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Old 09-04-2016, 05:18 PM   #85
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Old 09-04-2016, 08:24 PM   #86
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Almost got the top off today. Ran out of daylight searching for hidden rivers.
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Old 09-05-2016, 09:26 AM   #87
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Lift offffffffffffff!!!!!

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Old 09-06-2016, 09:03 AM   #88
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Good night Sylvi. See you in the spring.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:45 AM   #89
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Well that was a lot of work. My hand is sore from drilling rivets. I built the gantries per the instructions from DDickey. They worked out just right. No need to engineer a proven process. Thanks to everyone who offered advice and suggestions.

I had drilled every other rivet before I moved it in place. I then drilled the rest out bending and leaning around the frames. I wish I would have drilled out all of them and then moved it into place. I was afraid it would crumple into pieces without any rivets. It wouldn't have. It just would have been easier. There weren't too many hidden rivets. Mostly on the inside where the ribs attached to the c channel. I tried to drill off the wheel well molding but it either came off in pieces or as dust. Another thing to add to the list to figure out.

Overall things went smooth. The floor doesn't look too bad considering. The frame from what I can tell doesn't look too bad either. The belly pan does look pretty bad. So far no real surprises. I assumed it would be a lot of work and it was. I met my deadline of what I needed to complete this weekend so I could put the shell away for winter. Now I can bring the frame home and work it over the winter in the my garage. I should have the frame home in the next week or two. I am not in much of a hurry for it right now. I am more or less making a to-do list. I needed something to do for the six months of winter ahead.

- template and replace subfloor.
- make any frame repairs.
- figure out how and mount grey tank
-rust proof or powder coat frame
- replace jack
-remove and rebuild all windows
-remove all bucktails from c channel, straighten, and reattach to floor.
- replace axle and wheels.
- replace belly pan
- clean and make any repairs or patches to interior skins
- start polishing all the bits and pieces

Over Christmas vacation
- replace trailer lights and wire it all up
- remove any bucktails in shell
- mount doublers with nutplates where sheetmetal screws penetrate shell

That should do for a couple months at least... probably more... a lot more.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:15 PM   #90
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Went to pick the frame to bring home for winter work.

In perpetration for the trip and what could happen with the four hour drive I bought two new wheel combos in case I have two flats. I pulled the lug nuts off case they were rusted on after 20 years in woods. I pulled the original wheels off in case they were seized and I needed a sledgehammer. I jacked the frame so I knew my jack went high enough. Hooked up the temporary trailer lights and hit the road.

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Old 09-16-2016, 05:53 PM   #91
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Kinda looks like a huge surfboard
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:20 PM   #92
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Kinda looks like a huge surfboard

... That a shark took a bite out of.

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Shoulda strapped down a few hot wheels or tonka truck!

Looks like good progress to me.
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I got my frame home and tucked into the garage. When I got up this morning to leave the garage had a disgusting dead animal/animal left over/ammonia smell. It is the wet left over stuff in the belly. Well I guess tomorrow is as good as ever to pull the belly pan off and clean it up.

I don't like to take on projects that I cant try and complete at the same time so thoughts are fresh when I try to finish. I just cant store it like this. I don't know when I will get a chance to get back at it but I need to clean out the bottom. I hope I can figure out/remember how to replace it when I do.
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:49 AM   #95
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I am sure its somewhere in the post (?) but being a newbie I'll just ask...what is the vin #? Just curious to see where it stacks up to my 56.
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Having a beautiful day here in central Wisconsin. Got at the belly pan and about an hour and a half later...




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I think I found my stink.

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