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Old 11-24-2005, 10:39 AM   #15
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But the job did get finished in one day, and we were both quite pleased with the outcome.
Wow, one day. I am impressed. From the pictures it looks like the surgery was performed at Uwe's secret lab, aka Area 63.
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Old 11-24-2005, 11:01 AM   #16
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Wow, one day. I am impressed. From the pictures it looks like the surgery was performed at Uwe's secret lab, aka Area 63.
You crack me up! Area 63....secret lab....quite fitting, actually.
We started at 9:30AM, took a short break for some down home Mexican food for lunch, and were done by about 10:30PM, cleanup included.
The fabrication of the sister rib took a bit of time, so did the final trimming and fitting of the new sheet.
Even tough we used the old pattern, there was still too much metal around the access doors and window cutouts. It's hard to get a very precise cut in the metal with the kind of tools I own, so I went the safe route,m and left a little of the sharpie line when I did the cutting. Well even that little was too much.
However, the rivet holes lined up perfectly in all but one or two spots.
We used special tool #13 (awl) and special tool # 16 (smaller awl) to poke throught the rivet holes to align the sheet to the old holes in the ribs and adjoining sheets. This worked out great, and gave the sheet a nice and flat appearance.
This was not a particularly hard repair, btw. It does help to have "area 63" with a flat floor and good lighting. Compressed air and few good tools are nice for all the riveting and cutting, but it can be done without all that.
Mostly, though, I got to spend a whole day of quality time with my friend Murray, doing guy stuff!
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Old 11-24-2005, 12:28 PM   #17
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One DAY? Bravo!

It took me so long to replace a side panel that I didn't even keep track of how many days.

Next time I will drive my trailer out to California from Iowa, fix it there, then drive it back to Iowa. Including my travel time, it would still be faster than doing it here!

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Old 11-24-2005, 12:32 PM   #18
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One DAY? Bravo!

It took me so long to replace a side panel that I didn't even keep track of how many days.

Next time I will drive my trailer out to California from Iowa, fix it there, then drive it back to Iowa. Including my travel time, it would still be faster than doing it here!

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Carlos,
the one day does not include the time it takes to get the Vulkem off your hands and arms. Add another week to that......
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Old 11-24-2005, 04:36 PM   #19
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Did you pre-drill the rivet holes?

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Old 11-24-2005, 05:54 PM   #20
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Did you pre-drill the rivet holes?

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Ken, we pre-drilled only the ones that overlay another sheet.
The entire top row was tucked under the window sheet, so we used those holes and drilled once the sheet was in place.
But, basically, yes, we pre-drilled the majority of the rivet holes.
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Old 11-25-2005, 11:14 AM   #21
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My cover has been BLOWN!

I thought I could slip some skin on without anyone noticing but thanks to a certain "friend", my cover is now blown!
Even with 'friend' trying to mask the identify of a certain trailer by misrepresenting it as a '68, I've been found out.
Well, I guess now I can post the 'after' photos since the unit is now outside the 'secret Area 63' (and in a safe location)!
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O.K.- Enough fooling around! Time to get down to some serious cosmetics!
Here are the results of my yesterday's efforts using only "Heavy Metal" course (red) grade liquid polish. I have used most of the others and HM is far superior for faster results. Slow speed start-up is essential though if you do not want to be cleaning-up everything of splatter within a 10 foot radius!
The 2024 Alclad .032 sheet I used was some NOS material from another "secret' source. To illustrate how old it was we found a $13.00 price written on the 4x12 sheet! Unfortunately the splatters that may show up in the photos turned out to be slightly corrosive and in some cases there are pits right through the alclad. Still they are minor and no worse than some others on the original curbside where tree branches had rubbed through during one of it's former lives in an apple orchard!
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FYI- First photo is approximately 30 mins compounding and second is after approx. 2 hrs with HM.
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I can not tell from pics what you used for sister Rib and how it was attached. Can you expound upon this step I have similar damage.

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I can not tell from pics what you used for sister Rib and how it was attached. Can you expound upon this step I have similar damage.

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You can click on the pictures, and they expand to a bigger size. You can then tell that the repair part is nothing more than a 3inx30in .040 piece of skin, bent into an angle on a brake, then slotted on one side so it would bend along the desired curvature. The tabs that remained on one side were then drilled, held in place, then drilled through the damaged rib and riveted into place. This gives the damaged c-shaped original rib a new flange to which the outer skin then attaches with Olympic rivets.
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Thanks for your help

What a great explanation, you have given me the courage to carry on with my project. Thanks again.
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Nice work. Thanks for the details. Very informative.
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What a great explanation, you have given me the courage to carry on with my project. Thanks again.
You too can do this- I was born in Alberta ( just N. of Edmonton). Where do you think I learned 'courage"???
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