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A Sheer Stroke of Luck

Posted By Michelle Cole Tuesday, March 27, 2012 5:12 PM
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Michelle Cole
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When I was decided to put a sleeper on my LTL I had to remove the frame mounted stack and move the stacks against the cab to permit room for the sleeper. I obtained a set of brackets from a friend and by looking at pictures of other LTL's with these brackets I guesstimated the approximate locations of the brackets. I took some masking take and taped the areas where the brackets were to be mounted and marked them off with a magic marker. I center punched the marked holes and started drilling, after drilling the first hole I noticed that it was unusually thick for what I thought was just sheet metal. More like 3/8 to a 1/2 inch thick. Before I went any further I removed the in cab upholstery panel opposite of where I drilled the hole and then took a hole saw and sawed a hole the size of a half dollar so I could see in between the two pieces of sheet metal. When I looked in the hole I could see there was a nut plate that was welded on the inside of where I had drilled the hole. I had drilled right through the dead center of the nut. I had no idea that the factory had installed the nuts for the stacks even though the truck did not come from the factory with the cab mounted stacks. I drilled slightly smaller holes in the rest of the marked areas and cleaned it up with a tap and used the original factory mounted nut plates for the stacks. I would say that my guesstimating was pretty accurate.

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jungerfrosch
 Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 7:23 PM
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Now that is impressive. Similar thing happened to me with my '64 F250 when I was putting in the seat belts.....except I didn't figure out they put in the mounting points in everything until after a few extra holes were already drilled.

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Michelle Cole
 Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 3:39 AM
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That could tend to gripe your anus drilling more holes than you needed to.

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wayne graham
 Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 4:31 AM
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Midhelle, I would rather be lucky than good anytime. Wayne
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Point well taken Wayne.

Michelle
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