OK, time for an update.
Nothing in this post should be taken as to represent any discontent or issue i have toward Chandler or Parkliner
as a manufacturer...I am luving our Parkliner. Cari & I still pinch ourselves when we go inside. What i'm going to share in this update was one of those unfortunate oooopsies that took place, and Chandler has a solution for.
Many of you know that four of us with Parkliners made in the mid #30's had similar issues with the stock 205/75r14 bias ply tires
rubbing. After a few short days of thinking through the issue Chandler came up with a solution of swapping out our tires
with a new set that is supposed to fit without the rub : )
. . .So on to my project and this update:
I'm a sailor from knee high in the 1960's. Have sailed from Hawaii to San Francisco Bay in a 42' fiberglass sailboat, and logged many a mile at sea in glass. So i know how to take care of fiberglass. One thing that took place on my rig (other units may vary) was the tire-rubber rubbed through the gel coat and ~1/16" into the glass cloth on an area about 2" high x 4" wide in the inner forward lip of wheel well as seen in this example image before i took the wheels off (both sides needed rapair. For the sake of bandwidth i am only posting images of the curb side wheel well) :
In this next shot I have washed the area with acetone and you can see i have applied marine grade fiberglass bondo repair that will harden ready to sand in ~20 minutes:
And here i have acid washed the area, then after sanding cleaned again with acetone to prepare the area for one of three coats of grey epoxy paint
And here it is with the first of three coats of epoxy paint
I will update probably tomorrow after the last two coats go on (one more tonight as the temps are still hovering around 70! I may also go ahead and apply a couple coats of roll-on undercoating/bed-liner type paint
just to finish off the area...but i'm still thinking that through. The three coats of epoxy paint will more than fix the situation, and in fact take the area beyond factory.
Until next update! Happy Trails.