1975 Boler Complete Restoration....my once in a lifetime project! - Page 3 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 11-20-2018, 10:39 AM   #29
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Here's a view of the seam from the inside...
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:41 AM   #30
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Holy cow! Nice work with the bottom. Hope it keeps you, or anyone else, from having floor issues.

Looking forward to seeing how you work on the rest.
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:42 AM   #31
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Great job.. I'm following for sure.. I want to see how you finish the inside.
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:46 AM   #32
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Last step was to re-fiberglass the seam. I used an 8" wide strip and was very careful to closely adhere it right into the seam, no air bubbles. The quality of the original seam was not great...lots of air bubbles. Pretty happy to get it back together successfully and felt confident that this would not be a source of leaking in the future! It would be awful to do so much work to restore the interior only to find water leaking in!!
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Old 11-20-2018, 11:00 AM   #33
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Hi Rob, Wow, it looks like that frame was in rough shape! Welding is not in my skill set but often wish it was (or maybe not? ). I now have a welder in my circle of friends and I toss around the idea of taking the body off the frame (again) and either have a new frame built or adding further support for the floors (i discovered a large sag in the floor at the rear of the trailer). Not sure if this is over-kill but I have and will put so much time and money into this project that I would be disappointed if a poor frame caused problems down the road. I am much further along than these photos....just taking a while to compose this thread. I'll post my interior design in the near future.
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Old 11-20-2018, 11:03 AM   #34
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Hi Daniel,
Thanks for your interest in my project! I'm starting to "smell the barn" as they say with my goal of using this Boler for the first time this summer! Lots more work but way more fun now!!
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Old 11-20-2018, 11:14 AM   #35
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You are doing great work.. these trailers are one of the few worth the effort. I use bolts not screws to attach the body to the frame.. And no rivets.. they leak. for the boler I went to BC fasteners and got Stainless Steel #20 machine bolts.. and the snap caps to attach all the cupboards. I have photos on my web blog.

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Here's the Boler finished.. last May. just before making the 12 hour trip home to Edmonton.
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Old 11-20-2018, 11:28 AM   #36
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What a great restoration Rob! I'll look at the rest of your photos as well.
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Old 11-20-2018, 11:31 AM   #37
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And I agree....these trailers are worth the effort! So unique and Canadian to boot!! There will be no through-hull fasteners for my Boler (just for water-fill, electrical etc)....stay tuned
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Old 11-20-2018, 01:46 PM   #38
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I want to avoid that this time too. I'm thinking of glassing in wood tabs to mount all the stuff. No holes.. I can do it because the interior is bare like yours.
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Old 11-21-2018, 11:53 AM   #39
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I tried to purchase everything needed for the restoration so I could plan and attach proper backing where needed. I also increased the tire size from 13 to 14" and purchased new rims. Here is some of the "Boler bling"...
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Old 11-21-2018, 11:58 AM   #40
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More "bling"...
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Old 11-21-2018, 12:24 PM   #41
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Onto windows.... I decided that I wanted to replace the original side and door windows with radius corner slider windows that I found at Sunview Industries in Summerland, B.C. For myself, it wasn't important to maintain the original appearance and components of the Boler and for my taste, I think the look of radius corners on the windows is more in-keeping with the curves of the Boler. The original windows needed some work and found a new home (thanks to this forum). Here's one of the new windows...
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Old 11-21-2018, 12:33 PM   #42
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The front and rear windows were not cut with straight lines, nor were they lined up well with respect to the seam between the top and bottom. I made a template from 1/4" MDF with 3 1/2" radius corners (same radius as the new side windows) and used a small router with a flush-cutting bit to re-cut the front and back windows
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