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Old 08-16-2010, 08:30 PM   #361
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Yup, awesome link; unfortunately for me mine are a different size so I'll probably just make some tomorrow night. I'm still thinking of an alternative to the steel hollow rivets that hold the enchilada together.
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:00 PM   #362
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Trailer is looking mighty nice. What's the outside of your water fill look like? I still haven't decided on one yet (I know. . . should have got that done while the interior was out).
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:08 AM   #363
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Hi Norm, I have a picture of the fresh fill pre installation in post 307 but I'll get a proper picture this coming weekend of it in situ with the city fill next to it; chalk and cheese unfortunately.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:54 PM   #364
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T6 saves the day

Just a quick update. I made the jalousie window holding part and it looks like it'll work, the attached shows the media blasted original mechanism, the partial damaged old piece and the new shop made replacement.

Tomorrow the search for the illusive hollow steel rivets and some sort of squeezer continues.

If you need to try this someday I used T6 6061 .040 as 2024 T3 wouldn't make the radius. If I were to make a full set I'd consider using O condition and a little baking.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:32 AM   #365
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I have used a standard monel rivet MS20615(D)M(L) or stainless MS20613C(D)-(L) and just drilled a small hole in the end. I'd send you some but I'm not due back home until mid Sept.

(D) = Diameter
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:16 PM   #366
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Most interesting; I picked up some "Chicago screws" on my way home as a back up plan but I like the steel rivet idea.
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:43 AM   #367
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silly question... why do you want to put steel back if it is just going to rust? Why not use an aluminum or stainless one? I buy my rivets from two sources and one of them probably has a very good substitute, heck they probably have what you are replacing. Try Mc Master Carr or Jaycee Rivets.
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Both of the steels I gave rivet numbers for are highly corrosion resistant and being he wants to use them as a hinge point highly resistant to wear.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:35 PM   #369
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3 days 'til snow

With a bit of luck (and minimal snow) we're just another two weekends work away from being able to tow the 'stream home for the winter!

I rebuilt the upper Jalousie windows and it went well except the upper and lower seals seem very different from anything on Vintage's website, still it looks great and I don't dread doing the lower window unit when I have the time.

So as an update we have:
-refurbished windows installed with all fresh seals
-the new birds mouth vent installed for connection to the grey tank
-all the running lights in
-new tail lights (7")
-new Airstream plaques
-Vulkem soup poured between the wheel wells and skin
-seams sealed
-Bumper re-POR'd and double top coated with metallic silver
-Tongue re-POR'd and double textured black topcoated
-Propane rack painted to match
-Marinco 110V inlet wired up with 10 gauge stranded
-front interior cap insulated and installed

Next on the list is to replace the front FF which has failed with a cracked frame and seal it up with PRC this time! Then fully insulate/ apply ice shield sound deadening, wire, install the inner wheel well liners and then remake a couple of interior skins and install them all. If I get this accomplished then it's just brakes and we're good to go.

The last image shows a rough taped layout which helped with a few design decisions. I've included it just to show the staggered cabinet layout on the right hand side which will be countertop height.
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Sorry I didn't see your post about the plumbing vent sooner....my plumber buddy suggested I use hot tub piping for my vent...multiple sizes and flexible.

Could you make another birdsmouth vent? I'd love to use that style.

The polish job is beautiful!

Maybe it won't snow Thursday...

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No problemo

Ian, next chance I get I'll make one or two up. I used 040 on mine but I think 032 will actually work better to conform to the skin.

This weekend saw all the wire installed, it took all the wire I had with just 2 or 3 feet left over. A 12V lighting circuit, 12V water heater control - water pump - cooktop, 12V FF's, 12V Vacuflush with a low voltage control line to the bathroom 110V Fridge and 110V outlets. I put a redundant line in for future solar or roof AC and the floor mounted AC and heater will be easy to wire up being adjacent to the batteries and panel.

We got a good shwack of the insulation in and both fiberglass end caps plus I replaced the front FF which had a hairline crack in it too. I PRC'd it this time and test ran them both, all good and they move loads of air.

Snow is expected tonight but should be gone by the weekend :-)
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Big, Big step forward

An awesome weekend!

No snow just excellent working weather.. We got the insulation all in, the inner wheel wells lined with ice guard - insulated and installed, and all the interior skins back included a couple of new ones I made this week. We managed to get a shot of the elusive photo shy GF's father after he helped with holding up panels for Clecoing so I'm including it for posterity.

I also mounted the license plate light and replaced the passenger side window gutter as it was a cause of our last leak.

Ran a quick test of all the running lights and tested the FF's, all good.

So maybe a 1000 rivets down and few more to go then it's time to run the brake lines and bring her home for the fun part. I think today was a turning point and most of the grubby work is behind us :-)
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:51 PM   #373
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Looking really good, Truck! Going to be much more fun from here on with most of the messy stuff done.

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Congratulations on a good summer of work. Can't wait to see what you do with the interior.
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:08 AM   #375
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-Vulkem soup poured between the wheel wells and skin
Wow - looks great Truck! Can you expand on the Vulkum soup you mentioned on 9/13? I think you may have solved a problem I've been pondering, how to seal the wheel wells to the skin better. Did you mix the vulkum with something to make it pourable?

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Old 09-27-2010, 05:26 PM   #376
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Aerowood gave me the idea, I decanted a tube of Vulkem in a pot and mixed in mineral spirits until I got a milkshake like viscosity. I used 3 tubes in all for the wheel wells which was slight overkill. I just used a scrap piece of aluminum to make a broad 1/2 funnel and poured away!

In theory it shouldn't be required as the exterior skin is sealed to the wheel well wall but I'm all for keeping the elements out especially where you won't find a problem until it's too late. A week later and it has set up perfectly. I also sprayed the outside of the wells with rubberized undercoating and continued up to the trim piece too.
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Snow is expected tonight but should be gone by the weekend :-)
You folks have sure had more than your fair share of rotten weather this year, from what a friend out there tells me.

Hopefully you will have an easier winter.
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moving into high gear

A big weekend. We 99% finished up the interior rivets and hooked up the umbilical. (How a professional manages to install an umbilical with 4 of the 7 color coded wires located incorrectly is quite beyond my comprehension).

But we towed her home, without brakes, just fine and now we have her stored 2 minutes away from home ready for the intense winter of interior work. We're going to have to trouble shoot the Actibrake system and possibly just take it to a pro at some point.

The bath tub 24" x 36" arrived this week and we splurged and ordered:
- Dometic Sealand marine vacuum system black tank
- Dometic marine vacuum toilet 5000 model
- Hepvo waterless valves (high tech P traps x 3)
- Isotherm marine refrigerator/ freezer unit
- PrecisionTemp Showermate water heater (the stainless steel marine version).

So we should be getting to the good part very soon.

The drive home was great and I can't wait for California in the summer.
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On a roll

I picked up a (temporary) tractor battery and got the Actibrake system running yesterday and squeezed A rivets around the door frame with Knipex pliers which worked out great. Plus I tried some of the newly arrived products out for size. Extra credit goes to PrecisionTemp for their packaging, the whole box is full of expanding foam to protect the stainless steel heater, genius. Anyhow here's the general layout so far, Vacuflush system at the rear, tub with Hepvo curbside and water heater just inside the curbside wheel well. The PrecisionTemp will be power vented behind the wheels if all goes to plan but at the moment I have quite a bit of layout flexibility.

No sign of the head yet (which is kind of mysterious) and the fridge arrived without a compressor or anything, just an insulated cabinet! Hopefully I can get that straightened out tomorrow and on with the construction ASAP.
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It's occurred to me that with all the expensive stuff soon to be installed I should probably work on the door now! I'm going to try straightening and re-skinning the doors today, this should be fun....
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