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Old 11-20-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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1965 toilet re-engineering

The Slide-o-matic will live again!


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I couldn't find a kit to rebuild the original stainless flush valve so I'm reengineering the toilet with a new plastic they ford valve.


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That's the old valve.
I took it apart and used the stainless l shaped shaft from it in a new plastic valve.


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I opened up the standard Thetford plastic valve and put the old L shaped shaft in from the original valve.


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Cleaned and painted the mounting plate. Used new rubber expanding nuts from Ace. My new favorite store. All stainless machine screws and nuts.


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Put a film of silicone on the rough ceramic bowl flange and mounted the remade valve. It's about 3/8 inch thicker than the old one so I cut some 3/8 spacers out of steel that I had in my shop.


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Bead blasted the base parts. They were nasty.

To be continued. . .
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:39 PM   #2
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Wow. That's real dedication!

I contemplated rebuilding the Swirl-o-Matic on our 1960 Pacer--I was going to have to remanufacture several of the internal components, but I planned to make the new ones out of stainless steel. It would have been quite a project, but I never got a round tuit before we sold the trailer and bought a bigger one.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:44 AM   #3
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Please keep the updates coming.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:08 PM   #4
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Thetford water valve. Replaces original brass valve with a bit of work. I'm not a fan of plastic valves. Hopefully it will hold up.


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These are the 3/8 spacers that I made to accommodate the thicker flush valve.

I am currently testing whether the bowl is water tight. It looks good so far. I'm letting water sit in the bowl overnight to be sure.

My fingers are crossed.
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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i had a swirl o matic. Considering now if I should have had the broken plastic 3d printed somewhere.
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:49 AM   #6
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Success! No leaks for two days! Wife will be pleased to have a working toilet.
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Old 11-24-2013, 12:24 PM   #7
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:29 PM   #8
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:51 PM   #9
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Outstanding design and workmanship!

I took the opposite approach. I installed a Thetford Curve pp and use my old black tank for a gray tank.

Hey, whatever works for you.

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Old 02-09-2014, 10:43 PM   #10
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Thanks Dan
My old black tank was beyond repair so I made this one as big as could fit in the space and am switching to valterra valves.
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