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Old 10-14-2015, 10:07 AM   #15
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My frame is a little twisty, not the part where the shell goes but the tongue. We inspected it really well and I am under the impression that it came out of the factory like that. I think their bending jigs for the opposite sides were not quite the same. When you step way back and look at the coupler straight on one side is a little higher than the other. From what I can see in your pics it looks like yours is too. Didn't affect the towing at all, tows like a dream. If there had been a roll-over or a bump bad enough to twist the tongue the shell would be impacted and it was virtually perfect.
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:18 AM   #16
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I finally found the glazing spline for the windows from Showerdirect.com thru amazon. $32 for 100', I need 88' for all the windows. I have replaced all the plexi and just needed the glazing spline. Each window took at least 1 day total. So much old goop, silicone, dirt, and stuff. I will not be buying the opener arms for 30 bucks APIECE! but have got some really nice extruded aluminum from Princess Auto that is the same size so I will make my own.
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:34 AM   #17
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Mr. Stu, thanks for posting, very helpful to Paul and me...looking forward to watching it progress! (Funny how much it looks like ours--duh!) Yes, your fridge vent is small; would be interested in hearing how much you're keeping and reusing of the original interior, including fixtures and furniture, etc.
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:37 AM   #18
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Looking very nice, can't wait to watch it progress !
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:07 PM   #19
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Thank you for the detailed pictures Stuart, it really is helpful to us other FG16 owners!

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I finally found the glazing spline for the windows from Showerdirect.com thru amazon. $32 for 100', I need 88' for all the windows. I have replaced all the plexi and just needed the glazing spline. Each window took at least 1 day total. So much old goop, silicone, dirt, and stuff. I will not be buying the opener arms for 30 bucks APIECE! but have got some really nice extruded aluminum from Princess Auto that is the same size so I will make my own.
That's good info on the glazing spline, mine has shrunk on all the windows some as much as 6" so replacement is needed.I'm thinking you had to drill out the rivets & split the 2 halves of the frame around the plexiglass to change the spline?

3 of the locking arms were missing on my windows & I wound up making them out of aluminum. If the L shaped bracket on the frame is good then you're fortunate......I made 3 of those also & that took some time!
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Hi, all, it looks like Mr. Stu used a 50" sheet of plywood for the upper portion (aft) of the floor--where do you find wider than 48" plywood? Because we'd sure like to use one whole sheet if we possibly could!
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:42 PM   #21
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Post 9 1974 Amerigo "Alice" Gut & Re-build

Even more Gutting fun!
The replacement of the belly band begins...
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:58 PM   #22
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on it goes...
Belly band wood was totally rotted out.
Used hole saw for running lights access. I found some desk computer cable hole covers that matched interior fiberglass color perfectly and will install those in the holes after the wiring is done.
I am going to install all new LED lighting inside and out. I have some nice LED running lights that I found on Amazon and some white LED panels for the interior that I found on ebay.
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Post belly band replacement, Then the paint job...
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Old 10-14-2015, 09:33 PM   #24
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The paint job and Flooring installation. Installed reflectix on the underside of all flooring, Then after flooring installed, re-fiberglassed front section edges to shell like it was from the factory. Also, put a coating of fiberglass resin on the top side of new flooring.
You will notice the old fridge and stove vents have vanished! I probably weng through 1.5 gallons of fiberglass resin patching things up. The fridge vent patch turned out really good, but the stove vent was tough as it was cut out in the middle of a ridge. It is still visible but at this point, I no longer care :-)
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Old 10-14-2015, 09:49 PM   #25
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Flooring install w/fiberglassing-beginning of insulation of the shell
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:11 PM   #26
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Pink insulation was a 1/4" folded up stuff I got at Home Depot, then installed Reflectix over it. I used HDX spray on glue and metal flue tape to hold it all together. The HDX glue did not work very well gluing the pink stuff to the shell, but it worked very well gluing the reflectix to the pink stuff. I think the reason the HDX glue did not work very well gluing the pink insulation to the shell is that the pink insulation did not form very well as it is kind of stiff. Lots of cutting and sizing. I think all told, I went through close to 30 cans!
I also built new window frames and re-installed the windows, the windows help hold everything together. I am kind of disappointed in the condition of the windows-they are not designed very well and are showing their age. But, at close to $500 a pop to replace them new I guess I can live with them.
The weather stripping between the glass and the frame was shot-hard as a rock. I found this stuff at Menards. It had a double "T" coming off of one side. I trimmed the outer "T" off of it with a scissors and it fit into the channel pretty well.
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:23 PM   #27
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Ok! Now that the Trailer is re-done, the belly band has been replaced, the shell is painted, the interior is insulated, the new flooring is in-It is time to tackle the door. One of the FO's thought it would be a good idea to just splooge silicone all over the place, and I mean ALL OVER the place between the door frame and the shell. I spent many hours getting it off of the shell in prep for painting, now I get to scrape it off of the door frame. What a mess. The weather is turning colder now and I have gone through two summers of working virtually every weekend on this project. I was hoping to have it done for hunting season this year, but alas...it was not to be, but hey! I did not have any plans for next summer!
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Do you have a pic of the window repair stuff that you found? Or a pic of the repaired window? Was the repair done on an Amerigo?
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