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Old 10-16-2014, 06:50 PM   #15
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Hi there thumb... I believe you can post pictures directly to your posts. You select "post reply", quick reply does not have photo capability. Then select the "paper clip" in the tool bar. A "Manage Attachments" window pops up asking you to choose a picture file from your hard drive. Do so, and select "open" in that window. Now that you have selected a photo, select "upload" and go have a diet coke. It takes up to 3 minutes for the system to resize and upload your photo. You will see your picture file name toward the bottom of the pop up window. Then close the window. You're done. My 3 meg photos are automatically resized to less than 300K, good enough for show and tell.

Hope this helps. You probably knew this anyway and are way beyond me on these kinds of things!

This is my winter project. And in Minnesota, I will have a loooong time to work on it.

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Old 10-16-2014, 08:12 PM   #16
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Hi there, so I got photoshop and resized the pics. Then I figured out the dang attachment in the posts. Thought it was best to just keep pics on my gallery. Today was a lot of learning, I felt a bit overwhelmed. But I can do this rivet thing and repair 8 windows. One a week, no problem!



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Old 10-27-2014, 06:59 PM   #17
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Safety basics first. Lights, Bearings, Axle repair

Very excited. The smallest of progress is good. Like having a safe coupler, greased bearings and lights! Evergreen RV says I can wait a year on the axle replacement. Likely will do that in the spring. The lights have been giving them trouble. Of course. All of it was ripped out and replaced. I can now drive him.

Ready now to haul it to work on in a glass studio called Glassometry located four hours from my home outside of Hood River, Oregon. My friend is lending me a huge studio space to work on the GT indoors. This is very exciting as my job in technology marketing allows me to work anywhere. Just need to be near an airport. And to find some good labor that can take my direction. Direction I get off the forum that is.

Next step is documenting the plan and weighing pros and cons of the frame off or on stage. My budget is 12k and I hope I can make this dream happen while getting my hands very dirty. Timeframe is about 8 months.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:24 PM   #18
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You are getting set up for the winter in a warm, dry place. Your new coupler is a major improvement. I think your budget is reasonable. It all depends how much "free" labor you can provide on weekends and the like. Maybe you have poked around the perimeter of your floor with a sharp awl? Look for soft spots or holes. A bad subfloor usually leads to the shell off. You can assess your frame once the belly pans are down and all the old, icky insulation is in the garbage.

The rear subfloor under the toilet was rotted away on mine. But the rest of the floor was adequate. So I just replaced the last 4 feet of sub floor without lifting the shell. Here is a photo of no floor.

It will be a neat Globetrotter when done.

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Old 10-28-2014, 02:08 AM   #19
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Thank you! Tonight I was exploring the topic of silicone removal. Also adding to the dreaded list of tools to out on the list in my search at pawn shops. The EIGHT windows will be my first attempt at rivet removal.

Not only do all the windows have silicone covered in dirt, but it is around my tail lights. Torn between the Rustoleum Automotive aircraft remover and the McKanica caulk remover. Mixed reviews on the product on VTS.

Someone went to town with the silicone.
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:12 AM   #20
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Dent repair New Alum sheets source Portland or Seattle referral please

Challenge is how to remove the rusty screws with three different heads and not lose patience. I am trying to keep the frames in one piece and pull out. Rough going.

What is the type of aluminum I order to get new skins? I have a lot of dents as you can see in my pics.

Big dimple on the roof-
One under the door
One front right
Bumper area

https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5go1wA - day i bought it pics of exterior and interior- shows dents well
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5jW8GA - hitch and jack- exterior views
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2QzA3L - interior mess removal of front dinette
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Old 11-25-2014, 06:47 AM   #21
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Silicone removal is a son of a gun. I see why people like it. It adheres very well, lasts a long time, and is impervious to weather and chemicals.

I am 'pick'in while grin'in" around my 66 Trade Wind. You have to keep smiling while doing this job. I have an old dental pick that hooks the silicone and pulls it away, or tears it. I think a heat gun would help soften it but I haven't tried it.

You mention you are going to remove your windows. I can't remember why. I do know it would be a ton of work. Maybe you plan on replacing them. Our trailers have these Phillips windows used only for three years, so replacement parts are hard to come by.

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Old 11-25-2014, 01:02 PM   #22
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Hey David, I am doing a shell off! Hard to believe even when I write it. But that is the plan in place. I have the shop lined up, the tools, now focusing on parts. I am going to take all the windows out - 8 ugh! and replace glass/repair. Two are plexiglass with no hardware.
Tinting them etc.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:44 PM   #23
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Full Monte merit badge for you! Shell lift off is as deep as a restoration goes. Someday maybe I'll have the chance. My Trade Wind wasn't bad enough to warrant the dollars and hours. You can address the frame and subfloor, install tanks and insulation, belly pan, steps, and install axles. With the interior skins down, you can address seam seals, dents, wiring, outlets, insulation and anything else you find. Then your trailer will be just like new.

Vintage Trailer Supply sells replacement curved glass, or you can try the lexon plastic. Lexon is tough stuff and light weight. Gee, they make aircraft windows out of it. I see the sill closers are available as well as the glass bar arms. I didn't see the glass bars that hold the glass in and provide the hinge. So I think you can rebuild your windows without removing the frames from the shell. With shell off, you will see the frames rivets to the shell and have a chance to seal the inside seams. There are threads on rebuilding these Phillips windows with the curved Corning glass.

I plan on tinting my windows too for reduced heat inside the trailer and privacy. I tinted my 86 and we like the reduced heat load and privacy, however it does make it quite a bit darker in the trailer. But rarely do I get a campsite with a view. I'm usually buried around huge 5 wheels. So we leash up the dumb beagle and go exploring, then crash in the Airstream in the evening.

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Old 11-25-2014, 09:55 PM   #24
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:09 PM   #27
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I'm in near total envy over that wonderful shop!

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Same with me! Someday....

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