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Old 12-15-2016, 01:40 AM   #29
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Whilst you have the cap out Fred, have you considered installing a sun/moon roof in the cab?

JM2 has one installed in their '77 and it really makes a difference on the opening up the feel of space in the 'corridor' layout of the rear-baths. I believe it is a unit designed for a VW Bug

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Old 12-15-2016, 06:06 AM   #30
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I wonder if anyone has ever tried to use a headliner fabric and adhesive to cover the end cap in place. If the end cap is just cracked and not falling apart, and there is no deflection along the cracks, and its purely an aesthetic thing, might be a decent option.......maybe?
Doable I guess, but would be difficult to rivet back into place and not screw up the fabric; leather or Naugahyde would maybe be a better option.

Having nightmares about this same subject as mine is cracked and yellowed.....

As for reinforcing the ABS I used aluminum fairly heavy but thin aluminum screening material and used Premium Pro liquid nails (I didn't know about the MEK thing). It seemed to work as I used plastic tape agaist the ceiling to stop the liquid nails from adhereing to it and then clamped the ABS shower stall to the ceiling using plywood and a piece of 1/8 hardboard to spread the load until cured.

http://honbakmetalproducts.en.hisupp...n-Netting.html

or even this.....

http://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant...p=2&top_cat=60

The beauty of these products is that they are fairly thin, also strong and the liquid nails or MEK can surround the material and have full adhesion to the ABS; just remember to scuff up the ABS surface with heavy sandpaper for sure adhesion.

Disclaimer: I really don't know what I'm doing sometimes; but it seems to work for me.

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They used a different method for re-attachment. The rear lip is not held by the skins but has an additional/overlapping aluminum trim piece, so future removal should be more straight forward.
Do you happen to have any pictures of this overlapping aluminum trim piece?
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Do you happen to have any pictures of this overlapping aluminum trim piece?
Not to hand Brad, but I can take some when Bella re-appears 'UK road legal'!
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Old 12-24-2016, 10:03 AM   #33
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Since I have the cap out, any thoughts on painting the inside of the galvanized cap with a cover of Rustoleum paint? It does have some sort of black paint on there now.
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Fred, if you don't see any rust on the inside of the cap I wouldn't worry about it. If you you see rust I would neutralize it and then paint it with something like Rustoleum.

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Old 12-26-2016, 05:16 PM   #35
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OK. I picked up my ABS sheets from Grainger. I ordered 2-24"x48" sheets in both .063" and .125" thickness. The order took longer than expected but it did come in. The rest of the stuff I picked up at Lowe's, Home Depot, and Harbor Freight.

I used the thinker ABS on the rear. There is one large patch where my largest crack was. The other 2" strips are really preventative! The cracks seem to start where the rivet holes are in the rim. The other main source of cracks is around the sun visors.

I used the thinner ABS stock around the sun visor area. Where I could not use the sheets, I layered on the slurry of ABS chips and MEK.

Now I just need to check the inside to make sure it is smooth and then prep for paint with some Bullseye.

I did also follow the tip on using a heat gun to mold the pieces. I used it to put in a slight bend to match the curve of the shell.

So far, so good.
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Nice job. Looks great. I think you will be very pleased with how it holds up. I did basically the same thing a year or so ago and it is holding up well. I used white ABS so that any material that oozed through a crack would not be so obvious on the finish side.
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Now about the paint. I need guidance.

My thought was to rough it up with fine sandpaper, spray on some Bulls Eye primer, and then spray on some latex paint.

Do I need to spray? If so, is there any special paint?
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Plastic Snap on Trim

I've been looking for the plastic snap on trim for 3 years now.
I've searched everywhere and tried a couple of member recommendations.
Out of Doors Mart used to sell it, but on their web page says "No longer available".

I called Ben @ ODM yesterday and picked his brain on where I might be able to find some (16ft.). Although the web page says NLA, they have it back in stock, in grey only.

I scored!!!
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Now about the paint. I need guidance.

My thought was to rough it up with fine sandpaper, spray on some Bulls Eye primer, and then spray on some latex paint.

Do I need to spray? If so, is there any special paint?
I did a lot of research on this site before I painted my ABS. The general consensus was that Krylon Fusion was the best. I got it from thepaintstore.com. It is available at local stores but, not in the quantity and color options I needed. It worked very well. Read and follow the directions carefully. I painted my ABS vanity sink and it held up to our use this year.
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As I am repairing my exterior aircon ABS shrouds on my 345 at the moment and soon will be repairing my front and rear ABS interior caps aswell, what worked for me was using a solder station and chased the cracks by stitching them with the heated soldering iron.This gave strength to the compromised area before I used my glass jar full of MEK/ABS solution. Very strong. I'm looking into Flocking the end caps an automotive interior finish process, easy to manage and will look very smart plus add sound deadening to the cabin area.I will in the "Future" post an image off the result.

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