Thursday, January 19, 2017

MUSTANG GO'S HOME / CABOOSE UPDATE

Last Friday my Son (Mitch) & Grandson (Alec) drove from northern California to pickup the 69 Mustang.

 They brought a U-Haul trailer to take it home.
 Alec did the honors while dad supervised.
 Got it loaded up without any damage.
 Strapped down with safety chains in place. 
 They are very pleased with the restoration that took over a year, it will be in the family for a long time.

The rain lasted through Monday the 9 th so we waited until Tuesday the 10 th to pick up the wall and roof panels. This is the second load with the truck and trailer at Air-Light.

 The Company name is Wanessa-Sue Inc. and the building is all made with the Air-Light panels so I could see how to put all the panels together, that and very good instructions from Wanessa Sue.
 I unloaded the panels with my tractor and moved them into the shop so I could use the overhead hoist to sort them, then to load them into the truck and hauled them around the house to the Caboose.


The track  channels were lay'ed out and screwed down then the first two panels were installed. I moved my rolling scaffold onto the deck to make it easy to reach the top of the panels and top cap. The tarps in the foreground covered the deck during the rainstorm.

 Extensions were added to the scaffold and a cable come along used to handle the 12' tall panels as they are to big for one person to handle. I was able to get the two 12' panels in place the second day.

 The third day I got the next four 8' panels in place with all the attachment plates and top channels installed. The panel are held together by the tongue and groove and 3" X 5" plates at the joints, bottom and top. All plates, sheet metal corners, top & bottom channels, screws and fasteners are supplied with the panels.
 Braces were added to support the walls as they are being installed.
 On the forth day I moved all the wall panels out of the shop to the caboose deck because the installation sequence of "A" South side, "B" East end, "C" north side and "D" West end will not allow access to move C & D in after the B end is in place as you can see the only access is through the gate on the West end for any thing that must be brought in by truck. After the panels were moved I got the East end panels installed.
This picture was taken this morning after the rain had started that is suppose to last for several days so I will have to wait for the weather to continue.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

CABOOSE DECK

The last post we were waiting for the deck to be made as it was delayed by a breakdown of a piece of equipment at AirLight Building Panels. I was able to pick them up last week and got them installed.
The two cross members were added before the deck went down.

 The deck is attached to the frame by using 7" self drilling screws at each panel joint with a plate that ties the two panels together and a screw with a flat washer at each stud cross member  (50 screws).
 The floor panels lock together with a tongue and groove joint and are 4' wide X 12' long X 5 1/2 " thick. The openings at the 4 corners will be cut out and boarding steps made and installed.


 Next 4 X 8 X 1/2 particle board was screwed down and wood flooring will be installed on top of it.
 For access we will be able to step off the rock wall on to the platform.
 No vapor barrier or insulation is necessary as it is built into the floor panels.
 We had a rain storm after the deck was complete so I covered ti with tarps to protect it until the wall panels are installed, they should be available next week.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CABOOSE PROJECT

The grading, retaining wall, steps, foundations and frame are complete and the fence has been relocated. Two cross members will be added as soon as I get the measurements for the two interior posts that will support the roof center beam.

 200 - 60 lb. bags of concrete were used to do the wall,steps, foundation's and fence posts.

 We have decided to use Pre-Insulated Steel Framed Structural Panels to build the entire structure - floor,walls and ceiling/roof. Below is a mock up of the wall section that is made with steel frame injected with expanded polystyrene beads creating panels from approximately 6 inches wide to 48 inches wide, and a maximum height of 12 feet.
 This is the roof beam that will support the 18 roof panels with a small pitch.

 Above and below is a section of wall panels that show the upper and lower "C" channels that secure the panels and the tongue and groove  between panels that make them air tight. The studs are laid flat on opposite sides so no hot or cold is transmitted through the metal.
 Karen and I are in front of a mock up wall that shows that any shape or opening be made.
 The pictures below show how a completed building is constructed when finished. This building is on a concrete slab with the AIRLIGHT  walls and ceiling / roof panels.
 The company that makes these panel is AIRLIGHT Building Panels in Kingman AZ.           WWW.wanessa-sue.com.
 We were going to build the caboose with lumber then when we went to the Veterans Day car show we parked next to a antique fire truck with a sign AIRLIGHT Building Panels and ask for information on them. Then the following week we went to the manufacturing location and found out the entire building could be built including the floor, that will hold +20,420 lbs. that's 5105 per foot, and all the panels have an effective "R" value of 30, we were sold.
 The owner, Wanessa, was able to provide a proposal that was within our budget with some drawings I had done of the floor plan and some elevations. We have made a deposit and Wanessa will proceed with final drawings.  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

VETERANS DAY CAR SHOW

We took the 60 Starliner to the Veterans Day Car Show in Kingman Az on Friday the 11 held in the Wal Mart Parking lot. There was a good turn out with about 100 cars for the fund raiser.


 Hackberry Auto Body (Joe) Shelby supercharged Mustang that he bought wrecked and restored. He did the 69 mustang for us and is now working on our 65 Thunderbird.

 Good verity of car's, trucks and motorcycle's showed up.


 This rat rod is twin turbo charged.
 Nice Pontiac convertible.

 Karen and Charlie (dog) enjoyed the nice weather.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

CABOOSE FRAME & 65 T-BIRD

The 65 T-Bird went to Hackberry Auto body to get the engine compartment and other parts painted. I will get it back in about 2 weeks to install the engine and get it running.

 All loaded up and ready to go.

 This is at the body shop taking some of the body parts off. The engine compartment had been painted but we decided that we did not like the Chantilly Beige.

 The Caboose project is coming along in the two pictures below I am fabricating the frame from 2-1/2 X 8-1/2 channel left over from another project.
 The two frame rails are 36' each and I have 14' pieces of channel so each rail is made up of 2-14' with 4' on each end. They were laid out on the shop floor and splice plates were welded on each end and the support legs welded on.
 The frame was set on two saw horses and painted.
 The foundations are 2'X2'X2.5' blocks and a jack was used to get it level and at the correct height.
 This is the second 14' rail fabricated and ready to go out to the site. 
 The pictures below show the completed 36' frame with the concrete poured.

Here you can see how the splice plate is used to join the sections together.
 Next I will fab the second frame rail up, dig and form the foundations then complete the frame with end and center cross members.