The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I picked a good day for sniffing glue.

This afternoon I took another stab (no pun intended) at the headliner for my tractor. As you recall somebody did not double check their work before making some very permanent cuts to the extremely limited resources on hand. Fortunately, I hadn't thrown out the trash yet and I was pretty damn good at jigsaw puzzles as a kid.

I pieced the styrofoam back together and shipping taped the fool out of it, then remeasured, marked and double checked my marks. This time I had it right and proceeded to trim the styrofoam.

Next, I pieced together the carpet and managed to get it completely covered. The beauty of a black carpet mosaic is everything matches. A healthy coat of spray glue on the insulation and another on the ceiling and we're ready to go!

Much to my surprise, it fit the first try and it made a firm bond. I decided to push my luck and fit the 3 trim pieces that go around it, There is a constant 2 1/2 inch gap, but each section is a different length to accommodate for lights, ect. I knew I had enough foam and carpet but wasn't sure about glue. I had to spray the carpet, both sides of the styrofoam and the cab interior. I may have gone a tad overboard with the top section. The cab did get a little foggy.

The interior Gods were smiling upon me and I managed to get all 3 pieces fabricated and installed before running out of glue right as I finished. It doesn't look laser cut, professional. But it looks a heck of a lot better than it did before.

Tomorrow's episode: The Swather! Part Deux


an Donalbane said...

You embedded WiFi and Bluetooth antennae in the styrofoam, no? A high-tech cab must have all the amenities.

A Willie Nelson mosaic would have been an artistic flourish (excuse me while I chuckle, as I'm recalling the punchline from a story of the woman who got a Beatles tattoo, uh, south of the equator).

RPM said...

No WiFi, my router isn't that strong. But the new radio I installed a few weeks ago has Bluetooth. In fact the Bluetooth is amazingly strong. It will capture my phone without my knowing it (even when the radio is off). I thought my ringer on my phone was broken, but I heard it ring in the tractor one day when my phone was in the house.