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Old 11-09-2004, 08:14 PM   #15
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Yes,he's using a larger size olympic rivet. We have a 1971 soverign. And yes, EVERY seam is vulkemed, especially that area in the rear bath that rots out the floor. Every rivet is PARBONDED, front and back. We keep thinking we've got all the leaks. And then get 3' of rain and discover more leaks.
He uses an air powered pop rivet gun, drill out old rivet and clean up both sides well then parbond both sides and then pop it. I found out many seams were done over by PO in a VERY poor fashion and so leak. We really like the end caps on the inside done in a petal fashion with many smaller sections of aluminum. I think it was a 50's style. has a really neat example of it. And we were impressed by the elegance of it. He says now not EVERY rivet will be replaced...snicker,snicker. : )
Does anyone know what year that petal style endcap was used? Also our 1973 owners manual shows a picture of the interior ribs totally painted with some sort of sealant paint? something..sealer paint? Does anyone know? At this point with the trailer satripped, I'm all for doing an interior sealer coat before the aluminum bubble insulation. My husband says that wouldn't stop the leaks. Any comments on this?

Also we got the first of the solar components today the prosine invertor (pure sine wave) 2,000 watts and a bunch of parts.!! I'm impatient to move on from leaks. suz

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Old 11-10-2004, 01:07 AM   #16
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Vulkum on the inside and drains at the bottom...


I am wondering if coating the seams and rivits from the inside with a bead of Vulkum would seal things up. I sure am not as ambitious about replacing rivits as your husband but I do want to make sure my outer skin is water tight before I put the inner skins back on. I did decide to create a sort of drip channel at the bottom of my walls before I close things up just in case something does leak. I am going to use foil insulation spaced about 3/4" away from the outer skin by narrow strips of foam insulation around the edges. At the bottom of each wall cavity I am thinking of putting a little drain of some sort through the floor and into the belly pan. I have even considered connecting all the drains together and running them to a single place where I can monitor whether or not water is in the drain system. That part might be going a bit too far though.


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Old 11-10-2004, 06:46 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by silver suz
My husband got so tired of tracking leaks, and then finding out that there were more after every big rainstorm, that he has decided to replace EVERY LAST RIVET on the whole exterior.

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Sounds like he's passed a bill in his own mind... the No Rivet Left Behind Act.
Congrats, it'll look great and it's something we all wish we had the patience for.
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Old 11-10-2004, 08:18 AM   #18
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"No rivet left behind"- I like that. It sounds like a good name for an airstream restoration journal!!! I go along with my Husband because he's a design engineer for 30 years at a truck co. And there are a lot of similarities.
Malcolm- Sounds like we have the same idea on insulation! We are using 2 walls of double bubble, double foil with strips to hold them 3/8" apart for dead space. Hub was also thinking of weep holes. I was thinking of a tiny muffin fan to keep the air circulating down there to prevent mold- a major nemesis for me. Maybe it's overkill.
we also insulated the blackwater tank with the foil pack around the old foam, and will wrap it around the water pipes as well. I will be encased in a cocoon of layered aluminum!!!- perhaps one day I will emerge as a silver butterfly, (hopefully healthy!). : ) suz

There is sealant in any seam possible, even with the syringe used on the outside.

Has anyone figured out what the factory used to seal the inside outer skin seams and ribs?
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Old 11-12-2004, 04:20 PM   #19
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Just saw the "petal design "on the end of a 1954 flying cloud- toastercoaster54's photos. That is what we would like to do only on the inside aluminum panels .Lots of rivets for my husband to polish!!! So for those who didn't understand what I meant by "petals" go to toaster coaster54's photo site!! Terrific work TC!!! suz

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