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Old 12-05-2014, 07:29 PM   #393
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Hello all, thanks for the advice about breaking in new drum brakes. Mine are self adjusting, so I'll be sure to brake in reverse a few times. But maybe the "production oils" or the fit between shoe and drum reduced the braking force on these new axles. I've only got 100 miles on them, and very little braking force from highway speeds. I approach stop signs with a long coast down if I can.

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Old 12-06-2014, 10:59 AM   #394
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Final product, please forgive my half removed clearcoat . Doesn't look too pretty.



Matt: good luck with your move to san diego. I've been tracking your progress. Coming along nicely. I got my shell clecoed together last weekend so I'm back on track. I tried to start removing clear coat last night with Aircraft Stripper. Not working super well plus it was $10 for one can. At this rate it will take me 40 cans. Any suggestions on what i might try?

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Old 12-06-2014, 11:19 AM   #395
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Matt: good luck with your move to san diego. I've been tracking your progress. Coming along nicely. I got my shell clecoed together last weekend so I'm back on track. I tried to start removing clear coat last night with Aircraft Stripper. Not working super well plus it was $10 for one can. At this rate it will take me 40 cans. Any suggestions on what i might try?

best to you.


Thanks brother, glad to hear you have the shell back on already! Moving fast!

I have gone through 3 spray cans and it is super patchy. Were you using spray or liquid cans and brushing it on? I am planning to source stripper, maybe a gallon or so in a bulk can, for me that ought to do it. I would use the product VTS sells but it is just too much and really pricey. I did think the clearcoat removal would be easier though....


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Old 12-06-2014, 02:06 PM   #396
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Old 12-06-2014, 02:22 PM   #397
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Like the decals.

My P3 controller manual says to warm the brakes up first by driving about 1/4 mile at 45 mph with brakes lightly applied. Then adjust the gain until the brakes lock up at 25 mph and back off until they stop locking.

Ive been following your restoration. Looks like you are doing a superb job and doing everything right! Congrats.

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Old 12-06-2014, 02:32 PM   #398
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I agree. I saw the vts remover for $189. I didn't want to spend that much but after running around all day today I'm tempted to just order it. Seems like everything takes longer and more expensive than I expected.


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Old 12-12-2014, 10:47 PM   #399
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I've gone to brushing it on and using lacquer thinner to clean up residue. Working pretty well. Make it to San Diego yet?


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Old 12-30-2014, 10:08 AM   #400
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Things are going well, spent the last 2 weeks living at the hotel. We depart for San Diego this weekend.

The plan is to take 6 days, 5 driving with one day off.

Initially I was thinking just I-10 from pensacola all the way to San Diego. Some feedback from other Navy families was that the drive was boring and did not provide many good stops along the way.

My new plan is to go west on 10, heD north at mobile and stairstep up and pickup i40 west of Oklahoma. Then drive west and head south at flagstaff. It only adds 75 miles to a 2000 mile drive and would be much more interesting with more stops for the kids and my pregnant wife.

Current weather outlook shows no winter storms near flagstaff at all next week.

What do you all think of the route? Any suggestions or ideas on good places along the way to stop for a day break or places the kids would enjoy? They are 3 and 1.5 so keep that in mind that a set of concrete steps entertain them lol .

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Old 12-30-2014, 11:27 AM   #401
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Obviously, the Grand Canyon is only like a 45 min detour off I-40...

...just make sure you get the military discount from the Park Service.

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Awesome job and pics Mixter!
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Congrats on the family increase and sounds like a great plan for the drive keep us in the loop please and smooth driving!
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Old 01-01-2015, 03:51 PM   #405
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Your old Trade Wind sure looks neat! And it's been rebuilt from the ground up.

Happy New Year to you sir. Save travels and keep in touch.

We expect this thread to continue when you're settled in and have spare time.

May be a while, but that's okay.

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Old 01-03-2015, 07:03 PM   #406
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Thanks David, about a thousand miles into our trip and the trailer has pulled beautifully. Not a sway, nothing, barely know it's there.

Lessons learned, my wheel wells LEAK bad. The cracks in them that I repaired with fiberglass did not work. The fiberglass did not bond well. Thus I put lots of towels around the wells and kept on trucking. Figures I drive through near 2 days of straight rain! Also a small leak in a roof rivet, stuck a bucket under it and kept trucking!

We had to stop for a day for a TV repair, we started hearing a symmetrical rhythmic thump from the front left tire. Turned out to be the bearing housing. Pressing on tomorrow morning now that it is fixed.




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