Fitted all the Celotex insulation to one side. With the forecast predicting a break in the weather and a lot of rain on Friday night I decided I needed to stop messing about inside and get on with the main objective....finish the welding.
So it was the side sheets off (as I said all the Celotex fell off) and get everything out for welding
The blue arrows on the box section are welds that I am either unhappy with or they have failed on assembly. Sections falling over, an 82 kg lump sitting on the unsupported ends, lump hammer adjustment all contributed to about 8 welds that needed doing plus all the roof joints and nose sections.
Steel toe cap boots, leather apron, leather cuffs, leather gloves, auto darkening headgear. I'm sure I have forgotten something
No, I can't see it
Well it was very hot
I managed to get all of the joints welded and dressed back as well as the repairs
To weld the nose roof joints I tested all the bed spars with an 82kg lump(I stood on them all). Even bouncing up and down, solid
With the cabin end standing on axle stands, I was afraid all that weight on the nose might tip it up but it didn't budge
All the sheeting was then put back on with just 4 corner screws to locate them. I still have a few pieces of angle edging to cut, and some to recut where the bevel was the wrong way or just badly matching bevels but these will wait until I can get it as near waterproof as possible (without a door).
I am putting the windows in dry to start with just to fill the holes. It will have to be a tarp for the back as the stable doors and frame are still giving me concerns.
I want to fit a window in the top door and extra bracing around the door lock and hinges. Having decided to put some rubber beading in the door frame I might need to increase the clearance between door and frame yet again
I put the tailgate to the truck down, backed up to the camper to use it as a work platform. No problem there. To use the truck bed I had to fold my Tonneau cover up (3 sections to 1) . Ok. Then I went out to collect my prescription from the Docs and collect my medicines. Back home, NO TONNEAU. I don't think it fell off, I'm sure I would have noticed the carnage in my wake if it had. I think it was removed for me. With it folded open it is obvious that it was only held on with 2 toggle type clamps.
Click, click and away . I was in the chemists for a long time with the truck parked out of my sight