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Old 11-12-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
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1965 Ambassador Renovation updates

Am renovating my 1965 Ambassador and have been posting various questions already over the past couple of weeks.. Thought it makes sense to start one main thread for people to follow and make suggestions as my work progresses. I gutted the bathroom last night while listening to music from Dave Matthews Band (DMB). Here are some initial photo's as found..... more to follow.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:36 PM   #2
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Sweet Up & Down...

Look forward to hearing of your progress.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:43 PM   #3
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Electrical question

here's a glimpse of the electrical. anyone have any thoughts or suggestions as to where to start to test things? My goal is to get it covered for winter and get the floor covered for keeping the critters out. I have removed the old oven,fridge and furnace already too. Bought the 1965 owners manual to get an idea of the wirting layout and diagrams etc. Also found a converter in the closet when i got it home and started going through the trailer. Don't know if it works, but it looks like it's in good shape. Any thoughts???
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:53 AM   #4
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Gutted bathroom and added dome sklylight

Gutted the old bathroom Friday night. Added a new dome skylight yesterday. Plan to seal roof seams with 626 today.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:19 AM   #5
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Great find!
Welcome to the site.It is interesting to see the differences in the sreetside between yours and mine(I think yours is a double w/rear bath?)Mine is a twin.Your floor looks good in the pics.I had a few large edge spots so did a total replacement.
The walls look really good.Check TKasten profile for a look at his 65 walls.He did them with Watco mahogany red oil.I plan the same.
Please post a pic of your curbside if possible.Does your spare fit behind the P tanks ok?Does it look factory?

Check my redo "Gutting the 65" Long live 65's Steve
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:52 AM   #6
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curbside request

Steve;

Here are some curb side photos. Wasn't sure if you want interior exterior or both. Let me know and I'll take specific pictures for you and post them later today.
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:38 PM   #7
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Dent question

Attempted to use a couple small suction dent pullers but no luck. Couldn't get enough of a seal to exert any force. Has any one ever attached a couple rivets and use the posts as leverage to pull a dent? A) will it work, and B) will it look strange to have a couple stray rivets in the middle of the panel afterwards? any other thoughts?
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:10 PM   #8
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Electrical Question?????

Anyone have any suggestions regarding my electrical question I posted earlier on this thread?
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:22 PM   #9
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I gutted the bathroom last night while listening to music from Dave Matthews Band (DMB).
I am curious. Which DMB tunes took you through this bathroom gutting piece of the project?

I'll Back You Up? Say Goodbye? Busted Stuff? Digging A Ditch? The Last Stop? Don't Drink the Water? Crush?

Some of tune titles seem fitting .
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:43 PM   #10
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Attempted to use a couple small suction dent pullers but no luck. Couldn't get enough of a seal to exert any force. Has any one ever attached a couple rivets and use the posts as leverage to pull a dent? A) will it work, and B) will it look strange to have a couple stray rivets in the middle of the panel afterwards? any other thoughts?
If you have the bath already out you might try removing the interior panel to gain access to the dent. Some would say it's better to install a new panel. If some extra rivets allow you to pull the dent I have see some very creative patches. You gotta love all the options you have and will continue to run into. This forum is the best place to find out what's possible for any given problem. Looks like you have a wonderful AS to work on.....Tim
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:01 PM   #11
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:02 PM   #12
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Great Project

Great pictures.
Your bathroom looks identical to the one I am presently redoing on my '65 Safari.
Same drain-pipe layout, same rotted section of plywood floor, same cracked black-water tank. I am posting progress on my project here:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f191...ion-69770.html

The Photos of your electrical distribution panel also look the same as mine. I haven't done any work on that, but I suspect the small boxes that the wires all hook up to are circuit breakers. You could check them for continuity, other than that I'd figure work on electrical follow fixing the floor.

Good luck with it.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:57 PM   #13
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Attempted to use a couple small suction dent pullers but no luck. Couldn't get enough of a seal to exert any force. Has any one ever attached a couple rivets and use the posts as leverage to pull a dent? A) will it work, and B) will it look strange to have a couple stray rivets in the middle of the panel after wards? any other thoughts?
Since you have already gutted the bathroom, I would say pull the interior fiberglass end-cap (will require drilling out a bunch of pop-rivets) and pushing it out from the inside. That will unquestionably give you the best looking final result. I don't believe the rivet pulling system could get anywhere near a smooth finished surface, and you will have those rivets to look at for ever.
In addition, while you are in there (interior end-cap off) you can put in new better insulation, that would be nice to have back in the bathroom. There is a lot written about upgrading insulation.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:08 PM   #14
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large dents

I have another dent question. My model has a cabinet as well as interior shell that will be a nightmare to attempt to remove and risk making a mistake damaging the shell etc. I wanted to know if that panel can be removed by a professional from the exteror side and then replaced from the outside?
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