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Old 01-15-2010, 06:13 PM   #1
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Gutting the '65

A few pics to let everyone know I am working at this(albeit slowly).Weather has been bad but I got two full days.
Surprises?
A few holes in floor (will replace all),more rivets I can count,those pesky frozen flat head screws,PO cut shroud to install elect refer,drain and trap pvc glued (is this normal)I am not to the bath yet but it is a beauty.PO pieced together plywood patches with L brackets!
To sum it up I have seen worse on the forum and best news of all no smell, no mouse poop,just two bird skeletons.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:59 PM   #2
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Steve, those are pretty good sized. Crows? Buzzards? Velociraptors?

I'd assume they were found low down in the belly wrap area?
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:21 PM   #3
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Actually I found them under the front concho.You mean I might find something larger in the bellypan when the floor comes out Yikes!!
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:22 PM   #4
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Pretty creepy birdies. Are you saving the interior or doing a whole different design?

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Old 01-15-2010, 08:23 PM   #5
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Actually I found them under the front concho.You mean I might find something larger in the bellypan when the floor comes out Yikes!!
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:32 PM   #6
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I found death-truffles the size of shoe-boxes from constant moisture that had completely commingled into the fiberglass in several cavities where the spare tire is on some trailers - looked like something from sci-fi movie ready to make pod people. I still hope it was rubber spray foam or something. The full face shield, surgical mask and 55-gallon trash bag moon suit were not enough armor, once that was bagged I peeled off the clothes outside and lingered in a steamy shower... is craving water a sign of pod-itis?
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:51 PM   #7
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Notice I have gloves.Not only good for nasties,but the first day working with aluminum I found out what you guys must already know.Protect the hands.
I am keeping the interior as close to vintage although the idea of replacing the bed behind the oven with a desk and work station for computer and photo stuff for location shooting.I would keep the bed so down the road it would be easy to return to normal if needed.
I noticed I have the brackets and ceiling plates for cables for a bunk which is cool, but only on one side.No evidence of there ever being any on the curb side.
I amback to the bulkhead past the bead and have removed every screw I see but having trouble getting the overhead and 1st closet out.Are there hidden fasteners?
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:00 PM   #8
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Steve, those are pretty good sized. Crows? Buzzards? Velociraptors?

I'd assume they were found low down in the belly wrap area?

lmao! How the heck did those get in there?
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:28 PM   #9
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once found a 2' snake skelton with a mouse skelton inside the furnace of a 68 that had been sitting for unknown years .
that aside your interior furnishings look much better than my 64 but might be we had the same previous owner as mine has the crap paint on interior walls, past experiance has taught me that thats a mess to deal with.
i will be deleting most of interior, if you need parts of it mine is the 64 side double bed with rear bath and is all coming out, you pay freight and material for crating if nessary and you can have what you want. i would hate to see it go to the dump (just feels wrong to throw away 45 year old parts in good shape) ps this is an open offer. refer is good/ original,sinks,toilet ect, has emerson a/c with split air works but am going to scrap? need a rock shield for front window if anybody has an extra.
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Steve, that's a nice looking trailer! Is your cabinetry mahogany? If mine had looked like that, I'd have been hard-pressed to launch into a resto. Have you got enough room in the barn to store all that stuff?

As for belly pan critters, when you get to it, wear the haz-mat and respirator. Also, if you're going to reuse the cabs, better label all of them as well as the interior skins (not so much the big pieces, but all the little pieces). And take lots of pictures. You'll be referring to them during rebuild.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:59 AM   #11
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Hey Dar!

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It was in such good shape I had to keep it as original within reason.The bath T area got butchered like yours but another post offered me the insides of a 64 so I am hoping it is the correct bath.The refer shroud was cut to make room for an ele.refer.
The vinyl is in excellent shape so need imput on whether to paint.PO painted over the Zolatone on front shell.
I have lots of room in the barn for everything to store.
The plan is to replace floor,go pec with water,check wiring(it looks good)seal inside seams,insulate.repair any chips in the veneers.Thinking granite composite sink w/retro laminate.Keeping Yellow Magic Chef and stainless cooktop if I can restore to new cond.I am also thinking of putting the FW tank in the frame rails.
I am considering removing 1 twin aft of the oven an designing a simple work station for my photography,computers and hard drives.Maybe a simple desktop in matching Honduras Mahogany or the same laminate used in the kitchen.Keep bed in barn to re convert if needed down the road.
I will use an RV 500 and put the old vent on a piano hinge to swing out so I can retain vintage on the outside.Will lose the International Oil Burner furnace(not a safe model) and go space heat.Will do same with vents on furnace outside.
I did check the Amtico site .Found some really cool stuff called fiber carbon.Looks soft like a fiber and has a thin aluminum strip between each tile.
Back to the farm on Wed. for work through weekend so I hope to have gutted.
How is your work going,I always look forward to each new picture. Thanks,Steve
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Ah, how familiar that picture is of the drill bit and rivets. 1/2 floor out of ours today, and my husband encountered two dead mice and a spider, according to him, that was about the size of Manhattan.
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:12 AM   #13
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Bysteve - your 65 looks great! I'm glad to hear that you will leave most of the interior original. I am very partial to 65's because of the interior wood. We used Watco Red Mahogany oil on ours and it turned out pretty nice. Keep posting your progress and good luck...Tim
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:30 PM   #14
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Thanks for the post TKasten.Your interior looks great and just that warm look I will be going for.I was planning on stripping and restaining,but the Watco looks like it will give me the Honduras red I want for warmth.
I have seen lots of really nice work on the Forum and considered a total interior redo on whatever I bought(1st AS got it Dec) but the interior of this one sold me on staying vintage with systems upgrades.
I have a few corner chips on the veneer to be repaired and one rotted upper bin bottom from a past leak in the vent pipe to rebuild.I know this will be the fun part and looking forward to the wood resto.Thanks for the pic. Steve
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