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Old 01-12-2017, 10:05 PM   #101
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Yes I could get scrap masonry scaffolding and start welding. I would have to turn it 90 degrees and modify it. I'm very limited on side space outside the Airstream. I wish I had built the shop another 5' in width.
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:05 AM   #102
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Windows ugh.....

I think everyone likes more windows in a trailer, except when you are rebuilding them.
Lessons learnt this time around:
- yes, it's better to have the windows on a bench than in a trailer and that there are very few shortcuts.
- my attempt at soda blasting whilst interesting didn't remove heavy corrosion.
- acid or acid type cleaners and brighteners only do so much.
- if there was a local shop to glass bead blast them it would be money very well spent.
- 3M Adhesive remover does melt away the residue left from the old seals.
- the extruded frames can be reformed (probably only of interest if like me you are moving windows and want them to fit a section of trailer with a different curvature, i.e. from up high to lower in a flatter wall)

On the upside I did try out aluminum brazing and it worked really well, about $50 for a propane torch and some rods and all the defective frames are fixed up. I just heated the local areas to above the melting point of the rods (700 degrees) and let the material suck into the joint.

My plan is polish the exterior faces of the window frame and sash and leave the interior aspect to be finished with Zolatone when that time comes.

I need to get the little nylon blocks that secure the sash from sliding around so if anyone knows of a source or what they look like so I can make some that would awesome.
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:33 PM   #103
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Back at it

Finally life settled down enough to get three days off work. I removed most of the aft end cap segments and smoothed them out with an English wheel only replacing the centre flat segment and patching the stripper pole vent hole. Definitely not perfect but pretty close, especially as I think someone had attempted something similar back in the day.
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:38 PM   #104
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We reinstalled the aft window that was rebuilt, then the front. I realigned the front window as it was off level by, and I'm being generous here, at least 3/4".

I need figure out a repair for three window operators I have with damaged nylon slider wheels, any ideas?
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Old 08-26-2017, 08:16 PM   #105
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Window #3

Todays progress was just to finish installing 22' of curb side awning rail and cut in the 3rd window. I kept the window location the same as original.

Next up is to complete the stiffeners on this side before moving on with windows #4 through to #8.

I'm optimistically hoping to get windows, vents, gutters, door eyebrow, stiffeners and external fittings in place along with basic wiring before the end of September so I can have the insulation sprayed in. It might be a bit tight but I very much want to be able to work on her through the winter.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:35 AM   #106
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Nice English wheel work!
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Old 08-27-2017, 08:29 AM   #107
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I can probably make you some wheels if I have a good one to model off of. Looks pretty simple. You would need to rivet them back onto the arm.

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We reinstalled the aft window that was rebuilt, then the front. I realigned the front window as it was off level by, and I'm being generous here, at least 3/4".

I need figure out a repair for three window operators I have with damaged nylon slider wheels, any ideas?
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Old 08-27-2017, 09:48 PM   #108
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window repair

If you google automobile window regulator parts, you can probably find a close match. Here's one with dimensions:

https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 08-28-2017, 07:40 PM   #109
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Thanks for the replies, I'll do a bit of searching but it's awesome to know help is out there if I come up empty handed
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Old 08-28-2017, 09:50 PM   #110
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I just sat and watched all your progress from the start (2 hours of pure joy)
I'm a newbie (1969 Sovereign) and have picked up a lot of good tips.
Its folks like you, and the people who way in that takes small fries like me to gain the knowledge to help minimize otherwise bad decisions.
Your a true perfectionist.
Thank you for taking the time to share your journey...

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Old 09-02-2017, 08:32 PM   #111
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getting on with it

Thanks jbknowso, the forum is a great resource for sure :-)

Today was prep day for tomorrows rivet fest. I cut in the last five windows, 4 on the street side as original but I nixed the curb side bunk bed windows and used one of them up front under the foreword curb window. The oddball late 50's bunk window will live to see another day on a trailer for someone else; I bought all the restoration parts but it just doesn't jive with the rest of the trailer.

I used .050" stiffeners around all the windows so if tomorrow goes well it's on to gutters, door eyebrow and then the Maxair Deluxe vents.

I also ordered up a bunch of stainless fasteners for all the external fittings, lights, inlets etc as I'm really looking forward to install them.

Also the door has got to be up for a rebuild soon
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:52 PM   #112
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getting there

All the windows are riveted in at last :-) Old curb side - new curb side.

Still need to cut and trim the Ohio style wheel well cut out and build a new door.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:56 PM   #113
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street side

Still going to add the stove fan hinged door between the windows and gutters. And if it kills me I'm going to first cut polish the end caps.
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a race against time

The drop from a daytime high of 33 C to frost advisory has prompted a bit of a speed up plan. Aft window drip cap installed.

I got these drip caps from VTS and striped the paint off then hand polished them which was pretty simple. They're pretty original looking except for the pre drilled holes at either end; presumably for hanging whilst painting. I considered trimming the corners off to nix the holes but in the end just filled them with faux rivets. I used #8 stainless screws on either end so I can slide the windows in and out easily. Fitting was quite simple as they are malleable but I did cheat a bit and use the English wheel.

I also found a good Canadian supplier for wire so I have a very large box of 3 core 10 AWG tinned marine wire and 14 AWG ready go.
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Are you using 470 rivets?
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Yup, AD470-5-x's, the faux rivets in the corner are A's and just got a touch of the Knipex hence the flattened head. I'm finding my standards are commensurate with the amount of time my family thinks an activity should take.
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Front drip cap

Another one down.
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More stuff

Yesterday I finished off the last 6 window gutters, I installed them a little higher than original but I hope they'll still shed the rain. Today I added fore and aft MaxFan Deluxe 6200's, a solar entry point and the tiny little bits of plastic stuff that stop the windows moving along their hinge and breaking.

I kept the aft fan location original but shuffled the forward fan 10" forward, so I have a clear unobstructed 14'+ for 4 high performance solar panels in a single line. The solar entry point is in the centre of the 14' but offset to the curb side.

The fans are taller than FF's but seem better made and from my research are capable of moving a lot more CFM; if they don't leak I'll consider it a solid win.
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Old 09-27-2017, 05:13 AM   #119
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Nice work! Looking great. Iím hoping you have a better experience the MaxFan. My fantastic fan leaked due to the classic issue of tapered screw heads cracking the housing.
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You are doing such great work! I'm looking forward to the finished product. Do you have any plans on the interior layout and finished look? Correct me if I'm wrong I believe the Maxfan can remain open and operating in the rain.
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