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Old 05-14-2013, 01:09 PM   #127
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The problem with online conversations is that the others can't see your grin when you're cracking wise and take it seriously.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:49 PM   #128
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Interesting take on something that was meant to be amusing.
Not that it's any of my business, but I actually thought you were trying to be amusing with the radiator cap story (I chuckled!) and beckybillrae was also trying to be amusing by "fake-chastising" you for your reply.

At least - that's how I chose to infer things. Those silly little emoticons can really help in a place where you have to fill in the blanks without hearing inflection or seeing body language.

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Old 05-14-2013, 05:19 PM   #129
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Of course, it was all in jest!
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:25 PM   #130
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Interesting take on something that was meant to be amusing.
We are ALL going to take it as a joke, a sort of initiation into the restoration club and chuckle and move on. Time to talk about the actual restoration. Unfortunately, nothing new until tomorrow as I am at a practicum this week for my other life. Haha.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:49 PM   #131
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We are ALL going to take it as a joke, a sort of initiation into the restoration club and chuckle and move on. Time to talk about the actual restoration. Unfortunately, nothing new until tomorrow as I am at a practicum this week for my other life. Haha.
Agreed all the way around - including the notion that some things are just getting in the way of airstreaming! :dangitall!!:

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Old 05-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #132
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Okay so you are doing shell on? And gonna check the tanks for serviceability you have your clecos and cleco pliers. So progress? I have done some rivet drilling and am waiting on a few parts then more work. I am still having fun how about you? Still trying to find the owner of a overlander we found in a storage lot but it is a secret we are not allowed to know! Got to finish the caravel first anyway so oh well . Any more pictures?
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:52 PM   #133
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Okay so you are doing shell on? And gonna check the tanks for serviceability you have your clecos and cleco pliers. So progress? I have done some rivet drilling and am waiting on a few parts then more work. I am still having fun how about you? Still trying to find the owner of a overlander we found in a storage lot but it is a secret we are not allowed to know! Got to finish the caravel first anyway so oh well . Any more pictures?
Glad you checked back in. I have had to take off to " work" I had a practicum, so now I can get back to what I love. I am still going with the shell on. Most of my frame looks great. I will check tanks tomorrow and then I am going to take up subfloor so welder can get to the end of the frame. I am still having fun and can't wait to get back to doing what I love and my new found stress reliever. I saw the thread about you trying to find the owner of the overlander. Why can't you leave them a note on the airstream or put a sign up to call you. Sorry no pictures yet. Maybe tomorrow. What parts are you waiting on? I can't decide if a rivet remover is worth it. So far I have just used a bit or on the outside to get bellypan down, I had to use a chisel and hammer. It worked well.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:47 AM   #134
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Still waiting on the pigtail(for trailer electric) and por15. Seems to be taking forever. Shell off for me had many reasons but I am also having a blast! Pictures soon on the caravel site.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:07 AM   #135
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Oh yes as for the storage lot as these nice (using it loosely) people will not pass attach or allow notes. On top of that the highest that I would go is 1k because she has been very unloved! Farm finds are easier to work with because they get tired of looking at them in the field. That is if they will talk to strangers. Funny how we tell our kids not to talk to strangers but want other people to talk to us as strangers. You are doing great still we all have other obligations. My youngest is about to have twins and I have 4 grandchildren already!
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:10 AM   #136
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Hammer and chisel make great rivet removers the belly pan has some different sizes (wide flange rivets are 5/32) and they spin in the hole which will make a sane person swear!
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:47 AM   #137
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Have you gotten the wide flange trivets yet? They add holding strength to the belly pan and VTS amongst other people carry them! Worth it!
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:48 AM   #138
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That is rivets sorry for the fat fingers.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:41 PM   #139
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I bolted my lower skins on, at least between the frame rails, so I can get under there and make sure the frame and floor etc are still in good shape. There is nothing more aggravating than having to drill rivets out to access the underbelly. There are some here who like drilling rivets and probably have rivets holding the medicine cabinet door shut. They may even put rivets on their cereal in the morning. I guess it is therapy for some and torture others. A sharp wood chisel and hammer will get the spinners out but you still have to drill the rest out of the back side. Spring loaded center punches will get the part stuck in the wall sometimes. Just pop the center and what is left of the center section comes out and the rivet goes with it. If there rivet is steel core the chisel won't work. Usually, the steel parts rusts in the center. Those you have to drill out. Most should be aluminum but you find some oddballs and repairs using steel core pop rivets.


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I bolted my lower skins on, at least between the frame rails, so I can get under there and make sure the frame and floor etc are still in good shape. There is nothing more aggravating than having to drill rivets out to access the underbelly. There are some here who like drilling rivets and probably have rivets holding the medicine cabinet door shut. They may even put rivets on their cereal in the morning. I guess it is therapy for some and torture others. A sharp wood chisel and hammer will get the spinners out but you still have to drill the rest out of the back side. Spring loaded center punches will get the part stuck in the wall sometimes. Just pop the center and what is left of the center section comes out and the rivet goes with it. If there rivet is steel core the chisel won't work. Usually, the steel parts rusts in the center. Those you have to drill out. Most should be aluminum but you find some oddballs and repairs using steel core pop rivets.

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So Perry, you are saying you bolted the bellypan back on? Did you seal the sides? I am trying picture it in my mind and what was the original intent in using rivets. What are you bolting it back to? the side wraps? the frame? Most rivets were aluminum. I had few that were drilled out, but the others with a chisel and a hammer, at least to get it down. I want to drop the whole pan, but I have only got part way. Headed to work on it at 5. I have not had the joy of putting rivets back in. I am sure that is much more fun especially with a pnuematic rivet gun. I have removed so many rivets at this point, I am not sure I care about seeing anymore. I can see someone liking them if they have never removed as many as I have. I went to take better pictures today and my SIM card is full. I'll get another. One more thing to have to run to the store to get. That is the downside this project, always having to go get one more thing. I tried to take pictures of the large tear I have in one of my side (banana wraps). Someone just riveted a small piece of metal over it, but I am thinking it should be replaced.
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