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Old 07-22-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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'62 GT Shell Off Renovation

Thank you to all that have been contributors on the forum! We have been following many threads over the years. We purchased a 1962 Globetrotter (Ohio) a few years ago. Our intention was to clean it up and use it for a few years before renovating. Once we got it home and had a closer look, we decided to gut it. Although most things were present, they were worn or worn out. There was no way to clean everything without taking it apart. Trust me, 50 yrs of dirt and grime! I must have vacuumed up at least 20 lbs of sand and washed the walls over and over. There was some floor rot in the front under the fresh water tank. The floor under the rear bathroom was basically missing. The frame also needed fixing. A few bolts to get us by. We threw some 1/2" plywood over the old floor and have used it on a limited basis. Now it is time to remove the interior skin and fix the "foundation". The photos were taken when we brought it (we call it the Money Pit or $Pit ) home. The shell is in good shape, all of the windows work as does the door. At 1st glance the interior looks good, but . . .

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Old 07-22-2014, 03:59 PM   #2
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Welcome and keep posting those pictures! I love you're globe trotter!
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:41 AM   #3
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Skins Removed and Gantries Built

Ok, the lower skins and insulation have been removed. There is some bracing in place. The gantries have been built and the neighbors are talking. No cops have shown up. Actually, the neighbors are interested in the entire process.

We need to maneuver the trailer into the gantry system and start removing bolts. A social event later today is going to limit the progress. However, at 90 degrees it will be nice to have an excuse to exit the trailer.

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Old 07-26-2014, 12:48 PM   #4
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Sounds like a very nice lead-in to a rehab, get some use, enjoy it some and then improve on it - the gentle tsunami approach versus a caffeine fueled three-day tear down. I'm sat here trying to come up with something witty that includes a public hanging with the gallows built and displayed beforehand, then plus something just a shell of its former self soon but somehow it's just writing itself...

You've got me reading every word, from my experience the best advice is be sure to post twice then purchase something and not the other way around
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:14 PM   #5
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Lift off

It was a productive day thanks to the cloud cover. We (he) drilled rivets out around the exterior of the trailer. Yes, we read that we should look for the hidden rivets. Sneaky little @#?!*%&^! Used a putty knife along the edges to find the tough ones. All in all, not too bad. Now the shell has been lifted and lowered. We placed four green treated 4x4s under the trailer and screwed chunks of 2x4s vertical to tie the bracing to the 4x4s. Wow, the air circulation really increased once the frame and floor were removed!

Weather permitting, tomorrow we will hang the frame and take off the belly pan.

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Old 07-27-2014, 04:38 AM   #6
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Nice work now how are you planning to cut the grass?
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:10 AM   #7
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.... Wow, the air circulation really increased once the frame and floor were removed!
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You've heard the warnings about tying that shell down well with weights, right? I feel awful for the person who lost their shell when they underestimated the power generated by wind -- actually the wind speed squared.

Great trailer and great work! Late '50s to early 60's Globetrotters are one of my favorite Airstreams.

Please keep the pics coming. There are a lot of resto-thread junkies around here.

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Old 07-27-2014, 08:07 AM   #8
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Do not go crazy with the hold downs the caravel shell was held down with trailer anchors then I removed them raised the shell to reinstall and got called away at the last minute and guess what! North Easter came through with 70 to 80mph gust and all I could think was oh crap! But not a problem! Not that aero dynamic and with the bracing it still weighted a lot !
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:40 PM   #9
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Cliff - no worries about cutting the grass. We have started farming AS parts. Does anyone know how many days until harvest on belly pans? Honestly I was hoping mother nature would do my AS laundry, but I think I had to run a hose over it today.

John not too concerned about the shell taking flight. We left the upper skins and end cap in. The plywood that was on the floor is now on the bracing. The trailer is protected on 3 sides by buildings. The bigger concern is the old trees located curbside.

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Old 07-28-2014, 07:19 PM   #10
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Belly Pan Off

The weather cooperated with us yesterday. It chased us into the garage a few times, but no real rain until dinner time. We flipped the frame to belly pan side up. We removed the belly pan and all of the nastiness underneath! For those of you that remove the belly pan from underneath, all I have to say is yuck. No real surprises. Acorns, seeds, chewed pine cones, candy wrappers, dead insects, and dirt. Lots of dirt. Maybe we should have turned it into a planter. I vacuumed up the residue sucking up parts of the frame and subfloor.

While the bottom side was up, the bolts were ground off. Once completed, we flipped it back on the wheels. We then removed the plywood we had laid over the original floor. The fiberglass wheel well covers were removed followed by the C-channel. The sawzall was used where needed to get rid of bolts and screws.

The frame is broken in a couple of places. The worst being the curbside rear corner. The entire back end hoped up and down. One outrigger on the street side rear of the wheel well was no longer attached.

We will have to work on getting the original plywood off without doing further damage. We do have our overlay as a template.

I have photos of the damage to the frame, but can't get them uploaded. I will try to get them posted over the next few days.

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While that may work I believe the actual harvest is on the order of thousands of years! Look at the good side those are not hard woods that break easy in a bad storm! Oh wait they are!!! I had a pine that the Beatles had eaten on the lot next door looming over mine! Now it just looms over my bedroom so the caravel is safe! Great work you are making awesome progress!
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Oh yes post those pictures!
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Photos Under Belly Pan

As promised, photos from what we found under the belly pan.

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Old 07-30-2014, 10:37 AM   #14
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Frame Condition

Ok, there are rust issues. No surprise. The other issue is on the street side where we assume it was a PO that ran piping to tie the sink and shower to the black tank by cutting holes in the frame. Not sure why they didn't use the slots in the frame. All of these will need to be replaced. Mr. C has his work cut out for him. Pun intended.

We had an new axle in the garage that we were planning on using. Doesn't everyone have a few spares? Turns out it won't work. The hubs aren't offset enough to clear the frame. Oh, what's a little more money?

Off to buy a lottery ticket.

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