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Old 08-01-2017, 12:33 PM   #1
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'72 Tradewind Demo Begins

Well, I made the mistake of showing my wife remodels by Monza, Chatthayer, and Webspinner, so the demo started yesterday. We got some great ideas from the folks mentioned above, I'll be looking forward to updates from Monza and Chatthayer.

I don't now if there is a demand for 1972 parts, but if you're interested please let me know. Free if you want anything!! They will be going to the scrapyard soon.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:42 PM   #2
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And how could I forget my Texas neighbor from up north?? Jballauer, my wife is watching your progress too!!
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:58 AM   #3
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Nice, get to work! Let's see how far you are now.

I ended up giving away all the appliances on Kijiji - The Craigslist of Canada.
Wife got sick of them sitting around, gone in about two hours after posting.

My progress is slowed, still hobbled...
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:38 PM   #4
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Nice, get to work! Let's see how far you are now.

I ended up giving away all the appliances on Kijiji - The Craigslist of Canada.
Wife got sick of them sitting around, gone in about two hours after posting.

My progress is slowed, still hobbled...
Man, I hate to hear you're still in recovery mode. Don't rush it though, I had a tib/fib fracture years ago and there was nothing fun about that.

The appliances were in worse shape than I expected, so it was off to the scrapyard.

See pics. Oh...the fun begins!
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:50 PM   #5
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Day one of demolition and the fun has only started. The appliances were in really bad shape and although we weren't planning on using them, I thought I could give them away. I found a few surprises too...I'm gald I never hooked up to water.

I'm still feeling good about the overall structural integrity of the old girl. We'll see how we feel about that after we tear into the bathroom.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:53 PM   #6
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A few more pics of the demo progress.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:06 PM   #7
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Good progress, and your sub floor looks to be in really good shape.
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Old 08-04-2017, 08:43 AM   #8
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Gaucho is gone! It's amazing how much filth can hide behind and under these things...lol
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:00 AM   #9
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Wanna see filth, wait until you clean out the belly pan and the walls, if you dig into it that far.
Have a floor plan in mind yet?
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:22 PM   #10
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My wife has been going crazy looking at different floor plans. I know it won't stay original. The restaurant booth style gaucho is definately going up front. The rest, including the rear bath is still anyone's guess. Honestly, I know it's going to be a lot of work, but I can't imagine not stripping it down the the wall studs/ribs. My main concern is the wiring...how badly the critters got to that.
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:09 PM   #11
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Okay, I guess I better get my build thread started!!!
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:19 PM   #12
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Sub-floor...

...yeah, like Monza, I think that subfloor is looking really good. Just be certain that it is indeed captured underneath the shell walls...sometimes, people just lay new plywood over the old. But from what I see, if there needs some replacement of the subfloor, you might be able to either replace a single board (meaning no need for a shell-off) or you might be able to epoxy patch some smaller areas of rot.

Definitely drop the belly pan though...you will want to reveal any frame issues.

As for wiring, I lived with half of my AC plugs not working for many years...more than anything, that was proverbial final straw...and I knew I had to do something drastic with the whole thing...it becomes an issue of safety.

BTW, I pulled my appliances 4 years ago now...and they are sitting in shed. I have no intent on putting mine back in...except, perhaps, the furnace...though living where we live, I am strongly considering leaving it completely out.
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:44 PM   #13
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I'm not looking forward to it, but I really think it needs to be rewired. The power inverter in the bathroom closet seems like a terrible idea too. We really haven't decided on the new floor plan. I'll be exploring all options, relying on all of you that have done this already.

And removing the bellypan to check the frame is a great idea. Thanks for that!
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:48 PM   #14
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Bathroom Attack Plan??

Any suggestions as to where we should start tearing things out?? I'll try to salvage whatever I can for anyone that might be interested.
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