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Old 01-20-2013, 01:50 PM   #15
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While the bumpers and grill is off, I will polish them, and the over rider castings...



Grill was really crusty, and is made of cast aluminum parts!


Disassembled it, sanded out the corroded mess, then repolished and repainted almost all of it now..
Top bar is done, and here it is next to the bottom bar which is next...



Main grill section is done...
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What are you painting the grill with? Looks great.

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Old 01-20-2013, 03:20 PM   #17
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Just Rustoleum satin black. I am not super happy with the main grill, as the brush marks did not settle out so well... I might sand and repaint.
As these are all cast parts they did not polish up to the same level as the skin, but its far better than it was!

Got lucky this week and found a NOS steering wheel to replace my disintgrating old one!

Old one...


NOS one!
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:17 PM   #18
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Hey Keyair. Thanks for the link that followed the progress on your dodge project. Read the whole thing, very interesting.

I'll bet you never get bored with so many projects on the go. Wish I had your skills, time and energy
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:27 PM   #19
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He is good and looks like he will tackle anything. Like you say, I don't have the skill or time! Keep up the good work and keep us posted.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:41 PM   #20
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Glad you guys like what I am up to!

Yes, I will tackle anything... almost!
Money is the biggest constraint.
I have a TH400 on the bench this week for a rebuild I hope unless I find I dont have everything!


Other things I have done...
Before I got the Dodge, this was my offroad camper...
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'74 Alfa Spider...


I am a Brit by birth... this is how I cut my teeth Workamping in Europe..
On an Olive Grove in Tuscany..


Winter trip under Mt Blanc...



Gotta have projects, Right?
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:04 PM   #21
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Wow, impressive! I'm really enjoying the pics; thank you for sharing your progress with us.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:52 AM   #22
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Thanks Sarah!

Not much progress recently, as we had a water leak at the house that resulted in a lot of remodeling... But as always, we found a silver lining...

The laminate floor was damaged by the water, and they had to replace it all...
We have a couple of doggies.... so the floor choice was dictated by resistance to wear...
Moose and Cole...


The floor we selected is a Vinyl Plank, made by Metroflor.
Don not confuse this stuff with the thin self stick stuff... Its thick and heavy duty... in fact a box of 10 planks or 24sqft weighs in at 47lb!
Aside from the weight downside, this stuff is nice looking, water resistant and durable. It has a 10 year commecial, and lifetime residestial warrantee.
Aside from baseboards, we just finished the install.
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You have a lot more ambition than I do at my age now, and you are doing some fantastic work. Congrats to you... Nice pooches too...
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Very cool. I love the polished exterior!!
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You have a lot more ambition than I do at my age now, and you are doing some fantastic work. Congrats to you... Nice pooches too...

Not sure if its ambition or stupidity John!
At 51, I am no spring chicken, but I do have a broad range of skills, and will try anything... as money is an issue, I have to!

Couple of issues I am trying to get done is the sealing of the shell, and yesterday, after 4 days of rain we were over checking, and discovered a leak on the passenger side of the windshield... which makes sense because I cleaned up and scraped out all the old stuff when I was polishing the cab roof!

On the subject of the rear bedroom...

Here is the leak I found last year, in the drivers side rear corner, under the bed...


I will have to replace that section of floor once I am sure its leak free!

Somewhere in its past, the OEM 80 gallon fresh water tank had been lost to a freeze... and it was replaced by a 15 gallon...


The same freeze took out the piping to the shower, I can only assume...


No way 15 gallons was gonna work for me..
The solution came from a friend who donated a 70 gallon fresh water tank from his boat...


It did not have the large fill neck, so I came up with a good solution...
I kept the 15 gallon tank, but added the 70 gallon too.
The 70g is coupled to the 15g with a 3/4" pipe with a valve which is accessable thru the compartment door near the water fill port.
If the valve is shut, only the 15g fills, and that saves weight and sloshing water for traveling. If the valve is open, both tanks fill and I have 85 gallons for Boondocking.
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Very good. Keep up the great work and keep the pics coming...
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:32 PM   #28
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Will do!

The front and rear ABS fairings are cracked/broken.
beginning to glue them back together with MEK/ABS slurry...

Before...



After...



Progress on stiching the rear fairing back together.
Plan is to get it good enough to make them look better, short term and later take a mould.

Before...



Now...



Progress on stiching the rear fairing back together.
Plan is to get it good enough to make them look better, short term and later take a mould.

Before...



Now...



Progress on stiching the rear fairing back together.
Plan is to get it good enough to make them look better, short term and later take a mould.

Before...



Now...


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