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Old 08-14-2012, 01:53 PM   #1
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Special order Bubble

Ouch! I learned today that when replacing the original special order hydraulic brakes with an electrical system it gets complicated. Backing plates won't fit the spindles and there are hub conflicts too. The surge system is just a big mess that needs cleaning up. So, a new drop axle and brakes is in order. Gives time to work other things, however.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:22 PM   #2
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The same, almost, not quite

For general interest and those that do want to see. Here are some side by side pics of the same year, same factory shop (LA) but different . Here are the comparisons of a 1956 Flying Cloud and a 1956 Bubble. Obvious at first, thanks to Pat McDowell pointing it out, are the roof panel widths of the center panel. Just the general downsizing.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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Things I am learning from this

I had heard about making your own ABS sealant/cement. I finally needed to use some and decided to try the recipe...
Took a piece of ABS sewer pipe and drilled and scraped enough shavings to fill a small baby food jar. I had no acetone....so I used MEK....filled the jar with both components and let it dissolve overnight. Then next day used a wooden stick to apply the mixture....now a smooth paste...as a sealant on a black tank fitting installation. Worked perfectly.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:40 AM   #4
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floating floor thickness

Another thing I learned is that the clearance between the floor surface and the closed "door within a door" are so close as to affect door closing and threshold installation. A quarter inch floating floor does not allow an aluminum threshold to clear the bottom of the door. Remeasure...trim...fit...
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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belly pan removal

I had to look inside the belly pan for my own peace of mind. I found that by just cutting around the perimeter...about 8 to 10 inches under the side curve....I could see everything, work where I wanted and reinstall new belly pan aluminum with sanitary flat sheet aluminum ....all without fighting the curved sides, the outriggers or tucking under the side rails.
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.so I used MEK....filled the jar with both components and let it dissolve overnight. Then next day used a wooden stick to apply the mixture....now a smooth paste...
Well done. MEK is great stuff! I've had good luck with cleaning cracked fairings with MEK and using fibreglass cloth and ABS glue (which contains MEK), as well. M
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clean it, POR it, insulate it

Had to get that stinky moldy mousey smell out....and do it right. I cut the belly pan out at the lower perimeter, pulled the "stuffings" out. Bleach with a hand sprayer. Painted the entire underside wood with a quality porch paint. Vulkemed all edges and floor penetrations. POR everything including my shirt (soaked thru to my skin and you know how that went..) and hair. Applying POR with a brush while upside down under a trailer results in drips...etc., etc. Measure and installed insulation...I used 1 inch aluminum faced foam in three layers. Kind of an experiment because I wonder if belly insulation is necessary at all. Installed four louvered, stainless panels for air circulation and evaporation.....what the heck, I had 'em.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:20 AM   #8
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Plan access...

What ever I do is based on future access. So that in mind I layed out an easily accessible electrical system. Open the hinged seat door cover and you have a wide open, lighted electrical system.

Please note the entire old electrical system sitting on the seat beside the open door.
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Nice work, Robin. Is that Allure or real cork that you used for the flooring? Either way, it looks good.

Thank for sharing that work with us.
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Wow, what great looking work, you are an inspiration. Thanks for showing the pics and post on the belly pan- I dropped ours when I did the floor, but would like to get in there to see stuff without attacking the curved parts again.

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Very nice indeed!! I am jealous! You have TWO fantastic whale tails.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:46 PM   #13
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Thanks to all....It is real cork flooring. That thickness is cause for my door fit now. Am rechecking electrical system now.
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Very nice work, as always!
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