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Old 02-28-2008, 02:48 PM   #15
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All the aluminum skins are bad? How can that be?

We currently have our '56 down to the ribs/frame and are replacing a couple of the interior skins with new's not that expensive* nor difficult. Especially if you have the old skin(s) for a pattern. Seems like it'd be much easier than re-inventing the wheel with wood.


*$150-185 for 12'x4' Alclad 2024T3 .032

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Old 02-28-2008, 02:57 PM   #16
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The guy I got it from had been using it for storage. There were a lot of holes in the interior skins. Other places he had mounted shelves to the skins that had pulled away and left tears where the screws pulled out. The bottom is corroded completely around and especially in the back where the bathroom used to be.

There is not one piece of the original skin that does not have some kind of significant damage to it.

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Old 02-28-2008, 03:05 PM   #17
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hi nw'

the issue is you've got a unit some would want 2c preserved for history and kept roadworthy...

while it appears YOU are simply trying to construct a habitable woodsy retreat?

i know nothing about how to eliminate interior moisture, except avoid rain and breathing and sweat...

IF you are committed to using some sort of non metal composite...

?how about a series of passive interior wall vents, highnlow?

would these vents INCREASE or DECREASE inner wall moisture issues?

for a unit that lives in the pacific north wet...

who knows out there in hvac land?

all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:25 PM   #18
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Could work

And you are correct. To many of the posters' dismay, there will be nothing original left on the interior of my AS when I am done. Nothing. I have a mountain of the original stuff in the shop and will be posting for all those want or need for just the cost of shipping. I have just been too busy building cabinets, etc. to get that all listed and sorted out.

I have restored classic cars to original and know the feeling when you see one that has been 'ruined' by someone who just wanted to drive it.

In this case:

I am only interested in constructing a liveable, comfortable, relaxing environment for my wife and I to escape to from time to time. I have no interest in pulling this thing across the country. I have no interest in moving it at all once I park it in it's place that is sitting there waiting for us.

It will be on the dry side of the state, parked, hooked up, waiting for me whenever I have the desire to get away.

When I pass on, my son will have the land and the AS. I am sure it will not move then either.

The vents were a great idea. I am going to read into that more and see what the consensus is.

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