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Old 03-29-2009, 03:35 PM   #15
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Hi, We have a 65 Ambassador and we are getting close to having her road ready. I like those steel counters-maybe you can recycle them. We will not be fulltiming but we have had a ball working on her. There is so much information here-I spend time every evening reading and its been invaluable, Keep us posted and don't get frustrated-it takes time, money, patience, money and lots of elbow grease!!!

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Old 03-29-2009, 11:05 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by bullydogsmom View Post
Since you are going to put in a new floor do a lot of reading or question asking first. The floor is slide UNDER what is called the C-Channel, actually the plywood was installed first at the factory and then the C-Channel was bolted to that, See I've learned a lot from these guys.

Anyway to remove the plywood, first you must remove the lower interior skin so you can get to the C-Channel to remove the old bolts. Or if you can remove the floor because it is so rotted that it sides out from under the chanel you still have to remove the skins to remove the rusted bolts that USE to hold down the floor. Either way get a 1/4 drill bit and start drilling!

Good luck you sound so enthusiatic, Which is how most of us sound during the "honeymoon" stage, then reality sets in and then the determined ones keep on going and the discouraged ones we never hear from again. I may not post a lot but I READ here everyday.

Speaking of which we haven't heard anything from Fat&Lazy lately! He's another poor soul who bought a can of worms.

So I hope we hear from you again, and again, and again.


Actually, if your going to do a shell off floor replacement, upgrading to the channel that slides over the edge of the floor, like Airstream switch to in later years, is a huge upgrade.


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Old 04-01-2009, 01:04 PM   #17
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Thanks for the suggestions. This weekend he is starting on the floor and I plan to start on the windows...ugh!!! nasty, nasty, nasty. Alot of dirt, grime and corrosion, discovered a couple nifty size spiders also.
What size grey and black water tanks do ya'll suggest we install? Also does anyone have the specifications on this model and the original floor layout. Also have to track down one of those little bathtub deals. Appreciate any and all help, this is going to be massive but we will get it done!
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:49 PM   #18
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Keep scanning the classified here, every once in a while someone will gut a AS and there will be lots of stuff for sale. I've seen bath tubs once or twice.

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Old 04-02-2009, 04:53 AM   #19
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Interior Walls

Been going around in my head how to do the interior walls. Those of you who have had to start from scratch like we are, what have you done with them. Was leaning towards a textured wallpaper that you can paint, but man those curves would be a royal pain. I have been so busy looking at different floorplans haven't really compared whether the walls are painted or papered. Don't really want to do the panelling for weight and cost reasons.
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:10 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by Granny68Air View Post
Been going around in my head how to do the interior walls.


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