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Old 02-26-2014, 05:14 PM   #1
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Hello, I have a 61 Caravel with no subfloor and a pretty beat up shell. I need a drawing, or template or something to cut a new floor out that I can use as a guide to get the shell back into shape.

Does anyone have accesses to such things? Any scale drawings of any parts would be really helpful.

Cheers, Chris.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:49 PM   #2
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Chris, unfortunately/amazingly those curves/corners were not "standardized". Even in the same trailer, the Street Side might be a different radius than the Curb Side. Ideally you make a template of the old plywood before tossing it. I know in your case it's long gone. You will probably need to leave it squared off and then drop the shell on the plywood and trace the curve . . . others might lend their advice but I think that's going to be your best option. On damaged corners, I'd pull the panel, beat it out flat, use it as a template for a new panel, install the new panel and then drop the shell for a line to trace . . . the good news is that your shell is pretty light. There are "shell off" threads that you should probably become familiar with. Ask lots of questions.
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Welcome to the forums, Chris.

Frank Yensan (62Overlander) did a very good tutorial on floor patterns here. Hopefully, you have enough to make the pattern.

If not, others have battled with this problem, but I don't have a link handy. Maybe one of the threads in the links to major renovations would have details. If not, it's a great source of information for you.

Good luck,

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Hey Chris,
The plywood on ours was not useable for a pattern. I laid out new plywood on the frame (the shell was off) and used the c channel to trace the curves.
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Cheers! I guess that explains why I can't find any drawings for the floors!

One probably stupid questions, are the C sections meant to be riveted to the steel frame or are they screwed to the top surface of the wooden subfloor?
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Chris,

A recent episode of TheVap podcast covered how to create the sublfoor curves without a pattern. Check out the podcast and take a listen.

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Hello, I have a 61 Caravel with no subfloor and a pretty beat up shell. I need a drawing, or template or something to cut a new floor out that I can use as a guide to get the shell back into shape.

Does anyone have accesses to such things? Any scale drawings of any parts would be really helpful.

Cheers, Chris.
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Cheers! I guess that explains why I can't find any drawings for the floors!

One probably stupid questions, are the C sections meant to be riveted to the steel frame or are they screwed to the top surface of the wooden subfloor?

Screwed to the Top Surface of the Plywood AND then Bolted to the Outrigger Ends
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