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Old 03-08-2008, 01:11 PM   #393
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Thanks for checking in on me Marv, Annie, Ben, Donna and others.

Iíve had a lot of problems to deal with recently, not the least of which has been losing my rented property here on Lake Erie.

It was rotten timing: short notice, mid winter, my long, long trailer project frustratingly close to the end.

Utee94ís post in #390 above came just at the right time and was particularly uplifting. Thank you.

To add to my difficulties, weíve had snowfall not equaled for seventy years and two floods in the village so far this year. Iím snowbound by another winter storm as I write this.

Finding another place around here wonít be easy so I think Iíll just park my stuff for a while and go back home to Toronto. I can rethink things while resting up there.

My friend Big Al says **** happens in threes but you step out of the cow pies one at a time. I think heís probably right.

For now Iíve got a lot ahead of me: shoveling snow, tearing down my ďtemporaryĒ work shed, packing, storing, moving.

New Mexico would have been nicer but I didnít get there.

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Old 03-08-2008, 05:36 PM   #394
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maccamper:

The answers to your questions are in # 344 and #375 above.

Grant Davidson (DavidsonOverlander) is a forum member, distant relative and friend.

He essentially followed the design of the originals but used solid birch for the frames and made the faces on the pull out drawers to match, design wise, the IKEA kitchen cabinets I was using across the way.

The fold out table followed the design of the original as well but turned out to be much heavier than we would have liked.

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Old 03-08-2008, 05:52 PM   #395
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......To add to my difficulties, weíve had snowfall not equaled for seventy years and two floods in the village so far this year. Iím snowbound by another winter storm as I write this.....

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Sergei, I've been reading thru this thread for the past couple days. Somehow, I've missed it up until now. Lord knows how, as much as I'm on the forums. You've done a wonderful job with the Argy. I'm gonna steal a couple of your ideas, if that's OK. I'll let you know which ones, when the time comes. I particularly like the colors you've chosen for the interior. We're thinking of light blues for the interior work. Can't wait to see your completely finished project!

I am finally to the point of putting the insulation back in, it's been a long time coming. I got all of my materials in order, got up early this morning to get started, went outside and it was......snowing....in Georgia...in March. Too cold for the glues to work. Can you believe that one? Hang in there, winter is almost over!

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Old 03-09-2008, 08:47 AM   #396
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Countertops

Macfrodge:

Thanks for the kudos.

I donít know the answer to your question about the seams at the edges of the counters. Perhaps DavidsonOverlander, who made them, can chime in with the answer.

The edges and tolerances look VERY tight to me.

As to the kitchen sink, I did make sure that it was well caulked when I installed it.

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Old 03-09-2008, 09:19 AM   #397
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Thanks very much for the response, Sergei, kudos again on your design and workmanship. Sorry to hear about your workspace, I was lucky to find some empty warehouse space to rent this winter and will really miss it when I take our trailer back to outside storage.
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Old 03-09-2008, 04:35 PM   #398
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It took me about 1-1/2 hours to shovel half the front drive today before my neighbor came over with his snow blower and did the rest in 15 minutes.

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Once Iím done, an avalanche usually rumbles down the roof and I have to start over again.

Another neighbor in the village has offered to buy the work shed. Iíll help him take it down before I leave at the end of the month.

We hope the snow will start to melt by then.


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Old 03-09-2008, 04:50 PM   #399
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Bummer Sergei - I've been waiting for the "finishing" chapter to my favorite story! Best wishes with the relocation. Is this the first time you'll be pulling the trailer with the Sprinter? This can't be so bad, I'm sure you've been itching to pull it somewhere. I'm sure leaving the house and moving is the pits though.

Wish I were closer to help out. Let us know how it turns out.
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Old 03-09-2008, 05:25 PM   #400
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...Utee94ís post in #390 above came just at the right time and was particularly uplifting. Thank you...

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Wow, I'm delighted that anything I said might have lifted your spirits a bit. I'm terribly sorry to hear about the problems you have encountered recently, but I have faith that you will no doubt manage to complete this fascinating odyssey that you have begun, and soon. You've already overcome so many challenges, I don't think one or two more are going to stand in your way for long. You made a post earlier in this thread where you seemed a bit overwhelmed at the amount of work left before you, but rather than dwell on it, you recounted all of the progress you had made to date. And, although your progress at that point was considerable, you're so much further along now that you should feel tremendous pride in what you've accomplished. And I'm sure that you feel great excitement, too, as you are so near your project's completion.

I was quite serious in my praise of your work-- I admire not only the aesthetic, but the tenacity with which you've pursued each and every detail, always learning and acquiring whatever specific knowledge was required, respectfully polling others for their ideas and opinions, while integrating it into your own design ideal. As an engineer, I greatly appreciate this approach.

Whenever you manage to resume your work and complete this coach, I look forward to reading your updates, and seeing pictures of your completed project. And perhaps someday, when you're touring through Austin, I'll get the chance to see it in person. I'd be happy to buy your beer for the privelege of a tour.

Best of luck, and keep it up.

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Old 03-12-2008, 07:35 AM   #401
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to thread followers with ARGOSY knowledge:

Is the LENS for the exterior overhead door lamp available?

From whom? How much?

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Old 03-12-2008, 09:22 AM   #402
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Hi Sergei, Sorry to hear about your luck this winter with all the snow and moving. What I did with the lens is, I got a piece of plexiglass the same thickness and used the old one for a pattern and cut out a new one.

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Old 03-12-2008, 09:28 AM   #403
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Bob made a new lens out of plexiglas for both our Argosy and the Sovereign. It's easy and after what you've already done, it should be a snap for you. Of course I know you'll come up with something spectacular compared to our Okie covers, but you always do.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:58 PM   #404
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Juel, Marvin Ė thanks.

I didnít have the original lens but managed to make a paper pattern.

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I cut the new lens from a small piece of Lexan costing $2.50.

The whole job was done before Can Am got back to me with their $6.50 price.

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Thatís not unreasonable but the travel back and forth would have taken 2 or 3 hours.

Iím glad that I'd received your tip first.

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Looks great. I knew you could do it I like the rippled look too.
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another idea! {swipe!}

didn't know you could cut lexan that easily w/ a jigsaw.

How do you get the "crackly" look? or did the piece come that way?
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