Ok, at this point, I'm completely weary. 2 weeks until Burning Man and it's not done. The worst part is that I don't have an operating permit from the CA DMV to legally drive it. The truck has full registration and plates since June, but for a personal use vehicle over 10,000 lb gross vehicle weight, you need a "CA" number and Operating Permit. The fine is $2500 and they can impound your vehicle, if caught. It's stupid and only $35, but to find out about this now is very stressful. Well maybe the DMV will come through in time. I plan to hit the road anyway and say "the check and application is in the mail". Plus I put a fancy "NOT FOR HIRE" sticker on the side which basically indicates to the weigh stations that it is a personal vehicle.
Today I was lucky to have the help of Alex and James and we lowered the front frame and drilled a massive amount of holes. Basically the front upper and side panels are fully drilled and done. No additional work there, except I need to buy some shorter hardware. On Friday night I managed to get the tail a bit more detailed. Missing are the huge rudder and some propellers. The propellers are optional at this point, since I never had them in any of the early designs I submitted to Burning Man. I didn't take pictures, but today I also managed to frame in the door and weld in the lower support. All the wire in the nice welder is used up, so I had to use the not so good one. It makes a huge difference in the weld quality, but I don't have time to wait until a welding supply store opens on Monday. And here are some pics from the last few days: