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Old 02-21-2011, 05:11 PM   #1
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The conversion begins - with pics

Now several hundred dollars in, and a lot of hours, things are starting to take shape.

Olympic rivets are cool. I'm sure they are even cooler with a shaver.

The PO used what I think where propane vent covers over the vent stacks. They were much larger than what VTS sells, which are still larger than what was original, so I had 14 holes per vent I needed to fill. I primed and painted the vent covers from VTS a chrome silver, and used 2 layers of silicone glass impregnated sheet sealers between the metal covers and the aluminum skin. Interestingly, the PO used plumbers putty for a water tight seal. It actually worked very well, and I thought about using it again myself, but instead just went with the original design. I used foam as a gasket around the pipe, and I cut stainless steel sink strainers and pushed those up in the inside of the vent covers to prevent wasps. I'm glad I took these off in the winter, as there were about 3 nests per cap.
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Looks really nice.
What is "silicone glass impregnated sheet sealers"?
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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and the Jalousie

The Jalousie windows were interesting as well. The first pic is the original bulb seal, and the new one. The original was a stiff as a pencil. No sealing going on there!

Replaced the brush type weatherstripping, and all the vinyl buttons that hold the glass. It's frustrating, because I got pretty good at it by the end, after I worked out all the tricks getting them in and out. The real trick is to use a lubricant to get the new rubber seals in the track. I used boeshield, which is a waxy lubricant made to keep tablesaws from getting rusty. Works great.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:19 PM   #4
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Looks really nice.
What is "silicone glass impregnated sheet sealers"?
Went to advance auto, and got gray gasket material. It comes in a rolled up sheet, and I just cut out a gasket shape to help prevent the electrolysis.
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Went to advance auto, and got gray gasket material. It comes in a rolled up sheet, and I just cut out a gasket shape to help prevent the electrolysis.
sorry, not electrolysis. I can't remember. The corrosion battery effect whatever that's called.
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Interestingly, the PO used plumbers putty for a water tight seal. It actually worked very well, and I thought about using it again myself, but instead just went with the original design.
Okay, now I feel a little silly. I thought it was plumbers putty. Felt and looked like the same stuff, and cleaned up the same, but in fact, it was butyl tape - now that I look at that closer. I ordered some, and I'm going to unscrew and put in the butyl tape. wow, what a learning process!
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