➜ Bought a port-a-potty for Box Van's living quarters.
➜ John and Mimi gave their permission to camp with Scampy in the street in front of their home. Also, to connect Scampy to their 120-volt AC shore power.

Unless there is an overwhelming reason, I will not be towing Scampy anymore. She will remain camped at John and Mimi's home until a buyer comes along.

I am very close to having minimal living quarters inside Box Van. The pass-thru is what I would describe as being a vital part of Box Van's living quarters. Try as I could this afternoon, I was unable to find a supplier for the accordion seal that had stock.

The accordion seal is promised from Amazon to arrive between Tuesday, October 23 and Friday, October 26.

However, not having that accordion seal on hand is not stopping the installation of the pass-thru! I shall commence the pass-thru installation tomorrow morning! When the accordion seal does arrive, I will install it then!

If rain does fall before the seal is installed, maybe you will comment to me what I should do?


8:53 pm:
Paul Allen and George Lehrer
Microsoft co-founder died from his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer today. He was 65-years old.

When I was 65-years old, I also had non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer. Now it is 15 years later and I am still alive and kicking!

Destiny! What a mysterious thing is destiny!




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24 comments:

  1. I think you have the word cutaway and pass-through mixed up
    A cutaway is when you cut the back body completely off oh the van type truck
    And then you attach it to the back utility cargo body, this makes it a cutaway
    Looking at your picture, it looks like you have a complete truck body but I don't know if you have a back window
    If you could stand on the side and you can see air between the cargo box in the body you have a standard cargo truck
    If you're cutting a hole between the center of the box truck in the center of your truck cab it's called a pass-through
    Class 8 trucks have a pass-through boot to the sleeper unit similar to your accordion
    If you could find that in a truck dealership they will order it for you are you have to do is precut to that size,, the trick is you can turn it up and down or right to left

    http://lion.jungglelive.site/tiger-motorhome/. See picture number two

    https://www.accordionboot.com/semi-truck-sleeper-boot.

    This will give you an idea of what's available

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    1. Ed,

      I placed a link above, after my Blog words ["Box Van's Cutaway Van Chassis"].

      If you follow that link, it leads to a description of how I am using the term cutaway.

      There is air [A space] between the Cutaway Van Chassis and the Van [Cargo] Box.

      Ed, you may skipped over following the links in my Blog post.

      George

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  2. I do not understand. Is the box not sealed around the "cut-away" cab? If so and you are just cutting into the "box", why is another seal needed? Confused?

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    1. Squire,

      I suggest that you follow [This] link in order to answer your question.

      George

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  3. Your ENERGY is remarkable! I just love stopping by to see your latest project. Keep it up George, you inspire many quietly, I am sure.

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    1. MCA,

      Your comment is a wonderful compliment to me! 😎

      Thank you,
      George


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  4. George, radius the corners of your passthrough so it's easier to install the accordion gasket in one continuous piece. Sharp corners will create stress points in the gasket.

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    1. Lou,

      Yesterday in my 7:32 pm Blog post I wrote:
      ➜ Found out that the rear of the cutaway chassis that will be opened up for the pass-thru, appears to be fiberglass. Also, the front of the van box is fiberglass or some kind of plastic.

      I am planning to open up the pass-thru rectangular hole with a saber saw.

      George

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  5. With ties to the SFBay area, I know you are familiar with the Winchester House in San Jose. Your projects remind me of Sarah always thinking of the next project.

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    1. Dawg,

      Sorry. I do not know anything about Winchester House.

      George

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  6. Use a grinder with a 5 inch cutoff disc. Mark your line and cut it out. Way smoother cut than a saws all.

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    1. Earl,

      I learned this afternoon that material for the rear of the cutaway and the front of the box truck are plastic.

      I intend to cut out the pass thru's rectangle with a saber saw.

      George

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  7. This is a cut-away
    http://www.2040-cars.com/_content/cars/images/90/411490/009.jpg

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  8. Hi George... regrets my deleted comment...life goes on.
    I mentioned the Thetford 92859 Porta Potti 260B as getting a really good review. It is available on Amazon for about $110. The lady reviewer stressed this 2.7 gallon unit functioned extremely well and was odorless. She also stressed the ease of emptying it in public restrooms. It can easily be carried as compared to a 5 gallon unit. It can be "concealed" in a plastic bag to be dumped. She explained human waste can often legally be buried in many Federal and state areas. The detailed description touted 27 flushes. Very close to sitting on a low standard toilet. Just a thought for a necessary function.

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    1. Ernie,

      I already purchased a portable toilet at WalMart. It is the:
      Equate Bedside Commode

      Click [Here] to view.

      George

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  9. Hi George!
    I'm late in bringing this to the table as I know you've already made your decision but since you're in Southern California, there's a place in Yucaipa that sells reconditioned Rialta's. We were seriously looking into buying one before we bought our Scamp. However, I read that you also wanted a work area so I guess this wouldn't have worked out. Still, I love looking at the Rialta and it's too bad they've been discontinued. Anyway's, take care and good luck with your new Box Van! Best Regards, -Tom
    https://www.poptopheaven.com/index.asp

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    1. Tom,

      I have loved the Winnebago Rialta since I first saw one over 20-years ago.

      Tom, I went for this Box Van conversion because I wanted lots of room for my living quarters and workshop. This Ford E-450 is a HUGE overkill! After all, the Ford can haul over 14,000 lbs and I will never come remotely close to carrying that weight!

      This afternoon I was driving the Ford around the City of La Mesa. The Ford handles very nicely. Great visibility. Easy for me to drive. Parking lots present a challenge. But not too much.

      George

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  10. Not to worry, "it never rains in southern California" according to Albert Hamond.

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    1. Squire,

      You are sooooo correct!

      It never rains here! 😎

      George

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  11. If it does rain before you get the accordian seal installed, it won't be the end of the world. You have the Mom's Attic cabover above the pass-thru, not open sky.

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    1. Lou,

      You are correct! I failed to consider the cabover!.

      Thank you sooooo much for reminding me! 😎

      George


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  12. George- I'm surprised that you posted your camp location at your friends house?

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    1. Whoops! 😲

      That was a goof up!

      George


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