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Old 08-18-2017, 02:55 PM   #197
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FOUND!! Wally Byam's 55 Cruiser - 1956 European Caravan trailer

Well I finished up the cuts and prep for the rest of the welding this weekend. Tongue was painted with 2 coats of por-15 yesterday and top coated with 3 coats of Alpine White.

Tongue jack is a day behind but it's been stripped, desmantled and por-15'd and will get its top coat tomorrow. Hoping for shell touchdown on the new plywood on Monday.Click image for larger version

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Old 08-18-2017, 03:05 PM   #198
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Is the hinge material the same stuff used on the over bin doors (aka circa 1967)? If so, I have some. PM me.

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My summer is quickly disappearing. I test fitted the front plywood and sealed the edges with epoxy. We have more welding to do before we can install it for good. Felt nice to have it in place a bit.

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I'm two clips short of being able to put glass back in. I did my best with some scrap 2024 but it's a little brittle and cracked in the corners. So I'm going to try some other kinds. Here was my first attempt (which wasn't good enough for my taste). I've since made a better template of the old one but didn't bother using the same material again.

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FYI these weren't Hehr windows. They use 3" clips for the glass and springs to hold it in. If anyone has a donor window I'd be real interested.

While I was at it I made up a new refrigerator access door. I realized the inner hinge has a crack. Anyone have about 10" of this laying around?

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Old 08-18-2017, 04:39 PM   #199
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Sent you a private message. I don't know if it's the same but sent you measurements. Thanks for offering!
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Old 08-18-2017, 05:35 PM   #200
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My '63 has 3" non-hehr windows. Is your trailer a California build also?
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Old 08-18-2017, 05:52 PM   #201
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Yes it is! Our 62 had the same windows
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:30 PM   #202
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My '63 has 3" non-hehr windows. Is your trailer a California build also?


I'm working with vintage trailer shop on replacement top and bottom weatherstrip. If he can't find something that fits right he's going to have some made. I have one apart with a good piece for him to copy.

I'm dealing with one window that is missing everything. I have almost all the clips I need but the donor window is one clip shorter, so I'm trying to recreate that springy metal riveted under the clips. I just picked up a metal mini-blind and am trying to cut it down. It's the right gauge and feel and already has a slight radius to it. I'm not going too far into reassembly until I know better on the weatherstrip issue.
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Old 08-20-2017, 08:15 PM   #203
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4 1/2 hours of professional welding and the front 8 feet is done. Some wire wheel work tomorrow and por-15, then spray the step Tuesday and finally I get to bolt in some plywood!!

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Second coat of Por-15 on. White top coat on the step tonight. Click image for larger version

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Got some paint on today! Tomorrow the first two sheets go in. Click image for larger version

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I can't wait to get the front down finally!!
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:05 AM   #206
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It's in! Elevator bolts next. Boy the shell likes sitting on plywood.
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I'm really excited that I found 2 sconces very close to the originals out of 57 overlander, now I need to find one more but good progress! Anyone got one? Click image for larger version

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Today was an exceptional day of work. I removed 8 feet of floor and found good steel everywhere. Interesting means of lightening the trailer. 2 cross members are just angle iron with one having an aluminum spacer of sorts to attach the belly pan to then 2 normal steel, then two more small with one having aluminum. Cleaned it up and por-15'd. Some minor wheel well repair on the curb side and more floor can go in. Used up the last little paint on the axles but they will come out for new springs and hardware and will get the full treatment this fall Click image for larger version

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3 in 1 about ready and 2 to go. But first I can now bolt in the front, replace the 2 panels, and rebuild a few windows and vents.
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Looks like you didn't epoxy the edges on the 3rd sheet. Was that intentional?
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