Daily Archives: June 27, 2018

Show don’t tell

I had some time today so I created a visual aid for the body mounting problem with the new chassis. So I used black tape on the white body to show the actual point the frame rail intersects the body mounting flange.
that little black line on the lower right corner? that's all there is.
Yep, without additional material of some kind there’s no support for the body. All of the weight of the body, and the driver and support equipment would have to be carried through those small footprints where the frame rails cross under the cowl pinch and half of the door area, with most of the weight behind the mounting area. If you’re interested, that short piece of tape across the mounting flange is 22.5″ from the firewall, so 52″ of body would be cantilevered off the first 22.5″ of flange with most of the weight at 45″. That’s a lot of moment arm for the weight with not much to support it.

The other thing about this is the rear cross mount will extend about 2.7″ from either side of the body to the frame rail. So, looking at the actual body that’s not that bad, I see it as a running board/step for getting in the car. It will still not be as wide as the top of the body, so we’re good there. So the Ugly I was afraid of isn’t real. I was visualizing things sticking out much further, which would be really ugly. But it won’t be so that’s a load off my mind.

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I’ve been on the run and other things

I still haven’t installed the new window AC unit yet because I had to be out of the house most of the day cleaning up errands. Add two days of temperatures above 95°F including yesterday’s trip to the Lab Rat Keeper. Today was just a trip to pick up a registered letter (nothing bad, communication from one of my gigs just making sure I get instructions or paid) and get my comic pulls.

Also I still haven’t recovered from injuring my back on Saturday, so standing around waiting on the bus was not fun, but walking to and from the bus wasn’t as bad as it was Sunday. Sunday was so bad I had to summon help telephonically so I could attend RPG group.

Other good news, I had to set up a checking account so I could get paid for what looks like it could be a recurring gig. This gig wants to pay by direct deposit or Pay Pal, but to spend Pay Pal payments anyplace but another Pay Pal account I need to link it to a checking account. I think I mentioned this in another post. Well today I linked my debit card to an app on my phone that lets me buy bus passes and just show the app on my phone to the driver when I get on the bus. It’s great but I have to keep a positive balance in my account and also remember to keep my phone charged and with me at all times when I leave the house. Bonus is that the app lets me pay for more than one person at a time so I can buy Mrs. the Poet’s bus pass while I buy mine. This means no more scrounging quarters for bus fare as long as we go together. She still needs the quarters when she’s by herself, because there’s literally no way she’s going to figure out my Android phone to use the app, and her phone is barely capable of taking pictures and sending texts.

I really need to get to bed now, but I have several hundred unread e-mails I at least have to read the headers of before I delete them. So signing off.