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Lance M 01-13-2011 08:25 PM

Abby gets some separation H
Today and the last few days have been spent spending! Here are a few of my expenditures:

Out of Doors Mart

1 x Frame Cross Member 410766 (410766) $79.95
48 x
Plastic White Nose Insert 200035 (200035) $48.00
1 x
Outrigger,Open Curb Side 410115 (410115) $16.95
1 x
Outrigger,Open Road Side 410116 (410116) $16.95
1 x
Chrome Shower Head 601358-100 (601358-100) $24.95
4 x
Splice Bar for wing window 010180 (010180) $23.80
2 x
Airstream Ceiling Light Lens 201154 (201154) $29.90
1 x
Butyl Tape -Roll 38-1467 (38-1467) $7.95
100 x
Gasket D Seal 381665 (381665) $44.00
VTS-843Airstream Buck Riveting Kit
1 $239.95 $239.95VTS-19231/8" White Aluminum Rivet (Pk of 100) - Size 3
1 $5.65 $5.65VTS-19251/8" White Aluminum Rivet (Pk of 100) - Size 5
1 $5.95 $5.95VTS-821Cleco Sheet Holders (Pkg of 25)
1 $14.99 $14.99


West Marine

1 Gal West system Epoxy 105 and 1Qt 207 Hardener

Heights Lumber & Supply

Six sheets of 3/4" Marine grade Plywood at 78.99 EA plus tax

I still have to buy: (all estimates)

a new water heater $330

Eastwood rust conversion and frame paint $200

Hardware for the floor $125

Battery charger/converter $250

AGM battery $250

PEX plumbing $250

repaint of the shower/vanity $200

This doesn't include the things I've already purchased like:

curb side wing window $280
Water heater control valve $135
New twin mattresses $400
New gaucho cushions $250

I have spent a bunch of what we call "Consumables" in the Army like paint stripper, polish, sealant, sand paper, abrasive disks and cleaners.

EST $200

I haven't even really started counting how much I've spent tools that I've purchased for this project. Tools are "durable" and can be used over and over if you buy quality tools and take care of them so I don't really want to count tools in the cost of the refurbishment. They do cost however. Here are some of the big ones.

Air Compressor $300
Air Hoses $75
Die Grinder $75

How much is my own labor rate? $40? $60 per hour?

Like 87MH says "Spend the big bucks. Do it right the first time!" Well, I think I'm spending the big bucks now Dennis!:blink:

bwoodtx 01-13-2011 08:38 PM

but just think of what BEAUTY she will be when you are done!!! Keep up the good work. You do the resto like you eat an elephant-a little at a time. It shall all be worth it. can't wait to see the progress at canyon of the eagles!

Lance M 01-13-2011 08:49 PM

Thanks Bruce! I know. It will all be worth it in the end when she's finished. It seems like a long, long row to hoe!

soldiermedic 01-13-2011 08:55 PM

6 sheets of MGP? I thought the bathroom was the only thing on the agenda right now!

I've been authorized to help a day this weekend if I authorize shopping in Harker Heights.


Lance M 01-13-2011 09:07 PM

Three sheets to the wind!

Originally Posted by soldiermedic (Post 937585)
6 sheets of MGP? I thought the bathroom was the only thing on the agenda right now!

I've been authorized to help a day this weekend if I authorize shopping in Harker Heights.


Well you know these things always grow. :) I HAVE to replace the aft two sheets. I'm going to remove the twin beds and replace the aft three sheets. :huh: I just figured that I'd get all six at the same time so that the floor would match when finished. Idea from Dave) Remember my idea of the plywood with a rusty orange stain (the original color) with a clear, glossy, waterproof, epoxy finished floor? I'll be saving three sheets for the front half for next year.

Lance M 01-16-2011 07:38 PM

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Found some interesting tidbits in the bathroom cabinets from the first owner.
The removal of the bathroom is almost complete. Ill post some pics tomorrow.

bwoodtx 01-16-2011 09:05 PM

interesting!! did you buy abby in the harker heights area? i bought a '63 30' foot sovereign the other day that is going to need the whole rear done including separation. the good news-most of the floor has already fallen through the belly pan. when i got it home, my dog and i went in to asses things, she went to the bathrom and fell through the floor!! fortunatly no injuries. i even have about 2 or three cross members completely rusted. will send pics when it quits rainin'

Lance M 01-17-2011 07:46 AM

Congrats on the Sovereign! Nice find. Please do post some pics.
We bought Abby from a guy in Austin. Where did you find the Sovereign?

HiHoAgRV 01-17-2011 08:04 AM

It appears you are quickly on the way to being kicked out of the floor rot club!

Lots of good work!

Lance M 01-17-2011 10:17 AM

Bathroom removed!
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A full day working on Abby yesterday. I got the bath removed.
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I was happy to see a PO installed an Inteli-Power PD 9160A!:D
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Some reptile hatched a brood under the toilet flange!:blink:
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soldiermedic 01-17-2011 11:11 AM


Have fun with that work Lance. I wish I could help you, but I'm headed back to the great white north today.


Lance M 01-17-2011 09:33 PM


Originally Posted by soldiermedic (Post 938945)

Have fun with that work Lance. I wish I could help you, but I'm headed back to the great white north today.


Make it back up north safely, Steve? Hope so.

Lance M 01-17-2011 09:38 PM

Work work work
I put in a full 12 hour day working on Abby today. I got a lot of things accomplished. I got all the beds,cabinets and wardrobes from the galley bulkhead aft removed. I got all the plumbing, water heater and black tank removed. Most of the lower interior skins are removed. Tomorrow, more work! I love it!:brows:

wasagachris 01-17-2011 09:45 PM

Lance Come on now just one more 12hr day and you'll be ready for the "full monte". You're halfway there now just keep going forward and stop once you get to the wing windows. You've done the hard part, the galley and living room are easy by comparison. Can you tell I'm trying to coerce you into doing it all now. LOL.

Lance M 01-17-2011 09:53 PM

Don't tempt me! I was almost there today! The front needs a new floor too! I have a date on the calendar I'm looking at though. I'm eating half of the elephant now. The other half later...

wasagachris 01-17-2011 10:02 PM

Now I know you Texans are famous for youre BBQ's and doing things in a large way but eating an elephant that's way over the top! LMAO. Just exactly how much BBQ sauce do you need for an elephant. LOL.
Seriously why not do it all now. You can't use the trailer with the tail end apart anyway.

Lance M 01-17-2011 10:13 PM

The calendar! The calendar! Sticking to my plan! I have to be all done by 10 March. Time waits for no one.

wasagachris 01-17-2011 10:18 PM

Lance get it ready six days earlier on Armed Forces Day. March 4th ( March forth). ROTFLMAO.

bwoodtx 01-18-2011 07:06 AM

so much for the elephant a piece at a time. at the rate you are going you will be done by Feb 10th. keep going forward- do the rest :rofl:

Lance M 01-18-2011 11:01 AM

C (U) channel exposed.
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Here's some pics of the gutted rear half.
The hole for the water heater makes a nice exit of the pink itchy stuff.
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Now off to the lumber yard to pick up the MGP and Fastenal for the elevator bolts and Sears 'cause I think I need more tools!

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