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#1 joseph.hinker

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Posted 09 March 2020 - 04:34 PM

Hello Wander the West!

 

I recently got a project that I will be using to travel the US. It is a 80s Grandby that was downsized to the dimensions of an Eagle. The pervious owner did not have enough time to finish the project so I was able to get it. I am very excited to work on it, I know that it is going to be hard work and since I have no experience with rebuilding a camper it is probably going to be even harder but I think I will be able to do with the help from people on this forum and all of the projects everyone else has done on here. 

 

Here is some pictures from the pervious owner and the day I got it. 

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The camper has aluminum skin (.032 thickness), 1 INCH aluminum trim, rebuilt plywood base.

 

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When I bought the camper it came with the old interior(sink, curtains, cushions, table, stove top, heater, canvas) & new windows, pop up support panels, plywood, insulation

 

I started off just doing simple things. Removed trim/windows/propane box to see what I’m working with. Next cleaned up the old glue that was around the top. Removed rusty rivets and old staples from the body. 

 

I want to start from front to back. Exterior then Interior. 

 

My first major part is finishing the over truck bed area. I saw that usually the piece of plywood that the mattress is on is sealed from underneath. Instead I want to put a piece of aluminum there . So that I can seal it better and add insulation under the bed.  I got a sheet of aluminum from a metal supplier , I had them cut it for the under bed overhang and also the door skin for when i rebuild it. 

 

Since I did not have help with lifting the aluminum skin to get it lined up I had to get creative with what I had. I first used the old jacks that came with the camper and 2x4s to hold it up. It worked but was not the best. Next I used ratchet straps and clamps. 

 

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Once I got everything lined up I added sealant and tightened everything down then put in the rivets

 

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Since I had to wait for that sealant too dry, I added sealant between the trim and skin , and the propane box cutout.
 
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#2 Vic Harder

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Posted 09 March 2020 - 05:05 PM

looking very good.   Love the alum under the cabover.  


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#3 Living The Dream

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Posted 09 March 2020 - 07:21 PM

Looking good!


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#4 joseph.hinker

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 02:58 AM

I wanted to make sure the floor pack was sealed properly and I was not a fan of the few coats of white paint that was on the interior and exterior. The first step to fix it was to remove the carpet.

 

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THERE WAS SO MUCH CARPET GLUE. It took awhile to remove it all. 

 

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Next I sanded the food and filled in some holes.

 

The paint I used was  Sherwin-Williams Porch Paint 7075 Web Gray. I believe FWC perviously used this paint. I figured it would work well and the color is cool. 

 

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Removed old hardware and vent from roof and gave it a good cleaning to see if there is any damage that I did not notice. 

 

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Got Reico Titan Jacks for a really good deal

 

 

Ordered a new door with a screen from Emmett door inc. Great company, easy to order from. The new door also comes with the frame so that solves my problem of not having a full door frame. 

 


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#5 Vic Harder

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 05:01 AM

Gray looks good.  Interesting diagonal piece of alum in the wall.  Is that stock?


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2006 Silverado 3500 ext cab 8' bed LBZ

2012 ATC Puma Shell build - https://www.wanderth...012-puma-build/

Power considerations thread - https://www.wanderth...e-power-scotty/

 


#6 joseph.hinker

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 03:15 AM

Gray looks good. Interesting diagonal piece of alum in the wall. Is that stock?


No I do not think it is. The previous owner put that in when he made the camper smaller.
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Posted 01 April 2020 - 01:40 AM

so.. did previous owner shorten the back, yet extend the cab over section so that the same roof could be used? genius...


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Posted 01 April 2020 - 02:53 AM

so.. did previous owner shorten the back, yet extend the cab over section so that the same roof could be used? genius...

I think the cab over portion is the same size that it was originally and the back was definitely shortened

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 02:06 PM

I think the cab over portion is the same size that it was originally and the back was definitely shortened

I don't think 80's camper had a cab over that big, mine is certainly much shorter... either way.. cool project, looking good


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14 F150 SuperCrew 6.5 Bed, 5.0

 

http://www.wanderthe...ect-90s-granby/

 

 80's Granby rebuilt from frame..


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 03:53 PM

I don't think 80's camper had a cab over that big, mine is certainly much shorter... either way.. cool project, looking good

 

Oh wow. Did not know that, thanks for the info.


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