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Old 09-04-2015, 09:34 PM   #43
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Boxing frame at axles done. Will weld grey tank mounts, frame out at door and look at welding new wheel wells.
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Old 09-07-2015, 04:02 PM   #44
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Took out the cracked plastic wheel wells. I had some 22 guage sheet metal in the basement so I experimented on a custom wheel well. I also welded a 2 inch mounting plate for the wheel well. It will then be riveted and sikaflex end on to that. The old plastic one will get cut up and used on the aluminum skin side that way I don't have to worry about dissimilar metals. Click image for larger version

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Old 01-11-2016, 10:25 AM   #45
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Finished new wheel wells and installed
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:28 AM   #46
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Installing tanks. I had to modify on of the frame rails I boxed in. I didn't account for the drain flange. I had to in set the tank inside the frame on end to make it fit.
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:29 AM   #47
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Tired of welding. So I moved on the patching all the holes in the roof. I'll post pics soon.
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:31 AM   #48
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Almost ready to attach the belly pan but need to weld a few supports then I'll be happy. Re-engineering and swapping floor plan causes lots of fab work😄 I'm glad it's relaxing
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:38 PM   #49
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Finally done with the supports for the belly pan. My tanks sit a little below the frame rails and all 3 have different heights and widths. So I had to ponder awhile to make it work.

Also I dry fitted the drains.

I'm painting the belly pans blacks but have to strip the old paint from the camper before I can install the pans.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:13 PM   #50
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Wow ! You've done a ton of work. I'm sincerely impressed. By comparison, I've just started work on my Argosy 26.

Quick Question: On your Argosy, were the banana wraps just riveted to the shell? IE, to remove them, did you just have to drill out the rivets, or was it more involved?
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Old 01-25-2016, 11:31 PM   #51
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Yes they are and just drill them out. Should come right off😄
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Old 01-25-2016, 11:39 PM   #52
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Tried 2 kinds of paint stripper tonight.
Citristrip and Kleen strip. I like the citristrip. Not harsh, biodegradable and smells good. I spray a can on side and came back 4 hrs later and washed it off- I really like that. My plan is to apply it Thursday night before bed and remove it before work the next day.
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:46 AM   #53
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Thanks for the info on the banana wraps !

Have you decided which 'etcher/primer/paint' you want to use? We probably won't be painting for several months. I've got at least a month of weekends work to do on the frames and floor, probably longer if I'm honest with myself.
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:08 AM   #54
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Yep, Ace galvanized metal and aluminum primer. I have 82 popup with aluminum skins I repainted 2 yrs ago. It turned out great. I then sprayed the Ace Rust Stop enamel paint with a hardener on top of that. Cheap, tintable and is what cars were painted with before acrylic lacquer.
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:17 AM   #55
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I plan to primer the belly pans this weekend. Aluminum is slick so sanding the panels is a must. I use fine sandpaper or wire wheels. Sanding gives the primer something to expand into. The primer fills all the sanding marks and leaves a smooth surface.

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Note to self- citristrip doesn't work real well in freezing temps! I applied a coat last night at 6 and let it sit overnight. Checked it this morning, it worked at little. The temps rise to 50's today so it should kick in. And yes I did read the suggestions on the back. Optimum working range 65 to 85 degrees. I like to stretch the rules though😁
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