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Old 06-10-2014, 10:05 PM   #15
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Thanks, that's great information that I will save in the trailer book. Will you be attending the vintage rally in Gunnison? If yes, we look forward to meeting you. Susan and John
Hi Susan:

Not only will I be attending the RMVAC Rally in Gunnison this July, as a member of the Planning Committee I will also be hosting the Rally. A new event this year is the craft beer swap tasting, so bring along some of Texas' finest crafty suds to sip and swap at Thursday's Happy Hour. I have yet to sample any of Ron and Rhett's Revolver Beer, so a 6 pack sampler of their straight-shootin' subs would plaster a wide grin on my face. I look forward to meeting you and John and viewing that big stack of '55 Cruiser Overlander glam photos next month in Gunnison.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:58 AM   #16
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Revolver Brewing

I bet we can rustle up a bottle or two! They recently made the top 5 list at the Texas Beer Festival in Dallas.

I made a little progress on the '55 yesterday. The windows have old broken plexiglass and need to be completely redone with new seals, glass and a good polishing.

What do you all think about taking out the window frames? Should I take them out for cleaning or do that in place? Susan

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Old 06-12-2014, 09:06 AM   #17
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Take 'em out. A much better final result. Also gives you ability to polish under the gutters and straighten them while your at it. See me if you need some bronze screening...I bought a whole supply when I finally found it.
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:40 AM   #18
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Take 'em out. A much better final result. Also gives you ability to polish under the gutters and straighten them while your at it. See me if you need some bronze screening...I bought a whole supply when I finally found it.

Great Cruiser! A good friend just bought a 55 we are headed to pick it up in a week...can't wait! I just discovered my 53 Liner has/d bronze screening...I'd love to know where to get some or if you have some for sale
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:00 PM   #19
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Why use the strap? I would have thout you would have used rope.
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:50 AM   #20
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Cool Can I borrow some rope?

Rope? Hubby gave it all away!

(Inside humor - My husband was given hundreds of yards of heavy duty rope that was used by skyscraper window cleaners. He gave a lot of it away to our AS club buddies at the last camp out, he said it was a party favor. We always take rope with us camping - it's been really handy)
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:45 AM   #21
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The difference between '55 & '73 Overlanders

... is 18 years MORE corrosion. YUCK

I am having a heck of a time making the windows and frames shine. After hours of buffing on one window and frame it still has many pinhole size pockmarks that are filled with buffing residue.

I have been using the Nuvite products which worked very well on the '73 but do not seem to touch the '55's corrosion.


So I have decided to try bars and buffing wheels. Wish me luck! Soon my arms will be bigger that Popeyes!

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Old 06-30-2014, 07:21 AM   #22
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Small rivets in Hehr window frames

These rivets, which, hold the steel center brace to the aluminum window frame are smaller than the standard "Airstream" rivet. I did not see them for sale on any of the normal AS websites.


I found these rivets/rivet set and would like a consult from the restoration experts please! Is this what I should order?

Solid Aluminum Rivets
1/16" body diameter
length 1/4"
Rounded Head Style
Aluminum Alloy - 1100F
Found here -> Solid Aluminum Rivets - 1/16 to 1/8 | Solid Aluminum - Buy Rivets Online

Solid Rivet Head Set
Head Set Style Round AN430 OR Brazier AN455 <- Which one?
Body Diameter 1/16"
Found here -> Solid Rivet 4X, 7X, 9X Rivet Gun Head Sets | Solid/ Semi-tubular Rivet Tools and Rivet Set - Buy Rivets Online

Many thanks!
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change the method

Susan...get the Jetsco yellow wheel. It will scare you at first, being so aggressive looking. I would then start with the brown bar. I also begin with Nuvite G6. I like it because I can also do a yearly polish with it to get rid of water spots and bird poop stains. It degrades to a C level during the process. Then go to a sewn cotton wheel....you can stay with G6 or brown bar. If it is looking better go to the Nuvite C or similar. Then, I do a run with C and a wool pad. Finally the S with Cyclo on large panels....a cotton wheel on the frames.

Drill out the old rivets in the window brace. Paint the center braces...I also take them to a chrome shop if I want a "gee whizz" job. Then install them with small stainless machine screws and nuts. Makes for a better maintenance capable project.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:25 AM   #25
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Screws ordered and buffing with Yellow

Thanks Robin,

I have a couple Jetsco Airflow yellow wheels, a brown bar and I plan to get after the window openings today.

Great idea on the machine screws and bolts. In case anyone else needs the information for their trailer, I ordered Stainless Steel 4-40 pan head machine screws 1/4" long.

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