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Old 03-01-2012, 07:04 PM   #15
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I have same model am restoring inside and plumbing need diagram as plumbing fell apart with very little assistance

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Old 03-01-2012, 07:28 PM   #16
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If you send me your mailing address via. a personal message on Airforums, I'll send you a CD with the owner's manual and factory service manual that has all the info on the 1977 models.


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Old 03-02-2012, 06:38 AM   #17
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What we need

What we need is a trailer that is pretty much empty with a good floor and axles. Need electrical and plumbing working (plumbing for two sinks back and front). The only electrical things that will be used for now are a anesthetic machine, shop vac and clipper charger. And lights. Plan on using LEDs and the vet thinks with all the windows on most days natural light will be better anyway. We also have a supporter/volunteer who is our county's renewable energy guy. He is looking into grants to turn it solar eventually.

ALL the inside original will go - couches, cabinets, window treatments, dividers. As far as the door, at this point it works. We can worry about it being easy to use later.

We already have sub floor and flooring donated.

Can live with exterior cosmetic blemishes for now, as we have time and $$$ we can fix those. THAT can be multi year as far as we are concerned.

To give you all an idea of where we are now - we do feral cat (wild kitties) SN surgeries in a tack room (a place where we keep our saddles and other horsey stuff) that is about 200' feet of working space - with a space heater, old wiring and plastic over the windows. The electrical needs are fewer than you would guess.

So for us the trailer just like it is, cleaned up and with a good floor, plumbing and electric working is like a palace. BIG so the vet and I could actually have someone else help without crawling all over each other. We could plug it in on my property (we have an RV hook up) and it could work for feral cats.

NOW - the questions are
1. Is there anyone who could come out and do an inspection?

If it truly will cost $10,000 to gut it and get the floor/axles, electric and plumbing working we need to know before we start to rip into it.

2. If it is WAY more to just get it into the order we currently need, what are the odds we could sell it and find a decent maybe smaller shell that will not require as much $$$ or work?

Thanks and sorry but I am not TOTALLY deflated about the project quite yet. I believe what we need and what someone who wants to really get one of these restored may be two different things, but I could be totally wrong.

Thanks guys!

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Old 03-02-2012, 05:13 PM   #18
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Sounds like a good purpose and goal!

How exactly do you plan on using the surgery trailer? Do you need to tow it different places? If yes, then you probably need new axels assuming that you still have the original ones on her. Figure between $400 and $800 each, plus shipping. Price varies depending on which brand axel you get and to some extent where you get them from.

Also, will you have electric, water, and sewer hookups? Electric and water are fairly easy to supply for the trailer. A sewer hookup to drain the gray and black water might be more difficult, depending on where you live and access to a sewer/septic system, zoning laws, etc.

Good that you have flooring donated. Replacing the plywood subfloor is a major undertaking, and the two methods are a shell off and a shell on. We did a shell on, which presents different challenges than lifting the shell off to replace the floor. Either way, you'll want to remove the belly pan and clean out under the floor before you remove the floor. Be prepared for a fairly disgusting job in removing the belly pan.

Regarding the door, you say it's functional? I'm surprised! But, that's good news for now. I'm not sure if a 77 door frame is cast aluminum or not, but it can probably be repaired by a competent aluminum welder if you can find one. Is the door frame bent? That might be an issue if it's a cast frame.

Have you read through some of the major restoration threads? They can give you a pretty good idea of the work involved. Here's a few of links:

And the all important thread that contains links to almost all of them:

Lots of reading, but well worth it.


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