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Old 04-06-2012, 07:05 PM   #121
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And here it is put in place. Had to pull tension and add heat with a heat gun around the corners to get it to lay down flat. Had to cut a few "V" groves in the bottom half of the seal in the corners. And shocked myself by cutting a perfect edge on the ends causing them to fit together nicely. Added some super glue to the two ends in order to maintain a solid air tight seal.


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Old 04-06-2012, 08:15 PM   #122
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Lid and tower is back on but I have a problem. The right corner seams to not want to seat level with the rest of the corners. Need some suggestions quick on what to do to fix this. First thought is to add some stainless steal or chrome plated clasps like you would have on the front of your tool box. Any comments/ideas?


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Old 04-06-2012, 08:39 PM   #123
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magnets?
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:56 PM   #124
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Any chance that the tension on the lid from the tower being bolted on is causing the lid to flex? Or is the support arm on the inside causing it to flex? I would check those two things first.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:56 PM   #125
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Unfortunately magnets are not going to be strong enough.

It has the same problem with the tensioner unbolted... I did not think of it before, but the lid had been flexed because it appeared that at one point the tensioner was removed and when the old owners opened the lid they had let it go and it bent the hinge and lid where it connected. We tried flexing it back into place as good as we could and then bondo'd the heck out of the top to make it look level. LOL, should have been my first clue that I was going to run into problems getting it to seal right on that side.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:06 PM   #126
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In keeping with the theme, I am going to attempt to install stainless hood pins at just the right length that when pressed firmly closed, it will hold pressure on the lid maitaining a seal. I just hate to have to drill any holes but this way I am only taking a chance at two holes that will be covered by a plate as opposed to several holes with the tool box style clasp.

I am going to use rubber shock and end link bushings shaved down to the right thickness on the inside around the pins to create and maintain an air tight seal... pray for me!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:08 PM   #127
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epic solution!!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:21 PM   #128
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Started to attack rewiring the unit as well.... another problem and this may be a show stopper for the unveiling of this beast tomorrow and maybe even before I deploy in a couple weeks.

I was simply going to add new wire from the unit relay to the power outlet. I was investigating the wiring from the relay to the compressor and it is so dry rotted that I would not trust it to run with out supervision. I honestly do not know how the current wiring never arched and caught fire before. I could have been the reason for some of the bare wiring as we removed the relay in the very begining to see what it would take to add the new grounded plug. Just disturbing it that much could have knocked some of the dry rotted casing off the wires and I never noticed it.

I have all the wire to completly replace the wiring from the relay to the posts on the compressor but it is almost impossible to get to without taking the compressor out some and getting to the back of it. This stinks! So much more could go wrong once I start unbolting the compressor. I can not unhook the coolant lines cause I do not have that kind of money laying around to have an A/C guy come in and replace the old stuff with updated freon...

Time for a beer and to gather my thoughts!
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:48 PM   #129
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Here is what it used to look like and what it looks like now.

It looks like there are bare wires back as far as the wire mount on the back left compressor stabilizer. Was told by the local appliance store to not bypass the thermostat and not to change out the old relay since it worked before with no issues. I am not very good with electricity so if anyone out there knows of someone on this site that is good at this stuff, could you please ask them to chime in with their knowledge and guidance. Thanks!
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:22 AM   #130
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I know this is kinda a dead thread and I may have missed it... is this beat of beverage dispensing beauty running?

sorry for rezzing dead thread but this inquiring mind wants to know.


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