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Old 08-10-2010, 08:51 PM   #351
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The lovely girlfriend has done a great job on 4 windows already even though the glazing company cut all but ONE pane short by 5/8" and then remade them using 3/16", useless, 3rd time's a charm but they'll not be getting the screen order when the time comes.

Sooo, I'm building up a pile of materials ready for a full weekend on the 'stream and I have a quick question about grey tank vent materials. The damaged pipe (still in situ) looks like black ABS or similar but I'd like to relocate the roof outlet so to fabricate a new one what's best? It's got to be flexible and able to take a 90 elbow to make it through the roof. My grey tank will only have a 1 1/2" drain out so maybe I can get away with 1" or even 3/4" vent pipe? (I also used the original bird's mouth vent that was kindly sent to me to make a new duplicate so I don't have to worry about misaligned rivets and have some flexibility on the pipe/ roof exit point).
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:45 AM   #352
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Wow! Nicely done Truck! I have been reading the forums like a fiend lately. I am almost done with the gut. I plan on having it done by next week. I will brace it like so many others have done. Do you have any regrets or "next time I'll..." advice?
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:52 PM   #353
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Hmmn, advice...

I'd spring for a better grade of plywood flooring and I'd have all the window frames soda blasted before I start re-construction.

Next time will probably be a little trailer at the GF's request but I'd really like to go for a "special" as the big project. I'm thinking a full custom chassis with the floor no longer an integral part of the "semi-monocoque" construction, and it might sound ludicrous but I'd like to stretch an Ambassador to 34' but keep the early 60's look.

Plenty of plans.....
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Thanks for your reply. I have a few questions maybe you could answer. On the BP metal, did you use the 3003 H-14 or just 3003? What size sheets? What size rivits for the BP? Where did you get your riviter and shears? I have been reading this thread over and over. Thanks again for your detailed posts it helps for the psyc up!
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:09 PM   #355
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Lets see; I used 3003, utility grade which comes on a roll (coil) from anywhere that repairs semi trailers. IIRC it's about 8 feet something wide, i'd rather not have used it but really wanted the width for my BP master plan. I used large flange pop rivets and don't remember the size off hand but I'm sure I would have used a a #20 drill so just over 5/32" diameter. I bought my rivet gun from Aircraft Spruce but lately I use Yardstrore and Browntools. The shears came from a local hydraulic line supplier and are made by Jet. They weren't expensive but I'd suggest skipping them and the nibbler and just getting hand powered aviation snips instead.
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Why did you not like the snipper?
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:07 PM   #357
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I quite liked the shears but aviation snips will do the same job (tip snips will leave an even better cut) and offer better control.
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:21 PM   #358
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Plenty of progress

This weekend I took a day off work and got lots done; all interior rivet tails removed and 100 grommets installed. I got the Marinco 110V inlet installed along with the fresh and city water fills too; the city fill is horribly cheap and ugly looking so I'm already thinking about a substitute.

Saturday saw the street side windows re-installed and a new birds mouth vent mounted over an old sink vent for use with the grey tank. I also removed a patch on the roof at the tail and used a smaller version to maintain the compound curve better.

Today we took all the other windows out ready for refurbishment and hit a bit of a snag. Jalousie windows to be exact.

One of the brackets is missing a piece (snapped off) and they don't seem to be something I can buy so I'll have to try and make one; also to get the things off I had to drill out the hollow steel rivets. If anyone has done this before any tips would be great as the only tool I could find to re-install hollow rivets must be over 100 years old.
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:53 PM   #359
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Truck, it's coming along nicely!
Frank - you da Man! Thanks for the window link!
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Yup, awesome link; unfortunately for me mine are a different size so I'll probably just make some tomorrow night. I'm still thinking of an alternative to the steel hollow rivets that hold the enchilada together.
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Trailer is looking mighty nice. What's the outside of your water fill look like? I still haven't decided on one yet (I know. . . should have got that done while the interior was out).
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Hi Norm, I have a picture of the fresh fill pre installation in post 307 but I'll get a proper picture this coming weekend of it in situ with the city fill next to it; chalk and cheese unfortunately.
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T6 saves the day

Just a quick update. I made the jalousie window holding part and it looks like it'll work, the attached shows the media blasted original mechanism, the partial damaged old piece and the new shop made replacement.

Tomorrow the search for the illusive hollow steel rivets and some sort of squeezer continues.

If you need to try this someday I used T6 6061 .040 as 2024 T3 wouldn't make the radius. If I were to make a full set I'd consider using O condition and a little baking.
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