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Old 01-01-2012, 06:56 AM   #15
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Same to you!!!! Nice to see the boy in the mix. Very nice touch! You said there is a massive plate at the axles. Do you mean the hanging plate that the axles bolt to?
Yep, that's our intern! He's getting most if the grinding job.

Yes, I do mean the plate that the axle bolts to... Have some thick steel to fix that thing. We'll have to put new pins in for the shock mounts as well. The curb side of the trailer is fine, so at least we have a template, it also makes me think it was parked for a long time with the street side near the ocean.... It was VA Beach originally.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:06 AM   #16
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:27 PM   #17
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A second full day on the trailer... grinding off lots of large rust areas... We ended up blocking the outriggers and skin in some places since the outriggers are so rusted that many of them just want to fall off!
I called Out Of Doors Mart about the difference between the $9 and $26 outriggers and they said that it's just a different supplier...no more $9 ones left...looks like I'll be making my own!

We dropped the axles, hopefully the junk yard will give me some cash for the steel, MAN those things are heavy.

The only worry I have is that skin sitting on the old outriggers, but everything else is fun now that the dirt and insulation is gone!
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:00 PM   #18
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Frame of mind

Okay, just typed up an entire update and Air Forums just refresed or something and it all went away…gerrrr. Anyway, I’ll keep it short.

Worked on the frame, replaced entire areas with bad rust, including basically remaking the entire rear C channel, stripped and sanded the tail lights.

My design concept is a mirror shine aluminum with brass accents, not blue, so the tail lights will be brass plated with black around the lights. Some of the patches may be a gold anodized aluminum etc. Going for a steampunk look.
If you have any questions feel free to ask, jut not wanting to re-type the entire update…
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:34 PM   #19
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Frame repair still going on. I'm basically rebuilding the C channel and beefing it up. So long rust.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:00 AM   #20
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Frame repair still going on. I'm basically rebuilding the C channel and beefing it up. So long rust.
Wow that brings back some memories! In fact I was looking at my Lincoln welder and wondering if I was ever going to use it again! I had some channel fabricated to be slightly smaller and fit in the existing channel to create a box. Then I welded into place, pretty simple. Lookin good!
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:40 PM   #21
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Wow that brings back some memories! In fact I was looking at my Lincoln welder and wondering if I was ever going to use it again! I had some channel fabricated to be slightly smaller and fit in the existing channel to create a box. Then I welded into place, pretty simple. Lookin good!
Thanks! Yeah, it would be great to be able to put the new channel on the inside, but it was impossible since the cross members are connected on the inside. Adding sisters around the outside allows me to use larger L, but it's certainly a lot more to welt with the 2 Ls and the flat piece. I'm getting away with the mig welder on the thinner stuff, but it will be the stick welder for the part of the A frame I have to fix!
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:47 PM   #22
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A floor? That would be lovely...

Moving along on the Safari.
Finished chopping out all the BAD BAD rust including parts of the axle mounting plates, one of which held the shock mount (new one pictured). Butt welded a new plate and a new mount from Out Of Doors Mart. Cut new outriggers using thicker steel then the originals which actually saved money since they are so darn expensive now adays.
Ground and wire brushed the entire thing, painted it and then undercoated it.
I've decided that all of my tanks will be above the floor since I'm not sure what I want to do with this trailer. I won't be full timing or anything and it may end up being used as a concessions trailer, but more likely a production trailer for my film business...frankly I don't really care what it ends up being, I just want a floor to stand on! Oh, a floor you say?? Well we just happen to be cutting one, sealing it with watco sealant and then undercoating that as well.

HERE IS THE FUN / SCARY PART OF THIS PROJECT...we basically did a shell off without removing the shell...how is that possible you ask? Well just imagine a large shell just sitting on the outriggers (that remain)...as you replace the outriggers one by one...yes, it's not safe...and the shell moved around a bit......but with proper ratchet straps it all worked out.

The last big step is to get the entire floor in, screw it into the shell THEN support the floor and shell as a whole and then drop the frame to deal with the bad rust in the A frame area.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:38 PM   #23
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so many view and so few comment....makes me sad........;-) Questions are welcome.....
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Been there done that! So glad to be done with that phase. What are you useing for insulation under that sup floor?
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Looking good! Been following your work.

I'm a few steps behind you in my frame repair. Still have to hack out some of the bad stuff in the rear street side area and weld in some new steel. Not enough days in the hour! I have to get the under side done before the rain and heat sets in here in Tampa.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:35 PM   #26
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The frame is fixed and the new floor went in. Time to start on the outside!
The good thing is that we secured a warehouse to work in which will get us out of the Virginia heat that's on it's way.
First thing is to take the old AC unit off... the giant monkey bars come in handy for that! Never again will she have an unsightly square box glued to her sleek body....
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:44 PM   #27
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Stripping is easy.

Took a few coats, but it was a nice day to get the clear coat stripped off. What a difference!
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:56 PM   #28
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Polishing..

Nuvite is working great.
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