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Old 06-08-2013, 09:01 AM   #1037
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Your skeleton shot looks like mine ! I don't feel like a jackass anymore . I removed wheel wells and u or c or j channel was corroded where shower had splashed for years . Spread to front left panel up approx 2' so lower panels were removed and of course that's when I discovered rotten insulation and decided to yard entire interior ! Yikes what have I gotten myself into. Considering I just remodeled a 3500 sq ft. Home with similar issues you would think the the 22 ft trailer will be a breeze ! Hardly. Thank you for all the fantastic info and especially pics. I will try to do a better job documenting my every move. I see the importance of it now.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:44 AM   #1038
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Finished first compound cut and removed floor, will compound second time
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How was the task of replacing the floor without removing the shell. I am wanting to replace the floor in my '67 Caravel and do not have the equipment or man power, 24 year old girl.., to take off the shell.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:57 AM   #1039
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How was the task of replacing the floor without removing the shell. I am wanting to replace the floor in my '67 Caravel and do not have the equipment or man power, 24 year old girl.., to take off the shell.
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My restoration was a shell off, much easier to do than shell on.

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Old 07-21-2013, 12:52 PM   #1040
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How was the task of replacing the floor without removing the shell. I am wanting to replace the floor in my '67 Caravel and do not have the equipment or man power, 24 year old girl.., to take off the shell.
I tell myself every time to do a shell off and I violate the promise every time. I assure you that replacing the floor and POR-15'ing the frame will be much less work, in total, with the shell off. Why I can't learn this lesson myself is a mystery.

You only need one helper to get the shell off (after you take everything out of the inside including the wheel wells--all the wiring except the brakes is in the shell). Drill out the rivets in the hold down plates in the front and back and disconnect the C channel. Takes time, but easy to do. Brace the shell at the mid-point and at the forward and rear ribs (so it retains its shape and you can get it back on). Lift one end and stick a long 2x4 under, do the same at the back. Then you can set the shell up on 4 saw horses and pull the wheels and fame out from underneath.

Piece of cake.

Note: the old advertising shows one guy holding up the shell, but it doesn't have windows in it. They are heavy.

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:43 AM   #1041
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I tell myself every time to do a shell off and I violate the promise every time. I assure you that replacing the floor and POR-15'ing the frame will be much less work, in total, with the shell off. Why I can't learn this lesson myself is a mystery.

You only need one helper to get the shell off (after you take everything out of the inside including the wheel wells--all the wiring except the brakes is in the shell). Drill out the rivets in the hold down plates in the front and back and disconnect the C channel. Takes time, but easy to do. Brace the shell at the mid-point and at the forward and rear ribs (so it retains its shape and you can get it back on). Lift one end and stick a long 2x4 under, do the same at the back. Then you can set the shell up on 4 saw horses and pull the wheels and fame out from underneath.

Piece of cake.

Note: the old advertising shows one guy holding up the shell, but it doesn't have windows in it. They are heavy.

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Thanks a lot for the advise! I think I will attempt doing it this way, I am sure I can scrounge up a helper or two.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:10 AM   #1042
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I'm doing body off as well. Just elevating body as I go. Works for me and it keeps storage issue down. Also keeps the body and frame intact. Body off is always better on any restoration project . I'm a one man show out in the country and my girlfriend isn't into lifting body off with me so I'm stuck with a lil hoisting at a time.
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:19 AM   #1043
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outside plug in light

After 7 years finally found the perfect outside plug in light.

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Old 10-31-2015, 12:04 PM   #1044
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Very nice, where'd you find it?
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Very nice, where'd you find it?
eBay, took 7 years, pricey, but worth it.

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Old 11-08-2015, 05:14 PM   #1046
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Can anyone suggest the method for taking a floor out of my 57 over lander! It has those sunken bolts and isn't really rotted in any spots that I can find. Do I cut into the floor and start pulling it out? Is there a way to get those bolts out from the top side? Thanks for help.


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Old 11-09-2015, 12:48 AM   #1047
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Take a hole saw and cut a hole in a piece of scrap plywood. Place the Scrap Plywood over the Elevator Bolt w/the hole you just drilled centered over the bolt. Take the Drill bit out of the hole saw, stand on the scrap plywood w/ both feet and use it to guide the hole saw while cutting thru the trailer's plywood, repeat . . .

So the question is, if there isn't any rotted plywood subfloor, why would you need to remove the Elevator Bolts and Plywood? . . . I must be misunderstanding your post.
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Thanks for that great tip for the elevator bolts.

The reason for floor replacement is that it is a 1957, been through a lot it appears. There are holes cut everywhere and I'm not sure why. I want to look at the tanks and which ones I need or have. I don't want to remove the belly pan unless I have to.
Does that sound like a good reason to do the floor replacement to you?
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Thanks for that great tip for the elevator bolts.

The reason for floor replacement is that it is a 1957, been through a lot it appears. There are holes cut everywhere and I'm not sure why. I want to look at the tanks and which ones I need or have. I don't want to remove the belly pan unless I have to.
Does that sound like a good reason to do the floor replacement to you?
Yes, time for a new floor, highly recommend dropping the belly pan and doing a shell off. Would also recommend new electrical system including a new 12v system, on my 1955 Safari they didn't use rubber grouments, had many cut wires.

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Yes, I was definitely planning all new plumbing and wiring, after taking off the inside skins.
I guess I'm just hesitant about she'll of, because it's just me and I have no clue how to make it happen. I know it's the right thing to do though. I will probably be keeping this trailer for myself, so I want everything done right.
I did replace partial floors on my ambassador, without she'll off,but it was just partial. Any advise or thread leads to help me out would be awesome. Thank you.

I plan to start a thread on the journey of this trailer as I will have a ton of questions to ask of all of you.
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