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Old 03-16-2016, 01:53 PM   #127
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I'll bet you're looking forward to the first drive!

I am, it finally starts up and runs.
We put a ton of hours trying to get it running, but no luck until last week.

It had been sitting for many, many years and still had old skunky gas in it.

We eventually cleaned out all the skunky gas, cleaned the carburetor, replaced the fuel pump and fuel filters, replaced the starter, fixed the solenoid that's in the doghouse, and more.

It's finally starting and running.

Next I plan to replace the fuel lines and bring it in to get the brakes and bearings replaced.

And then buy a full set of Hankooks AH-11 tires.

The existing tires are 20 years old and have visible cracks in them, so I don't want to drive it on a highway or at all, until I get new tires on it because I'm afraid I'll get a blowout and shred some of my aluminum.
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Old 03-16-2016, 01:54 PM   #128
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Wow, that's a lot faster than I expected

It was 2 guys working together.
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Old 03-17-2016, 05:47 AM   #129
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The existing tires are 20 years old and have visible cracks in them, so I don't want to drive it on a highway or at all, until I get new tires on it because I'm afraid I'll get a blowout and shred some of my aluminum.
Smart man, as a poster on this forum elected to try and drive his rig home and had two blow outs at speeds of less than 35mph. The damage, I'm sure exceeded the cost of brand new tires.

Great work so far!
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:30 AM   #130
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Smart man, as a poster on this forum elected to try and drive his rig home and had two blow outs at speeds of less than 35mph. The damage, I'm sure exceeded the cost of brand new tires.



Great work so far!

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Thanks Tony!

Yes, I am SO tempted to take my baby out for its inaugural ride, now that it finally starts up and runs and has windshields that I can see out of, but I just know that that would happen to me.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:40 AM   #131
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Thanks Tony!

Yes, I am SO tempted to take my baby out for its inaugural ride, now that it finally starts up and runs and has windshields that I can see out of, but I just know that that would happen to me.
You have WAY more will power than I do! I'd at least be taking it for a slow speed spin around the block
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I'd be driving all over the darn place.. within about 2 blocks of home.
Way to go on all the work Tap! I say this next part tongue-in-cheek. (all good fun) On my old Porsche 928 forum they have a saying that's particularly applicable to most of us I think. It goes something to the effect of 'You're only 20k away from having an 8k rig."
Keep going man. MN spring is just around the corner!
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Old 03-17-2016, 01:41 PM   #133
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I'd be driving all over the darn place.. within about 2 blocks of home.
Way to go on all the work Tap! I say this next part tongue-in-cheek. (all good fun) On my old Porsche 928 forum they have a saying that's particularly applicable to most of us I think. It goes something to the effect of 'You're only 20k away from having an 8k rig."
Keep going man. MN spring is just around the corner!

Thanks!

The Penn Wood get together has been a good motivator to get this thing operational as soon as possible.

Even though it's been bleeding my wallet.

That's a great saying that you quoted. And true too.

Thanks again for the encouragement.
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Old 03-17-2016, 01:45 PM   #134
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I forgot that a couple months ago I ordered a replacement window for the driver's side and it has finally arrived!

So I need to replace the old smashed one.

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How do I remove the old one, drill out its rivets? If so what size drill bit?

And then what type of rivet and rivet gun do I need to install the new replacement? I don't yet have rivets or a rivet gun.

Thanks so much!
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Are you going to take it home to replace the window
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Are you going to take it home to replace the window

I'm not sure where it'll/I'll be when I replace it. Why?
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You will need some Olympic Rivets and a rivet tool. To remove the rivets I use a small sharp chisel it sounds crude but with a little practice you can pop the heads off very easy. The alum rivets are quite soft. Then you just have to carefully pry the frame out.

The frame is usually installed with a double sided tape and caulked on the inside. Once you get the tape to release the frame will pop out just work all the way round the frame gently be careful not to bend the alum panel.

When the frame is out you can grind off the rest of the rivet.

Maybe someone else on the forum has another way to do the job
Maybe Brad will have another idea he has done a lot of repairs on these coaches
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You will need some Olympic Rivets and a rivet tool. To remove the rivets I use a small sharp chisel it sounds crude but with a little practice you can pop the heads off very easy. The alum rivets are quite soft. Then you just have to carefully pry the frame out.

The frame is usually installed with a double sided tape and caulked on the inside. Once you get the tape to release the frame will pop out just work all the way round the frame gently be careful not to bend the alum panel.

When the frame is out you can grind off the rest of the rivet.

Maybe someone else on the forum has another way to do the job
Maybe Brad will have another idea he has done a lot of repairs on these coaches

Thanks for the info. Any idea what double-sided tape and caulk I should reapply when then installing the new window?
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:35 PM   #139
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you want to proceed with great care and read up about removing rivets and setting rivets. I wrote this article in 2002,the pictures got lost but there is a link to the new posting
It also talks about vulkem (the preferred sealer to use)
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Nice progress Tap. Your view out through all that new glass up front is going to be so rewarding. These really are great touring machines with the sitting high position and looking thru the panoramic windows.

Good to hear that the engine is coming to life again, skunky gas indeed, what a challenge to get rid of it all from the system. A tank ful or two of fresh fuel will work out the rest as you start getting some miles on it.
Did you clean the tank, if not carrieing a few extra fuel filters may serv you well.

You seem to moving right along on bringing your coach back into shape, congrats and carry on.

Cheers Richard
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