Tigin Linn - Little House and Us

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Re: Tigin Linn - Little House and Us

Postby McGuffin » Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:18 pm

Hi Michael,

Thank you for your kind words. It's been almost three years since I have got back to replying to your post ... I am so sorry! I’ve just spent the past while looking at all the progress you have made with the Astroliner and it’s brilliant.

I finished the Tigin about a month ago. It was sitting in the garage for more than a couple of years and I couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to finish it. There was a lot happening in between …. all good things mostly involving my children and my lovely grandchildren …. it’s funny when you retire life just seems to get much busier. My wife decided that this year was now or never to finish the Tigin so at the beginning of January she booked the ferry from Ireland to France for mid May and that gave me about four months to get her finished.

Anyway … in terms of progress, since my last post I got her professionally sprayed:

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Got the inside of the hatch sprayed while I was at it:

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Then the preformed trim and lights were put back on and (after a rest lasting about two years :oops:) ...... I set about making the fenders:

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I cut down a couple of fibre glass Morris Traveller fenders, made them "fatter" with a strip of aluminium, made a backing for them with some 1/2" plywood and reinforced the inner parts with fiberglass resin and matting. Here was the first one I made set up against in position. Funny, it was only when the fenders were attached that the Tigin began to really look good.

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Then the big day came when the finished articles (now sprayed a matt black) were attached to the Tigeen with decent sized wood screws and fender welt and the matching chrome wheel trims were permanently installed:

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Even more trims invented and added on. Here's how I edged the hatch lid

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Heres how I made a rain gutter above the doors - just a bit of "L" shaped rubber stuck on with double-sided tape (works brilliant):

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I used a couple of 8" rubber straps to help secure the boot (they worked great):

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Then after a visit to the hospital to get my hand fixed up after I foolishly tried to cut my thumb off with an angle grinder: The Tigeen was at last hooked onto my tow vehicle a 2017 Toyota Prius ... here she is ...

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Here she is with the bikes on:

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We made the ferry to France ...just about ... and am back home now after about a month of camping with a few nice bottles of French wine in the boot. We travelled more than 3,500 kilometres by the time we got home (averaging 100klms for 6 litres - that's about 39 MPG US) ... had a fantastic time. In sun, rain and wind .... not to bore you ... but here are a few snaps:

Beziers ... that bridge is 700 years old ... built on foundations put down by the Romans:

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Creeping 'round the old vineyard

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Set up for a few nights in Montech

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Cycling and picnicing along the canal waterways of Southern France:

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i wouldn't have been able to do any of this without the info and help of all here on TNTTT .... and that's the truth.

I guess all good things come to those who wait :thumbsup:

Cheers everybody - thanks for all your help and encouragement!!

:wine:

Larry

P.S I said at the beginning of this post that I got the Tigin finished about a month ago ... truth be told I guess I'll never really be finished ... there'll always be something either falling off or about to fall off .... and sure that'll be grand too!
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Re: Tigin Linn - Little House and Us

Postby Atomic77 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:16 pm

Larry! How exciting to hear from you, see your progress and your travels! Very nice work, she turned out more than professional!

Since I am basically finished with the build, I will only be posting if I add or make a change to something -or- better yet I will be posting our adventures, boring or not!

And tell me... why is it, with all the modern technology we have at our disposal, why can't we build a road or a bridge that lasts 10 years but a Roman bridge lasts 700?!!!

Congratulations on your completion, successful travels and thank you for the good word. Very glad to hear from you my friend.

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Re: Tigin Linn - Little House and Us

Postby pchast » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:57 pm

Beautiful pictures of your travels. Thanks so much for letting
us join your trip this way.
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Re: Tigin Linn - Little House and Us

Postby McGuffin » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:40 am

Hi Michael and Pete,

It's great that you are both alive and kickin'! Have you been anywher in the teardrop recently Pete? Now that we've done all the hard work we should get out of the shed more :D :D So, I’m looking forward to reading about all your future adventures.

I just did a bit more research on the bridge in Beziers … turns out it’s not 700 years old…. It’s 900 years old and built on the original foundations for a bridge the Romans built probably back in 30 - 45 BC. So basically you have a 1,000 year od bridge (almost) standing on 2,000 year old foundations and it looks great as well!
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As to why its left standing…. here’s an interesting article:

https://science.howstuffworks.com/why-a ... modern.htm

Amazingly the recipe for Roman concrete has been lost!

Another thing I seem to remember being told is that the Romans were the first to build straight roads. About 15 years ago I drove along a section of the Appian Way built in 312 BC, south of Rome. I remember reading somewhere that almost all of the Roman legions walked along that route. And In 71 BC, 6,000 slaves were crucified along 200-kilometers of it’s length from Rome to Capua. That’s a real mind-blowing thought when your whizzing along at 45 MPH in a car with the sun shining and window down.

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Re: Tigin Linn - Little House and Us

Postby pchast » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:11 pm

Life situations change.... I am now the major care giver for my 95yo Mom.
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I make a 1500 mile Round Trip to see the grandchildren 1 or 2 times a year.
I'm not taking the time to explore right now. No real interesting sights on the
main road.

Its all good. :)
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Re: Tigin Linn - Little House and Us

Postby Atomic77 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:31 am

I read your post to Carrie. We love history! Roman concrete must be good stuff! Very interesting and you are very lucky to have been able to see those things! Thank you for sharing and again, great to hear from you. The camper is beautiful.

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