Conversation Between CapnTom and urb2165
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  1. CapnTom
    05-10-2010 07:19 AM
    Yes...I did do a shell off floor replacement. The frame was fine. My unit has the original pipe design...that being a steel pipe the length of the trailer with aluminum cross members riveted to the pipe using pieces of aluminum angle. However, my frame was modified by a previous owner and a steel ladder type A frame was added to the front section from the wheel carriage assembly forward. All was in good shape. And a nice job was done on the modification. It all looks very recent/new.
  2. urb2165
    05-05-2010 12:32 PM
    Did you do a shell off the frame restoration? Was the frame rusted out badly?
  3. CapnTom
    03-29-2010 11:33 AM
    Thanks. It was a lot of work. and yes I did all those things. I did a shell off floor replacement so I had to remove the lower skins to do this. So,while the skins were half off I opted to replace all of them. I was inspired by David Winicks 48 Flying Cloud. I wanted the new brushed aluminum look. I polished the endcaps and the rest is 6061 T6 Bare .025" Aluminum. The original skins were 2024 T3 Alcald .025" and were painted. Another reason I opted to replace them. They were layered in paint and had many many holes where things were attached and removed over the years. I got the metal at Airparts Inc. I got them in 4' x 12' .025" rolls and cut to the size I needed. Most of my large cuts and bending was done by a local sheet metal shop and the cost was minimal.
    The interior is still not complete yet. All the panels and electrical are in but now I am in the process of building the interior cabinets and such. Fashioned after the 1949 A/S Liner "Tradewind" interior.
  4. urb2165
    03-29-2010 10:28 AM
    CaptnTom, This awesome!! Please tell me or show me the photos of your interior work. I guess that you:1) gutted the interior 2)stripped the interior walls 3) removed the insulation 4) cleaned the metal walls 4) installed new insulation 5)Taped the wires to the walls 6) cut openings in the new aluminum panels for outlets 7) replaced the interior wall with these aluminum panels

    Man what agreat look. Now how hard is it to keep this new interior clean. Where did you buy the panels you used for the interior?
    I hope to hear back from you on this.
    Thank you so very much,
    Rodney in SC

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