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Post by donivan65 Tue May 15, 2012 7:27 pm

This is where it belongs ,,,,for now,,,,with the newer Fords,,,,and that would be 1968 and newer,,,,so lets get back to campin,,,,
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Post by 'fish Thu May 17, 2012 6:18 am

Ok so now were in a new location everyone is happy lets get back to rebuilding the motorhome, got through the DMV the other day the truck had been removed from the system so the fees were only 98 dollars, but there was one little hang up, the title had Mr AND MRS not OR, and unfortunatly MRS Alverez is no longer with us, they wanted a death certificate! Lol what a pain in the butt, but thats the thing with these older finds, you can get a great deal but you will have to do some leg work, and be patient, it all takes time.

So today I removed the back wall of the bathroom, the porch light on the other side had a small water leak and rotted some of the wood, for this project since its not going to be a show car or anything like that i am just removing bad wood to I find solid wood, then I will replace what ever had to be removed like doing dry rot repairs on a home.
The wall had old insulation in it, i was carefull not to handle this much, I removed the panel to each wall then used a razor knife to cut a straight line along the other walls, I will add in a couple 2/3 braces along each side of the new panel and in the center to give it a good strong place to screw down to.
As I was crawling around under the vehicle, I found that it has several fuel filters on the fuel line, the first one was so clogged with lots of rusty crap, Im surprised i made it home, when I picked up the van i checked the filters I knew about (by the carb and a bit down the line, but these two are right next to the individual tanks (there are two big tanks, probably around 60 gallons between them. 1972 RV fresh farm pick! - Page 2 Photo5pzu


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Can you believe all this came out of that little wall?
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Post by donivan65 Fri May 18, 2012 4:03 pm

Nothing better than tearing out everything and getting rid of the previous owners SMELL,,,,,,,,
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Post by 'fish Sat May 19, 2012 1:33 pm

donivan65 wrote:Nothing better than tearing out everything and getting rid of the previous owners SMELL,,,,,,,,

lol I hear ya, for me its critters, whem Im picking if there has been rats coons or other vamits living in the car or truck Im out, I can fix anything mechanical, electrical, hydrolic, penumtic, but urine and poop are out of my job qualification.
The old porta potty that was in here, gone, when i picked it up there was liquid in it, not sure if it was in the holding tank ot the supply, either way its now being recycled somewhere, Ill get a new one thanks...
At the moment im just finishingremoving all the cabinet doors stripping the hardware, sanding themdown, the fronts will be finshed with spar varnish, its super durable, I used it on the 1975 Catalina when I refinished that and it has lasted for years, the only draw back it it rtakes quite a while to cure, and it smells pretty strong, I will be adding venting fans to the two 14x14 vents and leaving the door open during the day after I apply the varnish to the interior cabinets, the doors will be done in the driveway and back porch area .
The insides of the cabinets will be painted with a pretty thick white paint, this will make everything look nice and sanitary, and really brighten up the insides of the camper, they used so much dark wood and mid evil iron cabinet hardware this looked a bit like a dungon, but that was the style back then.
The first van I ever worked on was a 1965 Chevy panel, my parents bought new, by 1970 we had mad a camper out of it, I didnt do much, I was only 7 but I did help, I remember me and my father going down to ge the patterns to cut the interior panels and him getting mad because the pie shaped corners didnt work out too well, the he realized the patter was only a half he had to mirror it to get the correct shape, lol wasted a whole panel, he was pretty mad.
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Post by 'fish Sat May 19, 2012 6:21 pm

Today I removed the last of the cabinet doors and hardware, some of the ceiling in the rear, and part of the wall, all of the outdated lights drawes etc. stripping the interior down to where I can start working on it.
Here is the 8 track it works Ill try it on Ebay for a few bucks, it has matching speakers lol..

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here are the cabinet frames ready to be sanded down
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Post by donivan65 Sat May 19, 2012 7:16 pm

What kinds of electrical service and appliances are you planning on having? Are you going to install a generator? My fridge is 12/120 volts,,,,,my furnace and stove run off of propane,,,,I have two 6 volt batteries in series to run my 12 volt equipment,,,,I have got a low draw 120 volt A/C on the roof and a low draw 120 volt microwave ,,,,but on the road,,,I pretty much run the 12 volt stuff and use inverters to charge my batteries and run my TV.
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Post by 'fish Sun May 20, 2012 7:17 am

Thats kind of the cool thing about this, all the electrical is in place and works well, I have a push button start 3k gen, a 30 amp plug in, that can use a 15 amp if needed, a 13kbtu a/c on the roof, the fridge is both electric and propane, stove and water heater porpane, water pump runs both shower and sink, toilet is portable, so no black holding tank only grey water. So far everything works its old and neglected, but after cleaning a bit of tinkering so far everything works. I havent started with the fridge yet though.
I havent found any house batteries yet, only the ignition single thats way to small, so that will have to change, I will run two 12 marine batteries for the house then use a gel cel for the ignition.
All of the house and exterior lightins will be changed to LED, I am going to keep what ever orginal housings that are stilll here to keep the classic look on the outside, the inside will get all new fixtures, as much as I love seventys and sixtys cars and trucks, the interior style back then was pretty bad.
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Post by Admin Sun May 20, 2012 9:56 am

You're doing a great job on it! I look forward to seeing more as you progress Very Happy
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Post by 'fish Sun May 20, 2012 7:36 pm

Thank you Chebby!
Today I cleaned the oven it was gross, but not from use just fourty years of gunk, inside was dusty but like new the burners have a bit of timeonthem but not much, here is how she came out.
CLR can be your best friend here and on the windows of old cars, that super tough white haze on old windows,CLR baby!!

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Post by 'fish Sun May 20, 2012 7:47 pm

And a bit of cabinet door finishing, you may notice I move around alot during a project, I know I cant sand cabinets for five hours straight, ill get bored and hate the project, so I do several things at once, it really helps since most of this is just hard labor type of work.
Oh a little trick when using varnish buy a very expensive brush, but never clean it use only for varnish and store it in the freezer, you can keep taking it out use it then put it away through the whole project, it wont harden as long as it too cold.

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Post by Rayallen Thu May 24, 2012 6:39 am

Nice, coming along great. Going to be able to go on its 1st trip in no time.
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Post by Guest Thu May 24, 2012 6:45 pm

Great tip on the brush, thank you!! Your project is moving right along and looking good. Joel
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Post by 'fish Thu May 24, 2012 8:38 pm

Thanks guys, the weather hasnt been very cooperative its been cool and humid, I had to bring the cabinet door inside to cure one day, here is my kitchen filled with cabinet doors covered in oil based spar varnish, stunk up the whole house! I turned the oven on and opened the door to get the room dry and warm then closed the door after turning off the oven
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I used 60 to sand down the wood, then 120 before the first coat, 220 after that, these are at two coats, probably will need one or two more, I was very happy to find the same type of paneling thats in the camper at Home Depot today for only 10.70 per sheet!!1972 RV fresh farm pick! - Page 2 Trabuco2012052400355
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Here is the bathroom door, Im not sure what happened but there is a bad area on the front where the varnish isnt staying well, Im going to let it dry for a few days the resand and refinish, its a very nice piece of wood so I want it to look as good as I can get it.1972 RV fresh farm pick! - Page 2 Trabuco2012052400357

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Post by 'fish Fri May 25, 2012 9:17 am

Here is a Lazy Daze built on a dodge frame about the same year, very good price:

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/3023343089.html
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'fish wrote:Here is a Lazy Daze built on a dodge frame about the same year, very good price:

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/3023343089.html

That's a GREAT price!


You're doing a fantastic job on yours!
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Post by 'fish Sun May 27, 2012 3:48 am

Today I removed most of the rest of the ceiling, its not to hard just tedious, being very carefull not to cut the electrical wires, the Gen main runs right through the ceiling, I took the A/C apart it works very well now but I may build a wood enclosure to replace the interior venting, its really gross, and 40 year old plastic is hard to clean with out breaking.
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Post by 'fish Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:53 am

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/rvs/3045435697.html

another Lazy Daze this is an 81 but for being what thirty years old its just like new!! You can see they stayed with many of the same arts and design as is in mine, 10 years later..
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Post by 'fish Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:28 am

Sorry I havent updated this in a while, Im still refinishing the cabinet doors, some of them are on their 5th or 6th coat, its kind of chance if they come out right, if im lucky the dog doesnt come by and shake his fur off into the varnish. or it doesnt get too cold and it wrinkles or too hot and it bubbles, what a pain but when its done it will look amazing.
I got two new vents off Ebay i got meal galvinized ones since the plastic ones always crack and fall apart, I hope these will last longer.
I got the pink in the mail so the transfer has been completed a few challanges but nothing too difficult or expensive, I think I have spent more on varnish than anything else so far, at 49.95 per gallon it goes quick.
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Post by 'fish Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:41 pm

I finaly got some time to work on the camper this weekend, the new vents arrived so those were put in, not hard just get on the roof remove about 25 1/4 hex head screws the gooey putty and pull out the old vent, I removed the rest of the old putty and put a couple beads of outdoor silicone, then put the new vent in, I was carefull not to oer tighten the screws down and squeeze out the silicone, when it drys Ill go back and give each a half turn or so so securly seal each vent.

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The bathroom got some work its cleaned out and polished up a bit, the shower and faucet in both bathroom and kitchen work, the water smells like plastic though I think it needs to be run though for a few hours using fresh water.

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The fridge got a complete cleaning it works but seems to take a very lone time to get cool, I havent tried it on the gas setting yet though maybe thats better.
The Kitchen sink and faucet came out pretty good to, its funny I have a very expensive kitchen faucet i got from lowes four years ago, the chrom on this fourty old one looks thicker and in better shape than the new one!!

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Post by 'fish Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:06 pm

And then I couldnt stand it anymore so this afternoon I took it down to Doheny State Park and went surfing with my girl, it ran and drove very nicely, A/C in cab needs to be recharged, I havent changed the tires, so no long trips but I think local is fine, they are eight ply tires and they show some age but they arent worn much at all.
We had a nice trip down surf was decent small but clean and not too many other people who could catch them so for a while I was pretty much riding by myself, there was a big church doing baptisms on the shore line its was a peacefull time.

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