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    I would have thought that this isolation would have picked up the Scout pace - but no. It has allowed us to do some trailwork, and get for more rides while continuing on good progress though. We pulled the inner support off of the hood, and repaired the hood nose and the inner structure - we do not have the two pieces back together yet though.

    We cut the whole nose lip off and replaced:

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    We cut the curve off the inner structure and replaced that:

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    There was a lot of rot around the hinge landings and the forward legs of the support that also needed replacing.

    Meanwhile, we got it back on its own wheels for the first time in a year, and placed the door just to see what it would look like:

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    And that was exciting. Then we fit the doors. This has been something I've been dreading for a year. I knew it would be a miracle if everything fit up nice: we didn't have much in the way of reliable datum or dimensions when we re-built the tub. Not to mention we had never seen a Scout in person and it's our first time, etc, etc. Seems like the rear of the tub is skew by about 1/2":

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    Not real happy about that, but not much to be done now. The Scout experts claim Scouts are known for their dimensional inaccuracy and this looks fine. Whatever - we learn. And then there is getting the doors to fit in the door holes: a little trimming and re-welding and a little addition of 0.125" rod and the doors eventually get to be acceptable. No, pics of that part - mmaybe because it was too much "sausage factory" for recording, IDK.

    Then, we got the parking brake hooked up. We decided to use a 12v linear actuator. It has a 4" stroke and a 225# pull. We hooked 2 75# @ 4" springs so that the parking brakes would have ~150# on them when the actuator is fully retracted. Works good - and overall cheaper than a parking brake handle. We pulled a tube over the whole assembly to keep the crud off.

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    We have started stripping all off the panels down to metal and spraying with epoxy primer as the weather cooperates. Then assembly and filler/sanding/primer/sanding/etc. And a million other details too.

    Meanwhile the isolation allowed us to make Mom a new bikepath cruiser. The frame build goes fast when I can miter and braze and let Finn join the main tubes with the TIG:

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    My wife wanted something more upright because her neck hurts. A couple of rides in and she is asking about fitting drop bars. Anything is possible.

    Hope this finds you healthy! Thanks for looking - Bob & Finn
    Bob Spooner
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    Fantastic!!!!

    Keep the updates coming.
    Brian McLaughlin

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    My son who’s 11 and I pour over your details and process. We have no plans or anything, just really enjoy the “tackle a project head on” shown. Thanks for providing wonderful moments for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Amunrud View Post
    My son who’s 11 and I pour over your details and process. We have no plans or anything, just really enjoy the “tackle a project head on” shown. Thanks for providing wonderful moments for us.
    Thanks - that's really nice to hear. Glad to provide some distraction! Bob & Finn
    Bob Spooner
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    "the Scout experts claim Scouts are known for their dimensional inaccuracy" -- this makes me smile. A friend had a Scout in college. I used to comment that unlike the Volkswagen microbus, which had to go out into the world before it was rebuilt a billion times by hippies under shade trees, International seemed to bring the hippies and trees right into the factory.

    Thank you for keeping this story alive. Nice work on the bike for the wife!
    Dan Fuller, local bicycle enthusiast

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