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More drawers
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built a framework then used 200# glides
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Inspection team
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QC is especially concerned about the water bowl location
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other drawers
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this was the metal for the fuel cell I'm building for the Corvette... ah well?
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a couple things left, but it's left the shop for at least a few days
wiring
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with light
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the backlight on the power panel really isn't intrusive - which makes it good
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what's left. Windows. Solar panel. I'll work on the windows next week then install them and the solar panel ... or maybe in the other order, I don't know where the wiring went for the panels.... but also need to get the fasteners.... but thank heavens, it's finally about done.

next up is the NV4500 in my '40 (after the TKX in my Corvette).
and fix the digital dash issue
and fix a steering issue (finally bought the die to bend the panhard bar)....
 
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Very nice, ever thought of offering this style conversion as a kit to sell to law enforcement, military, border patrol, etc ... as well as the general public ?
just curious as the market for animal accomadations done well is in demand.
 
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Very nice, ever thought of offering this style conversion as a kit to sell to law enforcement, military, border patrol, etc ... as well as the general public ?
just curious as the market for animal accomadations done well is in demand.
Yes, I've thought about it. My wife has been suggesting I should too.... I honestly don't know. I've done a couple for various Search and Rescue groups - love doing it as a hobby. Coming soon are opening windows for the JK back windows.... if I like how they work, I'll probably produce custom windows for any SUV with non-opening windows that are flat(ish).... but we're back to 'hobby' - the way I see it, you can either have so much fun at work because you're doing what you enjoy, or utterly crater something that gives you joy and make it a burden.

how's that for a really wordy 'I don't know'? ;)
 
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Right, just thinking that approaching from a pet/animal owners angle, like advertising custom set ups in PetCo or other chain stores, if there is interest then , take orders, typical issue is cost, nobody will pay what its worth to make, however in the custom pet/animal ring they might, not enough to take on the whole thing, I get it.
 
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Right, just thinking that approaching from a pet/animal owners angle, like advertising custom set ups in PetCo or other chain stores, if there is interest then , take orders, typical issue is cost, nobody will pay what its worth to make, however in the custom pet/animal ring they might, not enough to take on the whole thing, I get it.
Adding up the hours in my head.... I pulled it apart on September 9th. It was all I did in my 'spare' time and I have about 4 hours left to finish the solar panel and 8 or so on the windows... I worked on it 6 hours on Sundays, and 3 hours Mon-Thursday. 18 hours a week. 5 weeks ... 90 plus 12 to finish 102 hours. I spent another 4 hours in material retrieval and parts shooping... not including the new roof and the nightmare that is FedUp (that would add 16 hours and 3k). So grand total is 106 hours. Not included is the friend's hours who has been working along side of me for pretty much all of those hours. Costs - ugh, I didn't want to think about those - stainless steel went from $2.50/lb to $6.00/lb.... Steel and everything else mirrored that... $2000 in metal, $2,500 in parts - and I re-used a bunch of stuff or had laying about - that would be at least $1,000 to replace. $5,500 in materials and 200 hours labor.

Shop rate for custom work was, last I checked $90/hr (Kindig Design)... so that cage is about $23,000 and 6 weeks. The design process took more then a year... and I'm pretty sure I'm way low on the parts because that didn't include the 2 Optima batteries (and I'm sure there's more). Add the roof in and it's nearly $27,000.

If anyone's interested.... PM me*

*joke.


so I estimated that mostly to see how far off my 'internal' figure was.... I thought 15k-20k...
 
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backstory - clock didn't keep time, and the signals were possessed and would come on randomly - the second reason is why I replaced the box (thank you dakota digital) and solved the first problem...
picture for posterity (and more importantly, if the wires get crossed)
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and how I did the swap.... next time, I should add about 6" for servicing
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what done looks like
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and then, went today to go set the speedo and the dash went dead. I still have the old box, might power it up and see if it's the dash that's dead or the box... I think my problem was telling someone I was all ready for snow season....
 
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So today I get an email that you posted. I was thinking it had been a long time since your last post. Logged in and wow, you've been busy and Mud hasn't been telling me. Nice work!
still fighting the power to the dash issue a bit - but overall, it's quite usable. I've spent a lot of time on my Corvette, but it's so much fun to have toys that are such opposites.

let me know when you're ready to go hit the hills.... there's plenty of snow now.
 
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still fighting the power to the dash issue a bit - but overall, it's quite usable. I've spent a lot of time on my Corvette, but it's so much fun to have toys that are such opposites.

let me know when you're ready to go hit the hills.... there's plenty of snow now.
Ha! I was just thinking the same thing. Probably another month.
 

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