Not many pictures but a lot of work.

Unfortunately  I haven’t had a lot of time to go out and take some  pictures lately but I have put in a lot of hours getting ready for this storm chasing season.  Earlier in the year I bought a dedicated storm chasing vehicle. This one was much more suited to chasing storms over my Honda Civic and I didn’t have to worry as much about damage from hail or wear and tear on the vehicle.  One hazard that can put a quick end to your chase day and keep you out of the action is hail.  I have been on many chases were hail has either stopped us from going in a direction we wanted, or due to a shattered window stopped the chase all together.  Not to mention the personal hazard of flying glass. So one of my projects has been to build a hail guard system for the Jeep. I wanted the system  that would be light weight, give top of the line protection to the windows and passengers, cheap (LOL I’m a starving artist after all), reliable both when driving and chasing, and quick to deploy.   I went over a lot of different options and came across a design by fellow storm chasers Scott McPartland (check out his site here http://www.severeweathervideo.com/ ) and Dave Lewison ( check out his site here  http://www.facethewind.com/) I been working on modifying the design to work with the Jeep and I want to give a big thank you to Scott who has let me pick his brain on how they built theirs.  The hail guard is finally starting to take shape and this weekend I finished the framing and systems for the side windows.  Next up is starting to get the top hail guard built and Lexan applied to the side guards. With only a month to complete the pressure is now on.

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2 Comments

  1. Sarah April 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Looks good Craig! And, if it helps you chase longer, that’s awesome!! 😀 Can’t wait to see your photos from this year!
    ~Sarag

    • Sarah April 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

      Yep, that was supposed to say ~ Sarah. Bad when I can’t even spell my own name. haha

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