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  1. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    I have been busy with work. I still need to remove the roof rack, paint and do the wiring for the lights and cameras. I have all of the supplies just not the time. I have been starting the truck on a regular basis and it starts really fast. I don't think the engine turns a complete revolution...
  2. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    I will have to source MDO plywood from someone else. I went to HD today and they could not even pull up the scu # They said when this happens they don't offer that item in my area and cannot order it. I will look this weekend at a couple of other places. I did get my camera cables ordered...
  3. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    I will have to go to the store and see if they can order it. on the internet, it is not available for delivery and it is not available in any stores within 100 miles. I will go by the pro desk today and see if they can order it. 3/8 would probably be ok and a few extra pounds may be worth it...
  4. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    my rack Is already heavier than I wanted it. I was hoping that the birch would hold up ok since it will have a water seal on the top of it and foam backing on the other side so it will be mostly encapsulated. The birch is the lightest plywood I can get. I am using 1/4 inch to save on weight...
  5. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    made some more progress on the truck. The roof rack is 99% welded and ready for final paint. I have completed the exhaust and almost completed the tire lift. I have a few more things to do to the tire lift. first is to reinforce the riser pole. I plan to add an outer pipe (one size larger) and...
  6. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    I was lucky and found a welding shop that would sell me some mixed gas for my welder. The don't fill, they just trade the bottle out. I had to wait outside while they ran my credit card and then they let me drive around back and trade the cylinder. No one was allowed in the store but they would...
  7. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    I finished the roof rack attaching arms and now I am working on the last details of the roof rack. I got the visor partly mounted and ran out of welding gas. I will find out tomorrow but I may be delayed for a while if the welding shop is closed for the virus. I have to weld tabs on to the...
  8. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    I made some quarantine progress. Instead of using carriage bolts and trying to make square holes, I switched to all thread and welded the all thread to the arms then ground everything smooth. I got the arms built and temp welded. I now have to take them off and do the final welding, grinding and...
  9. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    I was able to get all of the interior braces complete, painted and installed. I have carriage bolts sticking out both sides that will hold the arms that will attach to the roof rack. The bolts will not stay sticking out, the head of the carriage bolt will be flush with the side. I am now ready...
  10. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    more work completed. I finished the rear interior supports and got the sleeves cut and holes drilled on one side of the truck. I have to fix one of the bolt locations, it came out to close to the window. I will be able to move it over about 1/4 inch but it is going to require some interior...
  11. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    finally got some more work done, I had to take a break due to work. I am building the interior bracing for the roof rack. I just finished the front braces and hopefully in the next few days I can get the back braces done. The back will be similar to the front. The angle braces were built so...
  12. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    well I had to jump on the year end sale and go ahead and get the HVAC unit. I saved about $500 all together getting the AC unit, Heat strip and a Thermostat. All three parts cost me $860 with tax. It will be a little while on the inverter. The one I want is approx. $1000.00 It is still...
  13. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    Did not get much done today. I had to take a friend to the airport and then watch the Texans game. I did get the majority of my Visor completed. I added bondo to some of the welds and then got that sanded down and ready for primer. Then I ran out of primer. Attached are pics of the Visor. It...
  14. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    I have not made much progress on roof rack. I am at the point where I have to start building the attachment to the truck. I had to work through the holidays so tomorrow I get to start working on the truck again. I did receive my night vision video camera and it works really well with my night...
  15. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    I have finished the basic frame for the roof rack. The major welding is done and it is primed. I am now working on the visor which will attach to the front of the roof rack. There are some minor modifications to make, The rear of the roof rack has water scuppers. the sides will be cut down...
  16. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    I made some more progress. I cut the 2x2 bottom frame into 1x2 to save as much weight as possible. I have to flip it over and get all of the welding completed then get it on the truck so i can figure the rear and front. The front bottom rail will have a couple of bends in it and I do not plan...
  17. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    started making some good progress on the roof rack and ran out of welding gas. What really sucks is I cannot get the bottle refilled until monday. I went ahead and started sanding and priming all of the metal I am going to use. I have most of the parts cut just need to get it welded. I am...
  18. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    roof rack and rock sliders roof rack and rock sliders are in progress. I picked up the metal today and got started on the roof rack. I have way more metal than needed, they only sell it in 20 ft pieces so I have about twice what is needed but that is ok, I like having extra metal around, it...
  19. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    Yours is looking really good. unfortunately work gets in the way of progress. Yes, it is taking a long time but it is my escape. I do not watch tv because I cannot sit still and veg unless I am completely worn out. So every night I am home and do not have office work, I go to the barn and work...
  20. richingalveston

    optimizer long block - hummer 24V or cucv 24v

    I was able to get most of the electrical work done. I picked up two more relays. I am using the glow plug relay for my aircraft landing lights that are on the front of the truck. I did this mainly so I would have a spare glow plug relay. I am using one relay for each light even thought I could...
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