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William8979 05-10-2005 11:24 PM

Replacing the shell ??
I'm getting close to putting my shell back on the frame. A Full Monty 1955 Overlander. What is the sealant product I should use between the floor edges and the shell skin? What was on it before was thick, sticky, green stuff. I have a degree in Microbiology and it wasn't anything I've seen before....


malconium 05-11-2005 01:24 AM

There wasn't anything between my floor and the body when I took my 1973 apart. Could it be something that grew there? Maybe you have just discovered a hitherto unidentified micro-organism. If you do want to put something there I would think that Vulkem would work just fine.


Over59 05-11-2005 08:22 AM

How much of a gap? Do you mean the space between the 'floor to skin channel' and the skin (should be tight when you rivet) ........ or around the edge of the floor to the skin, like the floor is not against the skin. Note that any gap here may allow water from the inside of the external skin (aka leak) to travel into the belly rather that collect on your new floor. My 59 did not have any sealant in either joint. I did have the V stuff between the skin and belly pan. If you have spaces large enough for rodents then I would use V or aluminum silicon. Of course you will then direct any leak to the floor so use a sealant for any screws or bolts that go into the floor around the edge.
You are ahead of me by a few work days. I am currently putting epoxy around the floor edge, top-bottom-and edge, about 2 inches just in case a leak starts.
Putting the shell back on is a major milestone. I suspect that most that come off never go back on.

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