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Old 05-29-2006, 09:39 AM   #721
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At some point it will probably cause a huge traffic jam on the I-5 N, reaching Sacramento first, then eventually LA.

Well, there are "a few" of us up here in the Pac NW who might drop by too.
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Old 05-29-2006, 01:58 PM   #722
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Good old Vulkem and Rivets. A few on each side is good enough. This is not a strctural part, just sort of a moisture shield for the floor.
Cool, I get to use my rivet gun.

email me when you get a chance, let me know how you're doing. We're making serious progress on the trailer. (That's my serious face) Got some bolts in around the outside of the shell. I'm a little worried about getting the banana wrap and belly pan back on, because it goes underneath the shell, ja?

Almost done with die blode Fenstern too.
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Cool, I get to use my rivet gun.

email me when you get a chance, let me know how you're doing. We're making serious progress on the trailer. (That's my serious face) Got some bolts in around the outside of the shell. I'm a little worried about getting the banana wrap and belly pan back on, because it goes underneath the shell, ja?

Almost done with die blode Fenstern too.
Ingred, I used rivets and Sikaflex, similar to Uwe. Be sure to get the sikaflex/vulkem in the right places. It can cause big problems when trying to make the new wood floor fit correctly if the adhesive sets before the wood is in its proper position (ask me how I know this!).

Fenstern, I thought you got that window fixed? Bitte, Was ist blode? Blonde?!

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Uwe, sorry to go off topic on your wicked cool thread.

Blöd means "stupid" in German. Or something like that. I have all windows gasket-ed, waiting for one more window to come from VTS, and one Lexan with the scratch resistant yada yada for the front...I also need to finish cleaning up various mechanisms and window frame corners, lube up everything, and and we're done!

I get to rip up more floor, next. We didn't bolt down the floor where we forgot to put the aluminum piece, so we're going to still put that piece in. Shouldn't be a big deal, but the windows weren't supposed to be either!
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Schpeaking of windows,
I now have the gaskets on 2 out of 7 windows, and the glazing bead on one of them. The front window glass promptly got broken by yours truly while trying to get the glass off the frame. So, off to the glass shop, 3/16th glass panel while I wait ( $ 25.00, not bad) - bring it back and OH NO, it's too thick, and way too heavy. By now the guy knows me and what the glass is for, insists on me using tempered glass. OK, go ahead, glass guy, get the tempered stuff.....not 'til Tuesday.....
In the meantime, i am slowly removing all the windows from their respecive frames, and cleaning up the window cranks etc, and cleaning the frames, polishing the outer frames etc.
On the lighter side, the polishing of the skin is now at the stage where ALL the compounding is done. Some of the skins were already cycloed with C, which is the next step. This is beginning to look really good.
Cloud 55 and myself are trading time on curtains. This means that she is sewing curtains for us, and I am helping her and Mr. Cloud 55 with the floor replacement, equal time for time. I bought all the fabric, and she is painstakingly fabricating beautiful, tight curtains. Today was dry fit for all of them. So far so good, need more G-and T-tabs...many more. Next week will be upholstery time, once the cushions from Knox Foam arrive.
It got up to 95F inside area 63 today, and I turned on the air with it's temporary ducts hanging out the kitchen cabinet...works well so far. At temps over 80, the fantastic fans simply do not move enough air to stay cool, at least not for me.
I am getting this trailer ready for a mega fun 4th of July camping trip with the family, followed by a business trip to Austin TX with the Airstream in tow. Can't wait to hit the road and take advantage of all the systems.
There's still lots of work to be done to completely finish this project, so don't you think for a second that his thread is nearing it's end........
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Old 06-16-2006, 10:13 PM   #726
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Uwe,I've been doing windows along with many other things. Trying to get finished for a 4th rally in Silver Falls OR. If you remember I broke a window also. I'm just finishing up with the last one. Of all the things to do on the trailer. I've liked doing the window the least. Tomorrow I should finish the last. Question how are you handling the corners of molding in the window it's self and the molding in the window frame? I've been sharing pictures and thoughts with Cloud55. I'm still just looking at my Cloud.
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Don,

I installed the gasket with a kink in each corner. My plan is to bevel the corners with a razor blade, once I find the appropriate glue to mend the corners together. I used scissors to miter the glazing bead.
Did you use 1/8in glass to replace the broken pane?
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I installed the gasket with a kink in each corner. My plan is to bevel the corners with a razor blade, once I find the appropriate glue to mend the corners together. I used scissors to miter the glazing bead.
Did you use 1/8in glass to replace the broken pane?
I used the original thickness of glass 3/32. I was thinking of sealing the corners with Valcum. What do you think? I would think that 1/8 th glass would make the installation of the window seal much harder.
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I used the original thickness of glass 3/32. I was thinking of sealing the corners with Valcum. What do you think? I would think that 1/8 th glass would make the installation of the window seal much harder.
I hope the 1/8in glass wil work. I measured a broken chard after messing up the first purchase of glass....looked to me like 1/8. It might not have been original, though. I think it will work fine with the glazing bead, but I am more concerned with the weight. The 3/16 is so heavy that it would damage the window actuators over time, for sure.

On edit - I just re-measure another chard of glass - it's exactly 2mm, which would be 3/32. Dang - hope my 1/8 tempered glass won't be too heavy. Boy do I feel stupid right about now. This would be the second time I ordered and paid for the wrong spec. This is what happens when daily work gets in the way of the Airstream.
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Old 06-17-2006, 10:39 AM   #730
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Rock Shield

I finished rebuilding my Rock Shield. It had murky fiberglass before, with holes in it. I removed the fiberglass, disassembled the frame, and polished it. A new, lightly tinted polycarbonate sheet ( Lexan) was riveted in place. I used rivet washers at the backside, to keep the material from cracking due to the rivet's force. The Original piece was buck riveted with very small buck rivets, but I decided on pop rivets for simplicity sake. I am not worried about leaks here.
I chose the lightly tinted material so that I can still see through the trailer with the curtains open while towing.
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Old 06-17-2006, 10:44 AM   #731
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Window Gasket

The bulb gasket installation was definitely challenging for me, as there was lots of goop in the tiny channel that secures the T-shaped retainer lips of the bulb seal. I still need to find a suitable adhesive to mend the mitered edges.
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Amateur Glass Shop

...with the emphasis on "amateur"!
Did get the first heavy layer of old Zolatone and new paint off the window actuators. They clean up well, I think it will look much nicer in raw aluminum than caked with old or new paint. I used Goof stripper to clean the gunk off, and then lubed the gears with light grease for sunroof sliders from Mercedes Benz.
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Polishing progress

The compounding is done. The window frames still need alittle finesse polishing, but are looking quite nice. It really makes a difference when the frames are polished. I used a buffing wheel on edge for the frames, with brown rouge. I also used this buffing wheel on inaccessible areas, around the door, etc. Actually, I doubles 2 of the buffing wheels together for a wider path. Here, more than anywhere else, a slow buffer is essential.
My choise went to my old craftsman buffer, which is gutless, but resilient. It slows way down when the wheel hits the aluminum. My attempt at swirl mark photography:
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Someone told me the line was forming in Orange County. Go to reservations. com for line positions.
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Old 06-17-2006, 01:30 PM   #735
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The deal is off.
I have had enough for a while of polishing, raking pads, scrubbing, washing pads and clothes, scrubbing the floor in the shop, and removing black from my skin. Even though I have a helper, it's still a mess.
I am hoping that the cyclo passes are a little less messy, and more gratifying.
Just think, I get to do this all over every year or so! Oh joy...
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Old 06-17-2006, 01:40 PM   #736
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I like the rock guard! If / when you get done with the polish job post a picture of it mounted. It looks like you will still be able to see through the trailer while in tow. The one on my 75 TW is way too dark for that. I have never liked the look of the original 60's rock guards.
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It looks like you will still be able to see through the trailer while in tow. The one on my 75 TW is way too dark for that. I have never liked the look of the original 60's rock guards.
The originals were sort of inconsistent in shape and style. Mine is a custom job, from a fabrication shop near Seattle. I have seen many different styles on the 60's trailers. I like this one, though, as it has a very light look to it.
I chose the light grey tint because of the see-through feature. It bothered me on my 1971 that after I installed the new curved rock guard, I could no longer see through the back, or inside the trailer.
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Screens

While on the subject of Windows and associated hardware.....I went to visit my local small box hardware store ( True Value) Friday afternoon, all my screens in hand. My objective was to find a place to install new screening in the existing frames, and have noe of the more corrodet screen frames reproduced. So they took the order, and had me pre-pay about $ 11.00 per screen, which I thought was ok. Come to find out, that's not re-screening, that's an entirely new screen, made to the exact specs of the old ones! Yay!
So now I am getting all new screens, for less than $ 80.00
Small box local hardware stores ROCK!
Thanks, Bill Kerfoot, for the referral!
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I hope the 1/8in glass wil work. I measured a broken chard after messing up the first purchase of glass....looked to me like 1/8. It might not have been original, though. I think it will work fine with the glazing bead, but I am more concerned with the weight. The 3/16 is so heavy that it would damage the window actuators over time, for sure.

On edit - I just re-measure another chard of glass - it's exactly 2mm, which would be 3/32. Dang - hope my 1/8 tempered glass won't be too heavy. Boy do I feel stupid right about now. This would be the second time I ordered and paid for the wrong spec. This is what happens when daily work gets in the way of the Airstream.
Glass thickness 3/32 not 3/16. Your screen deal sound great. Nothing here in Yreka that even comes close to that.
I finished my last window today. Yes, Yes, Yes. I'm beginning to think that I won't polish.
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Glass thickness 3/32 not 3/16. Your screen deal sound great. Nothing here in Yreka that even comes close to that.
I finished my last window today. Yes, Yes, Yes. I'm beginning to think that I won't polish.
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Don,
I would like to figure out a nice finish of raw aluminum, one that can be kept up easily, but also looks uniformly good.
My skins were corroded severely, and uneven, so polishing seemed like a good idea at the time. It still kind of does, but I loathe the thought of having to redo this soon.
Maybe we should invest in an Airmark system. It's only $ 10,000.00, not much more than 2 polish jobs... rent it out for loan payments.
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