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Old 01-05-2014, 03:40 PM   #71
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We have a '65 GlobeTrotter and almost all the chrome fixtures need some degree of polishing. What method did you use on the third picture? is it a matter of sanding or did you use some sort of polish? We will likely be painting our rear bumper too one of these days. You are doing nice work!
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:21 PM   #72
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We have a '65 GlobeTrotter and almost all the chrome fixtures need some degree of polishing. What method did you use on the third picture? is it a matter of sanding or did you use some sort of polish? We will likely be painting our rear bumper too one of these days. You are doing nice work!
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Hi Jayne,
Thanks for the kind words. I don't plan on painting the rear trunk cover. I am slowly, very slowly cleaning it inch by inch with brass brushes mounted on a dremel tool. I go through a lot of the brushes and time but you can really spiff things up. I usually clean the item first with cleaner and paper towels. Then I take my time polishing the item. Not the fastest way but then I know things are clean and thoroughly gone through before they go back into the trailer.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:16 PM   #73
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End caps, long interior skin pieces, and screens

Had DH and son haul the four long interior skin pieces and the two end caps into the shop so I could wash them down front and back. Several times in fact. Got the first coat of Lazy Gray on them today. Got the last of the screens cleaned up and got new screening material as well. I will install the screening a little closer to when we have the windows back in so I don't have to clean them up again.

Tomorrow we may attempt to get the shell back on as DH has reinstalled the old axle in order to get the shell back inside where it will be safer. No idea when the new axle will be here. We expected it several weeks ago now. Every day that shell sits outside in these winter winds makes us nervous. Feels like redoing what you have already done is going backwards but we need that shell out of danger as soon as we can.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:43 PM   #74
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Touch Down!!

Only about a month behind schedule we got the frame close to the shell and it is now safely in the Rookery. Still needs a few adjustments to fit down on the frame before we can starting bucking rivets but it is out of the hellish winds we get around here. DH will sleep better now when the winter winds come howling.

Got all the big pieces of the interior cleaned and painted. Now all of them are tucked away safely until they can be reunited down the road. I have most of the small pieces on the trailer cleaned up. I will start working on the window frames on the trailer and get them all cleaned up for new gaskets. Between that and cleaning up the door and screen door, I have my projects for the next six weeks.

My son and I helped with the shell for most of the day and then I worked on the window protector after that. It needs some repair (the long hinge piece is broken at one end) as does one of the screens. Not sure how to fix aluminium other than a patch but that won't work on the screen frames. Hmmmm???? Any ideas?

Finished all the screens last night and will wait on screening them. What are people using for the window guard material that is better than the old fiber glass panels?
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:59 AM   #75
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Thanks for the photos. Very interesting and challenging project to get the shell inside. Tough work, but now it's safe from the winds. Your family is going to have one heck of a nice Safari when the project is done.

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Old 01-13-2014, 06:09 AM   #76
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Thanks David for looking it over. It helps when people give feedback and give some ideas. We all learn that way and share our knowledge/experience with others.
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Old 01-18-2014, 06:47 PM   #77
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New camera and a day's work

Bought a new camera as the former one kicked the bucket last weekend. Still trying to figure out how to use it so bear with me. I am sure I can still take a lot of photos of my fingers with it just like the old one.

Spent most of the day working on the Safari. DH and I bucked rivets all morning and finished about 1. DH and son riveted on the rest of the belly skin all around the sides in the afternoon. I started cleaning the old gasket gunk off all the windows in the afternoon and just finished a few minutes ago. Pictures of the progress and wondering if dear daughter wants to keep the inside "doorknob".
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:54 PM   #78
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Two weekends on the screen door...enough already

Spent the last two weekends working on cleaning up the screen door. What a mess. Can't say it is perfect, but lots better. DH has been working on a number of projects: wheel well trim, polishing around top where astrodome goes, wiring, installing patches over old furnace hole, water heater hole, stove vent, etc.

He also made some additional brackets to align the side ribs and the top ribs for extra strength. He has put a new shiny bottom on the inside of the door as the bottom part was pretty bubbled with the vinyl coming loose. He also has patched the main area where the door knob was on the outside and he will install one that we can actually find in one piece. Not the kind with a large bolt for an inside knob.


It is going pretty slow and it will be nice when we can start putting up insulation so then the skins can come back. I'm thinking that is a ways away at this point. Enjoying a blizzard here today so a great day for working on the Safari.
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:03 PM   #79
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Just a few more photos to prove we didn't sleep in all weekend. One is the new fresh water tank ready to be installed, the patch over the kitchen vent, extra evidence of prior building strategies, and the extra brace on the top to connect side ribs to top ribs. Now they are going to be able to haul all the dolls they want in a roof locker.
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It is going pretty slow and it will be nice when we can start putting up insulation so then the skins can come back.


I am just coming to the end of complete rewire and insulation installation, it has seemed like it took forever.
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:05 PM   #81
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It is going pretty slow and it will be nice when we can start putting up insulation so then the skins can come back.


I am just coming to the end of complete rewire and insulation installation, it has seemed like it took forever.
It does seem like this part is almost going backwards. The deadline approaches and we are crawling along. Slow and steady goes the race.
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:53 PM   #82
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Wiring, insulation, and a new sister

DH got a lot more of the wiring done and put in the plug in the front of the trailer. We hope to start insulating this weekend so it looks like we are actually doing something. All the exterior lights have been replaced except the back ups as we haven't ordered those yet.

The Safari got a new sister (1965 Overlander) tonight after a wait of several months as the negotiations continued on a deal. Finally made the deal on her and it arrived today about 4. There are a few pictures of her here. No name yet and this one has to wait until the Safari and the Pacer are 100% done before we touch it.

So even though it looks like we are Airstream hoarders, the kids will take theirs in the spring so we will be down to 3. Looks like we are in it for the long haul.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:49 PM   #83
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No more on the Overlander

It is back to work on the Safari time. We got some badges up, some insulation, and a bit of wiring done. Not a really productive weekend but we stayed busy trying to do it.
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So even though it looks like we are Airstream hoarders, the kids will take theirs in the spring so we will be down to 3. Looks like we are in it for the long haul.
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