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Old 05-30-2013, 04:39 PM   #113
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You're sure making progress! Share some pics one's you get it off the frame!
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:34 PM   #114
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Will be my pleasure I have been taking them during the process but don't want to fight with the computer till its off! Stephanie I have a lot of shims on the wall ribs and only 4 of those touch the U channel is this normal? Also the three screws in the threshold just will not budge any problem if I cut those?
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:40 PM   #115
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It went good today after I bleed on it! Took my safety gloves off to pick up the pencil and scraped a rivet piece stuck in the rib by the door. I am good like that put on my safety glasses turned around and ran into the door and yes bled again! That was yesterday with the door had a headache for most of the night. Had to laugh about it anyway.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:11 AM   #116
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progress and problems

I am posting some of the pictures now because my schedule is filling fast! I have the bracing in and have removed on of the two patches that have to come off I also messed up 3 rivets (hot out and dog loving while trying to work) so break then back at it after lunch! The outlet on the right side of the door is for a plug in proch light which does not match the ones that i have seen on airstreams!? last but not least how does remove the cable port from under the access door? bout to cut it off!
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:04 PM   #117
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Okay anybody please, what is the secret with removing the buck rivets? 15 buck rivets in a hour and a half three broken bits and I may never find that spring loaded center punch (good throw) ! I finally put the dogs in the house (lots of lovin at the wrong time) but still there has got to be an easier way! I still have a hundred or so to go!! Bare in mind I don't drink so beer will not help!
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:07 PM   #118
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For those of you that think that quality control was good in the sixties please don't drink and drive if there were a time machine I would be having a "chat" with good ole qc!
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Bare in mind I don't drink so beer will not help!
Well that's you problem! Seriously, go find that punch with the spring. It's almost impossible without that. Make sure to give it a good pull and let it go. It should make a nice dimple in that rivet. Use a fresh bit and make sure it is the right size. I think it is #30 if I recall correctly. Take your time.
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:43 PM   #120
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No project is complete until you swear and someone is bleeding

Did you get the screws out? I say cut them if they get in the way. They have to be replaced anyway. I cut through a lot of stuff with my dremel.

Your need for shims might have to do with the old wood floor being warped. You'll know more as you get it apart, but everything was tight on the new floor once I put it in. I didn't go shell off like you are though! Good luck! Try to be patient with those buck rivets!
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:57 PM   #121
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Jewel65 I bought 3 of those spring loaded punches already tossed one across the yard! As for taking my time I think that is my problem I am trying to get the shell off and back on before we get one of those himacanes. Stephanie thanks for the words of encuragement I just need to regroup and attack for another direction. Yes I will cut the screws.
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You can still buy the plug cover from VTS. The porch lights themselves are very scarce and pricey when they show up on eBay.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:17 PM   #123
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Shelly that is a braund antenna from battle creek mich. the rope has been on it for a while but it looks okay (famous last words). But is that the orig light?
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That's an original light!

I sent you an email, I'm looking for a different antenna. Like this one...


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Okay anybody please, what is the secret with removing the buck rivets? 15 buck rivets in a hour and a half three broken bits and I may never find that spring loaded center punch (good throw) ! I finally put the dogs in the house (lots of lovin at the wrong time) but still there has got to be an easier way! I still have a hundred or so to go!! Bare in mind I don't drink so beer will not help!
I rarely drink, so it didn't help me either. Don't be in a hurry, just do a few each day and it will get done. I drilled them out with fresh drill bit. I have gone through a lot of bits. Also, I would use a chisel and hammer on rivets I couldn't get. Sometimes, I went around with a razor blade or putty knife just to make sure there wasn't anything with a sealant and sometimes there was. Slow but steady. You can do it! Yes, put up the dogs. We have 3 and they drove me crazy. I told my husband I cannot do it with 3 kids AND 3 dogs. I can do it with 3 kids, but the dogs have to be put up.
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The pop rivets are all out but the buck rivet are a different story! I finally put the dogs away cuz I did not want the fight associated with pulling aluminum splinters out of their paws. I put a small tarp down and catch those but stay off the freaking tarp is one command I just don't think they get fast enough! Shelly not a problem with the antenna if you were to put one that big on a caravel there would be problem! Lol I did look long and hard at the chisel then decided to take a break!
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