I am new owner of a 31' 1973 Sovereign International that was partially gutted in the interior by the previous owner (the attached interior shot says it pretty well). I would be interested in comparing notes with those of you that are going through the same process as I am.
My first challenge is to figure out what is usable and what needs to be replaced. I have ordered a copy of the service manual and the owners manual from Secretarial Services which should arrive any day now. That should help me figure out what was supposed to be connected to what.
Yesterday I found out that there is a little bit of floor rot on the curb side and that the body appears to have bowed out away from the frame perhaps about 3/4".
I am guessing that I will have to at least replace a part of the floor and re-bolt the body on that side. I am pretty sure that I am going to want to remove the belly pan both relative to that problem and to figure out what works and doesn't work underneath.
Here are some questions that I have at this point that I would appreciate feedback regarding:
1.) I have to jack the trailer up to be able to work under it (removing the belly pan in particular. Are there suggested points for lifting that will not conflict with removing the belly pan? I assume the the owners manual will list something about jack points but I don't have that yet. Also I heard that the stabalizer jack locations are not good points for lifting the trailer - is that true?
2.) To remove or replace the bolts that hold the body to the frame will they have to be accessed from below the floor as well as above? I am trying to envision the original assemby steps and I am thinking that the plywood and the belly pan were in place before the body was bolted on. Does that sound right? If so does that imply that the body bolts had some from of captive nut on the frame side?
3.) I think I read on one of the forum postings that I could access the body bolts from the top by partially unriviting the interior panels along the bottom so they could be rolled out a bit. Is this going to be possible?
4.) The fender well material on the curb side appears to be a bit torn where the body had pulled away from it. Is this going to be hard to replace/repair?
Enough questions for now...
Thanks in advance for any help,
P.S. I don't see a spell checker in the reply area. Am I missing something? Also the image that I sent is pretty high resolution - are there guidlines or suggestions for what res should be used for attached pictures?