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Old 10-08-2009, 08:39 PM   #183
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Wow, well done, very clean. Professional even! I fully expect Trailer Buff will do well rebuilding 5 picture windows and I will be totally happy if they look as nice as yours.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:50 PM   #184
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Thanks Sugarfoot! The bonus is that it doesn't leak any more and it did pretty badly in the past. The old crusty seal was mostly gone and there was some pretty nasty calking in there - it was hard as a rock and tough to remove.
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:16 PM   #185
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I did learn by trial and error a trick to getting a nice, tight window seal. Put the glass in and snug it up nice and tight with the aluminum retainers and install the window. Fine tune the fit by visually inspecting that the glass has a uniform distance from the frame. THEN, put in the seal and it will be nice and tight. Start at the top center and work your way around. If too tight, use a tiny bit of WD40 and it will slid right into place. I found that if I put the seal in and then tried to put in the retainer strips, I could not get a tight fit. I hope someone finds this useful.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:45 AM   #186
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Rally Prep

Nothing motivates action like an upcoming rally. I had my first one last Saturday and even though I didn't camp overnight, I did bring the Flying Cloud out as a show and tell. Everyone was very interested and welcoming - we'll be joining the Iowa unit in the next week or so.

I got the new tanks installed after sandblasting, priming and painting the tongue. The tank holder was also bent so I worked it back into shape before installing new hardware to attach it to the angle iron on the frame. The frame is completely sound and solid - I hope the rest of the frame is in this condition. While I was at it, I sandblasted, primed and painted the step. As you can see, the ugly warts (old and unsafe tanks) have been removed. Obviously the new tanks need polishing which will be a good job for the approaching winter.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:13 AM   #187
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Barry, your trailer is really looking awesome. I enjoy reading your frequent updates. Keep up the good work.

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Old 11-13-2009, 06:47 PM   #188
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Door

I have a VERY nice neighbor. He has a garage with a 9' overhead door and agreed to store my baby over the winter. I took full advantage and took off the door and took it to a local locksmith and had 3 keys made - I had none.

Since have the lock apart, I'm going to install the spring that I forgot to do the last time I had it apart. Also, since I have the new screen, now is the perfect time to replace it. I am also going to strip the paint on the inside of the door and polish it. I like that look for when the door is open.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:46 AM   #189
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Great illustration.
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I worked on the illustration a little more.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:11 AM   #190
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Thanks Don! Coming from you, that's a real compliment. I've seen some of your excellent work.
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:10 PM   #191
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Door Rebuild Continued

Man, I underestimated how difficult this was going to be. I hope the pictures help tell the story but here is the brief description:

I replaced the spring in the door handle which makes it feel so much nicer. I stripped the paint and it took several days of soaking to soften the original Zolatone. There is a reason is lasts so long. It is tough stuff. This is a dirty and toxic mess. Then I had to remove all of the rivets inside to be able to replace the screen. I carefully measured and cut the new screen from VTS. You have to bend the screen around the frame so that is what holds it tight even though all of the panels get riveted into place.

The pictures look pretty bad but the aluminum is in good shape and will polish up real nice. The streaking is lacquer thinner getting the last of the paint off. I also replaced all of the insulation while I was in there. The only thing left is to reattach the sliders that hold the inner door shut and install new seals. Then the nice new door can be put back on the trailer and now it locks.

I do have a question for anyone interested. The sliders that hold the inner door shut were originally painted the green matching Zolatone but they are brass. I could polish them or paint them silver. Which do you think would look better?
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Old 11-22-2009, 11:29 PM   #192
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I do have a question for anyone interested. The sliders that hold the inner door shut were originally painted the green matching Zolatone but they are brass. I could polish them or paint them silver. Which do you think would look better?
If I had brass sliders, I'd sure polish them instead of paint, Barry. Mine look like steel, all nice and rusty.

I think stripping Zolatone will cure me of ever wanting to strip any paint again.

Door looks great.

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Old 11-23-2009, 07:13 AM   #193
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Hey Steve,
That was my gut feeling too. Thanks.

Stripping that door pretty much sealed the deal as far as not stripping and polishing the interior....probably wouldn't have done that anyway.
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Is it for sale????

Looking for one like that !!!

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Old 11-23-2009, 07:24 AM   #195
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Sure! One million dollars.......ha ha.
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Looks like a chore and yes, stripping the interior is QUITE the job. Glad to hear you're cured. As for the sliders, polish them. Mine are steel and I polished them up but they got surface rust in about a month and that's here in the dry desert. Next time, they'll get some type of clear sealer.

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