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Old 11-30-2017, 08:50 PM   #1
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Gearing up for the Exterior Makover

I will be getting married for the first time at the ripe old age of 57. She fell in love with me, not for my money (cause I aint got none) rather for my 92 Excella. Seriously, the honeymoon plan is a trip from Olympia WA to the redwoods via the Oregon’s coastline Hwy 101 to the redwoods, then on to Yosemite national park. May 5th is the date. So weather will determine the plans.

So any input there would be well received. (I mean as far as the trip! I GOT THE REST)

The interior has been completed last summer and now it time for the shell. I need to two areas and then strip and polish.

I have read many post (to many actually cause I am swimming in directions) but I will post my progress. First wanted to share my plan. Just in case I am headed for a cliff. PLEASE speak up. I am under the gun to get her done.
Here is my purchase list

Rivet Removal tool w/ # 21 spare bit
Olympic shave-able rivets 5/32
Cleco Sheet Holders / Cleco pliers
Shaver tool for Olympic rivets
Noxon Spring combination punch
Trempro 635 polyurethane

PPG PR-5044 Stripper

Nuviet Nushine polish: f9, C, A. I will be purchas a Dwalt DWP 849x 7" / 9" Variable Speed Polisher with Soft Start for the first phase of polish, then of course a Cyclo Pro Mark II Polisher and finish off with.

Scaffolding package rolling 5 x 5 x 10’ with 30” side brackets to get over the roof area and work from.

OK big question after taking a segment apart do i use a double sided sticky tape to seem the units back together. I'm not getting how to seal the units without making a big mess.
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Old 12-03-2017, 11:47 AM   #2
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First you need both the #30 and the #21 bits for your tool. The Rivets are actually 1/8 and replaced with the 5/32. No need to sell to the larger size until just before the final installation of the new skin. Use a good quality poly sealant instead of the tape. There is no reason to use the tape anywhere, unless you want leaks.
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Old 12-03-2017, 11:52 AM   #3
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I would also try a vacuum slide hammer or the inter tube method before I would resort to skin replacement. You might be surprised with the results.
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:35 PM   #4
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I'm with Aerowood, the inner tube vacuum trick will likely pop out that dent in 5 seconds. I helped remove a much worse dent from a bird strike.
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:52 PM   #5
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And if that does not work..I would concider removing the interior end cap and pushing it out that way before a panel replacement. Maybe you have thought that through already though.
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:44 PM   #6
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Yeah, pull push suck that dent out.

When I dismantled my '77, I discovered that it had a panel replacement and Olympic rivets were used. every, single, one, leaked...

I used several dozen on my first reno ('64 Silverstreak) and I check those often with a suction cup in one hand and a tube of Cap' Tolly's in the other.

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