Sunday March 26th, 2006|
Trimmed, Drilled Rear Window; CANOPY TRIMMING DONE!
I made a good bit of progress today. I'm definately over this 'bug' that I've had for the last couple of weeks. It was cold out today, but I got the garage to 70 degrees so I was completely comfortable working on the canopy at that temperature. Anyway, I started out by marking and drilling pilot holes for all the screws that attach the rear window. This is a look from the inside.
Then I got the canopy where I wanted it and traced the profile of the top skin on the window, then drew another line outside of that at 5/8. That was the best measurement I could come up with on the plans for this. The plans (and the drawings) are very vague here. But 5/8 is pretty much what the drawings infer. In this picture you can see where I already started cutting. BTW: I think this is the LONGEST cut on the entire canopy. Even the split line is shorter because it's straight across.
I setup the timer on my camera and took this picture of myself covered in plexi dust -- proof positive that I'm the one doing this crazy stuff.
Then I got up the nerve and drilled the rear window. No big deal.
Ah...this looks soooooooo coooooooool. Sorry...I couldn't help laughing out loud when I stood up on my stool and looked at this.
The gap between the canopy and rear window is semi-uniform. It's not perfect...but it's acceptable in my book. I'm not aiming to build an award-winner here.
Another shot (why not? They're free).
Here's one slight problem with the canopy closing. Almost everyone who has built a tip-up complains about this. When the canopy closes the plexi must rest inside of the top skin (on the right in this picture). I think that the infamous Dan Checkoway beveled his plexi in this area. I may end up doing the same.
Oh yeah, by the way.....ALL OF THE PLEXIGLASS TRIMMING IS DONE! I can now retired my plexiglass cutoff wheel.