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Old 03-20-2017, 10:51 AM   #1
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Hey all, I've had my '78 sovereign for a couple of years now, and replaced the axles last summer. The ride is so much better, but unfortunately neglect from the previous owners, stiff old axles, and likely overloading the bins has left my uppers damaged. There are cracks in the openings at the corners (seems to be pretty common), some of the rivets are pulling from the ceiling, plastic ends are cracking, there are stains, and the tambour door guides are also cracked and broken. Has anybody built replacements? I'm looking for ideas and guidance. A search didn't turn up with much, but if you find something please let me know! I definitely like the storage space they provide. I'd like something robust, but not too heavy, and it must look good! What is there now is pretty flimsy compared to what was in the 60s models... at least it seems that way. Also looking for advice how to hang them. Thanks!
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Look a couple posts over for angle aluminum for overhead cabinets. If you have a table saw and a Kreg pocket hole jig, you're goid.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:38 PM   #3
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Just removed our bedroom overheads from a rear bath 77. In good shape if you need some parts. As far as making new ones, they are simply a face frame with some sides and a floor. As far as hanging them make sure you go into a rib for strength, and attach the ends into the walls.
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There's always a question about how to secure the rear of the cabinet floor to the trailer inner wall.

For mine, I made up a piece ripped at an angle on one side (to match the trailer wall angle). The other side was dado (?) cut to accept the 1/4" floor piece. The angle side had pocket holes about every six inches for screws to attach to the trailer wall.
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I like the trim on those cabinets. Is that stainless steel or aluminum? Would you mind sharing your source?
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Thanks! It's aluminum, from Orange Aluminum in south LA. Easy to bend by hand!
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