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Old 08-22-2007, 08:54 PM   #337
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Neat suggestion on the outriggers from Malconium but an even better eventual solution by Phil are described in my Diesel Powered Trailer thread here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f287...r-23048-5.html

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Old 08-26-2007, 02:08 PM   #338
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Bathroom Fixture

I took the guts out of a 110V IKEA wall lamp and replaced them with the 12v guts from one of the old, yellowed Argosy ceiling fixtures.

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Note how we moved the 4-way switch from the centre of the old to the side of the new.

The lamp looks terrific when lit. I’ll send in a picture when I get it mounted on the wall.



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Old 10-27-2007, 08:43 PM   #339
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And now a segue to the finished lamp……

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Note the frosted glass window. Post #165 told how I intended to use some left over signwriter's film to achieve that effect.

I found something better in a local big box store recently: “frosted glass” spray in an aerosol can.

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It really works. It looks and feels exactly like the real thing.


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Old 10-28-2007, 10:20 AM   #340
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We’re on the backstretch now

In the last several weeks, we’ve made a lot of progress, inside and out.

On the exterior, all that remains now is to dry fit the trim, panel the inside of the door, trim one wheel well and mount the new LED running lights and turn signals. Then she’s ready for her BLACK and PEPPER WHITE paint coat.


The belly skin and all the banana wraps are done now, as is the bumper box


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We used .040 sheets for the wraps and pan, mostly because it was the only material available at Wiltsie’s, except for a lighter aluminum roll, which buckles and ripples more easily. The .040 was not easy to work with but it provides a far more solid finished job.


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Vince, a neighbor, has been giving me a lot of help. Here he’s filling and sanding the banana wraps. I learned too late, on this forum, that I could have bought new plastic ones from Airstream.


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We assembled a T from various brass fittings bought at an auto supply store, allowing Phil to use both the air drill and riveter without plugging and unplugging them from the air supply.


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We’re getting there.

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Old 10-28-2007, 11:58 AM   #341
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I'm sure your custom bannana wraps fit better than plastic ones Sergei! Can't wait to see the paint. Is it still warm where you are?
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Old 10-28-2007, 12:37 PM   #342
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Marc:

We’ve had an unseasonably warm October. I was back in Toronto a couple of weeks ago, renovating a deck, and it was 32 Celsius, 90F!

The weather returned to normal this week however and I had to erect a roll up door on my work shed. Once we’ve finished the lighting at the rear, we’ll snug up the tarp.


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We also winterized the trailer this week, something I hadn’t thought I would be doing this year. This will be my THIRD winter in Port Bruce!

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Old 10-28-2007, 08:24 PM   #343
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A couple shots of the bumper box we built

All aluminum lined, weather protected stainless steel piano hinge, 1/8” aluminum lid - which will have fastening devices added after we paint the trailer.


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The trailer body will be BLACK below the belt line but I like the cool, natural look of the aluminum box and it will remain unpainted.

The bumper will be polished and then coated (as will the lid) with the POR 15 clear-coat product GLISTEN.


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Old 10-28-2007, 09:16 PM   #344
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While DavidsonOverlander’s furniture worked perfectly when we did a dry fit last summer, the under-bed drawers wouldn’t fit when it came to the final install this week.

Somehow the frames had warped in storage.

On a couple days notice, Grant took a day off his school teaching job, drove two hours each way and stayed here all day Friday until we overcame the problem.


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I want to publicly thank Grant; not only for the beautiful furniture he built but also for all the help he’s been since day one of this project.


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This is the mid ship gaucho ready for the all-new upholstery which will be made in the next few weeks.


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The whole experience put me in mind of the late Frank Wiltsie.

When Frank started what would become a significant local enterprise, WILTSIE TRUCK BODIES, almost 60 years ago, it was a wood windows shop - opened just as aluminum windows hit the market.

In his Elgin County manner Frank puffed “them’s just a fad” but got lucky when the local Carnation Milk plant came along asking him to build a couple of truck bodies. The rest is history, as they say.

Later, Frank was overheard telling his friend, the lumber merchant Milt Craig, “Don’t mind buildin’ in aluminum and steel. She don’t shrink none”.

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Old 10-30-2007, 09:24 PM   #345
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New LED lamps all around

If everything goes as well as its been going we should have the new exterior lighting finished tomorrow.

Two of the original 30 years old pigtails had breaks in the insulation RIGHT AT THE ALUMINUM SHELL.


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By chance I stumbled upon Liquid Electrical Tape at an auto supply store last week. It saved the day.


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In addition to the 12 new LED clearance lights we are installing LED tail and turn lamps.


I learned here on the forum that you could modify commonly available LED sets, sold as Submersible Boat Trailer Lamps, to fit the 4 1/2” vintage Monarch lamps on our trailers.

It was easy to trim down the guts of the LED set to fit our housing.



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Later,

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Old 11-01-2007, 09:47 PM   #346
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Iconic Shape

One of the many things I like about the iconic shape of the ARGOSY is the cast aluminum pieces that hold some of the running lights and reflectors.

This week, 15 months after removing them to strip the paint off the shell, it was good to remount the castings.


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Note how wonderfully they hug the body. Classic original design and engineering.


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I’m looking forward to the final paint job now.

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Old 11-02-2007, 07:49 PM   #347
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This is the control panel and LG lcd TV, on the wall to your left as you enter. Galley in front of you. Front lounge to the right.

The LG fridge will go in the space between the wall and the pull out cupboard.


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Turn left to mid-ship space; gaucho on one side, wardrobe and pull out desk behind sliding doors on the other. Bath at rear.


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The Control Panel left to right: Micro Pulse Systems Monitor (with water pump switch), toggle switches for door and step lights, yard light, power to diesel fuel gauge. AC and DC voltage meters.

Toggles for the three heat circulation fans in the trailer. Large black toggle switch is ON/OFF for the Webasto Diesel Furnace. Fuel gauge for under floor diesel tank.


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I’m going to Toronto for a few days to work on a simpler renovation, a deck. When I come back I’ll wire the control panel so that we can heat the trailer while working on more final details.



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Old 11-03-2007, 06:57 PM   #348
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Mobile Office

This is the slide-out desk idea I borrowed, with permission, from Zeppelinium.

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It is actually an adapted IKEA wardrobe unit that stands floor to ceiling between the galley and the bath at mid-ship.

Slide doors to the right for the wardrobe, left for the office area complete with desk, lamp and window. The sliding doors can close over both areas when desired, as in travel.

A laser printer will ride in the pull-out drawer under the desk.

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Old 11-05-2007, 12:57 PM   #349
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Sergei,

It is looking very nice. I can well imagine that you are looking forward to finishing the renovations so you can go on your first cruise.

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Sergei,
I like the new lights. I looked at Ikea on line and found one called Lock. Is that the same one ?
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