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Old 07-05-2017, 11:50 AM   #155
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The worst of it is almost over. The last few days I've been working on the roof. I've managed to get most of the tar, silicone and roof sealer off and except for a spot around the front vent that I need to brace the interior for (there's no front plywood to support the body) it's done, along with the top of the rear end cap. I'm starting each day at sunrise because our daytime highs are right at 100 degrees and the skin is too hot by around 9:30 to do more. Click image for larger version

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I can't count how many I've used but these plastic razor blades are great. A little trimming with a knife and they fit in a standard scraper
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:12 PM   #156
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Nice work and good idea on the little plastic scrapper fitting in the large handled one.
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Old 07-06-2017, 11:24 AM   #157
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Thanks! It sure is easier on the hands. Today we hit a major milestone, at least mentally. I finished stripping the roof and the mess around the roof vents front to back.

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Old 07-07-2017, 07:56 PM   #158
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4 early hours this morning starting at 5 and pretty much finished the upper half of the curb side. Feeling good. Some camping this weekend then back at it on Monday.
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:33 PM   #159
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I'm still in paint removal mode. One more section tomorrow above the curbside wheel well then the curbside is done and I'm about 80% done with the street side. Then I can tackle the rear end cap.

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Old 07-11-2017, 11:59 AM   #160
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More today. Finished the curb side (except panels being replaced) and have started around the back.

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Old 07-11-2017, 12:01 PM   #161
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Rear window help..

Does anyone know a source for the hinge for the sash (glass half not screen half) on the emergency window in the back? The window fell out today and finished off the glass. Figured out the just crammed it in there and painted it shut. I'm not sure I can ever straighten it enough. I'm open to suggestions!

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Old 07-11-2017, 06:07 PM   #162
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Geez, that hinge is a rough one. I have made some short sections but it was not easy. I built a special shoe to go into a finger break, even then it was trial and error and error and error
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:23 AM   #163
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I'm guessing l need to find a donor window but I'll remove the hinge and see if any local shops feel like a challenge.

That's some amazing work by the way!!

This morning I had a real productive day of paint removal. I finished the bottom curb side rear corner and 5 1/2 rear segments. I can start to see the light and the end of the tunnel for this stage of work. I'm just finishing gallon #6Click image for larger version

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Old 07-12-2017, 11:36 AM   #164
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Boy you can now see that the prototype 7-panel end cap segments are not as rounded as the eventual 1957 to 1963 shape. True one of a kind.
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Well we are "done". Just some steel wool to remove the last of the etching primer and we can move on to the next stage, front frame repairs. I picked up everything so I can mock up all the steel this weekend so our welder can do his magic.

I've paid for a Kreft refrigerator and shipping on it. I hope to have it by the end of the month.

Here's some pictures of where I stopped today. Will be all aluminum tomorrow. Not so pretty but considering the roofing seal coat plus layers of paint that are gone, it feels great. Oh and the cans, the story they tell

Last picture is my poor rear bumper. Anybody have tricks on how to bend a new one?

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Old 07-30-2017, 04:43 PM   #166
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Not much work has happened lately. We've been camping a ton! Welding to start soon but wanted to share that my refrigerator arrived yesterday. Found it digging around the forums on old threads in Pie Town, New Mexico. We Purchased it almost a month ago but it took awhile to arrange shipping. Looks great, and just plugged it in to see if by chance the electric element works. If not thankfully prairieschooner has a great thread on his restoration (1958 Traveler Restoration).Click image for larger version

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Very cool find and thanks for the super informative entertaining thread!

Keep up the good work, good luck with the research and restoration.
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Thanks! It's an adventure. Reading the manual and the other thread I realized this is missing the electric element and the materials at the top to trim it out. Guess the search will continue! Also am going to need one more shelf and 2 shelf pegs. But not a bad unit overall. I guess I'll dig out a spare regular and see if I can fire it up on gas.Click image for larger version

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