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Old 04-24-2004, 08:16 PM   #15
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Solved a couple of today.

Last week when testing all the appliances the furnace was not working - pilot would come on but as soon as you turned the main burner to on - the pilot would go out....good darn thing!

Today we had to yank the furnace out - to raise the counter that had sagged - due to a) the weight of the mamouth early 80's Zeneith VHS monster that must of bounced around in there for years. And b) the A/S worker who had a long lunch break....missed riveting the counter support in at the back. When we dropped the gas line out of the furnace and met it under the A/S - we found it had a split in the hose. This would not have been seen on a visual inspection.

Lesson! (WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT FAQ!!!! on what and how to test your systems) Pressure test the gas lines first and how can DIY do it safely. Take no chance with the old brittle lines and replace them all with new!

Mystery # two - the water heater - yet another gas experience - decided to make sure there were no impurities in the tank - so we scorched them to death! - seriously - hey - there is another part we needed - it is called an "orifice" and it screws into the Elbow supplied to us from the heating and pluming place???so why did they not mention it. And at another RV place where the Burner tube was bought - Peter popped the question - is there to be another part between the elbow from the regulator and the burner tube??? Hole seems pretty big??? RV guy nope you have everything now! Well he guessed right - he had purchased a blow torch Now we need to find out if we can obtain the Orifice - and we will be set. But in this case our previous post requesting information - was not all that helpful - infact our 73 service manual arrived and the first thing we did was check out the schematic of the Atwood Water Heater - and there it was part 10 ORIFICE!!!!

Still working on all the wood work. But ran into a snag - you see everything is trimmed out in brass (original) - and those darn cheap white - well dirty white door catches just brought the doors down. Keeping in the spirit of original - and my exhausted attempt at finding anything remotely close in a real metal - we decided to spray paint them. And the doors are now finished and ready to go back into MB. Tomorrow everything will get its final coat of polyurethane and onto project #??? lost count already.
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Old 04-28-2004, 11:45 AM   #16
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Things are going back in! - a really good sign...

Moving along...

and now we have pretty much everything back in (except for the closet) Peter is making a few shelves to make it more functional. I have the door to contend with - making a new frame for the mirror and doing to tole painting to make up the difference on the hieght of the old mirror.

Here is a pic of the cabinets pretty much finished - Peter has to raise that right door a tad.

Now we are back to the floor "issue" At first the black rubber floor with blue fleck - then the wood look to match the cupboards - but now that it is all done Too much wood and it takes away from the wood cupboards that are really nice. The black floor with our dark material in the curtains and seat cushions are too much - so now what

Linoleum - can't do - dogs would put their nails through it. Same with the cork type flooring.

Could look at the stick on tiles - would certainly be in keeping with what they originally used....well I think it is back to the drawing board on this one...and we are going to have to keep the floor lighter to bring out the wood work. The existing floor is not bad but there is carpet tape here and there and I'm sure it will leave a mark as well there is a bit of rust from the furnace that got under the carpet and turned the tiles a rusty red in that area.

Will keep posting the progress pictures - and thanks for all the nice compliments - sort of keeps us going....
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Old 04-28-2004, 12:03 PM   #17
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Linoleum - can't do - dogs would put their nails through it.
REAL linoleum, not the vinyl stuff we all "call" linoleum would be very durable...no dogs's nails would go through it. It's too solid...just a thought. It's what we have in Maxwell...looks great, after two years I still love it & would do it again.

There is a link on our website to the Forbo website with additional info & color charts...under "During/Flooring"

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Just wanted to compliment you on your restoration. It really looks great!
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Old 04-28-2004, 09:54 PM   #19
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Well thanks Jack!

It is a lot of hard work and you just want to get it all done right away so you can go camping when summer finally hits.

We are getting really close now - a couple more weeks and I think we can post some pretty final pics.

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REAL linoleum, not the vinyl stuff we all "call" linoleum would be very durable...no dogs's nails would go through it
I guess I really never thought of "cushion flooring" as anything else - and that is basically a very soft vinyl - which our dogs nails have gone through.

Check out your website again - (really excellent by the way) and I think we have decided to look at this flooring - as we can pick up on the counters maybe or go with a mottled slate blue - just so many things to think about - it is like buying a brand new "Mini" house.
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Just a little update....

Decision on the floor made! The picture says it all - it is in excellent shape just needed a bit of elbow grease. That saves about 120#'s and as many dollars and the dogs love it - nice and cool - hides the dirt well and extremely durable (until we get our first crack or chunk out of it - no extras - would have to steel some from under the seats )

Tee hee on the mirror door I was looking at it upside down - so no topper - so for now we put the old mirror back with a nice fresh spray painted frame.

Back to work now so time is spread thin before our first Rally - we are not quite finished and will pick up after the rally. I'm moving to the seat cushions and will be putting the curtains back in once the few minor window leaks are sealed up.

Hubby still plugging away at all the systems/appliances - has all the parts for the new toilet now - so that can be installed and he can continue with checking the full water system. - Including the HWT which also has all the new parts - total $45 - the biggy was the new Burner tube assembly.

However, we do need a new regulator so that has to go in and have a full pressure test completed before he can fiddle with the LP system. Electrical still pending. (Darn Hockey playoffs and constant rain are playing a big role in, the procrastination end of things )

Although we have a celestial theme - the kitchen is the original turquois and we are keeping it that way - scored a cute fan and a little silver piggy bank (for the twoonie tours ) There were many little items for the kitchen left with the A/S - except that T-40-1 Sunbeam that is an original - (Wedding Present - in the days when toasters were not shower gifts )

2- weekends left before our first ever Camping/Rally nothing like killing two birds with one "rivet" Speaking of which he still has to get under there yet and rivet the side panel back from our trip home.....
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So is that your original floor just cleaned up?

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Old 05-05-2004, 09:14 AM   #22
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So is that your original floor just cleaned up?
Yes it is. I know it is the vinyl/asbestos floor - but I figure if we are not doing any sanding of the floor during our camping trips we should be okay. It is rock hard and other than a couple of small puncture marks where someone may have dropped a screw driver it is great.

Can't quite get that brilliant shine but working on it....
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Old 05-11-2005, 06:23 PM   #23
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Hi All

Not sure if we ever did post the final interior results of our MoonBeam.

As this thread title indicates we still have lots of hours of work yet to come.

Although she does look pretty functional and "Romantic" inside. When you set up all the Celestial "Stuff" you don't need any drugs to get the kalidescope head rush

I have posted the pics in our Members Photo Album.

You will see the boo boo on the floor where the center tile has lifted - that was when we moved the trailer without the AC drip pipe attached and did not realize that water dripped out onto the floor - and sat for a couple of weeks - yikes.

We still have a list 20+ strong on both the Exterior and the Interior to go - seems neverending - but very gratifying each step we get to being closer to the final restoration.

This was the cool find during our vacation - could not have been more appropriate - we have not decided where to put it yet - but it will become part of the trailer. So in keeping with the theme - we held a mini Moonlight Theatre of our own - and hooked up the lap top with a few new friends under the Star Shower Awning and watched the movie The Long Long Trailer. All guest but us had not seen it - so the laughs kept "Paradise Guest Parking" awake for a spell.

The later picture was staged today in a wish that the Hubby had stayed home from work one more day But the pick really brings out the lucious wood colour - which makes the trailer a nice warm place to be!

Lots more pics uploaded to the members photo album. Will also try and get one done up from our vacation to Florida - just a few maybe
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Hubby will wish! Moonbeam looks enticingly beautiful. You must feel so pleased after all the hard work. Congratulations
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Old 07-17-2005, 02:50 PM   #25
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It has been a while - since anything has been done on the Globe Trotter - The bigger girls have grabbed all the attention.

Now that we are back home safe and all our big trips running around to Vermont and Indiana are over it is time to knuckle down on the Globe Trotter and get her ready for some camping.

My husband has been to the "dark side - and back" with the issues with poor running gear on MoonBeam and the heartbreaking results from learning the hardway!!!

He is now truly worthy of the "Axle Jedi" status - or you might say he is finaly become obsessed like the rest of you guys....he has been waiting so long to start getting his first baby back into comission - that he is out in the pouring rain installing the brand new "clone" from Axis Products.

A void in space.....and a beautiful sight....stay tuned for the final photo - working in the rain and on a gravel driveway has its drawbacks - an "axle Jedi-wanabe" has to have patience....

From here we will move to repairing the travel damage from this past winter - sheered rivets, loose screws and the big one - replacing the broken front window.....

....Then onto the plumbing
then it will be the big decision - do we continue adding all the little touches like A/C shroud stone guards -finish the upholstery or do we leave a bit for the next owners to play with???
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if you want a porthole why not try one from a 56 thunderbird?
they are about $150 a set of 2 i think the numer to gt them is 1-800-241-6522 larrys thunderbird in calif
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Old 07-17-2005, 05:05 PM   #27
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if you want a porthole why not try one from a 56 thunderbird?
they are about $150 a set of 2 i think the numer to gt them is 1-800-241-6522 larrys thunderbird in calif
Hi Desi;

Not sure where you are coming from on this post - are you refering back to the port hole in the bathroom door??? We have decided to keep the GT totally original (except for where appliances had to be replaced) So the venting will have to be done by cracking the bathroom door and having the ceiling fan just out side the door running - we tested it out a couple of times and it works fine. We may or may not put a small vent right at the top - the door header - but that is sitting on the long list list of things to do.

However I do read that you are the new proud owner of a "wreck" - we also have a wreck of the same year - are there any parts that you may need - I do understand from the PO that our skin is in worse shape than yours.
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:48 AM   #28
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The Honeydo list has been shortened

Now that the hot weather has passed - the axle is installed and we have moved the MoonBeam right up close to the house so we can run the A/C - just in the nick of time

There you go Henry - does she look pretty! - nice height not to high and not too low - so the standard 22.5 degree on the Globe Trotter from 69 is the perfect height - Peter just loves those fancy wheels.

She is going to look so nice once she is all finished - next job is to remove the Awning - not sure what to do - buy a new one - or pick up some salvage parts as we have the awning material - seems a waste of money to double purchase.

The small pole system they have although manual - certainly is a lot less bulky on the outside of the trailer. Might see if the local Boat Top place can fab some aluminum poles with snap in stops. The existing ones are steel and rust real quick.

When you work so hard on a project how can you let go of it when the time comes I just think the little Globe Trotter is so cute - and the inside is even cutter.
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