Post by smacelroy on Sept 16, 2011 23:31:44 GMT -5
Tomorrow I will be at frame ;D. I then will be taking the skins inside the garage, laying them flat on the ground, and rebuilding them as I'm sure they did back in the late 50's. (Hence the top was not fully demoed, for remeasuring factors). A few questions I do have though. I'm assuming the lowest skins were put on after everything was installed. Now I can only build the structure due to the fact that I yet have to find a local place to rebuild my skins for me. But this will be a huge factor in getting the rebuild process started. I know the skins need to be reatatched by screws ect. but I was also curious to know if anyone had or thought about using liquid nails to help hold the skins in place. I also would like to know the name of the black tar which is used to seal the skins together. Although I hate that stuff, (helped me tear a couple peiced of aluminum I had hoped to reuse) It seemed to create an excelent seal. And since I am going to be at the point of rebuilding very soon any tips/stratagies would greatly be appreciated. I'm so excited, I can't wait to show you guys some pictures of it going back together. I just thought of one other quesiton. Not in this catagory but since I'm here The frame is literally 5 flimsy L channels welded together with a 2x4 in the center (seen in picture). I'm considering hunting down some more L channel and a welder to reinforce the frame. Although it seems this "old timer" had no problems it just seems a bit to "chinsy" to me. What are your thoughts?
I feel your pain. I like to rebuild stuff back stronger than before, even if it isn't really needed. On the liquid nails, I used it when I was attaching the birch paneling to the framing, but I didn't use it on the aluminum skins. Pictured is my first attempt at buying an old trailer. The more I looked, the more I found, until I said "ah, to hell with it, I'll just start over from the frame up" It's not finished yet, I'll show it off when done. Good luck and keep us posted.
Nomad was a 1969, going to end up looking like a 1950's
Post by Gone Kayaking on Sept 17, 2011 20:06:05 GMT -5
Looks like you have a big project. We'll be very interested in watching and encouragign you along. Please review all of the restoration threads very carefully, you will learn much of what you need to know. It looks like your skin is not original (hard to tell from just one picture) cause the brake pattern looks different. It's not Tar. Butyl putty is used to between the front/top/back edges which should overlap the sides by about 3/4 inch and the drip rail which overlaps this by about a quarter inch. You want the frame to be attached in a few places with screws but it does expand and contract with heat so you definitely don't want to glue it with anything. The frame on the other hand should definitely be as tight as you can make it. Most of us use a kreg pocket hole jig to connect the 1x2 framing. I also used some gorilla glue here and there where I wanted extra strength (the back wall mostly).
1956 Shasta 1500
Can't wait to go campin'
Post by smacelroy on Sept 18, 2011 11:22:20 GMT -5
I did see the Kreg demo another member had posted. That thing is going to be a life saver. From what I could tell most of what was inside looked to be original. Although I'm not sure. I could tell though that someone at some point had tried to fix it up. I'm going to find some new skins for it though. In the demo I did I tore up a couple peices and I figure new would not be a bad idea anyways. No dents, dings for the new paint. This thing is going to be smokn' ;
Post by smacelroy on Sept 29, 2011 19:22:52 GMT -5
well I've hit the point where I finally get to do some framing :0 Wooo Hooo!! It's going to take a while but I'm hoping I can get one side done in 1 weekend. Not sure if I'm to rambunctious or not be we will see how this will go. I'll post some pics up show you my progess if anyone wants to see. If anyone has any tips before I start late friday afternoon I'd sure appreciate it
Post by shastabear1 on Sept 30, 2011 7:43:09 GMT -5
Hey Bud... While yer at the framin stage of yer project, might be wise to also think about where ya might wanna run new/extra outlets/lights....maybe even exterior outlet(s), etc...Even possibly some fresh new wirin fer all yer exterior lights... Randy