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Old 01-13-2015, 05:51 AM   #57
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Yes, they do look quite good. It's not easy to get the metal to form this compound curve. You must feel like the Airstream technicians back in the early sixties wondering how they can make hundreds of these panels. I'll bet they had a "buck" to form the front banana wraps on my 66 Trade Wind. Old English sports cars had aluminum hoods, trunks, and door skins; but not more complex fenders. However, antique aircraft have very complex aluminum parts. How did they do it?

Molded plastic is so much easier.

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Old 01-23-2015, 03:53 PM   #58
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Well, all the exterior underbelly work is finished, reflectix put in, insulation installed, and riveted to the chassis. I went ahead and put the reflectix on the rest of the exposed subfloor so I guess its that time...time to reunite the shell! Gonna get some guys together Monday hopefully and manhandle the shell back on the chassis. Wish us luck!


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Old 01-23-2015, 07:22 PM   #59
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Good Luck from Minnesota. Take your time with it. Be ready to sand off some wood on the edges of your subfloor to best match the exterior skin. Some folks have trouble with the clearance for the door threshold. I guess the subfloor has to be notched to fit the threshold. I think that's the way I understood it.

I had to belt sand wood material of the subfloor edges to get a good fit around the back of my trailer. But It was not a shell off. I just replaced the bath subfloor with the shell on. Not near the scope of work you're doing.

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Old 01-26-2015, 07:08 PM   #60
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Hey guys, we did it! Got the shell back on today!!! I'm so pumped if you can't tell, lol. Believe it or not most all of the rivet holes lined up perfectly. I truly can't believe it. There were seven of us that picked the shell up and walked it from the back yard to the driveway where the chassis was. We just walked up the back of the camper and got it on jack stands and pushed all the edges to the outside of the underbelly. Here's some pics of it together! The last pic is all the guys enjoying free beer for their trouble! LOL!

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Old 01-26-2015, 08:45 PM   #61
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Really nice work on this thread; congratulations on the shell touchdown. We'd love to see the finished trailer sometime, since you're just a stone's throw north. Might cross paths at LBL someday.

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Old 01-27-2015, 09:03 AM   #62
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Old 03-28-2015, 01:49 PM   #63
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Havent posted in awhile but I have made alot of strides. Got the shell riveted back to the frame. Tore out all the remaining old wiring. Sealed all the seams on the inside with trempro 635. Sealed up the water heater and furnace inlets temporarily for weatherproofing. Put all new weatherstripping around the door and sealed the vent holes on the roof and where the marker light wires come thru with aluminum duct tape. Took all the windows out of the frames and cleaned them and put new butyl tape, new glazing strips and bought all new tinted glass as well. I even bought tinted glass for the jalousie windows. I've bought new vent covers for the refrigerator and stovebut havent installed them just yet. I also bought some nuvite polish to clean and polish around the marker lights begore I install them. I must say thats some pretty awesome stuff. I'm fixin to get some new wheels and tires as well. One thing at a time, lol.

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Old 03-28-2015, 05:57 PM   #64
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My you have made good progress since "shell touchdown". Keep it up and it won't be long before you're camping somewhere with your family.

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Old 04-25-2015, 04:16 PM   #65
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Put all the marker lights on and started some polishing. I have so much to do inside I decided to take a break from that and see how shiny I can get it.

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Old 04-25-2015, 07:32 PM   #66
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Polishing is so time consuming, but a worthwhile improvement. Making old aluminum look new again is fun in a strange way. I believe it adds value to your trailer, like about $100 a foot when polished. Keep track of your approximate hours spent polishing your Overlander. I'm curious.

What method are you using to polish your trailer? Wet sand first? Cotton buffers, or wool pads? I have about 160 hours in my 24' Trade Wind. I elected to use cotton buffers with Jestco gray polish. It may be faster, but I was not pleased with the result.

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Old 04-26-2015, 01:22 PM   #67
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Hey DBJ216! I am currently using Nuvite G9 polish with wool twisted buffing pads. I ordered a pound and getting close to using it all up. I do have some 3M rubbing compound that I'm gonna try when I get finished. Just to give you an idea on time, I have polished both end caps and probly have about 16 hours put in so far.
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Old 04-26-2015, 02:44 PM   #68
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I think G9 is good. Nuvite was out of product for quite a while as I understand they moved their factory. This is one reason why I tried the Jestco buffing kit. I did my 86 Limited with Nuvite with pretty good results. I did not have good results with the Jestco method. Live and learn.

You're going to have one sweet Airstream for your family when you're done. Do not expect to travel incognito, it will draw attention!

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Old 11-04-2015, 08:34 PM   #69
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I've had a little time to work on the trailer. I took the old tail lights and sandblasted and painted them and riveted the sockets back on the fixtures. Bought some new lenses as well. Gonna try and put them on tomorrow barring bad weather.
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:45 PM   #70
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Forgot to add I bought a new refrigerator vent cover and a stove hood vent. Painted them with rustoleum. Turned out pretty good. When I took the old one I realized why I was having to keep a bucket in the trailer to catch the water! That thing was destroyed!. Also didn't like how the sheet metal looked that forms the hole in the ceiling for the fridge vent so I made a new one and installed it all today.
On a separate note, found several leaks where the window attaches to the shell itself. It was either take all the windows out or caulk around them all. That would have been several hundred rivets to drill out and replace so I decided to caulk them all with trempro 635. They haven't leaked since.
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