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Old 03-12-2013, 11:32 AM   #43
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Looks like a great project. Is the new one a humpback or a gray?
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:12 PM   #44
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nice and where did you find the new bubble? cool. and what are the plans for rebuilding? Ted
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:07 AM   #45
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Back again

Sorry if it looked like I was not responding to the nice comments. My account here went dead and I got no msgs and could not post at all. Let me pick it up for you who are interested......

Got the new Bubble back home and the work begin. I fully expect this to be a BIG difference in starting condition...the first one was from high and dry Colorado. This one from low, wet, Florida.

The saga begins.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:54 PM   #46
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Not sounding too good, I was hoping yours would be in better condition than ours was -- as you well know, lots of work ahead. From the pics, yours looks much better than ours did on the exterior, anyway.

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Old 03-30-2013, 12:38 PM   #47
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The work continues..

This week pulled the wall panels, windows frames, AC, and the floor. Will do the belly pan in two sessions a couple days apart.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:29 PM   #48
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Robin, how does your frame look? From what I can see it looks to be in better shape than ours was. Also, your wheelwells look better -- ours were rusted and going away. Your belly pan looks cleaner (not as much mouse poo/insulation laying around).

Thanks for posting the pics.

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Old 03-30-2013, 04:54 PM   #49
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frame work

Hi Deb...The frame is in super good shape. I wire brushed it all this afternoon and POR'd it just a while ago. The belly pan has been cut off, leaving about 12" all around. I will insulate the floor with foam/aluminum sheeting 3" thick tomorrow. Then for three days polish. Then for two days insulate the interior and wire her up. In spare time I am going the clean, paint repair windows and install screens.
I had a new rear access door made by my local sheet metal shop I used some scrap 2024 aluminum I had laying around.....and it turned out GREAT. I am making up a few more out of 5052 to have as spare parts. The layout and planning was the hard part.

I need decorating help. I can't figure out the Zolatone colors for the interior end caps and the marmoleum flooring. I am going to go have a Turkey Sandwich now and ponder the problem. (If you don't know already, thats a "Wild Turkey" sandwich.)

By the way....I checked again...no shocks on the Bubble. As I was checking and painting I also found factory installed hydraulic lines for surge brakes like on the other Bubble.....eventhough, this one has electric brakes.

And....I found definite proof that sometime in the past it had major "surgery" in the front left corner. Nicely repaired, but there.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:09 PM   #50
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On schedule

Frame POR'd. New floor in and secured.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:08 AM   #51
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Wow, talk about moving fast! That is wonderful that your frame was in great shape, and you already have the POR-15 on. Having a good looking rear access door would be super since that's what will be in anyones face who will be following you. Ours, after I got a bunch of oxidation off, is fairly full of small dents. However, our spare tire will cover quite a bit of it, I guess. Do all Bubbles have spare tire mounts on the back? Does yours?

Don't know if you were kidding about the design help, but...........what I'd do is decide what color scheme you would like to have; go select a Marmoleum which has those general colors; from that Marmoleum, pull 2-3 colors out for the Zolatone (I forget whether the Zolatone has two or three colors -- ours had a different paint over top of the Zolatone).

That's strange that your Bubble(s) didn't have shocks, ours did, but it didn't really help us with the placement of the new ones because we went to a new axle (torsion).

I wonder what it was with these little babies, ours had "surgery" too -- she must have been wrecked all down the curb side (new skins) and then we discovered on the street side, front "quarter".

What type of floor did you put in? It looks as though you have already painted it. Great job.

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Old 04-03-2013, 07:59 PM   #52
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Rain delay

Did not finish the polish as planned due to rain. Around here the rain is the better choice. Will pick up the schedule tomorrow.

I almost lost it all due to a stupid mistake. I towed the Bubble without the safety lock pin in the coupler.....I never use one. I WILL FROM NOW ON!. I went over a small bridge near home and the bump caused the coupler to open and the trailer disengaged. All I had to consider safety...was an old rusty chain which I was on the way to replace with something reliable. Luckily it held and the trailer stayed behind the truck. It did do several wifferdills, but stayed upright and on the road. As it dragged the truck to a stop I was able to reconnect and recover ....somewhat. See the drag marks I left on the road...
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WOW Robin that looks like time for clean shorts and a stiff beverage. Glad it turned out OK. Was it a fluke or does the coupler need replacing?
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it's always good to get the best of a worst case scenario. I'm guessing you'll get a new jack out if the deal now. cheers and have a good finish of the week. ted
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:03 PM   #55
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Wowza! That's pretty scary!!! My friend had one come off & pass him down a hill. At least yours stayed behind you!! Glad it all work out ok!
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:54 AM   #56
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Robin,

That is scary, and I know because that happened to us on our way home from picking up our Bubble, and we were traveling on an Interstate! I felt the bump and looked at my DH, asking him "What was that?" But, as I was asking, I noticed all of the color was drained from his face and he simply said, "It came off", enough said, I knew then and felt sick. We made it over to the side, but the hitch had gone up under our truck's bumper (3/4 ton, 4x4), so DH had to jack the back of our TV up and pull forward quickly to get it untangled -- all that with 18-wheelers speeding by, rocking everything, including us. We got off at the first exit, bought a new ball, rewired, and were one our way. We were very fortunate that day.

I'm glad to hear you and your Bubble were safe.

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