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Old 09-02-2015, 11:54 AM   #141
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I did a little test to see what happens to the panel seam and the rivets on the inside. Click on the picture to see in detail how well the vulkem seals the rivet even on the inside. I doubt there is a chance of any leaks
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:07 PM   #142
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Peter, that's an awesome job you are doing! I think you beat us all when it comes to your skill set!
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:40 PM   #143
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Peter, that's an awesome job you are doing! I think you beat us all when it comes to your skill set!

Very kind, Dean, thank you!
Like many of us, I just make up the lack of some skill with patience and determination.
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:08 AM   #144
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I did a little test to see what happens to the panel seam and the rivets on the inside. Click on the picture to see in detail how well the vulkem seals the rivet even on the inside. I doubt there is a chance of any leaks
Yep, that should be a non-leaker!
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:23 AM   #145
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Peter...I have resisted, but you have made me do it...

A riveting kit (and de-riveting tool) is on the way from VTS; what have I let myself in for?

First room will be relatively easy - installing the window in the door. At least if I mess up I can replace the door!
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Old 09-03-2015, 11:51 AM   #146
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Peter...I have resisted, but you have made me do it...

A riveting kit (and de-riveting tool) is on the way from VTS; what have I let myself in for?
All sorts of fun and games

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First room will be relatively easy - installing the window in the door. At
least if I mess up I can replace the door!
I have the same door window task to perform. My 74 came with the same window in the door as was used on the later Classics. It was installed with Olympic rivets so it was definitely a mod that was not done on the regular assembly line. My replacement door came from a 77 or 78 Argosy that was windowless. Like you I really like having a window in the door so I'm moving the window from my old door to the new door.

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Old 09-03-2015, 12:28 PM   #147
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Peter...I have resisted, but you have made me do it...

A riveting kit (and de-riveting tool) is on the way from VTS; what have I let myself in for?

First room will be relatively easy - installing the window in the door. At least if I mess up I can replace the door!
Martin, I am proud of you and so will you be, once you succeed.
Just remember to dry hang first and if you don't want to buy the clecos, just use rivets in the place of clecos.
BTW, I use a Bosch jig saw with a very nice metal blade to make cut-out. its very controllable and makes very clean cuts
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:31 PM   #148
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I have the same door window task to perform. My 74 came with the same window in the door as was used on the later Classics. It was installed with Olympic rivets so it was definitely a mod that was not done on the regular assembly line. My replacement door came from a 77 or 78 Argosy that was windowless. Like you I really like having a window in the door so I'm moving the window from my old door to the new door.

Brad
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:06 PM   #149
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here is a breakdown of the cost to replace the three upper rear panels:
300 Rivets, 4 tubes of Vulkem, 3 panels shipped directly from Airstream
$ 1,700.- incl shipping
Time spent 38 hrs x $0.00=$0

Lets compare that to a written estimate from a Pro Airstream shop
Parts: 2,250.-
Labor: 4,600 ( incidentally the hours quoted are 40 !!!!!!!)
Misc Labor/Materials 180.- (replace and RR driving lights)
Total Estimate $ 7,030.-

7,030.- (shops estimate)
less 1,700 (my material cost)
=5,330 divided by 38 (the hours it took me)
=140.27 my unofficial hourly rate to have a lot of fun, share it all with you guys AND do a better job !!!!!!
something to really think about
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:16 PM   #150
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Thanks for sharing your work and what it cost as well!
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:44 PM   #151
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Nice analysis. Thanks for taking us along in the process Peter. Whether I ever have the need to do it myself or not doesnt matter, the process is really great to see. We Classic motorhome owners are a stubborn and determined bunch no doubt. Maybe a half a bubble off but thats the folks I like to hang with.

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Old 09-03-2015, 07:03 PM   #152
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Thanks Dean and Mike, over the years I have seen amazing things done by the Motorhome folks and I am proud to be part of this group!
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Old 09-04-2015, 10:43 PM   #153
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Beautiful job!! I've enjoyed following the process. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-06-2015, 05:49 AM   #154
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Fantastic job!! You have some mad skills when it comes to these classic beauties!
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