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#61 Living The Dream

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Posted 04 November 2016 - 01:46 AM

Panels 4

The momentum of the panel project builds. But before the panels could go in, I figured the roof had to come off.  It is light enough, just really bulky.

 

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I tried to remove the roof with the lifting panel still flopping, that was  a mistake so I took it off mid-task, very awkward.  Man do I hate drilling out rivet!  There will be zero rivet when I put everything back together.  The lifter panel is still in good shape, but I plan to switch to a conduit lifter, if anyone wants and older lift panel get in touch with me.

 

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A bit more cleaning before putting the panels in.

 

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Does it fit?

 

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No it didn’t quite fit, but not to worry, a little strategic sanding and everything was fine.  Like I said before, give a full ¼ inch if not more, it will be much less of a headache.

 

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It did fit on the second try.  And I want to thank PokyBro for the huge bag of screws he gave me.  The round head phillips sheet metal are perfect for the panels.

 

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The rest of the panel went in without much hassle at all.  And they truly look great.  

 

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This is one of the 1st project that has felt like real progress!  I am super excited with how everything turned out.  This has rejuvenated me to work on it even more and and to get this page updated.

 

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This late fall I finally picked up steam and am back to working hard on the camper every weekend.  The year was way busier then I expected but it feels good to be making real progress on the camper again. I am certain to fall short of my goal of having everything ready by ski season.  But I have some serious momentum now and spend any spare minute I have with the camper.  I have had some fantastic help from my wife and sister too.  I think everyone is excited to get into the camper.  I have already ordered a lot of electrical items and the headliner.  This weekends goals is the roof.  Once the roof is done, I will be able to fully attack the sideliner.  

 

I want to thank everyone again for all the encouragement so far.  Especially PokyBro who has really given some great advice.  It feels great to be making some progress on the camper again, and great to have my build page alive again.  Look for many more updates again soon.

 

For reference this work was performed in late October 2016.


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Posted 04 November 2016 - 03:06 AM

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You are the man! Excellent work, so great to see the amazing progress you've made. I really like the color choice, and it's so cool to hear of the help you're getting from family. Seeing your roof off, and you working inside, and just the description of what you've been doing, brought back fond memories. I absolutely love your enthusiasm, and the photo sequencing you put together. Keep up the great work, it's coming along nicely!

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Posted 04 November 2016 - 04:08 AM

Excellent work and progress, well done!
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Posted 04 November 2016 - 02:49 PM

Great job.  It is special when you can do the job yourself.  A lot of pride from those that have been sharing their work.  jd


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Posted 04 November 2016 - 02:50 PM

You and PokyBro are really showing the way to bring these old campers back to life. It is fun to watch your progress. Good work!


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Posted 05 November 2016 - 02:29 AM

Wow amazing work and dedication to restoring the old camper. Look forward to seeing you continue the build.


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Posted 05 November 2016 - 04:23 AM

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 04:37 PM

Thank you everyone for the feedback!  Glad to see some of you are still around and interested.

 

Tim,

You are the man! Excellent work, so great to see the amazing progress you've made. I really like the color choice, and it's so cool to hear of the help you're getting from family. Seeing your roof off, and you working inside, and just the description of what you've been doing, brought back fond memories. I absolutely love your enthusiasm, and the photo sequencing you put together. Keep up the great work, it's coming along nicely!

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And special thanks to Pokybro for the guidance from his build too.

 

 

This past weekend I did not have much time for the camper.  Just a few hours on Sunday afternoon and evening.  I have two updates to share.

 

Large Window

I took out, cleaned, prepped, and painted most of the windows back in the summer.  But I put off the large passenger window because it was a little worse for wear.  Then sometime back, I met up with Pokybro and we were chatting, and wouldn’t you know it, he has a spare window that was the exact dimensions and offered it to me.

 

These large windows take a lot of tape, painting, adjust position, and more paint.  I did this painting a long time ago.  But I finally put the window in this weekend. It looks and works great.  Thanks Pokybro.  

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I learned to redo screens too.

 

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Really happy with final look!

 

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Roof Prep

Last weekend I took the roof off the camper.  I want to do the electrical and solar run, insulate, new headliner ASAP. Then I will get the roof installed with conduit risers at a new higher height.  Then tackle the sidelinear.

 

So in the few hours I had to work on it, I focused on prepping the roof.  This is what I started with.

 

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Sidenote: I had painted the roof last year, before I realized how deep I would go with this rebuild.  So that is done:)  But unfortunately that meant I had a thick coat of paint over all my screws.  

 

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A good sheetmetal driver and some patients and I was able to get them all out.  I would have to unclog the driver of paint every few screws. I was able to remove the trim and get the detach the sideliner.

 

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I will hold on to this and study it to figure out how to proceed with my new one.

 

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There were many layers of sealants, paints, and gunk that had to come off.  Not the most glamorous afternoon.  Plus staples.   I had to get the old headliner out, plus the new headliner and sideliner will go under the roof, so all the staples had to go.  I finally think this is my truly last staple pulling session.

 

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The staple pulling session went past dark.

 

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But now I have a nice cleaned roof that is ready for insulation next weekend!

 

For reference this work was performed now, early November 2016.

 
 
I am actively trying to figure out how to insulate my roof best.  I have opened the question out to the general forum. http://www.wanderthe...lation-in-roof/
 
If you have any ideas, please let me know.  Thanks for reading - Tim

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 02:15 AM

Ran across your reply to PokyBro, so just discover your build. I look forward to going back to the beginning and reading all you have done. As another Colorado crazy rebuilding a FWC Grandby, I have to build from scratch one of my lift panels and the other is not in much better shape, so I will be paying particular attention to your lift panel section.

 

Since you are working on the roof, I have a question. I do not know what year FWC started to "dome" the roof, but mine is flat either from age or it is prior to factory arching. Have you figured out your roof as to drainage/slope/arch? (I'll have to go back to Poky's build to see if he did anything.)


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#70 Living The Dream

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 05:31 AM

Ran across your reply to PokyBro, so just discover your build. I look forward to going back to the beginning and reading all you have done. As another Colorado crazy rebuilding a FWC Grandby, I have to build from scratch one of my lift panels and the other is not in much better shape, so I will be paying particular attention to your lift panel section.

 

Since you are working on the roof, I have a question. I do not know what year FWC started to "dome" the roof, but mine is flat either from age or it is prior to factory arching. Have you figured out your roof as to drainage/slope/arch? (I'll have to go back to Poky's build to see if he did anything.)

 Hey boonie,

 

Thanks for the comment.  I do not know what year FWC started to dome the roof.  All I do know is that when I asked FWC, they thought my camper was an 1984 or so.  So lets say mid 80s.  And it has a dome roof. 

 

In comparison Poky has a flat roof and we think his is a '81.  And those are some of the 1st campers.  So sometime in those first few years they learned to dome the roof. 

 

I know that is not a definte answer but its all I got.  Thanks for the interest. - Tim


Edited by Living The Dream, 14 November 2016 - 03:24 PM.

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