I stopped at the shop yesterday afternoon for the remedial work on the caulking for one window. While there I experimented a little with scraping the excess caulk from the glass. It looks like it'll work OK but it will take some patience. The heavy plastic I used as a tool for smoothing the silicone gave it a nice fiinish. I (partially) used geko's masking tape tip - I used tape on the metal frame side and not the glass. When I smoothed the caulk it pushed a bead up onto the tape and that part was easily removed. On the glass side, the squeegee action of the plastic created a very thin film of silicone at the joint and pushed the excess into a windrow on the glass. In retrospect, a piece of 2" wide tape on the glass side may have been worth the effort. Depends on how difficult it is to get the glass cleaned.
Here's a picture of the joint on a door section. The butyl window adhesive (aka schmootz) has not been trimmed on the other side of the glass, as it is only now getting to the point where it can be worked on without making black deposits on the fingers. When trimmed back it will create a clean straight black line on the back side (inside) of the glass. That will make variations in my silicone joint less noticeable.
Best silicone tip ever...never lick your finger twice! Eurgh!
Here are a few pics I snapped tonight. The first one is the inside of the one side section. It's difficult to see it but there's a heavy clear plastic strip sandwiched between a stainless strip and the curved wheel opening. It just kisses the bottom of the fender opening on the tractor to seal the gap. The sides of the cab are parallel. The cab side doesn't angle in like the fender does. The gap that created goes from almost nothing at the rear to about 3" in the front. My first attempt was using finish washers directly against the plastic. It looked great when I did it and ugly a day later. The finish washers applied pressure in spots and the plastic developed a scalloped appearance. One of the weldors suggested the stainless strip and it looks a lot better. The plastic is a little hard to see in the picture. You can pick it up where it crosses the Visegrip jaw. This also shows the spatter-finish trunk paint I used on the interior.
Here's a better shot of the spatter paint on an interior section. It also shows the closed cell insulation I'm gluing to the inside of all the sheet metal.
This is what it looked like earlier this evening. After this shot I installed the front lights and spent time wiring things, installing the wiper, completing the heater installation and started closing the areas under the windshield. I'd almost guarantee it would be possible to plow snow wearing shorts and a tee shirt with the heater running. Not very much remains till it's "done done". A piece of cow mat needs to be cut for the right side. Doors and weatherstripping need to be installed. Hope to have her home and do a few finished photos by the end of this week.
Looking very nice!
You're coming down the home stretch now, and I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Made a little more progress today. Two different guys at the shop said "Hey Jim, we renamed your tractor The Sherman". A retired employee stopped by today and gave it his seal of approval. All that remains is to have my bud in the sheet metal shop bend a few pieces to trim out the area below the cab and conceal some wiring. The clear plastic strips (material used where forklifts drive through openings) are already there, but there is one tricky spot on each side that needs some support. Here's what it looks like at present:
The interior came out nice with the gray speckled trunk paint and armaflex insulation:
This is how I am keeping the doors from whacking the loader:
This is the inside of the door latch. The latches are stainless paddles as used on utility bodies. I think they were around $13 each at the hardware store and they work well in this application:
Where can you buy this stripping? Is it only available in US or is it handled by a chain retailer? just what I am looking for;
Man that looks good.