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Old 09-11-2003, 08:24 PM   #43
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The toilet installation was, I believe,a retrofit by previous owner. The vent pipe went straight up from tank in back of closet and was intact.I'm going to install a porta-poti.
As for the floor looking good in previous picture-thats the only solid spot in whole trailer and I believe I will have to do extensive repair to frame.
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Old 09-11-2003, 08:37 PM   #44
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I know what you mean about the Porta-Potty. I yanked all the plumbing all together-I have a "Porta-Crapper"....it uses plastic bags-five gallon plastic bucket & a plastic seat-requires no cleaning and I don't have to fool with black or gray water tanks-freezing-disease-water-chemicles -smells-hoses-cleaning-flushing- rubber gloves and venting...just tosss the bag in the garbage....after all If I wanted a placial bathroom I stay at home...geof ...near Cincinnati
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Old 09-11-2003, 10:34 PM   #45
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I got back to work on that "U" channel today and managed to get it removed. It is a very simple piece to make - will only need some tinsnips to make radius. See photo.
Ohhh that will be a peice of cake to make! I was under the impression it was a solid peice thay was formed. I figured I would need to cut a peice to the right curve and weld on a vertical. Hmmm Need to call the local metal shop and see if they have a brake.

What's the width of that and hight? I'll get them to bend me a couple 8ft lengths this week and have them ready. Looks about 18 gage?
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Old 09-12-2003, 12:44 AM   #46
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The "U" chanel is made of same thickness aluminum as rest of trailer .032" 2024-T3.
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Another note all the "U" channels I have seen so far are not more than 4 ft long and I will probably just bend them using edge of my workbench and some clamps.I work in aircraft overhaul and have access to shops but would rather make parts at home.
I'm at work now on night shift so don't have dimensions of channel.
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Old 09-12-2003, 07:17 AM   #48
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The "U" chanel is made of same thickness aluminum as rest of trailer .032" 2024-T3.
Hmmm I know mine made out of steel . I have put my hand through a hole in it. .032 aluminum means I'll never have to replace it again.
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Speaking of steel: there are a steel angle iron tabs at the the first and last ribs. I assume these are location points used for assembly.
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Never mix aluminum and steel together with out an insulator between then....the "electro-action" of some sort eats the alumium in record time and gives the appearance of white rust. My air boat has a aluminum hull but everything steel that is bolted to it is with stainless bolts and bronze washers and the steel pieces are kept form touching the aluminum with a plastic washer or in some cases a mylar tape....geof-near Cincinnati
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Here's a picture of the offending piece. There's also a 620 inch steel sheet in the front right under the window. May have been reinforcing for the battery box.
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Stainless steel corrodes aluminum. When you need to use steel with aluminum it is best to use plated or galvanized steel.
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I can't believe they would have any steel near the aluminum...maybe in '59 they didn't know better-but I doubt it.....your bolts are upside down...I'd cut them through the nut with a large bolt cutter-anotherwords-split the nut. Might have to cut the bolt stem off first to be able to get to the nut...replace with self tapping Stainless screws-and an insulator washer... but still the sheet aluminum does look real good compaired to others I have seen-congradulations....geof
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Stainless steel corrodes aluminum. When you need to use steel with aluminum it is best to use plated or galvanized steel.
Plated as in Zinc?

Wow you making some fast progress! Trying to beat out old man winter?
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Ohhh I forgot to mention.

A buddy of mine works for Delta Airlines in aircraft maintance. Before that he worked for Lockheed. He's going to bring his bucking tool from work and we are going to used bucked rivits when we put the shell back on.
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Toaster: Ya know, here in Minnesota it get's dark about 3 in the afternoon. Doesn't leave time to work on my pet project.
Geof: I was thinking about calling the local vocational school to see if I could get a aircraft maint. student to help me put the rivets back in. What do you think?
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