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Old 02-15-2015, 09:52 AM   #581
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We used to have thundersnow in January in western Michigan when we were kids. Haven't had it for years in Minnesota. At least the roof of your trailer is clear of snow! (In the picture anyway, probably not anymore). You're getting all our snow, and we're GRATEFUL we're not having last years winter. Snow's not so bad, but the cold was not fun. I begin to understand more and more why my parents went to Florida every October and didn't come back until April.
Hang in there - can't last more than a couple more months at most.

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Old 02-15-2015, 10:51 AM   #582
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Geez, I should feel bad for being camped out on the Mississippi coast, all the windows open, wearing short sleeves and sandals.

Well, I tried.
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Old 02-15-2015, 01:51 PM   #583
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I lived in New Hampshire one Winter, and then moved South. Been here ever since, over 35 years. I remember in NH when the temperature got above 30 in January everyone was out in our town, like it was a Spring day.
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Old 02-18-2015, 12:45 AM   #584
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I just have two words for that snow. Holy ****. Sorry. It's hard to fathom
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Old 02-18-2015, 06:55 PM   #585
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Geez, I should feel bad for being camped out on the Mississippi coast, all the windows open, wearing short sleeves and sandals.

Well, I tried.
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:59 PM   #586
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Oh crap, I almost forgot to shut off and drain the water lines to the outdoor kitchen! It's supposed to be 19 tonight. Thanks for the reminder.

Heaters are on in both Airstreams.

Yeah, the ride home from the coast had the temp drop from 72 to 36 in 3 hours.

I should have just kept my mouth shut...
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:05 PM   #587
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Actually, I almost feel bad for you Southerners, around here we have just learned to roll with the punches Pinterest has a wealth of ideas

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Old 02-18-2015, 08:27 PM   #588
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:35 PM   #589
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Heater on this evening, but A/C will back on tomorrow.
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:00 PM   #590
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Insulation

Shelly, so how much insulation and tape did you originally buy?
I have a Globetrotter, and am trying to guestimate how much to buy.

Can't wait to see what you are going to do with the endcaps.
I think I'm going to try wood over one, and aluminum over the other.

Looks really good,

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Old 02-18-2015, 10:12 PM   #591
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Another quick question. Have you installed your water inlet yet? It looked like it was over the wheel well. Sorry, I haven't been through the hole post yet.
Are you putting your fresh water holding tank on your wheel well?
I want to do that on mine to balance out weight, because galley will be on other side.

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Old 02-20-2015, 06:13 AM   #592
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Shelly, so how much insulation and tape did you originally buy?
I have a Globetrotter, and am trying to guestimate how much to buy.

Can't wait to see what you are going to do with the endcaps.
I think I'm going to try wood over one, and aluminum over the other.

Looks really good,

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I used two rolls of the Prodex, 4 ft by 175. They run "buy one get one free" sales fairly regularly, I believe the current sale ends today.

I also used two rolls of the tape.

My original water fill is on the street side over the wheel well, I'm leaving it there and putting the tank under the bed.
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Old 07-01-2015, 07:11 PM   #593
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It's been a while!

I've been steadily working away on Moonraker, sometimes sidelined by life but c'est la vie!

Mostly I haven't posted because the things I've been working on are tedious and would make for some very unexciting posts.

I've cleaned up and polished the window screens and reinstalled. Used my old standby, Scotch brite pads and wd40 to clean and polished them with 3m compound. I used solar screening and it's very dark but has the bonus of keeping some of the heat at bay and should reduce sun fading of materials. I also stripped all the framing for the windows, Not sure if I'm painting or polishing those but it's nice to know that I didn't lose one! That was a heck of a job due to the previous owner gluing velcro on with gorilla glue to hang the curtains! Then there was the one that had ancient duct tape all around the edges holding the screening in place? Seriously dude? not rocket science.....
This is the window screen frame that is no longer made. Its got some nice detail to it. I'm missing a couple so if anyone replaced theirs and still have the old ones hanging around I'd love to negotiate a fair price!

The big news is the skins are in! There was a lot of fiddly stuff. I expected having to trim a few panels at the floor because when Colin did the shell off, he noticed it was not square and tweaked it. But I did not expect to have to trim the bottom of EVERY panel! Plus there were outlets to be added and holes to patch. I think I put in (and out ) every lower panel at least three times. I was pretty much working by myself, so it took me two weeks to get them all back in .

On to Paint prep:

I cleaned everything with Krud Cutter. I sanded all the surfaces with 150 grit and an orbital sander and cleaned again. When I stripped the panels, I didn't know if I was going to polish or paint them. Paint won out and I really wish I had sanded them when they were flat! Hindsight, learn from my mistake!
Then painted with a product new to me called Stix. It's a Benjamin Moore product and claims to stick to glass and slick surfaces (including aluminum).

It's cured now and absolutely cannot be scratched off so I'm guessing it will do it's job


I've finally decided on a paint color. Its Zolatone Flex paint in color 0032. Its a cream base with lots of caramel overtones. It's a newer roll on product and has a more subtle fleck than the original Zolatone. I ordered two gallons of the base and three of the topcoat. I used a gallon of primer for two coats so hopefully this will be enough. Cost? roughly $400 for the Zolatone and another $50 for the primer.

My hands need a break!


Oh, and I added a new accessory to Moonraker! A Silver GMC 2500 Sierra fresh off the line! A whopping 2900 lbs in Payload which made me do a happy dance. Pretty sure the dealer thought I was crazy to get so excited about a door sticker. It's fun to drive but not so easy to "bang a uey" in it! Or pahk it (sorry, only in Boston!)

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Old 07-02-2015, 05:40 AM   #594
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Nice truck. We just painted ours a couple of weeks ago. It feels great when the interior starts going back in. Your polish job looks great.
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Old 07-02-2015, 06:18 AM   #595
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Nice to see an update Shelly!

Looking forward to seeing your Ztone
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Old 07-02-2015, 06:25 AM   #596
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I have missed you. Glad your up again....Your work is great.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:09 AM   #597
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Way to go looks good, I'm on the road again so no work on the Airstream again this year
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:09 PM   #598
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Nice to see you, Shelly! I thought maybe you gave up! Such a milestone when the walls are back in. You'll be finished in no time :-) Screens & walls look great. I like your truck too...it'll look great towing your baby!
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Old 07-02-2015, 06:00 PM   #599
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I was thinking that, man, winter is REALLY long up there . . . .
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:34 PM   #600
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It's been a while!

I've been steadily working away on Moonraker, sometimes sidelined by life but c'est la vie!

Mostly I haven't posted because the things I've been working on are tedious and would make for some very unexciting posts.
That's some really great work, nice to see the update!

And I can assure you that there is no such thing as a tedious or unexciting post about a 1963 Overlander. Others years and models, sure. But not yours!
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