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Old 03-06-2017, 11:24 AM
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Default Yikes! Just ordered my kit ...

I did it. Just ordered my 14A QB kit and tools. Scary. Time to get to work on the shop!
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Old 03-06-2017, 11:33 AM
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Welcome both to VAF and a great adventure!

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Old 03-06-2017, 11:59 AM
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It's a crazy ride, for sure.
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:33 AM
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Emp kit ordered, test project ordered, QB kit deposit down (6 month lead time), tools ordered, any general advise? I've been reading through the forum for weeks.
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:48 AM
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Fortunately there are more and more build logs online every day for 14s and they have been the biggest help for me in my build. I would bookmark and read as many as you can before you start a section. They have prevented many problems for me and helped solve many others that I created.
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Old 03-07-2017, 11:35 AM
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Don't be surprised when you find that the tool kit you ordered doesn't have everything you need. In addition to more drill bit sizes, reamers, drill guide slip bushings, a BCT tool for those miserable molex pins, J11 modular connector tool, more clamps, etc., you will likely also have a steady stream of new tools in the mail every week simply to make the build go easier and faster (think deburring!). I started my build at home around Christmas last year and I've had at least one tool in the mail every week since then.
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:00 PM
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Great advice, thank you!

I ordered this toolkit - http://planetools.com/rv-tool-kit/
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Old 03-07-2017, 03:57 PM
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Take your wife to dinner and an long weekend out----- Once everything gets there you'll be spending alot of time in the shop. Teach her to rivet!!

Tom
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Old 03-07-2017, 04:00 PM
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Take your wife to dinner and an long weekend out----- Once everything gets there you'll be spending alot of time in the shop. Teach her to rivet!!

Tom
Congratulations and welcome.
Like Tom said. You're gonna need her own board!
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:57 AM
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Emp kit ordered, test project ordered, QB kit deposit down (6 month lead time), tools ordered, any general advise? I've been reading through the forum for weeks.
You have no idea what you just got yourself into. I didn't either. I knew it would be a big project, but I had done other big projects before so no problem. This one is different..this one is addictive. Before you know it, you'll be going to bed at night and waking up in the morning thinking about "The Project". I used to be very handy around the house and enjoyed household projects. Now my wife can't even get me to change a light bulb.
Advice for the build? All the stuff mentioned above plus, remember that saying "measure twice, cut once"? That doesn't apply to aluminum. You have to measure three times before you cut, countersink, drill, bend..etc. If not, you'll likely see the Van's supply truck (most are painted brown for some reason), in your driveway more than you would like. I look at it like I'm helping to support the local economy in Aurora, Oregon. It seems to help.
One other thing I'll mention is that, while most of the build can be done solo, it is nice sometimes to have an extra pair of hands. I was fortunate that one of my neighbors just happen to be over the night I started building the practice tool box. He got "addicted" too, and has basically learned building skills with me along the way. Very nice to have an experienced helper just a text away. However, on the other hand, for me anyway, this is not a social project like I thought it would be. The majority of the time, I find I just need to be alone in the shop and concentrate on the task at hand.
Once again welcome to the club and enjoy "The Project"!
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