Originally Posted by truckasaurus
Should I have the gantry in place with a little tension on the shell before I drill the rivets out? The floor is rotted. A LOT! In the back there is nothing left. I am afraid if I drill the rivets out and then start working to lift it may crumble under its own weight. I would cry. Is that something to worry about?
ANS Not really but taking the slack out of the chains wouldn't hurt. The frame itself will support the shell.
I am not confident to make a very accurate template of the floors after I lift the shell off due to floor rot. Can I make a template with the skins on so I have a pattern and add 1.5" to the template and then transfer to the new floors?
ANS Yes; or just in combination lower the shell with C channel down onto a template material.
I only intend to drill the bottom row of skins out to keep some structural integrity along with some shoring with 2x4's. Is this necessary or a good idea or can I go to town and remove all the interior skins?
ANS It's really not necessary. I've done both now. I think the shoring up just makes things more awkward. It's like lowering a floppy hat down on your head; it's going to fit it's just how you set it down and get the windows aligned and the body lined up that matters more so than how it was "originally".
Some of the more valuable advice that you'll get is to take a lot more pictures than you think is enough, and to measure everything no matter how pointless it seems and write to down or better still type it up.
Thanks so much for the info. It does get me thinking a little bit more. Can you explain about what you meant about lining up the windows?
I may have a left out a little from my plan now that I think about it. Right now Sylvi is at my in-laws house 3 hours away. There is space there and since I am not confident to haul it all the way back to my house without a good looksee I am doing the bulk of the work there. Since I live in WI and our winters are long I hope to do much of the work away at home over the winter. So the shell will stay there and I will bring the trailer home to work in the garage over the winter. So, back to my original question with more info that I neglected to share... since I will be leaving the shell in the UP, protected behind a garage for the winter, would it be a good idea to shore it up?