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Old 09-28-2020, 07:07 AM   #121
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Hey, one of my favorite Airstream refurb threads on the forum started with the guy just wanting to fix the shower pan. It's a fun read: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f7/...lp-122767.html
Just finished reading that thread. You're right. What a great story, but it stopped! I want to know how it ended!
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:41 AM   #122
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I love that patch! Great job. Sometimes you just have to stop and do something different when there is such a large project going on. Thanks for sharing that
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Old 09-28-2020, 09:28 AM   #123
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Just finished reading that thread. You're right. What a great story, but it stopped! I want to know how it ended!
I had the same frustration then and now - no idea how it all turned out, though the story was a good one. (sigh)
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Old 09-28-2020, 11:07 AM   #124
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I think your patch is great. Very creative. Did you do it with a scribe and a straight edge?

Not sure where you plan to place the rivets. Unless it's on the tip of the points, I would be concerned they would catch a buffer wheel during polishing. Maybe that's a good reason to stick with a "patina" finish. - Mark
My plan is to put a rivet near the end of each point and file off the sharp tip.

This was an experiment. It will never be seen from street level and once we paint the roof it wonít be much visible from above. But I like it enough to keep practicing for the patches that will count.
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Old 09-28-2020, 12:05 PM   #125
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Very cool detail to have it up there . . . more or less invisible!

Thanks for the update,
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Old 10-05-2020, 05:50 PM   #126
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The door is giving me nothing but pain and frustration so we took a detour and popped the big patch on the roof. Whoever pointed out that the points could be problematic was correct. I also learned that I need to plan my rivets better, measure and mark the patch in advance instead of just eyeballing it.

That said, I think it turned out okay. The bride and I got into a rhythm pretty quickly and I believe the rivets are reasonably consistent.

The last photo is the amount of Velkum I left on the seam of the patch, is that a proper/reasonable amount?
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Old 10-05-2020, 07:09 PM   #127
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Oh, and if it’s total garbage, feel free to tell me so.
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Old 10-06-2020, 01:00 AM   #128
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Thanks for the updates.
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The last photo is the amount of Velkum I left on the seam of the patch, is that a proper/reasonable amount?
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Oh, and if it’s total garbage, feel free to tell me so.
Personally, assuming this entire compass project is now water-tight, I would drop it like a hot potato, and get back to stuff that matters.

Winter's a'comin' . . .



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Old 10-06-2020, 06:27 AM   #129
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...and get back to stuff that matters.
Iím not sure how closing in a nine inch circular hole in the roof isnít a priority with Winter coming?

The trash bag and gorilla tape wasnít going to last till Spring.
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Please re-read comment . . . if water-tight now . . . good job to replace the garbage bag!

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Old 10-13-2020, 07:18 AM   #131
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My optometrist welded the broken door frame and Iím still trying to find a local source with a sheet metal brake to bend up the parts I need to reassemble the door (and new C channel).

So when this Dixie stove popped up on Marketplace for $100 only three hours away we made an impromptu road trip and snatched it up.
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Great find, I have a similar model. Here's a source that can rebuild the burner valves and get a oven thermostat if needed.

http://www.antiquegasstoves.com/pages/parts/gas.html

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I removed the pilot assembly and plugged the manifold lead for the pilot. Didn't want to waste the gas. I use a lighter with a long lead. It won't fit in the tub to light the burner for the oven, so I just open the broiler and light it from there.

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...4aAnqYEALw_wcB

Word of caution: I find the broiler drawer doesn't stay closed during travel and sometimes the oven door opens. I take a bungee cord from the top down to the bottom frame member to keep them closed.
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Old 10-13-2020, 01:59 PM   #133
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Thanks for the info! The stove is tucked into storage since we have a lot of row to hoe before we need it but I thought I'd research the option of adding electronic ignition to the stovetop and possibly converting the oven to an electric heating element this winter.

We had the "open door" experience on the ride home, that's why the ratchet strap tail is situated to keep the door closed.
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:08 PM   #134
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Progress is barely perceptible at this point. I purchased a used 48 inch sheet metal brake so I can make my own C channel and internal bracing for the entry door so hopefully we'll have a door again soon.

The patch we put on the roof is leaking through two of the original rivet holes. I used a bead of Tremco Vulkem around the perimeter of the patch and also dabbed some on each unused hole. Can I now dab some on the inside of the holes or do I need to remove the patch and start over?
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