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Old 09-29-2011, 10:10 PM   #435
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I mentioned the Floor Safe in a Previous post...
Here it is all blown apart...


Today, I stripped, derusted, and all the componants, and painted the lid/door... The paint is drying, while I work on the main body, which is a deeply rusted mess!

Next it was the Hose Reel, which I cleaned up, derusted, primed, and painted...
Looks better now!



Next it was the utilities Compartment door and base, on my Bench!
I snapped these 2 pics before I drilled out the badge and door rivets.. I want to make sure the whole thing is rust free and protected...



As I post this, the paint stripper is working on removing the door grey paint, and the base is wrapped in shop towels soaking in Derusting solution...

More tomorrow!
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:33 PM   #436
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I also have to pull out my hose reel. It appears to work fine and doesn't leak, but the PO tensioned the hose so much, it flattened out and I just get a dribble of water. Poor design that you have to pull everything apart to replace the hose, unless I'm missing an easier way.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:06 PM   #437
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I think you can do it without taking the hose out.
Looking at mine, if you pull the hose out to the max, then for safety, I would stop/block the reel with a wedge of wood. I think you would need some hose pliers to get the leverage, but I bet you could do it!
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Is the hose reel manual or does it roll up "automatically" like the electrical cord?

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Old 09-30-2011, 07:33 PM   #439
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Kinda feeling like this thread is becoming my Restoration Blog!

So, here is my Update for today.
I washed the tray out and let it dry, then wrapped it shop towel soaked in Captain Lee's Derusting fluid... I like this stuff!


Left it for a couple of hours and the most of the rust was gone, and what was left... the deeper pitted stuff, was converted into a Black sealed film.


First coat of primer.


While I was waiting for the rust to be eaten, I worked on the Compartment door...
Not perfect, but good for now.

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Old 09-30-2011, 07:52 PM   #440
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Is the hose reel manual or does it roll up "automatically" like the electrical cord?

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Hi Bugs,
Yes, it is spring loaded and should roll up just like the Electrical reel!
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:01 AM   #441
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Didn't get started properly until after lunch... walked the Dogs about 8 miles...

Started in the Garage, to get some paint on...
The Compartment floor had 2 coats of Satin Black yesterday, so I Bedlinered the inside, 2 coats.


I had stripped and sanded the outside of the Floor Safe, and the Primer was dry also...


I decided on Hammered Silver...


The inside is a problem... even after 2 days of soaking in Derust, it was still heavily pitted...


Best pic I could get..


I tipped in some Primer, and sloshed it around... then realized that I can't tip out the excess, as there is a overhang/undercut inside... I have just been rolling it around for a day now... I hope it will dry!

While I was waiting, I know I need to get cracking on Polishing the other Vent Cap...
We are expecting rain on monday, so need to get both Caps back on pronto!
I will do the Mod to this one later...

Started...




Finished!

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Old 10-02-2011, 12:14 AM   #442
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Now the paint was applied, and drying, it was time to go the the M/H...
Via Home depot of course!
A sheet of 1" Polystyrene to go under the freshwater tanks, and some more pipe fittings...

I arrived at my Airstream and planned to give the Reel Compartment a cleanup...


I quickly realized I was gonna need to pull the Electrical Reel out to do it properly... And the Sewer pipe storage, compartment lamp, TV cables, Splitter, Pipes, and Water hose guide...
Then it was ready!
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:23 AM   #443
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Final act for the day at the Airstream, was some interior work, on the water tank and underbed area...

2 new rear furnace vent hoses to get my new water Tank spacing correct...


I did some other prep work, including removing the water pump, and pipework ready for the replumb, but this is where I ended up...

I mentioned before about the Gasoline smell in the bedroom and underbed...
Well here is a good place to check!
The Gas filler neck has this ABS cover over it, in the underbed area...



And look what is behind!
2 extra hidden pipes to replace!

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Yuk, you're having more fun than I am!
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:41 PM   #445
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We can only make it better from here Mike...
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We can only make it better from here Mike...
Agreed; looks like your coach has been on some muddy roads!
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:11 PM   #447
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It looks like that, but its like dusty... from what I see it spent some time in AZ...
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Steve, when this beauty is all done, I can't wait to see a HUGE photo album, from day one, to it's 'unveiling'!
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