Every time I see one of these taken apart to this extent I thank the gods that mine wasn't quite that bad (although worse than I thought when I bought it, like most I guess), and that the rot phase is behind me. Heck of a job on a massive project, egar!
My tins may be a tad off. I notice that the holes for the bolts at the bottoms of the skins are about 1/2 off from the holes in the frame. I've adjusted the skins as best I can and am hoping for the best. I got two window reinstalled today and am rebuilding the third window right now. Will post pictures if anyone is interested. Then, I'm going to start tearing off the skins on the other side. I may work from front to back this time. AFter that, I should be able to really get moving. This has taken me a lot longer than I expected. I bought the thing on April 8 and today marks three months. It's a bit daunting.
Starting to rebuild curb side at front and will work my way back. Spent hours drilling out twisty screws and removing brads in order to remove window, skin and awning rail. Rot is as bad as I expected I'm not even fazed any more. This will be easy compared to the left wall. Check out how the wood email is completely gone between the studs at the bottom they simply weren't there. And yet the sill is solid enought to keep. On to cutting more curves. Ugh.
My hippie woodworking guru friend urged me to use a circular saw to cut my next curves. I thought he was nuts until I saw how level the cuts ar compared to all the cutting I had done with a jigsaw. It was actually fun. And fast! I also invented a tool to measure 3 inches across to create a line to cut the inner curve. I am getting good at this and much faster Curved pieces are glued, pegged and drying right now. Too damn hot. Also ordered art deco winged marker lights. Expensive at $107 for the set but they are led and will be a nice detai. Two of my markers were gone and the other two were cruddy but I could sell them since they are glass and hard to find. Also ordered round LED taillights. Sorry, purists. But this vision is one of mixing old and new.
Post by harrison429 on Jul 14, 2012 17:37:53 GMT -5
it's looking great and no need to apologize for making it YOUR trailer. i'm glad that phase is way behind us too. everything we did took 2-5 times longer than we ever expected so you're making great progress.
What a great project! I apologized to the purists too for painting the interior of mine. They're pretty forgiving here. The lights you mentioned reminded me that I got some recessed brake and reverse lights off an old camper at a recycling place and I need to post them here to see if anyone needs them. That or save them for the teardrop I hope to build one day. Keep the pictures coming. This project is coming along nicely. Can't wait to see things progress!
I've read the debates about rolling on oil base dpaints and the limited number of colors available from brands like Rustoleum. I found out that Ace will mix any color in an oil based enamel gloss. After agonizing over colors my wife chose two winners. Photos don't do them justice. should be really 50s when Im done. The trailer will look like camo in the Keys, which are only a few hours away from home.
Got my fantastic fan installed. Tested it with my trickle charger in the livinroom. It was tricky getting the old one out but the installation took all of 15 minutes. Too dark for pix but I will post one soon. Also got the awning track back on the roof. Prime and paint within the next couple of weeks. Need to go to Ga. Next weekend to see my son graduate from basic training at ft. Benning
Haven't posted in a while but I have been busy working on the miassis dragon every night and weekends. Began priming today. Oct 8 will be 6 months since I dragged her home. Going so slowly but I am excited to start laying on the aqua and cream paint and cut into my aqua boomerang laminate sheet!
The rain is absolutely killing me, preventing me from rolling on the paint, so I am switching to countertops. Using the old one as a template for my aqua boomerang tops. Nasty old counters but the sink is in great shape.