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Old 04-20-2007, 07:01 PM   #57
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I did a lot of cleaningadn got the carpeting out and down to what seem to be the original tiled floor. It is decision time as the 3/4 deck is rotten at most of the perimeter under the shell although the rest has only problems at one seam and right inside the door.
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:45 PM   #58
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I got almost everything out of the interior except the toilet, gray and black water tanks that I will do tomorrow and the fibreglass bathroom will stay with the shell. One Cameleon and lots of red ants but no water moccasin so far. It was so warm here in PA today if there were baby alligators in the belly pan they would have come out today. My .128" drill is ready to drop the pan in a few days.

Should I move to the frame/shell replacement section?

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Old 04-23-2007, 10:01 PM   #59
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Why I had to do it

I forgot to mention that I found rot almost everywhere around the outside edge of the flooring so it's a full monty or monti.

Here is a picture with almost everything out and before tarping.
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Old 04-24-2007, 07:49 AM   #60
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I guess that sort of answers the question: "What do you expect for 3k?".

Good luck with the project though...you're going to have a real gem when you are finished. Keep us posted

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Old 04-24-2007, 06:28 PM   #61
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Just about ready to drop the frame from under the shell. I did not realize until now that there is no gray water tank. The shower floor is so low I can not imagine how to fit one under there. That shower/bath room is some nice piece of fibreglass work so I don't want to touch that. Gray water would pump up hill though. POR-15 and epoxy on the way. I am not a restoration/preservation purist by any means and looking for upgrade ideas. Stove top and microwave I think. After dealing with a belly pan that was wrapped over the U-cnannel and riveted three times I could eliminate the pan and go for 1" of blue styrofoam. I am thinking AC not on the roof.

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Old 05-09-2007, 08:45 PM   #62
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Nice to be Reassembling

I am using 3/4 exterior plywood and Rot Doctoring the edges. I got the idea to insulate the steel hardware from the aluminum from NoCal Bambi but my HD had no shrink tubes the right size so I wrap the bolt with electrical tape and put a nylon washer between the 1/4 X 1 steel washer and the aluminum U-channel. To ensure that the skin fits the channel I compared girths making the outside of the U-channels 3/4" smaller than the girth of the skin. I figure that gives me 1/8" for skin thickness and good measure. Lower half of the fibreglass wet end is out. What a job and heavy! I am planning on a nice little stand up shower in the street/forward corner and only one sink for washing hands AND dishes and a big bed aft. Still open to ideas though.

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Old 05-09-2007, 10:13 PM   #64
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Hi Barry,
Where is Canadensis? For some reason I think it is in the Poconos. We are near West Chester, PA and are waiting anxiously for our 62 Bambi which may be arriving within a week or two. You've got a great looking Caravel there. Just found this thread and am impressed with your work so far. Congrats on the purchase. I'd be interested in seeing some more photos as I get into fixing up the Bambi. I'll post photos once it gets here.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:47 PM   #65
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I am looking froward to my thousand dollar 3000# Dexter axle said to be coming next week. Should be really sweet and include directions and shock mount at that price. Guess I'll roughen it up and coat a couple of times with Rustoleum so it lasts forever. Inland brokered it so I trust it will go in perfect and I will let everyone know how this goes.

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Old 05-10-2007, 07:37 PM   #66
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Canadensis is Indeed in the Poconos

I thought someone might like to see where one would expect to see rot in a '65 Caravel subfloor. Here is the new floor for comparison.

BTW the old plywood had the letters"INT" on them. Next time I do this I will get good elevator bolts ahead of time. Seems hardware stores etc stock only a few at any time. Plated are cheep steel. It looks like OE was carriage bolts.

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I am looking froward to my thousand dollar 3000# Dexter axle said to be coming next week. Should be really sweet and include directions and shock mount at that price. Guess I'll roughen it up and coat a couple of times with Rustoleum so it lasts forever. Inland brokered it so I trust it will go in perfect and I will let everyone know how this goes.

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great work on the cloud, i'm so jealous as i still don't have an axle or my subfloor on yet. you mentioned inland borkered the dexter axle. are you sure about that? last i knew inland didn't do anything with dexter, only henschen.
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I am trusting Inland to get me the best for the job and I'll let you know what brand in a few days. They said I will have to do some drilling, cut two dogs off and weld on shock mounts. It's a Caravel though. I was just perusing a restoration thread that was 63 pages long on this forum. Lots of inspiration here. In the rain tomorrow maybe I can clean the interior walls.
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If you have patience you will definately be able to find something allright I paid 2000 for a 63 tradewind everything works but missing bathroom but am restoring so not a big deal good luck man
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Custom Layout

Windows are great until you start trying to develop a custom design to suit your needs. I plan to fly solo and this is what I have come up with so far.
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