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Old 04-09-2016, 08:50 PM   #1
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Hi All, Hippiechick and Dave here. We bought our '66 Tradewind in 2010 and started combing these forums and asking lots of questions. Such a great source of info. Can't believe that was over 5 years ago. Anyway we started a full reno immediately and accomplished quite a lot. Then several other hobby projects presented themselves - mostly vintage Volkswagen stuff and home improvement projects. Needless to say we got sidetracked. We are finishing up a major refurb on a 1974 Volkswagen Riviera camper that we stumbled across about 10 miles from home. Guy was moving out of the country and needed to unload it. We will be putting it up for sale shortly. As soon as that is buttoned up I'm determined that we're gonna get the Tradewind done this summer. So I've been back on these forums to get info and motivation.

The things we have completed are axle upgrades (new dexter axles), new electrical converter, overhaul of electrical wiring with GFC outlets where needed, floor sections replaced where required, tongue and weight distributing hitch stripped and repainted, polished all interior hardware, refinished all cabinet doors, started sanding of cabinet frames, removed crank TV antennae from roof, shell seams sealed about 30%, both gauchos reupholstered with new foam, installed new gas lines for fridge, scrubbed bath fixtures and cabinetry, lots of other cleaning and scrubbing.

Big projects remaining - strip/repaint rear bumper, window seal replacement, 2 window glass replacements, flooring, add task lighting, a/c unit, furnace/heater, hot water heater, support pan for black water tank, tires, curtain fabrication and install, TV, possibly solar panels, countertop in sink area with new faucet, clean and shine shell, repair or replace canopy. Dave says "Please stop"after one last thing on the list - fill the fridge with beer.

Lots to do but looking forward to a "close to home" shakedown trip in the early fall. Lots of appreciation to all who post and answer questions here. Great source of inspiration and old fashion know-how. Advice is welcomed. Valarie
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