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Old 08-29-2015, 02:53 PM   #85
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Thanks everyone for the great responses! I am super proud of how she is turning out. The aluminum siding on these older rigs is textured and was super easy to paint. I am just glad that I took the risk and gave it a try rather than settling for the faded out dirty way it looked before. If she was smooth fiberglassed side it would have taken a lot more work to get it looking this nice.

I just got back from getting emissions testing done and she passed with flying colors which means my tune up worked out well. Monday morning I pick up my plates and can get rid of the temp tags.

Lynne - One of my first purchases was a combo smoke and CO2 detector and a pair of fire extinguishers. I know that as much as I go over and check everything there could still be the potential for accidents or issues and I am a firm believer in being prepared.

GA Traveler - I will have to do some searching on-line I think your right though an old school metal spare tire cover would be awesome and hide the ugly spare!

BAP - I am loving this Rig!! I think the only thing that could make me want to trade out of her is if I found a screaming deal on a Class A Airstream. Those are few and far between though and I will not go actively looking for one. LOL

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Old 08-30-2015, 08:43 AM   #86
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i dont blame ya one bit.,,,i dont think i would be in any hurry to trade the hammerhead for anything,,,--she is awsome buddy...
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Old 08-30-2015, 02:53 PM   #87
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She looks incredible! I'm not sure if I will ever have mine looking that nice but hopefully one day if I get a decent job again I will have it not just livable on the inside but looking nice on the outside and able to go out on the road if I need it to.
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Matt: freakin awesome!!! Did you get the dash components-speedo,etc up to speed? Have you done any engine tweeks-intake manifold-carb change-maybe headers dual exhaust? Wow possibilities are endless...as long as your money is...lol!!! She is lookin righteous!!
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Matt,

What did you use on the stove top to clean?

When you washed your cushion covers did you put them in the dryer as well.

BTW nice work on exterior rattle can paint job very impressive.
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Well my first batch of LED lights arrived and I started installing the bottom marker lights and I am loving them they look Great! I also started adding the new black molding trim and wow its really looks good against the new paint. I picked up a 100' roll of it and think I'll have enough for all of the trim. I'll try and get some more pictures once I get everything installed.

I just transitioned onto the graveyard shift for the next 4 months so it may take me a bit to adjust to my new schedule but I will try to keep the updates flowing even if I am sleep deprived! LOL

wschaub - So far the amount of money I have spent fixing her up has been limited, the paint job was the most expensive at this point otherwise it has been a lot of elbow grease! Keep at it and take it one small project at a time and you'll have your rig in great shape in no time.

RattVader - I found a local shop that can make me a new speedo cable and that will take care of the last of the non-functioning dash components. Otherwise everything is looking pretty good. I may end up looking at replacing the blower motor for the chassis heater/AC as it just doesn't seem to be blowing as strong as I think it should. She has a full dual exhaust right now but everything else seems pretty stock with the exception of the new coil and plug wires I installed, LOL. I am thinking of swapping the intake for an Edelbrock Performer RPM. I'm just glad that the only oil leak was coming from the valve cover gaskets that was an easy fix and no more leaks!

octanefam - I used Mequiars aluminum/mag polish on the stove top and a lot of elbow grease! It was what I had in the garage at the time and worked out pretty good. For the cushion covers I machine washed on gentle cycle with cold water and a double dose of Downy Liquid fabric softener. I then hung dried them in my garage. I was told to be cautious of using hot water or the dryer on the covers apparently they shrink fairly easily if they are washed in hot water or dried in the dryer.

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Awesome paint job and clean up. Patiently awaiting to hear about first camping trip.
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Sept 11th is our first camping trip!! I am super excited for it and a bit overwhelmed as I try to make sure everything is good to go by then. Sat down this weekend and tried to put together a list of everything I need for the trip and plan to have a notepad handy to write down everything I did not realize we needed once we get there! LOL

Today I went to the DMV and got my license plates, it was funny in a good way. Here in Colorado the DMV will issue out Collectors license plates for vehicles manufactured before 1975 or for 25 year or older trucks/tractors weighing of 16,000 lbs. Collector plates are good for 5 years and once they have been issued you are exempt from emissions testing as well. The vehicle I traded for the Hammerhead had Collector plates so I brought those plates in to transfer the remaining value towards the Hammerheads registration. When I got up to the clerk she asked me if I wanted to keep collector plates on the Hammerhead which is a 1977 and does not weigh 16,000 lbs. I told her if possible I would love to keep collector plates. She says no problem and issues me my 5 year registration! It was freaking awesome!!! So I was able to keep the much cooler looking collector plates, my registration is now good for 5 years, and I don't have to mess with going to the emissions test center every year. This was the best DMV visit ever!!!

To celebrate I installed the rest of my lower sidemarker LED lights and as I was heading out to work tonight I checked the mail and found out that my front and rear LED top marker lights came in so I can get those installed tomorrow.

Today was a good day!

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Matt,
Happy to see that you got your collector plates and registration. Nice that you won't have to go thru the idiot vehicle emissions check anymore.
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thats kool,,,sounds like ya should have played the lotto also,,,,,lol..


waiting on the next set of pics....cant wait to see it lite up...
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Well I haven't had time to finish up my lights yet, I just switched over to graveyard shift and I am finding it harder to adjust back to it than I remember. This last week I have not been nearly as productive as I usually am. :-(


I did manage to make it up to my friends place and pick up the new vinyl logos he cut for me though!!! I freaking love them!











If your looking for custom vinyl lettering or graphics let me know and I will send you his info, he is easy to work with, reasonably priced and will ship anywhere.


Tomorrow I am off and the plan is to wrap up the upper lights, finish the sanitation of the fresh water tanks, and possibly replace the starter if cleaning up the grounds and connections does not fix an intermittent click no start condition.


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That's COOL Matt! It's all coming together!

You gotta get a spare tire cover though! LOL
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Lol!!! I know, that spare is hideous! I'm gonna order up a cheap vinyl one until I find a metal cover I like.
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Nice!!!!!!! The graphics really sets the paint job off and gives it the finishing touch.
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