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Old 11-30-2005, 11:32 AM   #141
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Any chance you can increase the height of your door opening?
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No chance. The building is concrete block construction. The good news is I have 2.5 acres with room for a pole barn or other type structure.

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Old 11-30-2005, 01:43 PM   #142
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If the door can't go up, maybe the floor can go down.

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Guess How I spent my weekend? Been trying to finish with the second coat of POR-15 on the frame, but the last bit in the can dried out, so I decided to work on outside lights. Replaced all the running lights and pullled the stop/turn signals.

The running lights all appear to be original and are (were) in really bad shape. Believe it or not, Wally World had exact duplicates for about $3 each. The tail lights are a different matter. Only one of the four was working a little bit. After taking them apart, it's not hard to see why. Rust has fused a couple of the bulbs to the sockets and ruined the ground. Anybody know where I can find the sockets? Stopped by the local Advance Auto and they just looked at me really funny and asked several times "and what did this come off of?"

AS always, thanks for the advice.

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P.S. That black cable in Pic 4 is of the almost mythical fiber optic cable that runs from the tail lights to little "light" on the roadside of the trailer. The cool part is this is still working after all these years.
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Old 12-06-2005, 07:48 AM   #144
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so...that last pic, is that taken from inside the trailer? you have the inner wall panels removed?

how'd you get the "cans" out of the tail light fixtures? I have 1 light that is as you describe with the socket frozen in place, rusted beyond repair. (its one of the reverse lights, so it isn't "critical"). I tried to remove the whole "can" from the outside, but I couldn't get it out. I drilled out the rivets that appeared to be holding it in place (tail end of pop-rivets, put in place from the inside), but its frozen in place without them. tugging on it from the flange around the edge just made it start to break apart. so I stopped there before I made it any worse.

I did manage to get the old socket out of its hole, but lost the wire that powers it in the process. no way to fish it out of there....unless, maybe, I can get the can out. Or, I go in from the inside, which simply isnt going to happen any time soon.
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Old 12-06-2005, 11:04 AM   #145
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Yep. yep, Oh boy and Oh boy

Yea, the inner skins are out (Everthing is out of the inside). Look back a few pages and you'll see a few more pics. That last pic is from the inside looking at the curbside light cluster. The light with the fiber connection is the stop/turn/parking light.

As to how I got them out, I simply used a screw driver and gently pried around the edges until they popped out. The sockets are going to have to replaced on a couple of them, so I have begun the search for new ones. First place I looked was at Advance Auto. They have an almost exact duplicate of the "can" assembly. You might try there and "adapt" as needed. IIRC, the three red wires under the fiber all power the two sockets. I'll take a look tonight and try to post a couple more pics. You can probably fish around for one of the red wires and locate the other two.

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Old 01-03-2006, 09:01 PM   #146
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Tail lights & Turn Signals

Finally got this part of the project finished. once I got the cans outa there, I cleaned 'em up, sanded 'em, removed the old sockets and gave 'em a coat of POR-15. They look pretty much like new, now. Here's a couple of pics. Poor quality,sorry.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:24 PM   #147
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In case anybody is wondering, the sockets for the bulbs were available at NAPA. They only cost about $2.50 Once I got the cans out, I removed all of the old sockets, sanded the cans using sand paper and the 'ol Dremel, painted with Metal Ready, then a coat of POR. I used epoxy to "glue" the new sockets in place. The old sockets were "pressed" into place and I had no way to duplicate that,so out came the epoxy. One hint, epoxy the sockets in place before PORing them.

The first picture is of the cans ready to be rebuilt. You can see the NAPA auto part numbers on the boxes.

One other thing, many folks here have said that the main problem with lights is grounding issues. That was certainly true here. Not only had 3 of the 4 sockets lost ground to the trailer, but the fixture holding the curbside light cans in had lost ground as well. The solution was to place a dedicated ground between the fixture and the inner wall of the trailer. I simply drilled a new hole in the fixture, made up a ground wire and riveted it to the inner shell. You can see that in the second pic.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:26 PM   #148
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Man, I'm having trouble posting pics lately. Here you go....
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OK, Big question. Has anybody out there actually ever replaced the fresh water tank in this model trailer? Trying to find a clone of the original is really bumming me out. The big problem is the depth of the tank. Since it fits in the floor,you only about 5" to 6" to shoe horn that thing in there.

Any ideas on where I can find a resonably close model? Any other ideas short of a major frame modification?

Here's a pic.
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Man, me and pictures aren't getting along these days. Try again.
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Old 01-12-2006, 06:25 PM   #151
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Here's a little better picture of the finished product on the tail lights.

Anybody ever replaced that water tank I mentioned above?
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Old 01-12-2006, 08:54 PM   #152
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keep the curved edge pieces for a template to cut your new floor. Floor removal isn't as scary as it sounds once you get a system going. Good luck!
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Jim- You can clean the interior vinyl clad panels and outside safely with spray CLOROX CLEAN-UP--- I used it on both interior and exterior and it really got rid of the mold, funky smell and made the outside look pretty darn good for being a 40 yr. old trailer! A word of caution about the inside- wear a respirator if you have one or the fumes will really get to you. John
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Bleach

I thought I remembered reading that bleach was a no-no for the aluminum. That's good news that it can be used safely. I think bleach would be perfect for the vinyl and the interior of the shell. Thanks for the hint.
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Tail Lights (Again)

One more picture of the tail lights. I'm using the stuff below to polish the lenses. Rust from the cans had attached to the plastic lenses. I'm using the pick and the Plastix to polish them up. Results are good so far.

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I thought I remembered reading that bleach was a no-no for the aluminum. That's good news that it can be used safely. I think bleach would be perfect for the vinyl and the interior of the shell. Thanks for the hint.
You may want to look for more information. Sodium hypochlorite is corrosive to aluminum.

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A/C Shroud

Forum member TomW has a great website for his '67 Overlander. The air conditioner shroud on my '73 Overlander was in about the same shape as his. I decided to use his method and try to get mine back in shape.

The basic idea here is to use plastic cement and fiberglass to reinforce the areas that are pretty much ok, and the same materials plus a bit of Bondo to repair the badly damaged/missing areas.

Tom used ABS cement on his rebuild. I was only able to locate 1 small can of very old ABS cement at the local BIG Box hardware store, so I chose to go with the "all purpose" cement that can be used on ABS/PVC/Whatever. Seems to be working OK so far.

The base that holds the shroud is finished. I simply applied a thin coat of cement, then laid the fiberglass mat over the cement, then another coat of cement. That really strengthens things nicely.

As Tom describes on his site, when dealing with areas that are "missing/broken" , take it a step at a time. Reinforce areas around the missing parts of ABS, then build up with fiberglass a bit at a time until you have a "shell" for the bondo.

Here's Tom's site: http://www.knology.net/~tcwilliams/ShroudRepair.htm
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Mark, are you a chemist by any chance? I seem to remember other posts where you actually use proper chemical names for things! So...sodium hypochlorite would be bleach to the rest of us? I thought I remembered reading someplace on the forum that it shouldn't be used on aluminum. Thanks for the heads-up.

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Sodium hypochlorite is the active ingredient in Clorox. Bleach is a general term, but does not have a fixed chemical formula.
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Hello again, boys and girls. I know you all think I'm a real slackerd, but we are back to work again. With the help of a few family members and friends, the floor is going back in this weekend (thanks Dad and Eric).

Yesterday and today we purchased the last few items and started the work for real. The patterns are all laid out for the individual floor members. This trailer uses 6-4 x 8 foot sheets to get it all in. The floor pieces will be cut out in the morning and prepared.

We are using 3/4 ", 4x8 exterior grade plywood. We are using the West Marine epoxy for the first 6 inches or so from the wall in to treat the new floor material. The balance of the wood (top and bottom) will be treated with varathane. This will provide a pretty good barrier to moisture as this era trailer leaks like a seive.

A few pics tomorrow or Sunday.

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