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Old 03-24-2007, 02:59 PM   #183
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Front panel behind AC is painted

Pat applied the vinyl wash primer first.
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Then the Mini Cooper Black
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We painted the parts from the AC plant
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Now they are shiny black too.
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After a second coat the still drying BLACK is so highly reflective it’s like taking your picture in a mirror.
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Old 03-24-2007, 03:33 PM   #184
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Wow it looks beautiful! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-25-2007, 06:46 PM   #185
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The now Mini Black LG compressor, in position and ready to be connected.

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Old 03-25-2007, 10:53 PM   #186
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woo hoo!

so when is the rest of the trailer going to be shot?
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:34 AM   #187
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final paint to be last thing

Marc,

The final paint will be the last thing – well, the moldings all around and the new BLACK Zip Dee immediately following that – so spraying is still a long way off.

We painted the area behind the AC compressor because that allows us to connect, charge and test the AC units and proceed with the rest of the interior.

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Old 03-26-2007, 10:31 AM   #188
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Sergei,

Is the final overall color going to be black? Is so, won't that make it a heat magnet?
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Old 03-26-2007, 08:09 PM   #189
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Pepper WHITE and Black

Tim,

From page one of this thread, the Argosy was always going to be painted to match the MINI, Pepper WHITE and BLACK - two tone.

Only the lower portion, below the belt line, is BLACK. The rest will be Pepper White.


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Old 03-27-2007, 12:22 PM   #190
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Ordered the Ultra Fab 3500 power jack

When I asked about the relative merits of BARKER and ULTRA –FAB here I received less comment on the subject than I though I would:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ack-30837.html

I called the Airstream factory. They’ve been using Barker for 30 years or more but didn’t have an opinion on Ultra Fab.

I called Ultra Fab. They said they thought the two products were very similar and competitive but felt they had an edge by offering an adjustable foot.

Sugarfoot gave me a very detailed report on his Ultra Fab.

I spoke to a local RV repairman who said they were comparable with no appreciable difference between the two.

I assume that Airstream’s use of the Barker has more to do with traditional loyalty than product superiority and followed Sugarfoot’s example and went with an easy 1-800 purchase of the Ultra Fab from Camping World.

It’s a few bucks cheaper than the competition and has the added adjustable foot, said to be helpful when using a WD hitch.

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Old 03-27-2007, 06:12 PM   #191
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How is the foot adjustable?

Sergei, does the foot pivot on the bottom? I, of course, just have a post that goes on a aluminum block that I use. Eventually, I'll be replacing ours... let me know of it's just a bolt on simple job. I've read some stories that you have to drill out the opening more.... I don't have a grinder, so I'm reluctant to do it myself....

How's the interior coming?
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:14 AM   #192
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bathroom is starting to take shape

Marc,

I don’t know how the adjustable foot functions.

It was apparently the only feature that separated the two major brands and was only $10.00 for the option so I took it.

Ultra Fab described it as particularly useful if you have a weight distribution hitch.

The jack will arrive in a few days. We should be able to tell from the design or the accompanying literature and I’ll let you know.

The “frosted glass and white” bathroom is starting to take shape.

I’ll have to get my act together and order the electrical panel because it goes on the wall just outside the tall vanity.

It will also be nice to have power in the trailer.


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Old 03-28-2007, 12:23 PM   #193
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Sergei, does the foot pivot on the bottom? I, of course, just have a post that goes on a aluminum block that I use. Eventually, I'll be replacing ours... let me know of it's just a bolt on simple job. I've read some stories that you have to drill out the opening more.... I don't have a grinder, so I'm reluctant to do it myself....

How's the interior coming?
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Marc, the adjustable foot is an extention to the jack post that can raised or lowered to from 1-6 inches incrementally by moving a pin. It can also be removed from the jack post completely. Quite a handy concept.
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:47 PM   #194
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Hello Sergei,
That's quite a project. Can I just say WOW! They say it's not the destination, it's the journey....and your on it! Keep the faith and follow though with the quality aspects and the asthetic that you envision. My little bit of advice is maybe do not completely try to reinvent the wheel while pursuing your idea of perfection. Not that I am saying what you are doing is wrong as I do not completely understand the diesel powered part of the trailer yet. I just spent an extra year past the point when I thought my restoration would be completed and I know it can get frustrating at times.
When you do get out there all of that work will pay off because you will no longer have to think about it. I like the aspect of the project as art platform and always remember lighter is better. I love the sprinter and the flatbed look, but having carried heavy objects on trucks like that for too my years, it scares me to think about now. I think the weight is too much and too high especially towing a trailer. I would leave the mini home and load on a euro scooter and some bicycles next too the barbeque, spare water and diesel tanks,tool boxes, surf boards,etc,etc you get the idea. Actually the spinter van would be excellent for that also and you get the security factor. Love what your doing...if you email me privately I will send you photos of a cute two tone baby blue Argosy and a nice Isuzu flatbed/Airstream rig. I also reinvented my own Wally door and will send photos of that too.
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Old 03-30-2007, 09:11 AM   #195
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Gary, thanks for your nice comments and encouragement.

I went through the Sprinter van / flatbed debate with myself over a year ago. See post #22 and 25 back on page 2 of this thread.

Do you use that old adage in Maine, the one about closing the barn door after the horse is out?

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Old 03-30-2007, 08:29 PM   #196
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Sergei,
I guess I made the assumption you were reconsidering the idea of hauling the mini because of all the various problems mentioned, least mentioned of which seems to be the fact that it is just too much weight for the truck. When you get the truck and trailer loaded up and it's going to feel and be heavy. That makes everything work harder, take longer, stop slower, and will be a drag while travelling. The truck will be perfect for the trips you plan and when you get ready to go and load up the car there will be time to get the feel of it and make a decision then. Then you can take a picture of the car and hang it on the wall of the trailer for the trip. Just leave the car home. That horse has not left the barn and how much does a dead horse weight anyway?
I know ...and they are HEAVY!
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