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Cut out complete.

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So, I drilled out the standard head pop rivets and replaced them with solid countersunk head rivets 6-5 size. Been a long time since I’ve driven rivets, kind of fun to do these again.



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Counter sink tool
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My replacement 12HT Denso throttle springs came in from Spain. I ordered 4, two for me and two for the HJ61 in the neighborhood. They were almost 10euro each cheaper than the guy in the Netherlands. FedEx cost more than all 4 springs ☹️

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You are a brave man. I would have needed to take some liquid encouragement before making those cuts!!!

Hello,

x2.

This is not for the faint of heart.

On the other hand, this setup reminds me of Andrew White's pop-top Troopie.






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I think I have the bolt it down done. It is not bolted down yet for final attachment, will wait till I have the fold up/down bed done. Because of how thin the aluminum of the rtt is I was worried that if I use some weather stripping between the bottom of the rtt and top of the cap that spaces between the hold down bolts would potentially bulge up. So I installed 1x3 aluminum angle on top of the rtt sheet metal. I placed the 1” up on the outside so that it would then also provide a lip to hold small stuff, like phones, flashlights, snacks, and what not. So next to build the bed.

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I messed up were I welded on the hinges so I will need to find new ones tomorrow, and ran out of the gas for my MIG, so have to get more of that too.
 
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Time to make mounts for a lift strut for the small floor piece. Never done something like this before, another first.
Mount for on the floor part.

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This is really cool.

It's infecting my brain with thoughts of cutting a big hole in the roof of the Troopy and putting a pop top on it :)
 
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I wish I wasn't constrained by the height of the garage door/opening. It would have added a lot more room if I could have used a Troopie top, at least 2 feet I think.
 
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One thing that has been bothering me for a while is that the sides would bend down a little bit when I would put my total weight on the floor. So, then add a wife to the weight and I really didn’t like how much more the sides would bend down. When I built the cap and used 2x2 steel for the upper for/aft run I didn’t think about the reduced twisting strength. So I built a brace, no flexing now.

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