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Old 05-14-2008, 03:37 PM   #1
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looking for this...

Hey folks, Anyone know where to get one of these?
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It is 2" round. The plastic is fried and looks like an alligators skin, only worse... I do not need it to function, I just want it for aesthetics. Any other plastic bits that go with the antenna would also be great if they are laying around and need a new home.

another option might be to repair the plastic. Is this possible? Is there some kind if miracle product that fixes worn dried out plastic?
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Frank what are you needing for your antenna? We took ours off and if John didnt throw it away, we will gladly let you have it! My sis in law has the actual antenna from her 67, she may part with it as they use cable hook up. Let me know!
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:06 PM   #3
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Frank---
Why didn't you ask for "one of those" when I was shipping stuff East? I had one, but seems to me it was made of some kind of ceramic and not plastic. I'll look around, but it's a big barn and that's a small piece. Sure wish you would come by and pick up the rest of the "pink elephant". It's still in my way.
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If you just needed it for aesthetics, I bet you could fashion one out of a piece of red acrylic.
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I don't see the problem with it. Looks mighty "vintage" to me.
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:22 PM   #6
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I just removed the disintegrated one from our Overlander, and fashioned a small round patch.
But that's not what you asked. If you don't have any luck, you can go to an antique store (aka junque shop) and see if they have any telephone connectors. They are usualy made from bakelite or ceramic. Failing that, maybe a trip to Tractor Supply, they may have something for electric fences that looks close enough for your needs.
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:13 PM   #7
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Frank what are you needing for your antenna? We took ours off and if John didnt throw it away, we will gladly let you have it! My sis in law has the actual antenna from her 67, she may part with it as they use cable hook up. Let me know!
I will trade you some 62 Overlander curtains... I have a lot of it thanks to Sam B, but not sure how to make it all work. I do not plan to watch TV, just want to put it up at rallies. If you haven't noticed I like all that vintage ginger bread hanging off my tailer.

PS I am still very happy with the curtains you made. They exceeded my expectations.
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:18 PM   #8
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Frank---
Why didn't you ask for "one of those" when I was shipping stuff East? I had one, but seems to me it was made of some kind of ceramic and not plastic. I'll look around, but it's a big barn and that's a small piece. Sure wish you would come by and pick up the rest of the "pink elephant". It's still in my way.
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Sam, Hook a propane line to it so you can have cold ones while you build those beautiful canoes. I must have given you credit a 100 times during the last rally.
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:20 PM   #9
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If you just needed it for aesthetics, I bet you could fashion one out of a piece of red acrylic.
But that will keep me from polishing.....
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:23 PM   #10
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I just removed the disintegrated one from our Overlander, and fashioned a small round patch.
But that's not what you asked. If you don't have any luck, you can go to an antique store (aka junque shop) and see if they have any telephone connectors. They are usualy made from bakelite or ceramic. Failing that, maybe a trip to Tractor Supply, they may have something for electric fences that looks close enough for your needs.
That is a good lead, but I am sure there is one out there looking for a new home.
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"But that will keep me from polishing....."

That's a good thing!!!!! Polishing will lead you to the depths of despair.
If your trailer is not hermetically sealed in a vacuum you will forevermore be polishing.
No polishing for me!!! My trailer and I are aging, and we both look the part.
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:51 AM   #12
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Sam, I have to tell you, I really hate the polishing. One of the PO's did about 5 exploratory areas on the curb side, and I had to re patch around the water heater and installed a new drip cap, so the skin was uneven. I thought I would just go for it. I have spent about 60 hours thus far and am about 60% thru the first cut. I really am just taking off the heavy oxidation at this point and trying to work out the major scratches a little. As soon as this first cut is done, I am done. Yes the shiny trailer looks great. Yes it turns heads, yes it can be seen from the space shuttle, but polishing is not my bag. I will not be doing it again.
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:29 AM   #13
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I read your blog Frank, you sounded really down and I was sorry to hear that.

This, too, shall pass. Just think of the day you're done, and never have to worry about it again.

On a brighter note, THANKS for posting all of the interior pictures. It really looks great. Can't wait to see it in real life!
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:20 AM   #14
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I am not down, just think I made a big mistake using my precious time with polishing. With exception of the areas the PO's touched I liked the pewter look. Anna had a lovely glow to her. Now I am looking at many more hours and I see every scratch and dent that before were not visible. I will get it done, but could be doing other things besides trying to remove 47 years of oxidation. A lot of folks go nuts over the polished look, it is just not my bag. Colin Hyde advised me of a wheel cleaner that will remove the oxidation faster and I am going to give that a shot today. I will let you know how it goes.
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:27 AM   #15
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Yup, would love to know how it works.

Another thing to consider is that the exterior isn't going anywhere-- so if you have items you need to work on for the INTERIOR to be campable, well, that's probably a better use of your time and it won't drive you nuts because you'll be able to FINISH certain projects. Then, if you get an extra hour here and there, work on the polishing as you have time.

Much easier to say than to do, though, since I've found that I have become part of the HGTV crowd who now expects complete home renovations to be completed within the span of 30 minutes...
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Frank - If you don't have any luck finding a replacement, I might be able to sand cast one out of aluminum for you using your piece for a pattern. I could even machine a slot into the bottom so it could be used as a bottle opener. Wally always said that every feature should have more than one function on these trailers.

I would be honored to make something for Anna.
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