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Old 02-04-2014, 06:17 AM   #85
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I'm a kid too, can I send you mine?
Love ya'lls work!
You could send it up here but no guarantee I could part with it after we would be done! People think we are crazy to do this much work but our hopes are to be able to caravan with our own little group of family each in our own AS.

Thanks for the praise on the work. Really a labor of love for the next generation to enjoy while we are here and hopefully long after we aren't.

Each one of these is special and it is interesting to see them take shape after months of work. Come this summer, we are going to be camping every chance we get. Then AS restoration resumes next fall. What a life!
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:06 PM   #86
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Looking like it might be nearly a trailer

DH got the front end cap up and the front lights operating. When I got home late from work tonight he had it all set up. Looks really nice and you can actually see the progress being made. Should be putting up the other end cap this weekend and working on more insulating. The new battery compartment came too so that is being set up. This is the fun part!
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:44 AM   #87
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You will enjoy your new Overlander as much as the other projects. I think the Overlander was the most popular trailer in the sixties. I know the small ones are cute and get all the attention, but the Overlander is the most functional for actual long distance traveling in my view.

Did you clean your window gasket and sealant crude with brushes, scotch brite or chemicals? I bet you have developed an efficient way to get 50 years of gunk off the window sealing surfaces. Can you share what you have learned?

Your Safari is making huge progress. It's going to be very special.

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Old 02-05-2014, 06:04 PM   #88
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Thanks for the support David,

The methods we have figured out for removing gasket goo off of trailer frames are many. Sometimes just mineral spirits and a green Scotch Brite pad will do it but many times not. I think I have tried everything on different areas on the three trailers we have done so far. Lacquer thinner, adhesive solvent, Goo Gone, Awesome cleaner, latex remover, and lots of elbow grease. Even fine steel wool and hot soapy water if necessary.

The hardest thing we have ever tried to remove are the baked on stickers PO have placed around the trailer. Learned a trick from Andy on how to help that situation using an iron and a wet rag. Some still don't really come out well but they look a lot better. Hope this helps you.
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:31 PM   #89
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Second cap is up!

DH and son installed the rear cap tonight after supper. That clears the way for more insulating tomorrow. Got the air conditioner too so that will go in soon. Not that we need it at -10 degrees but perhaps in July we will feel differently.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:53 PM   #90
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Tons done today

With the three of us working all day, we managed to get the rest of the Safari insulated, taped, and all the interior skins are up. It looks great and I will be touching up the paint on the rivets and the interior is DONE. Well, at least the interior skins anyway.

Off to visit my mother tomorrow so no more work this weekend on the Safari. I wonder if the Nisse will come and finish it up while we are gone.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:09 PM   #91
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Inside done photos

Here are a couple of photos that show all the skins back into the Safari. No work got done today but hopefully later this week we can have more surprises to share. Sandy
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There is an amazing amount of work you folks have done in two months. Now you are ready to build the cabinets to your liking for the Safari. I am cheering you on! Yea! Clap! Clap!

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Old 02-10-2014, 10:32 AM   #93
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There is an amazing amount of work you folks have done in two months. Now you are ready to build the cabinets to your liking for the Safari. I am cheering you on! Yea! Clap! Clap!

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Thanks David,
It has been pretty much a solid focus on getting as much done as fast as possible in order to be camping in the summer. It is getting more exciting now that the skins are in and actual construction may begin. Dearest maybe returning to paid employment so that could really slow us down.
Having money is nice but we also need time which money can't buy. We will have to see where this new venture takes us.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:45 AM   #94
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I sincerely enjoyed my working years. My biggest regret was not starting my own business. We all have to do something to pay the bills, so good luck to you and yours on any new opportunity. I retired, so I need working folks to support my SS check! I now have more time than money!

I enjoy putzing with my old 66 Trade Wind. I'll renovate its weaknesses and make it comfortable for us. The rear floor was rotted and now replaced. All major systems are upgraded except the electrical. I'm not doing a full monte but I am remodeling the bath in the spirit of the original design. I do hope to go traveling this summer with it. Ah, warm breezes, green grass, shade and blue skis. Can't wait. (It's 15 below here this morning!)

So, does your MN family have their trailer layout finalized? You have a like new frame, windows and interior shell to start with.

I wonder if they will opt for a stove with oven. I've traveled for several years now and we have never lit the oven. I think the microwave has made ovens obsolete. I'm thinking of a cook top with a microwave shelf below it.

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Sandy,
I meant to post this photo as inspiration for warmer times ahead. After 17 nights below zero, we northerners are ready for a break. Your MN family will so enjoy traveling in their new Safari.

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Loved the photo

Thanks David,
Loved the photo and that gives me hope that we might see green grass again. This winter has been far too long and I am ready for some sunshine and warm weather. It can't come too soon.

My daughter and her husband have some ideas on what they want to have the set up and I think it is going to be pretty close to original. The really fun part for me is the fabric that she is going to use for the cushions, drapes, and details. I am going to enjoy that part as you see the decor come together. It is also fun imagining the grandchildren having lots of time camping and spending time with the family. That is another thing that can't come too soon.

Stay warm!
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:56 PM   #97
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Back in the saddle again

Took last weekend to head to MN and see our grands and just back to work this weekend on the Safari. Progress to date on a wide variety of projects. The new air conditioner is in (not quite trimmed entirely), the axle arrived, new water heater in (which entailed a big patch to cover the gigantic opening for the old one), bathtub placed but not connected at any point just yet, wheel wells all insulated, fresh water tank and battery box are all ready to go. Seems like we are moving slow but all in the right direction.

I spent the last couple of days cleaning and painting the upper lockers. I got all the window trim cleaned and painted awaiting installation. Things should start moving a little faster now hopefully. The weather outside has been dreadfully cold so no ambition to wander far from the heated indoors. Soon it just has to be spring.
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Wow, lots done! I told Dave I would be enjoying that air conditioning by myself this summer since he voted to sweat it out! :-)
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