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Old 10-16-2016, 09:19 AM   #71
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Making progress again

We have running gear! And plumbing! The bottom end has taken way more time than it needed to, next time I'm going to:

1. Order tanks as soon as possible. I lost at least a month trying to get my tanks right.
2. Order a new fully loaded axle very early in the process. I lost another month trying to save my old axle. Even though the old axle was salvageable, the cost to benefit was out of whack.
2. Order bushings from Redneck Trailer instead of making my own. It's just way easier.

The only thing I have left on the bottom is to polish it, then it's ready for the flip. My goal is to get the shell back on and all of the windows in before the end of the year. I may still make it.
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:49 AM   #72
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I'm in Houston, so I might get to see it when your finished. Fun seeing your progress

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Old 10-23-2016, 10:15 AM   #73
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Gluing the back frame gasket

I seem to be doing things the hard way, so take any helpful tip I post with a grain of salt. I was having trouble gluing the back frame gaskets on the window frames. I tried using 3M weather stripping glue, but it wasn't working very well, so I put the gasket on and ran a small bead of silicone between the back edge of the gasket and the frame, let it dry overnight and it worked perfectly
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:19 AM   #74
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One step closer to the flip

I put the gas lines in last night. I'm so close to flipping this thing over and putting the shell back on, all I have left is:

1. Attach the stinky slinky storage pipe
2. Install hangars for the plumbing underneath
3. Spot polish and final clean-up

I really think that with better planning I could have done the bottom in 1/3 to 1/2 of the time.
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Old 10-28-2016, 01:22 PM   #75
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It's looking good. Don't worry the 2nd camper will go faster😁
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Old 10-28-2016, 03:37 PM   #76
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She's flipped

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It's looking good. Don't worry the 2nd camper will go faster😁
Thanks Matt! I saw a '57 on the side of the road the other day, stopped, looked, and said to myself, 'walk away little buddy, walk away.' But honestly, I'm hooked: I love the process of restoring these things, and I'm partial to the 50's trailers. I'll get this one done and buy another one for sure

The bottom is DONE, and flipping her over feels like an accomplishment. I had Custom Sheetmetal here in Austin (I can't say enough good things about these guys) bend up some J channel, so I'll replace the 2x4's on the deck with it, and then I'll be ready to pop the top back on. I hope it fits
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Old 10-29-2016, 11:50 PM   #77
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That looks great! Yeah I know what you mean on a another camper. There's a spartan 5 miles down the road I google almost everyday! I tell myself that I need to finish the argosy first. I love it too. Wish I hadn't recycled the 24ft argosy 3 yrs ago. (I made a promise to my wife that had a time requirement) but I did save all the good stuff. I really like your belly pan. Do you have banana wraps anymore?
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Old 10-30-2016, 09:02 PM   #78
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Looks great. Everything looks so clean. I sure do appreciate all the do's and dont's that you share along the way. Even if you feel you are making a mistake or doing something the hard way there are those of us that are following along and using your invaluable advice.


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Old 10-31-2016, 08:12 AM   #79
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That looks great! Yeah I know what you mean on a another camper. There's a spartan 5 miles down the road I google almost everyday! I tell myself that I need to finish the argosy first. I love it too. Wish I hadn't recycled the 24ft argosy 3 yrs ago. (I made a promise to my wife that had a time requirement) but I did save all the good stuff. I really like your belly pan. Do you have banana wraps anymore?
The 57's didn't come with banana wraps, I think that started in the 60's. This was my first belly pan and it was easier than I thought it was going to be, but I did learn a few things.

I love Spartans. I'd love to re-do an Imperial Mansion someday.
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Old 11-01-2016, 08:31 PM   #80
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WoooooooooHooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

The shell is back on. Wow, that was rewarding, and a heck of a lot of work. I've been at it for about 12 hours, but it's on and it's buttoned down. I started the day out getting the gantries in the right position, lifting the shell and making sure all of the details were right to set it back down. The bottom is remarkably light, and I was able to move it into position by hand, which was way easier than trying to get it into position by myself hitched to the truck. Once I got it into place I began by lowering the front into position. I put a lot of pop rivets in the belly pan to floor connection, and several of them interfered with structural elements, so I had to go slow, and drill out the ones that interfered. Setting it down front to back was very slow going, up, down, uh-oh, back up, drill a rivet, down, something else was caught, and so on. Once the front was all the way down, I tied it down
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Old 11-01-2016, 08:39 PM   #81
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Shell on, continued

Make sure when you do this you have some pieces of spare aluminum to put between the shell and the floor to help guide it on. This was especially helpful since I was by myself. When I got to the back I couldn't get the shell to go all the way down onto the frame. No matter what I did, it was about an inch away from being right. I wrapped a strap around the trailer, and clenched it tight, I got on top and bounced around, I got inside and jumped up and down, but nothing. It was an inch off. Then I remembered how much these frames flex, and I tried jacking the back up, and viola, it magically popped into place. Well, almost. The rivets for the trunk interfered, so I had to drill them out, and when the last rivet was out the shell just settled right down where it was supposed to be. I got busy riveting
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Old 11-01-2016, 08:42 PM   #82
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And then it was done

I trimmed the aluminum around the wheel wells, put the trunk back on, smoked a cigar, and put her under the carport. I can't wait to insulate and wire the girl.
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Old 11-01-2016, 09:30 PM   #83
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Whoop whoop! Shell to frame reconnection was the most rewarding part of the build so far! It looks great. You may surpass me if you keep up this pace😄👍
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Old 11-02-2016, 08:28 AM   #84
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Your build

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Whoop whoop! Shell to frame reconnection was the most rewarding part of the build so far! It looks great. You may surpass me if you keep up this pace😄👍
Hey Matt,

Do you have a link to your build, I'd love to follow it.

My goal was to get the shell back on by the end of the year, so I'm ahead of schedule. Would it be too ambitious to set a goal to have the whole thing done by the end of 2017? That feels reasonable, to a bit ambitious, because i'd say a this point I'm about 40% done. When I started, my estimate on time was 10% tear down, 30% bottom end, 30% rough-in, 30% finish out. I suppose it depends on the weather this winter and how much tolerance my wife has for letting me neglect chores around the house
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