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Old 04-25-2016, 09:32 PM   #57
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Subflooring progress!

I spent the afternoon leveling out the frame as best I could on my neighbors gravel "parking lot" (very thankful to him for letting me park her there, I even have a nice big tree for shade from the sun) my frame tends to want to twist a little I have noticed. But I managed to flatten it out with some blocks and shims. Then I started cutting up some AdvanTech! 88" wide across with a 6" board of their 1/2 "zip board" for the joint areas between boards where they recessed the frame. Retraced the back curve with the old c-channel and it was an easy cut with the jig saw... Tomorrow I hope to finish up and find some elevator bolts locally that won't break my bank. The big blue box has them at $1.05 each!? Yikes. I saw vintage trailer supply has a box of 50 for $15, so after shipping that is still half the price! Either way, it's nice to see some curves on her again! Click image for larger version

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Old 04-26-2016, 10:08 AM   #58
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Looking great! That's exactly how I did the curves on mine. When I made the 1.5 inch metal tube curve I used the same template also. Click image for larger version

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Fastenal has elevator bolts. They would have had to order the zinc plated so I just got the plain and painted with por-15. The price was about the same as vts.
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:23 PM   #59
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Subfloor is cut to size

The pup is claiming her spot on the brand new subfloor! I actually took this picture almost two weeks ago, but then it started to rain... And it didn't stop for over a week! I did cover the AdvanTech with a tarp just because I had my doubts, but to be honest, the scraps that were in the driveway didn't even swell. I'm pretty sold on this stuff... I did paint the edges with a coat of KILLs oil based primer since I cut most of the factory finish off. Not sure it was necessary but it looks cool! Hoping to finish fastenning everything down over the next few evenings and start on the C-channel. Then, to flip the frame or not flip the frame Click image for larger version

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Old 05-12-2016, 12:14 AM   #60
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I flipped with the gantries. Never regretted the decision. Made life so much easier not having to work upside down plus gravity makes a great assistant.
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:58 PM   #61
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Buck Rivets!

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It was like an early Birthday Present today on my doorstep! Aircraft Tool Supply has a very easy to navigate website with a full selection of everything I need to do some buck riveting. 3x Rivet Gun kit, 50 gold and 50 black Clecos, pliers, and lots of 4-5 and 5-5 AD rivets! They even sent me a free T-shirt (though it is a 2XL and I wear a Medium!) Really looking forward to laying down the new C-channel, re-attaching the banana wraps, and bucking the shell back down onto the frame!
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Old 06-09-2016, 09:48 PM   #62
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Corner C-channels

I have to give credit to HiHoAgRV for this one... I struggled with how to rebuild the bent up, broken, and reriveted curves of C-channel. I talked to a few sheet metal workers, and they simply said no way. Another company quoted me $800 for the four corners bent from extruded channel. To put it simple, there is no easy way to "bend" a channel without breaking it. Then I ran across his post and it made perfect sense. I had two pieces of angle bent out of .0500 aluminum so it has some strength, cut it on 2" increments for the inside curve and notched the outside curve so it could flex in without overlapping. Then I flipped my old existing channel upside down, copied the width at the middle with the two angles, cleco'd it fast, and simply worked the curve one section at a time. After all of the holes where drilled, I removed all the Clecos, removed all the burrs from the new channel, reinserted the Clecos from the bottom of the new curve and riveted it fast... It took a bit of time, but well worth it!

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That last photo looks like a good candidate for June's Photo contest!
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