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Old 04-13-2008, 11:27 AM   #201
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shari, great work and it's moving along. it's been awhile since i've checked your thread last.

one comment i'll add about keeping the shell ON, you absolutely made the right decision. i took my shell off over a year ago and it's still off. if i had known then what i know now, i would have definately left the shell on. my frame was in great shape and i would have been able to put in the new cross members, tanks, and other framing issues with the shell on. sure it's a little more work but i frequently dread the day i'm actually going to have to put the shell back on and try and line everything up....

are you out of the snow yet?
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:53 AM   #202
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Great to see that things are moving along. Any chance that you will have it done in time for Salida in August?
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:41 PM   #203
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Thanks David...that's encouraging. I think we made the right decision...at least for us and our limited work area constraints. Snow is off the ground Thank goodness!), but it did the sloppy snow/rain mix last week and still freezes at night, high was only in the low 40's yesterday...kinda tough to get moving out there for a full day's work. Today was near 70...much better!

Most likely, it won't be 'done' by August...however, we will be taking it to Bozeman in June...but we'll have both trailers so we'll be able to make do with the kitchen and all in Maxwell....Birdy will probably still be a hard tent.

We haven't decided yet which trailer to take to Salida Richard...it is a dry camping rally, so that may be roughing it a bit too much. We are going to check out the site over Memorial Day...I'll have to wait and see what it's really like before we decide...and see what progress we can make between International and RMVAC. Everything always takes longer than we plan and expect...

I'll try & post pictures this week...gotta finish up the taxes first ~

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Old 04-28-2008, 09:10 PM   #204
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Old 05-02-2008, 11:59 PM   #205
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This was Birdie's backside last Saturday...then this evening. Tomorrow Mr.InsideOut is starting the electrical...I will be installing the taillights and license plate light then riveting on the drip cap and shaving the rivets. Then her "hinie" will be ready to go ~

1) Removed entire window & frame
2) Rescreened the inner window
3) Cleaned all the silicone, parabond, putty tape & #@*&% off
4) Got most of the ancient sticker remnants
5) Reglazed the window with new gaskets
6) Polished the frame
7) Reinstalled everything...whew!

The blue tape was there to keep the rain/snow out this week. Supposed to be nice tomorrow...so I should be able to get her buttoned up.

It was a busy weekend!

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Old 05-03-2008, 12:23 AM   #206
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This week we finished up the lights, so they are ready to be installed tomorrow. They were caked with dirt and old cork gaskets and rust so I stripped them out, cleaned them up then repainted them and polished the chrome trim. We also put new light sockets in and polished the lenses but one was chipped so we ended up ordering new ones from VTS...they are GREAT! I'll post a pic later that shows them all put together...

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Old 05-03-2008, 12:59 AM   #207
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Does this look like 30 feet of 2024-T3?

It is. While I stayed home scrapping silicone...the boys got to go out & play with the big machines! Fred and Rob had to cut up the aluminum they bought to replace the streetside panel on Birdy, Maxwell & Fred's '64 GT. That's a 10' shear a friend of Fred's has. Pretty cool and, extra bonus...they both came back with all 10 fingers still attached!

The weekend of May 8-10 we will be starting on the two GT's...then tackle Birdy if we still have time.

I will definately hang around for this! Right now we are planning on all on us drilling out the old rivets, then after the new panels are drilled we'll tag team putting them on...on the GT's we will use Olympics and shave them. On the Safari we'll be bucking...Lot's of pictures to follow after this one! Smile Fred!!!

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Old 05-05-2008, 01:45 AM   #208
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Woohoo! We got all the running lights, brake lights & the license plate light installed on the back, the window hardware installed on the rear window and the Marinco power connector is ready to go. We also installed the dripcap and figured out all the interior electrical wiring. We got all the electrical bits & pieces so we hope to get the wiring done during this next week. Next weekend is "panel replacement time"...oh boy!

It was after dark when we finished up with the drip cap...so no pics yet. I sure hope we eliminated our one and only pesky leak back there...if not, we have no idea where it's coming from, the next rain will tell. Our fingers will be crossed until then!

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Old 05-07-2008, 01:54 AM   #209
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Shari...the trailer is looking good! I like the extra touch with the vanity plate!
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:17 AM   #210
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Shari...the trailer is looking good! I like the extra touch with the vanity plate!
Thanks. Got 'em for both "kids"...wouldn't want either to feel left out ~ no traveling incognito here!

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Old 05-07-2008, 08:28 AM   #211
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The weekend of May 8-10 we will be starting on the two GT's...then tackle Birdy if we still have time.

I will definately hang around for this! Right now we are planning on all on us drilling out the old rivets, then after the new panels are drilled we'll tag team putting them on...on the GT's we will use Olympics and shave them. On the Safari we'll be bucking...Lot's of pictures to follow after this one! Smile Fred!!!

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Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cool with rain. Morning lows will be in the upper 30s, afternoon highs in the middle 50s. There will be some wet snow in the morning in the Front Range mountains generally above 9,000 feet.

Sunday: Happy Mother's Day! It will be sunny and mild with light winds. Morning lows will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s, afternoon highs in the lower 70s.
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That's more like it. You'll fly through the rest o' this resto with that kind of weather. Loving the photos and updates, keep it up!
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Great photos of your work. Looks like real progress is happening.
I want to compliment Fred on........how can I say this.....his procurement of a sizable metal working device of eminence proportions. But people might get the wrong idea
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That's more like it. You'll fly through the rest o' this resto with that kind of weather. Loving the photos and updates, keep it up!
Yeah, but...if it rains Fri & Sat...kinda makes it hard to do a panel replacement which is the next step. THEN we can button her up for the interior resto...I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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Great photos of your work. Looks like real progress is happening.
I want to compliment Fred on........how can I say this.....his procurement of a sizable metal working device of eminence proportions. But people might get the wrong idea
Great work.
Yeah, he looks pretty proud of that, doesn't he?!

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Oh Fred, your sense of humor is just riveting!

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Oh Fred, your sense of humor is just riveting! Shari
I know, because I keep getting hammered about it until I mushroom.
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