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Old 02-27-2012, 04:28 PM   #401
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It's the one with the spare tire!!!!!

What did i win???


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Old 02-27-2012, 04:32 PM   #402
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That's exactly what we need done to our dash...

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It ended up being a real f'ing pain in the ass to remove the dash. The problem was right at the middle of the dash at the windshield, the dash was "cemented" in. I was scared to death of breaking the windshield. I actually ended up using my Black and Decker "dremal" knockloff and cutting the dash a bit. I will have to put a piece of flexible molding at the windshield edge when I reinstall. Everything else was easy. The a/c vents come out easy, just push down a bit on the top to pull out. The round a/c vents on the instrument panel screw off. Half the screws along the dash were broken already and most of the rest broke taking them out. I will have to drill new holes on the reinstall. At one time I really wanted to re do the instrument panel, but the more I checked into it, the more I decided I really like that "old" panel. New gauges are expensive. There is a guy out there that does Motorhome dashes, but he wanted a fortune for a piece of aluminum with some holes cut in to...NOT! I would like to add oil and trans temp gauges and I have a pressure gauge on its way for the air compressor/ tank. I know why my tach light was dimm...the bulb fell out. Only one wire connection looks bad...one on the heater/defroster fan switch.

I will have the dash painted tomorrow and reinstalled on Monday! Any takers out there on that bet?
How about if I drive our little Ste P up there and you can do a 2 fer......????
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:22 AM   #403
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How about if I drive our little Ste P up there and you can do a 2 fer......????
You should have said something a little earlier! I drove down the mountain today to get some more painting supplies. If I had known, I would have doubled my paint order. Don't think I can do another trip this week. It's a half tank of gas to go back and forth and at least four hours round trip. I also saw that the price of gas has gone up 15 cents since I was in town last Thursday! LOL!

(in case some of you don't get it...I'm joking!)
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:29 AM   #404
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I made a parts run down the mountain today and came back with some of the following...

MORE defroster ducting
Upper radiator hose (still can't find the lower hose)
Hose clamps...lots of them
Transmission cooler hose
Reusable hydraulic fittings for the engine oil cooler hose
Fan belts
Wheel bearing grease
Brake pads
More dupli-color prep and paint
MORE screws
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:32 AM   #405
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Painted the dash this evening...the new color looks sweet!
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:18 AM   #406
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Dean, guessing your using Duplicolor for ads paint?
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:19 AM   #407
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Dean, guessing your using Duplicolor for ads paint?
Thanks, Derek
Yes, I'm using Dupli-Color paints.

1. Scraped off any glue, etc.
2. Cleaned off dirt, etc. with wet cloth
3. Used Dupli-Color Prep-Spray to thoroughly clean all surfaces to be painted
4. Sprayed on three light coats of Dupli-Color Adhesion Promoter (it's like a primer)
5. Painted with Dupli-Color Vinyl & Fabric paint RVP113 Medium Beige - three light coats

I chose the medium beige after some great feedback on the thread "Dash Color Experiment". It's almost a perfect match to the vinyl I used on the entertainment console.

I painted the dash inside my utility trailer with ramp open, but this stuff is still pretty nasty. I used a respirator I had gotten at Harbor Freight and it worked great!
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:35 PM   #408
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Progress is slow today. Supposed to start raining this afternoon, so I'm working on some of those outside tasks...

Radiator filler neck painted and hose section replaced
Oil cooler hoses made up with reusable fittings and FINALLY installed!

Time to warm up my toes, have a beer and hope the rain holds off a bit longer.
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Painted the dash this evening...the new color looks sweet!
Are you going to doing anything with the windscreen seals while the dash is out? That is if there is anything you can do without removing the glass.
I know mine look are looking tired.

What about the mess of wires inside the dash, or have you already address that?

Keep up the good work Dean. One day I'll escape this rat race and have time to do more of that sort of thing.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:59 PM   #410
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Are you going to doing anything with the windscreen seals while the dash is out? That is if there is anything you can do without removing the glass.
I know mine look are looking tired.

What about the mess of wires inside the dash, or have you already address that?

Keep up the good work Dean. One day I'll escape this rat race and have time to do more of that sort of thing.
Thanks elbundi! The windshield seal is in great shape...it actually looks new. I know at least one of the windshields has been replaced in the past. There isn't anything you could do anyway even with the dash out. The seal looks good, but I do have a leak at the top somewhere. I siliconed it two winters ago, but it started to leak again this winter. If made an absolute mess out of it on the outside top edge, but I did what I had to do to stop the leak in the rain. Hopefully I can clean that up someday.

At one time, I was thinking of putting in new gauges and a new panel for the gauges with a nice veneer covering, but that is just too much to do at this time. My gauges work fine anyway. The contacts on the gauges where the light bulbs screw in are rusted and I'll try to remove some of that. Only one other connection is bad...the heater fan switch. It's a bit burnt and corroded. I'll fix that. But, yes the wiring looks like a mess. All I'm going to do is wire tie some to tiddy up what I can. I wouldn't suggest anyone do anything to the wiring unless you are rebuilding the instrument panel and you have lots of time to get everything wired correctly and working again.

For the time being, I have made that decision to leave the rat race, my health and family are more important to me! This is why I have so much time to devote to the MH right now. I have no idea what the future holds and I'm not even thinking about it at this time.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:06 PM   #411
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Defroster and a/c ducting is almost finished. I have used 12 feet of hose and I'm about a foot and a half short! I need to get creative...I'm not running down the mountain again just for defroster hose. There is that wet/dry vac hose out in the trailer and it is the correct diameter...I've got to get this dash back in, I'm tired of stumbling around it as it sits on the floor!
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:55 PM   #412
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A little bit of progress!
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:59 PM   #413
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And a little more...
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Lookin' Good dadstoy
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Lookin sharp!! Very nice work. I resprayed the vinyl pieces from my friends saab once, and it wasn't particularly easy to get a nice finish.
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:18 PM   #417
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Lookin sharp!! Very nice work. I resprayed the vinyl pieces from my friends saab once, and it wasn't particularly easy to get a nice finish.
Thanks. I think it would not have turned out so good if I didn't remove the dash. I still have to do the instrument panel trim.
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Looks great.

Nice job.....we need to do that. We are away from the MH for a couple of weeks so can't look at the radiator hose.....p
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Nice job.....we need to do that. We are away from the MH for a couple of weeks so can't look at the radiator hose.....p
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My to do list never seems to get smaller. Started replacing water pump fan clutch, belts and hoses today and found some play and noise in the water pump shaft. I ordered a heavy duty replacement and will have to head down the mountain tomorrow to pick it up.
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