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Old 05-21-2015, 07:34 PM   #43
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It's been about 12 months since I pulled the batteries out and started all these changes. Finally got the engine battery back in. Squirted a little oil in each cylinder cranked it over till I had oil pressure then put he plugs back in. Fired right up and purred like a kitten. There's hope!
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:31 PM   #44
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Since the wiring is essentially complete I put the inner fenders back together. In order to add an extra layer of protection from moisture
I added another inner fender. It was really pretty easy to do. I made a template out of poster board, I held it in place with magnets and masking tape while I trimmed and fit it. I had originally planned on leaving ther floor boards expose similar the how they did it originally in Jackson Center. I had some 1" Armaflex laying in the corner of the shop. I glued the Armaflex to the Coosa between the framing members and then covered the whole thing with a sheet of aluminum. Worked out great, gained an extra layer of moisture protection and an R value of 4. Put the wheels back on, fired it up and went for a ride.

Alternator did not want to charge for the first 10 minutes but, then it started working fine. Hmm maybe a loose wire? Temp gauge was all over place. One minute it was working fine the next it was bouncing from 90 to 190. The next it was not working at all.. Hmm... bad sending unit, loose wire, bad gauge? The brake warning light was on the entire trip. The brakes seemed to work fine.

Par for the course. Check one item off the list add 3 more..
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Old 05-27-2015, 05:35 PM   #45
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Great job! Let us know what you find on the wiring. It is a rats neat under there and I can totally see it being as simple as a kinda loose wire


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Old 05-29-2015, 06:39 PM   #46
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Started to install the new Mach 8 AC unit. Man it is kind of a shame to install a brand new AC on a roof so faded and worn looking. Wander what would happen if I polished the roof first. Maybe I polish the whole thing.
It's only 24' long . How hard could that be?
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Old 05-30-2015, 06:42 AM   #47
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It might be a good idea to do just around the A/C so if you do decide to do it is already cut it. It will also demonstrate it isn't that hard.... Given 3 guys and 3 weeks ti do it!


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Old 05-31-2015, 07:52 PM   #48
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Started stripping the roof. Whoops, dripped a little on the side then did it again. Next thing you know I'm stripping the whole thing. Used the stripper from Vintage Trailer Supply It was realy easy. The first application got 98% off, applied a second coat to get all the small spots I missed. I got the red tape stripe with a heat gun but, I did not have much luck with the wide blue stripe. Anybody have experience removing the blue stripe?
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:31 PM   #49
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Did not have much luck polishing the roof. Went over it 4 or 5 times with F7. Ordered some F9, maybe that will cut through the sunburn on the roof.
While I am waiting I mounted the back up camera. Mounted it in a light fixture to protect it from the weather. As a bonus I get a light, curious to see how it works when backing in the dark.
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Great idea! Where did you locate the light fixture to mount the camera?
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Old 06-08-2015, 07:39 PM   #51
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Old 06-13-2015, 12:23 PM   #53
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Finally found something to remove the blue tape stripes. Aircraft Stripper, its way more caustic than the peroxide based stripper from VTS but , it works. Leaves a little bit of adhesive residue, I can live with that.
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:13 PM   #54
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What is this hideous think and why is it on my Aistream? Its ugly probably leaking, its got to go.
Removed the rivets and took it off, sure enough there was water between the skin and the mount.
Made a patch and installed. That looks much better. That settles it , got to go with flexible solar panels. Don't want to clutter up those smooth lines.
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The ABS endcap above the driver and passenger seats was getting a few cracks and looking bad. Made a repair with some ABS sheets designed for making signs. Used a little MEK as a primer then glued it together with ABS glue designed for plumbing fittings. Seems to have worked great, it is very solid now. I am no longer concerned about the cracks getting worse.

Got the new A/C unit mounted and wired to the remote T-stat. Works great on shore power. Works great on the genset too! As you can see I only have 1 1/2" clearance under the garage door. I had to let all the air out of the rear air bags to get that. Every time I pull it in I will have to let the air out then inflate before I drive it. I think I will invest in an onboard compressor some time down the road.

The polishing is coming along, slow but sure.
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The polishing is coming along, slow but sure.
Looking real good !!
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