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Old 12-05-2007, 01:06 PM   #15
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Shari, Try using the word cash at least five times in the message you leave for the welder. I don't know what it is, but the word cash has moved huge obstacles for me... heck cash has made me do many things I would never had done before. Dug graves by hand for cash once but that is a story left for a campfire and an adult beverage.
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:09 PM   #16
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Shari, Try using the word cash at least five times in the message you leave for the welder.
Tried that...and beer!

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Old 12-05-2007, 01:12 PM   #17
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The biggest hiccup we've run into is getting people to show up to do the things we can't! We have had a heck of a time finding a mobile welder that will come by and do a couple of things
Shari,

Wish you were closer... I'd come weld your stuff on a Saturday afternoon... just to say I had a part in one of your cool renovations.

Problem with the "professionals" is that even if you are paying top dollar, the job your talking about is small enough that it goes to the bottom of their list. You'll get a call when their normal work dries up and they need some beer money for the weekend. LOL!
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:20 PM   #18
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Shari,

Wish you were closer... I'd come weld your stuff on a Saturday afternoon... just to say I had a part in one of your cool renovations.
Aw shucks...thanks!

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Old 12-05-2007, 02:34 PM   #19
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You could always teach yourself to weld. Goodie new tools...
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I actually thought of that...I'd love it! I'm a hobbiest jeweler and solder gold & silver all the time. Also worked with stained glass and small copper sculptures...so I'm sure I could do it. But, I wouldn't want my "first project" to be our Airstream baby ~

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Old 12-05-2007, 03:39 PM   #21
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so I'm sure I could do it. But, I wouldn't want my "first project" to be our Airstream baby
Why not?

Even though I work with Welders (people) everyday, the last time I welded anything was 20+ years ago. If you clean-up the material real well (especially the rusty stuff) and read the directions it goes pretty easily. It's best to practice for an afternoon on scrap pieces before you do the actual stuff.

One other thing you might try is to hang around a local metal fabrication shop around quitting time to see if you could find someone who wants some spare cash.

Look for the guys that look as though they've been in a dirty sweat box all day.
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Tried that...and beer!

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Shari,

Try going to your local trade school or junior college and ask the welding instructor who his best student is. Chances are the student will have their own portable setup or one they can borrow and will be able to do a fine job for you. I've had a local school do some machine shop work for me in the past - the school usually looks for a small donation in return for having the students look at a real world project and experience. Just a thought.
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buy a welder... then you can say you did it.

Aluminati... what conclusions have you come to about the floor?
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:07 PM   #24
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buy a welder... then you can say you did it.
Oh, trust me on this one, I am certainly able to say "I did it!". Don't need a welder to prove that! I actually cut off the old cross member & prep'd the frame for the mobile welder that never showed up, Mr.InsideOut's back was out of whack and "the welder is coming, so it's gotta be ready to go..."

This restoration is not just a spectator sport for me!

Shari

P.S. Sorry, Aluminati...I didn't meant to hijack this thread...just note that things don't always go as planned...
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:21 PM   #26
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Thx Kip!
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...Rusty frame is repaired, replaced, restored and painted, including rear hold down plate......
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New floor is cut using "pieces" of old floor for template (1/4" luan pattern)...
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Black tank support box is rebuilt and all associated plumbing repaired....
Ron,

Hmmm, "rear hold down plate." Guess I better pay some attention here. Ihave no clue what that is. I think I did discover a "front hold down plate" on my Caravel.

I do like the 1/4" luan for pattern-making. Hadn't thought of that.

You imply a couple of times that the tank supports are going to need work. Is that everyone's experience?

I guess the Safari (despite all my other work, this will be the first floor replacement for me) is going to be interesting.

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This restoration is not just a spectator sport for me!
oh shari, we know how it works. it's like extreme home makeover when they make it look like the stars are actually doing the work, they show a shot of the star with a tool in their hand. i bet that's the same in your case, hubby plugs everything in, gets it ready and you step in and he take's the picture, right ?
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