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Old 05-09-2011, 02:29 PM   #1
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Air conditioner shroud repair for 1974 Sovereign

The shroud covering the roof air conditioner is cracked on my 1974 Sovereign. Can the damaged area be fiberglassed successfully or is there another material I can use to repair the crack in the shroud? The entire shroud is brittle due to Florida sun exposure. I would replace the shroud if I could locate one but due to it's age, I'm sure that is not possible. Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 05-09-2011, 02:34 PM   #2
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I used drywall tape which is a mesh as it already had glue and I wanted a thin layer for strength, auto store sells bondo, two part body repair and a coat of paint makes it look like new. If you really want to make it better than new you would have to coat the whole interior with a layer of fiberglass and resin,but it would double the weight.

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I had a few cracks in the shroud of our 1979 AC cover. It was still in good shape, just aging. My concern was that the attachment points would crack off and we would lose it on the road and cause an accident to a following vehicle.

I took some aluminum strips and angle and made an inside frame that connected the 4 bolts on top with a frame the ran the entire base circumference. I used rivets to attach to the plastic shroud at 3 inch intervals.

The cracks that had started in the base at the corners, I used PVC glue (in plumbing area of box stores in little metal jars). This helped seal the cracks so they didn't keep running. We had also lost a few of the areas of plastic that were folded at the base. The aluminum angle replaced that area as well.

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