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Old 03-05-2015, 07:08 PM   #43
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I am impressed Jim.

It is a bit late now, but I found that cutting the metal tabs in half, with a Dremel, made it possible to pull them out with out it being necessary to grind the glass to expose them.

Grinding through the bandage that connects the top half to the bottom half is unavoidable.
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I found most of them popped out not too bad at all, and that they bent in half quite easily too. There were actually a few that were fairly deep that I just glassed over.

I was surprised how thin these clips actually were. In lots of places, especially at the corners, they had them doubled up.
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That looks good Jim. I used to repair fiberglass truck hoods. It requires a bit of skill to look good


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This is looking great Jim, impressive work
Any chance your daughter and you will have it ready for the Prairie Egg Gathering in July?
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As I showed in a photo in post #4, the door laminations were splitting apart. I ended up prizing the two pieces apart, and ground out all the adhesive used to bond them together. I will be taking the pieces out to Trillium Outback to get them to bond them with their system, when I go to pick up my rock guard.

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Wow ....that is looking so very good !
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Very impressive. I wish I had the means to store inside to do some work.
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Very impressive. I wish I had the means to store inside to do some work.
This wee trailer easily fits through the 8' overhead door. I sure wish my Escape would too.
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Just found this thread and can only say Wow!, what a great job you're doing. It must be very satisfying to restore this little trailer. What a great wedding gift for your daughter! Thanks for all the great documentation through photos and words of how you're going about everything.
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What tool did you use to grind out the cracks?
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What tool did you use to grind out the cracks?
I used a 4 1/2" angle grinder, with a metal grinding blade on it, though I am sure a masonry one would work too. It took the fiberglass down very quickly, while still controllable. By tipping the nose of the glade into the work, it created a nice curved trough to put the new glass into. It took me about 1 hr to grind the band down.

I figure if you count all the time that I put into getting it ready to paint, including grinding, glassing, fill coats, and sanding, I have about 10 hrs in to it. Considering that I would likely put near half of that time into reinstalling the belly band, that does not seem too bad. Plus, the look is going to be much nicer.
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Oh, I agree! I will do this on the belly band of all my Trilliums.
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Great job Jim. Makes me want to buy a small trailer to fix up just for the satisfaction of doing it.

Of course, I am not really that motivated.
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Of course, I am not really that motivated.
My motivation was waning for a while to Dave, but I now have it back in gear. Just too much other stuff going on in life to deal with.
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For grinding out fiberglass a 4.5 grinder with a sandpaper flapper wheel works well, it lets you go a little slower with better control. But cover up first, that itch is horrible.

Great job, looking forward to more updates.
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