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Old 03-24-2009, 01:42 AM   #321
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Today is Birdy's two year adoption birthday! Thought we'd be done with the restoration by now...but, oh well ~

The end is in sight though...I spent the weekend finishing more cabinets and re-building/installing the last vintage light, installing door tracks on the uppers and stripping/polishing cabinet hinges (48!) & other hardware in between coats. Meanwhile, Mr.InsideOut straightened, cleaned & installed wall track, removed/polished vents and the roof areas around them, then reinstalled the vents. Pretty productive for two-and-a-half days ~

Thanks for stopping by Roger, it's always fun to have encouraging visitors!

Also, Monday the ShowerMate arrived (haven't unpacked it yet)...and tuesday we will be ordering up the stainless steel shower pan & surround and the 9mm birch plywood for the dinette. I think this next weekend, the clean "finishing" will go on hold and we'll be in the dirty "build mode" (closet & dinette) again in the garage and install the wall panels in the shower, then possibly the kitchen cabinets & start the install on the plumbing and the water heater.

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Old 03-24-2009, 08:13 AM   #322
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Today is Birdy's two year adoption birthday! Thought we'd be done with the restoration by now...but, oh well ~

The end is in sight though...I spent the weekend finishing more cabinets and re-building/installing the last vintage light, installing door tracks on the uppers and stripping/polishing cabinet hinges (48!) & other hardware in between coats. Meanwhile, Mr.InsideOut straightened, cleaned & installed wall track, removed/polished vents and the roof areas around them, then reinstalled the vents. Pretty productive for two-and-a-half days ~

Thanks for stopping by Roger, it's always fun to have encouraging visitors!

Also, Monday the ShowerMate arrived (haven't unpacked it yet)...and tuesday we will be ordering up the stainless steel shower pan & surround and the 9mm birch plywood for the dinette. I think this next weekend, the clean "finishing" will go on hold and we'll be in the dirty "build mode" (closet & dinette) again in the garage and install the wall panels in the shower, then possibly the kitchen cabinets & start the install on the plumbing and the water heater.

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Where did you get this great looking vent, it looks brands new.......toastie
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:17 AM   #323
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Came with the trailer ~

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Where did you get this great looking vent, it looks brands new.......toastie
It's the original 1956 vent - just polished. Cute as a button, huh!?

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Old 03-24-2009, 08:28 AM   #324
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It's the original 1956 vent - just polished. Cute as a button, huh!?

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I'm on a mission to find one of those.........toastie
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:15 AM   #325
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Those polished vents are GORGEOUS! Something about freshly polished vintage aluminum just speaks to me. The rest is quite beautiful as well. Can't wait to see her in person. I'm trying to make arrangements to attend the Resto Rally next month where I could get a sneak peak.

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Old 03-24-2009, 10:49 AM   #326
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I'm So Impressed!

Everything looks awesome! It's hard to believe two years have gone by. I remember when Birdy still had those ugly flowers all over her insides. She's come a long way.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:35 PM   #327
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This is a shot of her small but well-organized back yard.
What a difference a couple of days makes! We got all this snow today, you could see the grass this morning...

I like Maxwell's impression of a whale tail.

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Old 03-26-2009, 08:02 PM   #328
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speaking of whale tails . . .

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. . . I like Maxwell's impression of a whale tail.
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It looks a lot like mine . . . very low riding, snow white, and wider across the bottom than the top! :<> Ahoy maties, thar she blows!
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Shari, I am so glad you guys got the refrigerator working. Thanks for the tour a couple of weeks ago. All of your hard work is definitely something to be proud of! You two are an inspiration!!
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:08 AM   #330
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two-fer-two...

Last night we tested and got the heater going...seemed like a pretty appropriate task, considering the "flurries" we had yesterday. It fired right up, now I have something else to clean-up.

I don't know about an "inspiration" Steve...I just know we are figuring out things as we go along - and most aren't a scary as we thought!

And we've been lucky ~

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Hi Shari,
The wood work is looking great. I'm looking forward to your shower & water heater installation.
What type of heater do you have? Is it the old in the floor one?
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:09 PM   #332
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Hi Shari,
The wood work is looking great. I'm looking forward to your shower & water heater installation.
What type of heater do you have? Is it the old in the floor one?
Thanks! I finished the last coat on the second side of the bathroom panels last night - we are planning on installing them this weekend so we can take the final measurements for the stainless steel showerpan & black tank surround and order them on Monday.

The heater is a Panel Ray "in-wall" type - it's located on the end panel of the closet next to the door. the oblong vent on the roof is the exhaust for the heater. I found this picture from our website...



I'll take additional pictures & post them as I am working on it and after it's re-installed.

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Old 03-27-2009, 01:47 PM   #333
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...the oblong vent on the roof is the exhaust for the heater.
OOopppps, I mis-stated.

The ROUND vent to the rear of the door is for the heater - the oblong one in front of the door is for the fridge.

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Ok, I was wondering. My heater is in the floor with a grate.
I'm envious of the refrig. My door looks identical. The PO adapted it to a new electric unit. Darn it. Refrig vent is an oblong one like yours but galvanized.
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I think the difference between the ducted floor heaters and ours is that you may have a thermostat...ours doesn't, it's either "on" or "off" and set manually. It has various levels - just no automatic thermostat - it's a dial that just adjusts the height of the flame.

Sorry 'bout your fridge, but at least you have the door and it sounds like the PO was conscientious about the vintage aesthetic. If ours didn't work, we would have tried to get it fixed first, but if that didn't pan out we would have adapted the door "somehow" to a new fridge too.

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It's the original 1956 vent - just polished. Cute as a button, huh!?

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What is the outside dia. of the cap, it looks like I'm going to have to make one.............thanks

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I'm going to have to go out & measure it...after we clear a path to the garage/& trailers! It's a bit chilly out - only 20* - haven't been outside yet this morning.

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Old 03-28-2009, 11:17 PM   #338
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Exclamation One step forward, two steps back!

So today was THE most frustrating day we've had during this restoration!

We had hoped to get the two bathroom panels that I have been working on for the last two weeks put in place so we could install the black tank and measure up the shower pan - which is the next critical path step. Then I was planning on moving on to the dinette & closet this afternoon.

LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKE!!! Even if you have the original panels and have painstakingly used them as templates, after replacing the floor - they may not fit!

Two reasons...
1) the new panels needed to be about 1/8" shorter than the old (we knew about this one). The reason is, the old flooring went under the c-channel & skins. Our new flooring is up to the c-channel, inside the skins - so the existing wood panels that go from floor-to-ceiling are "the thickness of the floorcovering" too long. No problem, trim about 1/8 - 3/16" extra from the bottom. I did this after tracing out the old panel templates onto the new wood. Then finished the panels with five coats each side and went to install them - that's when we discovered problem number two.

2) while we didn't do a complete shell off floor replacement, we did separate the entire shell from the frame in bits and pieces, so that when we reattached it, the shape changed enough (even re-using many of the same rivet holes) that the old panels were too small! Not top-to-bottom (we figured that one out - see #1), but across the width. When the panels for our bathroom were fit together and laid out with the door frame, using our old pan as a "placeholder" they came up short at the u-channels that hold them in place at the walls. There was about a 1/8" gap to the u-channel. You could see daylight. Not good for a wet bath/shower. The panel was actually about 1/2" too narrow. It didn't go into the groove at all in some places.
At first we were dumbfounded as to why the panels that were cut EXACTLY the same size as the old ones were now too narrow. So we pulled out the old panels which still had the paint on them showing how they had fit into the grooves, trimmed them the 1/8" on the bottom and tried them. We then realized that things must have shifted just enough that the sides of the trailer were not in exactly the same place - because the old panels wouldn't fit either.

On one panel, (the front one) we had "left it long" left-to-right because we knew we had tweaked things enough in that direction and we didn't have the existing rivet holes at the track to go by because it is on the new panel we replaced, that we weren't comfortable cutting it off. But the other direction (the back to the dinette) we didn't - we assumed it would be fine. Wrong.

LESSONS LEARNED -
1) After floor replacement, test fit the old panels before cutting and finishing the new ones - the shape of your shell may have changed. Make sure they still fit.
2) Cut the straight edge of your new panels wider than you think by adding an inch to the straight edge, then come back and trim them to fit.
The bad news is, I had to go get two more sheets of 1/4" birch to re-make three panels. The good news is, only one "finished" panel has to be re-made - the large panel for the bathroom and it can be re-used as a closet end which is narrower. Also, I haven't yet done the ten coats of finish (5 each side) on the the other two panels I have already cut out.

So, at the end of the day - we are behind were we started - but we now have a new set of rules to live by - just thought I'd share them. So instead of starting our dinette tomorrow, I get to re-cut panels - oh joy!

Sorry Toastie - in all my frustration and running around today, I forgot to measure the vent for you - I'll try to tomorrow ~

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Good advice Shari. Thank you for "shari"ng your pain with the rest of us so we can attempt to not replicate your situation. For some reason I have a tendency to unlearn things from time to time and then end up paying the oops tax again. Hopefully the day will not be replicated any time soon.

Myself and two car club buddies who are also vintage FC owners (and my neighbor who has my old silver streak) had the opportunity to spend time with Aerowood today. He frequently mentioned the high quality of the work you and your husband have done with your trailers. I hope to see them in person in the future although I'll have to first hide mine in the back of a parking lot somewhere so I'm not too embarrassed.

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Thanks for the condolences Barry...I do feel better about it today, but I'm still annoyed that I have to re-do work already done - I hate it when that happens!

Very cool you got to hook-up with Aero today...good for you all for making the get together happen - that's cool! I always look forward to the days we get to meet "old friends we've never met' from the forum. I guess I owe Kip big $$$ for all his kind words...geeez, this restoration is getting really expensive!

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