Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Decided to work on the shady side late this afternoon and prepped to get that skin off next week. Took out most of the screws for the J-rail, took the window drip covers off, and got most of the odd ball screws out. Reorganized inside and cleaned up a bit- makes it much easier to get around, and less nails to step on.
Had a quiet morning, and still have thunderstorms in the forecast (although we have yet to have one pass through in a month), so I decided to play on the inside. We went to Camper World this weekend to look at possibilities, and my wife has her heart set on a toilet (that sounded weird). We had a closet that housed the furnace and some storage, but it would be too tight. We will have to reconfigure, but first place to start was to get it out of there. Of course I couldn't stop there, so I started to tear out some of the walls. In part, I wanted to see how much rot I would have to repair (so far, not bad) but also will need to start rewiring soon. 45 minutes later and one shirt soaked in sweat, we have progress.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
6:30pm- Finally a storm! I was starting to think I was stalling on the outside for nothing. Getting a good rain and wind storm- glad I left a few screws in the body and trim. I hope to finish the outside by this weekend.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Just another fun day of stripping paint- started on the right side. Will post pictures later. Slow process, but it really is cleaning up nice. Will have to do some investigation on polishing it. There are some scratches and dent, but gives it character for 50 years old. Our good friends, Jeff and Shelly just scored on a 12' 1970 Roadrunner- it's in great shape and ready to roll (their car said otherwise), but has so many neat features- might want to redesign our interior a bit after seeing theirs. Can't wait to get our first adventure underway.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I went to Oriley's Auto Parts (Checker) yesterday and found some "Airplane paint stripper"- this is what everyone is telling me is "your last resort". It's made by Mar-Hyde called Tal Strip II- thick, blue and potent. This will take the paint off of anything. It really did an amazing job of even taking off some underlying oil based paint. Kim has been helping me- our goal is to do a quarter panel a night. we did the back yesterday and a little side today. Great stuff, but burns like hell if you get a drop on you. We are going to try to bring it back to polished aluminum, but discovering a few dents we didn't see and some rust on the roof. We'll see. Here are some before and after pics.