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    This is probably the most interesting thing I've every followed on the webs.
     

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    I'm wondering just how much better than new this Scout will be.
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    Tub flip weekend!

    We used the tractor on one end and the engine hoist on the other and me in the middle.

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    We set it down on a rolling table we made last week - a buddy dropped off a bunch of steel box tube he cleaned out of his Mom's place - perfectly timed!

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    Here we can see the last of the undercoat and leaky engine/tranny goop. That's about all of the original tub metal left on this thing:

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    After some scraping, and then a liberal application of Easy Off oven cleaner and then some more hand cleaning we end up with:

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    So now we finish up the welding that we left for "when we flip the tub over" because we didn't go crazy with the overhead welding. Then some more roughing up and then some paint. Meanwhile, now that the chassis and tub are divorced we will turn some attention to the chassis. Also, the boy removed all of the accessories off of the engine in advance of the big clean and painting on that. Things moving along, for sure.

    This has distrated me from cyclocross this year, but after 40 years I've come to know that sometimes I get distracted from cycling and that's ok. Plus our main family catalyst to go to the races is now a freshman at UVM, and really enjoying that. And a proud dad plug: she got selected for the UVM collegiate MTB nationals team. Largely because she went straight to racing with the "A" women and has held her own and she is good at both XC and gravity.

    Thanks for looking! Bob
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    Dang good report all around congratulations.

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    Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning and painting. Not my favorite part of the project. It does make progress more visible. We could work on the tub structure for a couple of weeks and no one but me and Finn could tell that we did anything at all. A few hours of painting and even Mom can see there is progress being made.

    We scrubbed the chassis inside and out. Found and repaired a few cracks and installed some "fangs" on the front which will allow us to put the shackles on the rear of the front springs were they should have been all along. Aside from the cracks and one gaping hole where a shackle hanger had been torn off and re-welded the frame is in good shape.

    Cleaning out the frame:

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    Attaching the fangs. We used the TIG as a root pass, so that we could be sure the fangs were fused right to the frame. And then we used the MIG to do a final fill pass. The boy appreciated the heavy metal and just being able to set the TIG to "stun" and make the dimes with the filler instead of the foot pedal.

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    All cleaned and ready for paint:

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    Painted. So to get to black we painted the inside of the frame with a rust converter paint. We will see how that works - but every little bit helps. When we get the Scout fully assembled we will squirt fluid film into every crack and crevasse we can and that will keep the rust in check. Anyway, green inner-frame paint. Then an Eastwood rust prevention epoxy. Then a chassis black paint. We still have another coat to do on this side, and then flip the chassis for a couple coats on the bottom:

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    Meanwhile we did about the same on the tub. Wire wheeling, scrapping, sanding, cleaning, etc. Then the Eastwood stuff. Then we mixed up some DIY lizard skin: we mixed in ceramic mirco ballons in rustoleum satin black. The ceramic balls are used to create an insulating paint. The rustoleum seems pretty low tech, but the real lizard skin uses water-based paint, so it can't be too bad. We painted the whole firewall and the bottom of the tub. It went on easy with a normal spray gu and left a very nice texture - like 160 grit sandpaper. Hopefully it holds up - and keeps the floor cooler.

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    A closer look at the texture:

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    Fianlly, Finn has the engine torn down and we are waiting on a full seal kit. Might as well replace them all while we are here. Then we will paint the engine,etc. We are coming to the end of the nasty dirty work. We should have our axles done soon, engine/tranny/transfer case done and we can start to put things together. Hoping for another couple of days of warm weather so we can flip the tub back over and weld the rear quarters on and get a coat of epoxy primer on it before the cold sets in.

    Thanks for looking! B&F
    Bob Spooner
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