Monday, November 05, 2018

Lots of Stuff Happening

8:28 am:
Installing the propane may happen today.

Also, the Arrow brad nailer will arrive which would allow me to begin the installation of my living room's raised floor.

Hooking up the Renogy battery charge controller will keep our deep cycle battery charged.




11:00 am:
I am at Santee Welding and Mike [Owner] has begun installing the propane tank.

The first thing Mike is going to do is drill out the rivets holding Box Van's side skirt so that the skirt may be removed.



12:02 pm:
Box Van's skirt will be made into a swinging door to give access when filling with propane.  The door will swing up.

Box Van's skirt before Mike removed it.


The skirt which will become an up-swinging door.



1:33 pm:
The propane tank will require a regulator and piping to go to Box Van's interior. I will need tools to make flare fittings.

If Santee Welding completes the tank installation today, I will go to a plumbing supply store and purchase all of that.

Box Van's propane tank.


6:08 pm:
Mike wanted to continue on our propane tank installation after dark. So, that's what he will do!

In the pic below, Mike is attaching the steel brackets that he fabricated. These brackets will support the propane tank. Then he will lift the tank into position using a forklift.

  Mike attaching brackets to the propane tank.


10:30 pm:
I am Blogging at you from Denny's. I'm having a late supper.

Mike completed the propane tank installation around 9:45 pm. He worked sooooo hard! Much of the time he was on his back lying on the asphalt driveway. Mike does not use a creeper [A wheeled cart that mechanics use for going underneath vehicles on their backs.]

I was able to tell that, by the time that the install was complete, Mike had exhausted himself!

Mike does not use a helper. So, when I was able, I helped him a bit. [Fetching him things when he was underneath Box Van. Letting Mike know [While he was moving the tank with a forklift] when the tank was going to the proper place. Etc.]

The tank installation came out really good. Fantastic, actually! I estimated what the cost for the install would be.

My estimate, $800 minimum. Actual cost = $600!!




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14 comments:

  1. George- I'm beginning to think you're serious about this box truck convert(cheeky tongue). Go George go. How's the face (being serious)?

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    1. Tom.

      You mean after all of my Blog posts about Box Van, you figured that I was not serious?

      George

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    2. I was kiddin' you, Bud

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    3. Tom,

      OK! Kidding! Got it! 😎

      George

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  2. George, I still believe you should have a natural lighting source coming into Box Van, natural lighting would be good for your health! Other than that concern, I am super excited for you and can't wait for the end result!

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    1. MCA,

      OK! Good suggestion!

      George

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    2. Ventilation would also be good.

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    3. David,

      By the time when Box Van's conversion is complete, he will have ventilation!

      George


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  3. Full speed ahead George! This is very interesting to watch as I know that you have many skills that I do not.

    Mark in Palm Springs

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    1. Hi Mark,

      I am very happy that you find my Box Van project interesting!

      So do I! 😎

      George

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  4. This is getting exciting George!

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    1. Avid,

      Isn't this the greatest thing?

      My most fun project ever! 😎

      George

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  5. I sure hope NHTSA does not require your LP tank to be secured to the frame of BoxVan. It appears from the photo that it is secured to the floor of the box. How much will that thing weigh when it is full of LP gas?

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    1. Truth,

      The propane tank is secured to the truck frame.

      George

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