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Old 11-07-2014, 03:52 PM   #1
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Starting Phase 3, '73 Overlander: The gaucho goes and we finish up the front interior

For us the camping season is over and with that I'm starting what I hope is the final phase of rehab that I plan on doing with this trailer. I'm calling this phase three in that the first phase involved replacing the rotted floor in the bath along with a complete redo as documented here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/73-overlander-bath-remodel-started-a-few-questions-for-the-group-100164.html I also replaced the axles and cleaned up the rear frame and installed new foam board as insulation.

The second phase was started about this time last year and involved tearing out the kitchen sink base cabinet and replacing it along with removing the front belly pan and cleaning up the frame and new insulation there as well. That work is documented here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...on-115482.html

This last phase should not be as extensive as the first two. The goal is to improve the livability and bring the interior up to a more modern state. I plan to finish up the upper cabinets by removing the tambour doors and replacing them with cherry veneer ply doors and solid cherry trim. All the interior walls and ceiling will be cleaned again and will be painted. Probably the most expensive part will be replacing the gaucho with two recliners. I will also probably remove all the parquet floor all the way back to the bedroom area and put down some type of vinyl floor planking.

Not everything will be for show, the front window wings have had signs of leakage since I got the rig about 2 years ago. So I'm going to bit the bullet and try and pull them apart and reseal them properly. That job will surely take some research and online guidance since I know that there are not too many replacements hanging around and I have to work with what I've got. I'll also buy a good amount of door and window seal and do as much as I can, from what I can tell, most of what is on the trailer is original, and that is 40 years old. And there is a soft spot by the front door that will have to be cut out and patched in from a pesky leak by the side window.

I'm also going to put in more LED lighting, similar to what I did earlier. I want to replace one or two of the vents with fantastic fans and will probably upgrade the original speakers as well.

An old saying I've heard from an old Army colonel was that "No plan survives first contact" and so I'm fully aware that things may change as I get into it. I'm also starting back to a full time job from working part time so I won't have as much free time to do the work. But funds won't be as tight so that will be a help, especially with the new chairs and the fantastic fans. I hope to have it back on the road by April next year so we can get some good use out of her. Wish me luck.

And since I know folks like pictures, here are a few:

Where we are starting from, the front gaucho:







The bedroom area, that 70's dark wood has to go. The plan is to paint the walls and the cabinetry under the beds:







So the gaucho starts to come out:










The tanbour rolls look to be fine, I'll put them on the classifieds free to a good home.



Gaucho gone, you can see the area by the side window on the right were the leak was:



The plastic trim came off the window in one piece, that will be finished in silver like the rest of the interior screen frames. Lot of old gunky sealant in there, my guess is that it has been leaking for years.




The roadside window has lots of evidence of water intrusion:



Enough fun for today:

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Old 11-07-2014, 08:48 PM   #2
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Nice first days work! Best of luck in stage 3 I appreciated your posts and pictures as I am redoing my 76.

My front wing windows leak also around the old seals. I cut the old seals flush and filled with a bead of parbond, seems to be working shofar pretty nicely.


You are light years ahead of me. The thought of speakers or beds just makes me laugh, how about interior skins that would be nice

I have no doubt you will do great, I look forward to your progress.




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Old 11-08-2014, 05:04 AM   #3
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Nice first days work! Best of luck in stage 3 I appreciated your posts and pictures as I am redoing my 76.

My front wing windows leak also around the old seals. I cut the old seals flush and filled with a bead of parbond, seems to be working shofar pretty nicely.


You are light years ahead of me. The thought of speakers or beds just makes me laugh, how about interior skins that would be nice

I have no doubt you will do great, I look forward to your progress.





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I've kept an eye on your progress as well. You got the much tougher job, honestly I might have cut my losses on that rig if it were me. But at the stage you are at, once you are done you will have a vintage new trailer.

I've got to pull those windows apart. There is residue from where water got inside between the two panes and I dont think just trying to seal them from the outside would be adequate. I also have the small lower oval windows to deal with too, that inner pane is some sort of plastic or plexi and I think most folks just remove it. Neither of those jobs looks to be lots of fun, but compared to crawling underneath, it shouldn't be as bad.
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Reading with anticipation as we are going to start in the back (center bath model) and work our way toward the front. All beds and seating were removed by a previous owner. Have to start from scratch, but your pics have helped me understand the mysterious holes in the "walls".
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:55 AM   #5
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Been working this a few days this last week. Started removing the parquet floor. What an ugly job. Going very slow, working on hand an knees using a cheapie multi tool with a straight (no teeth) blade to get underneath each tile and separate it from the still gunky mastic that holds it to the subfloor. I just about killed myself the first day working on it for about 5 hours straight. Now I'm taking it in smaller doses, maybe an hour or so at a time. Thats about all this old body can hack. I figure it will take me about a week or two to get all the tiles up as I can do maybe 2-3 sq feet an hour. I'll post some pics tonight, not doing any work with the temps down in the 20's.
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My prejudices got up on this one, those multitools are annoyingly LOUD!! Your project appears fine, fine, fine, keep up the good work. On covering over the plasticized dark wood panels, or really anything, I suggest Stix waterborne bonding primer as base coat. This stuff bites & holds on, is nicely self-leveling AND cures quickly down to 35F warm.

I don't know if you have any skills at cabinetry, cutting & shaping hardwood, but on the 'still gunky mastic' - one might try using very sharp edge wedges, maybe sliced out of the hardwood you are removing, tapping them gradually in to allow time itself to do the work. Something about 3" long and 5/8-3/4" wide & tall at the blunt face and smoothed to a knife edge at the working end...

With twelve or fifteen or more wedges about the time you have the last one started it might be the right time to tension up the first ones again until the mastic has stretched/thinned and the wood flooring blocks lever up easily. If the wedges faces are too shallow to get hammer strokes connecting use a block of wood as a go-between.

There are some steel pry bars, that combined with a 3lb hand sledge to get a purchase under the flooring, are designed to use the long length to multiply leverage and lift only a small height but with great force...
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:23 PM   #7
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What I'm removing are 6x6 parquet tiles, and trying to pry one of them up results in pulling up lots of the surface of the subfloor. This happens even with using the vibrating tool to slice through the mastic. The cleanest way to remove seems to be this method though it is really slow and take a toll on the body.
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Circular saw set to parquet thickness less 1/16" and cross cut from the grain of the subfloor to get some advantage on it? Wait for a 102F August day when the mastic is softened? Shell-off and swap flooring plywood without bothering the glued on 6x6" tiles? Anyhow you do it it's a good thing to do, I can relate!

Paper napkins rolled up tightly for a snug fit in the ear... then add a few drops of water for the paper to soak up can be as good as diving underwater in a pool; then put the ear muffs on to lower conducted sound around the ear
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Old 01-08-2015, 02:29 PM   #9
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Actually I did use the c-saw to to cut all the joints as well as trying to slice the tiles mostly in two, it facillitates getting them up with the tool. While they probably would be a bit easier to get up in August (not sure I'd want to be on all 4 in the heat), I wan't to be done with this work come the end of March, knock wood. I'd like to get a full season of camping in this year so I'm trying to minimize what I take on.

Fix the windows, paint the walls, finish up the upper cabinets and replace the flooring will be the focus. I may put in a couple of fantastic fans and more LED lighting, but I have to limit the wish list to get it all done.
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:37 PM   #10
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Here are a couple of shots of this very non-glamorous work. Too cold to work out there tonight, hopefully will make some decent progress over the weekend and into next week. I think I am averaging about 2-3 sqft / hour....





The instrument of destruction:



Plenty more left to do:

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You are a better man than I. I would have lost my patience, busted them off the floor, and hoped my new flooring would be able to adjust to the irregularities. Some of the engineered floorings come with foam backers.

Hats off to you, keep on trucking brother looking good.


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Old 03-22-2015, 05:31 PM   #12
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Been about two months since I last posted to this thread. Made some progress, probably not as much as I would have liked to, but we all know how a big job can have it's slow times. This past winter was colder and as I get older, I'm less able and willing to tolerate the cold when working, so things just get put off a bit.

It took about a month of working an hour or two at a time to get all the parquet tiles up. I used the HF tool with the flat blade to get under all the tiles, one at a time, sometimes a half or quarter at a time till they all came up. The floor is still somewhat gummy from the old adhesive and has quite a few nice divots that came out with the old glue. So I've bought 4 sheets of 1/8" luan as an underlayment for the new floor which will most likely be a nice sheet vinyl. Final selection is dependent on what my better half likes, but I think the sheet vinyl will be less susceptible to shrinking at the edges like planks would be. I've got to do some more scraping of the goo and have some floor leveling compound to put down, but it's getting there.




While the weather was warm yesterday, I installed a new 7 pin plug on the trailer side. The old one was original and quite brittle. Of course there was some "custom" wiring mods by the PO, so I haven't used any sealant on it yet till I can test it out and make sure it all works.



The big accomplishment this weekend has been the successful removal of the wing windows in one (actually two) pieces. I've gone back and forth on this part of the job and debated on leaving them alone for now, but decided I'd rather have the trailer take a bit longer but have them done once and for all. I also have one stack window that will get the treatment on the street side and one by the door that I'm still not sure about. Interestingly enough, they are two different kinds of windows.

The street side stack uses the big "C" clip to hold the inner plastic pane in place. That clip and lots of gummy putty is all that held it in. Gummy putty is still all that his holding the outside glass in, but I'm holding off on taking that glass out for a little bit.




The curbside stack is the type that would necessitate drilling out all the rivets to take the whole frame out so it would then separate into two halves to remove the glazing. It's not in too bad shape so it will be the last to get touched, if at all.




And finally, here are some pics from pulling out the wing windows. As it turns out, the curb side window was held in with olympic rivets and came out relatively easy. The streetside window had bucked rivets and took quite a bit more persuading to get it out and away from the body. The putty on the inside also appeared much neater, as if it came from the factory like that.

Probably the hardest part of taking out ether window was the locking strip between the wing and center window frames. On both sides it was quite stiff and took quite a bit of hammering with a punch and hammer to push it down and off. Someone had riveted them through the top and on the first side I probably didn't drill out enough of the old rivets and so it dragged all the way down. I made sure on the second window to get them all the way out and used some pb blaster to help lube the bar so it slide easier.

I have a sun visor on the front and elected to leave it on for security, so it isn't obvious that two windows are missing and covered up with foil. Kinda like wearing sun glasses when you have a black eye.

Tapping out the center lock bar:






Drilling out the rivets on the curbside. Olympics are easier to drill in that if you use a pin punch on the top, it pushes down the shaft which gives you a nice start to drill out the center.


Streetside window out:



Streetside frame from the inside. Notice how neat the frame looks, nice and straight:



Curbside frame, notice how bent up the lower sheet metal is. The window was riveted to only the outside skin and not through to the frame like the other side. What I will probably do is secure the skin to the frame before I remount the window. I may have to redrill some of the holes since I doubt they will still line up.



Curbside window out:



Holes covered over with foil and foil tape.



Next step will be to open up the wing windows and see what surprises await. One I get some measurements, I'll decide whether to put both panes back in or just one. And I'll order some of the window tape that will position the glass against the frame. Hope this helps anybody else that has to fix these windows down the road.

And we ordered two Lambright recliners in Navy for the front. Should be here in about 4 weeks give or take. Hopefully the floor will be done and the interior painting done besides having the windows reinstalled. Should be a busy month.
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Thanks for your posts WITH pictures! We are going to begin this task with our wing windows soon. Your posts really helped.
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Thanks for your posts WITH pictures! We are going to begin this task with our wing windows soon. Your posts really helped.
I'm still working on taking the wing windows apart. Made a bit of progress last night but I've got a screw that must have snapped in two and has a remnant holding on for dear life. I wasn't sure how the glass was held in but now I can see that it doesn't look like I had imagined it. Good thing I waited to disassemble one before ordering some butyl tape to put it back together. I'll try and post some more pics tonight if I'm able to get the thing apart. It may be harder to disassemble the windows than it was to get them out.
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