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Old 01-11-2006, 09:57 AM   #101
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Elevator bolts di-electric corrosion

Here are pictures showing similar technique used on screws applied to elevator bolts. Some elevator bolts are placed with heads of bolt above and in the C channel some are below and against the plywood.
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Old 01-11-2006, 10:04 AM   #102
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My only question/thought is will you be able to tighten the bolt down really good?

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Old 01-11-2006, 10:32 AM   #103
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Don,

That looks really neat. Great pictures.

I used an alternate method of putting a little zinc chromate under the head of the screws, and then top dressing with cold galvanizing paint.

I also found some self-drilling hex-head zinc (coated) screws with rubber washers that worked well for the small screws. I coated those with cold galv. paint also.
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My only question/thought is will you be able to tighten the bolt down really good?

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The bolts tightened up well. The caulking I used also worked to adhere the channel. By using fiber washers I was able to get things really tight. My first try was with rubber washers. That did not work.
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Old 01-11-2006, 11:07 AM   #105
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Don,

That looks really neat. Great pictures.

I used an alternate method of putting a little zinc chromate under the head of the screws, and then top dressing with cold galvanizing paint.

I also found some self-drilling hex-head zinc (coated) screws with rubber washers that worked well for the small screws. I coated those with cold galv. paint also.
Your solution sounds good. Do you have any pics of the screws you used?
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Old 01-11-2006, 11:10 AM   #106
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Back to the Future!

It would be so cool if we could all be here 40+ years from now and compare our dismanteled trailers. And compare our solutions. If nothing else it would be worth several beers and a lot of good conversation.
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Your solution sounds good. Do you have any pics of the screws you used?
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Here ya r:
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It would be so cool if we could all be here 40+ years from now and compare our dismanteled trailers. And compare our solutions. If nothing else it would be worth several beers and a lot of good conversation.
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You want to set something up? How about your place, January 11, 2046? I'll bring the Zimas.
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Old 01-11-2006, 04:46 PM   #109
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You want to set something up? How about your place, January 11, 2046? I'll bring the Zimas.
I'll be 105. It could happen! I'll bring the SOFT CHEWIES!
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I'll come! We can take mine apart first, since I did not provide for corrosion protection at all.
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I'll come also, at the rate we are going the Liner should be complete and I will be 100 in September.

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Can I come too? Actually that's a Thursday - can we move it to Friday the 12th or Saturday the 13th.
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In to next step - flip

Well I've completed my gantry grain chain hoist setup. I decided that I was too old and the concrete was too cold to crawl under the trailer and work. So I built my lift system. Like in the old airstream pics. Now I'm ready to install the insulation and the belly pans. I'v included some of the flipped pictures.
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And here I thought I was a freak with this stuff.
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I like people who call it the way they see it. Thanks for the positive input.
I take that as a complement coming from Uwe!
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Belly foam insulation

I'm installing foam for insulation in the belly section of out Bambi. I've decided to do this for a couple of reasons. 1. When I took the belly pans off I found several large bee nests. I want the cavity completely filled with material as a attempt to keep all maner of critters out of the trailer. We'll see. 2. By shaping the foam to match the shape of the aluminum skins I will have greater support under the metal. This should help in the resurfacing of the aluminum. I'm reusing the old belly pans because the metal is still in pretty good condition. They mainly need to be cleaned up and resurfaced. 3. It also gives me an opportunity to put go good use some of my sculpture skills.
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I did mine the same way. . .

Until my wife caught me. . .

using her electric carving knife to shape the insulation!
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Progress report

I have continued to install the foam on the belly of the trailer. Hopefully I will have the belly finished and flip the trailer back on its wheels in a week. Also I have been working on the Ideas for installation of the insulation of the shell walls. First a picture of current progress.
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Old 01-18-2006, 02:16 PM   #120
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Inner Wall condensation and insulation

Well here goes! I am really looking for your thoughts and ideas, good or bad, on these ideas. This is going to take several posts to explain and diagram the entire idea.
Some basic thoughts that have influenced this design. 1. Cold Metal and moisture in the air is a real consideration in the airstresm. 2. In another thread a person had mentioned that panel experiments had been done by them and they had discovered that the inside temperature of the Airstream shell can easily reach 140+ degrees. 3. Extreme temperature variations between the inside of the trailer and the outside world can create some interesting conditions. 4. Can any of these things be addressed or are we just at the mercy of Mother Nature?

I have looked at many of your threads and the ideas you have applied to your restorations. I have taken many of these ideas and made modifications.

Many have used "Reflectix" insulation in the walls with an air space on either side. This seemed like a good idea to me because it forms two air spaces on either side of the Reflectix insulation. In the discussions on Inner wall condensation thread two items seemed to be keep coming up. !. Air circulation and heat control.

I have used the two air spaces with a Reflectix insulation barrier to create three spaces. The following change I made was to take the outside space and create an air flow circulation pattern. This was done to hopefully help in the removal of condensation moisture. I am adding a new material that I have found. The material is "Dura Cool". It is a filter that has been designed for swamp coolers. It is a relative new material that has some very interesting properties. I am going to do further research on this product. I hope to include a web page or additional information in future threads.
Following is a cross section diagram to illustrate the material. Following will be several posts showing details with further explanation.
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