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Old 10-16-2007, 06:15 PM   #1
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A PO's creative (?) Vent Cover.

The thrill of discovery with the things we buy from POs can frustrate us (what is this for?) to admiration to clever solutions (what were they thinking?). We have enjoyed our '66 TradeWind for 1 1/2 years now. With the repairs and replacements that come with used equipment comes wonder and amazement. 8 months into our ownership of the TW I noticed that the stove vent kinda looked like an up-turned paint roller pan. We park our coach at home with the the stove vent side along a steep hill and pine trees so I did not notice the 'creative' cover until camping at a Rally early in the year. Yesterday I finally replaced the 'pan' with the proper replacement cover from Vintage Trailer Supply. I thought you may enjoy seeing the pictures of the replacement process. The roller pan was riveted to the skin so I drilled out the rivets. Underneath is revealed the evidence of the original vent cover. The worst part of this job was removing an abundance of silicone. I use Gasket Remover to loosen the silicone then scrape gently with a squared off tongue depressor. It is a tedious procedure with keeping scratching to a minimum. I placed new rivets in the old rivet holes. Vulkem went in each hole first.
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:41 PM   #2
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Now that is what you call resourceful .

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Old 10-16-2007, 06:45 PM   #3
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The upside down paint pan was pretty creative. Your TW looks better with the replacement. Great job
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:46 PM   #4
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great job and thanks for posting pics. i kind of like the new rivet pattern created from filling the old holes.
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Old 10-16-2007, 07:08 PM   #5
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Now I know what to do with my old unwanted paint trays
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Old 10-16-2007, 07:24 PM   #6
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it kept the PO "rolling" down the road,

or should I say,

it "paints" a pretty picture.
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Do you think Neil could recycle it into a hood scoop for his '71 Buick? That's so unhelpful... The VTS version looks like it belongs. Nice re-polish & nice job, Neil!
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Old 10-16-2007, 09:27 PM   #8
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Do you think Neil could recycle it into a hood scoop for his '71 Buick? That's so unhelpful... The VTS version looks like it belongs. Nice re-polish & nice job, Neil!
Hood scoop, eh. I suppose it would compliment the stylish louvers that are in the trunk lid.
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It's amazing the lengths folks will go to to save a buck.
Nice job of making it look good again!
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Amazing!

You have to admit...it was uh, clever & resourceful!

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