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Old 11-04-2011, 04:13 PM   #155
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Got a few more things on the outside finished in the last couple of weeks. Painted the tags & reinstalled them (yes, that's me with the old buck rivet gun--now that I'm finished with it, I'm pretty good with it!). I'm finally finished begging my family members to help me buck rivet!

Put up new running lights on the endcaps. The front endcap had them, but the rear didn't. I had to follow the front pattern for the rear. I would have liked them farther apart, but had a tuff enough time with the gazillions of holes the PO left under the ones in the front, so they are what they are!

Got a new refrigerator vent & cut it down to size & polished it--the old one was really brittle & I like the fact that the aluminum polishes up nicely.

Put in a Marineco outdoor outlet in the original strange place next to the kitchen window.

Fabricated the pieces for the sides of the wheels. I practiced first with cardboard & then cut it out of the aluminum. The colors will match up when I polish.

I sealed all the interior seams & rivets with Vulkem. I sat in her last night in the rain & looked for leaks. Found a couple, so I'm going to do all the windows tomorrow.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:25 PM   #156
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I love progress! Gotta ask about the wheel trim...I have some from VTS but havent even opened the package yet. Is yours the same and how did you bend it? I've been thinking notches on the back but I also heard its better to heat it.
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:23 PM   #157
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I love progress! Gotta ask about the wheel trim...I have some from VTS but havent even opened the package yet. Is yours the same and how did you bend it? I've been thinking notches on the back but I also heard its better to heat it.
I thought I had all of VTS memorized by now! I can't say that I've seen the wheel trim they have. I was actually short on both sides of my wheel trim when I cut the banana wrap. It probably will be a good thing if I ever have a blow out, though! I used the same aluminum that I used on the banana wrap. I tried a few times with a cardboard pattern until I made it look right. I buck riveted the top & sides first & then bent it & held it with my knee (contortion artist that I am) while I drilled the first hole into the outrigger. Clecoed it & then drilled the rest & riveted with 5/32 regular rivets.....hoping that'll hold for 30 years....probably will be dead by then!
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:28 PM   #158
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I sat in her last night in the rain & looked for leaks. Found a couple, so I'm going to do all the windows tomorrow.
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Good progress!

Chasing leaks in the rain was one of the most frustrating things I did. I fixed 17 of the #@$% things. After two years, I still haven't seen a single drop inside -- well worth the effort.

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Old 11-05-2011, 10:14 AM   #159
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Nice work!
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:30 PM   #160
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Painted the tags & reinstalled them (yes, that's me with the old buck rivet gun--now that I'm finished with it, I'm pretty good with it!). I'm finally finished begging my family members to help me buck rivet!


Put up new running lights on the endcaps. The front endcap had them, but the rear didn't.
Becky- how did you repaint your Airstream and data plate tags? They look great! Mine are very faded...but I am not sure how to refinish them. Help!

Also- would you like to rent your rivet gun to me when I get going??

Mine had running lights on both end caps...attached with steel sheet metal screws with standard slots. All spacing looks pretty standard/even.

Your old Bambi is looking GREAT!!! Ben
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:35 PM   #161
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Becky- how did you repaint your Airstream and data plate tags? They look great! Mine are very faded...but I am not sure how to refinish them. Help!

Also- would you like to rent your rivet gun to me when I get going??

Mine had running lights on both end caps...attached with steel sheet metal screws with standard slots. All spacing looks pretty standard/even.

Your old Bambi is looking GREAT!!! Ben
I took the data plate tags off the trailer & painted them by hand. (PITA, by the way) Then I coated it with mega coats of clear coat. The name tags on the front & back I took off & taped them off & spray painted them. I clear coated those too. I used Rustoleum Gloss Royal Blue. Make sure, if you clear coat them, that your paint is absolutely positively dry! I was in a hurry (as usual) and clear coated too soon & the paint all shriveled. I had to strip the data plate & do it over again.

I can rent you my rivet gun when I'm finished. I assume you mean the buck riveter. I have the bucking bar to go with it. I also had a roller made for rolling out dents. My skin had a few that were tuff to get out. It's like the one that Aerowood (I think that's his name) has. I can rent you that too if you need it.

I'm working on getting my running lights waterproofed. They don't sit right & have large spaces where water can just run through like a river. I'm using the suggestion of a member (to Ben, actually) to use cork for a gasket. Seems to be working out pretty well.

I'll post some pictures tomorrow.
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:43 PM   #162
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Instead of cork for running light gaskets I recycled a bicycle inner tube. For the tail lights I used some of the bead molding from VTS I have on hand. Both worked well.
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:44 PM   #163
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My running lights sat really high on the top & bottom (especially the bottom) of the lens due to the curve of the end caps.
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So, I used some cork as a gasket, since the distance between the bottom of the lens & the trailer was significant. I really lubed up the lights with dioelectrical grease because they already were showing signs of corrosion!
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My DH & son, Paul, wired up my running lights the other day. My son works on semis, so he's pretty experienced with wiring tail lights. When they made the frame, they ran a wire through it to the rear of the frame specifically for the running lights. They split the front lights on their own system, so trouble shooting in the future will be easier (hopefully there won't be ANY of that!)

I'm all set to do the interior insulation, except for one really irritating thing. LEAKS! I've sealed the inside & hoped to not have to seal the outside, but that was a pipe dream. I've finished all the seams & am trying to track down a couple more leaks. Maybe by tomorrow I'll have found them all.....(I've said that sooooo many times! FRUSTRATING!)
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:56 PM   #164
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It's looking really good!
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Awesum progress. I formed the lens base to fit the end cap and also have some 'gaps' to the lens.

Cork, huh?

Leaks? Gee...we don't have leaks!...I will be very careful where I place my sleeping roll this weekend on our Big First Outing
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Are your lenses glass or plastic? The above Idea of shaping sounds good.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:40 AM   #167
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Mine are plastic. I did try to shape them on a belt sander, but still didn't get close enough for a good seal. I think that after we test the lights one more time today, I'm going to put a light seal of - gasp - silicone around the edges. That'll keep it dry till the bulbs die!
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Old 11-25-2011, 04:57 PM   #168
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Well, I have condensation in my cork gasketed lights...... Think I'll line the top of the cork with some roofing rubber as a gasket. I'll be back with reports on that someday!

I spent more time today trying to track down leaks. I made my own pressurized leak detector with a big fan & a vacuum blowing up the hole that's in the bottom for the bathroom plumbing. I found a few leaks above the windows, but not at the top of the rain rails. They were in the line where the screws that hold the windows in place go. I just sealed all of them. Speaking of windows. The rails on the top are engineered so dumb! I had to bend the rail to get the screw that holds the window in place out. (when I rebuilt the windows) So I also had to bend them back. Of course, it's not perfect. You'd think they could have come up with a better way to hold them in place.
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