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Old 11-29-2011, 10:11 PM   #197
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Today I got the front lower street side rivets re done. It was a PO repair that was done with exploding rivets (like Olympic rivets). They were leaking bad and a couple of the stringers were not even attached. Hopefully this weekend I will replace the rear lower ed pieces. I even taught my Lil sister Paula and my Beth how to buck rivets!
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:35 AM   #198
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You're lucky I can never get my wife to Buck
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:21 AM   #199
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Ha ha! She has been bugging me to show her how. Shes much more attractive than my usual bucking buddy.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:13 PM   #200
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Started the rear panel replacement today. funny what you discover when you start pulling panels off. In this case i found a really crappy patch job. They didn't even use sealant, which allowed water to intrude. I have the lower street side panel off. Tomorrow I will fabricate and replace both lower panels
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:35 PM   #201
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Started the rear panel replacement today. funny what you discover when you start pulling panels off. In this case i found a really crappy patch job. They didn't even use sealant, which allowed water to intrude. I have the lower street side panel off. Tomorrow I will fabricate and replace both lower panels
I agree with your assessment. The previous PO repairs are always a source of entertainment when you pull them apart and say to yourself "What in the world were they thinking?" We discovered this when we found a two by four holding up the rear black tank because the entire rear end had rotted apart.

Keep up the good work.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:47 AM   #202
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I agree with your assessment. The previous PO repairs are always a source of entertainment when you pull them apart and say to yourself "What in the world were they thinking?" We discovered this when we found a two by four holding up the rear black tank because the entire rear end had rotted apart.

Keep up the good work.
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Wow! Thats pretty ghetto.
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:05 AM   #203
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What was that hole from? Kinda weird! Look at this way.. your polishing time is going to be cut by a few hours now!
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:19 AM   #204
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What was that hole from? Kinda weird! Look at this way.. your polishing time is going to be cut by a few hours now!
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Ha! I hope it doesnt take that long to polish that tiny area! Not sure what that hole is from but its getting patched today for goodI will post pics today.
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Oh! I thought you were replacing the whole bottom half of the trailer aluminum. Forgive me... yes, your polishing time will not decrease by much! Kidding!
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:57 PM   #206
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Anything matching on the interior? If'n one were trying to hide the evidence of a mouse - cricket hunt, errr, I mean purely accidental 12-Gauge shotgun discharge, that'd be the near the size needed to be cut away to erase the crater...

I had a wrap patch covering shredded aluminum beneath the refrigerator... really, really looked like a perfect fuel-air mix had ignited and flower-petaled out the wraps. Joe Somewhen just pushed the six or seven razor-edge knife-shaped shreds up and slapped 3-feet of new aluminum over it.. Maybe from back in the day when M-80's or Ashcans were still around?
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:04 PM   #207
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We should start a blog - the images of how NOT to repair your trailer.

In my own case, I've got a few horrible patches with 1/8" thick aluminum screwed on with at least 4 types of rivets and screws each. And that's not an exaggeration. There was one 4" square patch that had 9 holes and 4 types of fasteners. 1/8" pop rivets, 5/32" Olympics, hex-head machine screws (rusted), and two SS 1/4-20 bolts!!!

The vent holes looked like they had been cut by repeatedly stabbing the skin with a hunting knife, and were covered with a mix of silicon and butyl tape followed by big-box store home vents (using 4 types of fasteners of course).

My personal favorite is the entry door and the repair of a big gash. It's not even a suicide door style, so they must have run against some metal sign or something. It involves 2 pounds of Bondo followed by painting the ENTIRE DOOR. luckily the paint did not stick to the aluminum very well and is mostly gone everywhere except for the rock solid Bondo.

However, as sad as I am about those aspects of the PO, at least he tried. He certainly kept the water out-- my frame had virtually no issues after 50 years.
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@ Marc No worries I even get confused when I look at my trailer.
@ Wabbiteer Ouch!! That sounds a little dangerous. Just a little more $$ right?
@ Peter Thats is a great idea! Better yet a new thread, Show us your bad patch jobs and how you fixed em. I'm serious! That would be pretty helpful and encouraging. Judging by your last comment you could probably fill a few pages
Well guys I got a panel up on the rear street side and my first major mistake. I cut the panel and got the writing on the outside! Crap! I just have it fastened with clecos so I can flip it to the other side, but it was a PITA to get in. It should buff out right?
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Well guys I got a panel up on the rear street side and my first major mistake. I cut the panel and got the writing on the outside! Crap! I just have it fastened with clecos so I can flip it to the other side, but it was a PITA to get in. It should buff out right?
You're talking about the red ink that says "ALCLAD....etc"? That buffed right out for me when I made that same goof on my water inlet panel, and in fact I think some of it came off with mineral spirits when I was cleaning up the Vulkem on the edge with a rag.

I wouldn't worry too much about it. You could have done much worse, like cutting it one inch too short...
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You're talking about the red ink that says "ALCLAD....etc"? That buffed right out for me when I made that same goof on my water inlet panel, and in fact I think some of it came off with mineral spirits when I was cleaning up the Vulkem on the edge with a rag.

I wouldn't worry too much about it. You could have done much worse, like cutting it one inch too short...
Whew! I have been stressing out about that. Getting that panel is was a biaaaacchh! Thank God that I got the measurements right I bought enough metal to replace the rear panels and a couple patches,
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