Tuesday, May 15, 2012
For the last 8 days, the donor truck has been at Tom's Truck Center getting routine maintenance and some small repairs done. I'm gonna pick it up tomorrow morning before work, and tomorrow evening it will be at its new home at the hacker space. Then the measuring can begin and final plans can be drawn up. I'm pretty sure I won't be building this to an exact plan... it will be more fabricated on the spot.
I started this weekend to render a new design using the smaller sized truck I actually bought. The original design was for an 18-20 foot bed Isuzu FTR which is a 26,000 lb GVW truck, when I actually bought what amounts to an Isuzu NPR with a 12 foot bed and only a 12,500 lb GVW. So it's basically half the size and carrying capacity. Also I decided the ship needs to be angled a bit steeper as she goes down, so I wanted the propellers more visible. And ideally the cab can be fully tilted forward for service with all the metal framework in place. Those measurements will dictate the final dimensions.