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Old 05-04-2014, 03:49 PM   #1
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I have seen the C channel, and it is Grand!!!

I began to post in the members intro section and now feel that I have progressed to a more appropriate forum to continue in. I have working sporadically on a 71 Caravel that my family has owned since..... 76. It was left neglected for about 30+ years. I flat bedded it to its current location and have been tinkering with it since. After reading many posts here, i have sort of already decided it was going to need the "full Monty". I owe many thanks to the folks here who have shared their experiences.... too many to list.

All that said, today I took off a few of the interior panels and found the C Channel. In all I have read, no one mentioned how great the C Channel was for color ting all of the critter sh.... stuff that has accumulated over the last 40+ years. What joy to discover the rank black tar that awaited my all my efforts.

I have included a bunch of pics, some that were in my initial intro but more on the progress so far. I will continue to read all the great advice and experience I have found here and will ask plenty questions. The entire operation though daunting is eased by the e experiences of those that have traveled this road before. Thanks again.... and again

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Old 05-04-2014, 04:56 PM   #2
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Did that trailer fishtail when you towed it? I am thinking it was a little back heavy maybe.....

All in all that trailer looks pretty decent from what I can see of it.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:20 PM   #3
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Absolutely, fishtailed over 50 mph. It was actually about 6 inches wider then the flatbed. It would not fit past the fenders. I made an extension from a section of treated 10x2. Was a little worried about it but it 6 hours later it did not move at all and arrived safe

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Old 05-10-2014, 07:31 PM   #4
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What is the best way to dispose of the LP in my tanks. Oddly enough, I had made sure the valves were closed and the powers was off and sorta thought that there was no way there. Oils be anything left in the tanks after 30 years. I was wrong one tank feels about half full and the other feels like it should be over flowing. Can I bring them to the local Fire Dept? Will I be able to get the tanks back when empty.... I was thinking they might make good AS style bird house...
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Old 05-10-2014, 08:03 PM   #5
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What is the best way to dispose of the LP in my tanks. Oddly enough, I had made sure the valves were closed and the powers was off and sorta thought that there was no way there. Oils be anything left in the tanks after 30 years. I was wrong one tank feels about half full and the other feels like it should be over flowing. Can I bring them to the local Fire Dept? Will I be able to get the tanks back when empty.... I was thinking they might make good AS style bird house...
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:12 PM   #6
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Worked on removing more of the interior today. Will work on the bathroom tomorrow.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:03 PM   #7
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In the one area where you have an escape hatch in the floor you may need to do a little frame work. But so far you are doing awesome!
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:36 AM   #8
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Thanks, I will pull the bathroom in the extra few days and see what the back looks like. I have seen some pretty significant frame rust from the outside, so I sorta know what to expect.
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:23 PM   #9
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Pulled the bathroom and black tank today. Click image for larger version

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All the interior furniture is out. My wife saw the progress and was surprised how much smaller the interior looks. Will start pulling skins tomorrowClick image for larger version

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Remember to do the CSI thing with the camera and no only post what you feel is pertinent hold the rest for later reference! You are doing great and moving really fast! I missed a few shots and yes that is gonna suck later! I have my trailer frame and floor back on its tires and on Saturday I am gonna try to get it under the shell!
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Old 05-24-2014, 06:53 PM   #11
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More work today. Removed furnace, hot water tank and more interior panels. Will probably have the rest out tomorrow. Then I will tackle the front and rear interior caps. Still not sure how they fit out the door. Click image for larger version

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They do fit but take your time point first (lower corner) lean it and swing it around. If I can do it you can!
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Did you remove and manage the end caps on your own. If not how much help did it take. Some description of the process would be great
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It was gonna be me and the wife but I am not that patient so I did it myself I got the front corner out the door then I got outside and guided it through the door with no damage at all! The hard part was taking it to the storage unit (driving at 30 in a 55) you can do it just take your time and remember curb corner out the door first so that the door is not in the way.
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