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Old 02-11-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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a blank slate

I brought this home last October. I just about have it stripped out. What goes back in is the Sea Land toilet (sitting on its own waste tank) and the roof top A/C, and I think that is probably all.

My thanks to everyone on this site who has posted pics & text from their rebuilds and restorations. They have been like a technical tutorial and are my inspiration for this project.

The next phase is tabbing the interior, filling rivet holes and unneeded cutouts, and then painting the exterior. I'll post pics when I get that done.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:59 AM   #2
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Oooh, this should be a fun build to follow
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:15 PM   #3
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Does "tabbing the interior" mean you plan to reinstall the original scamp furniture only tabbed in instead of riveted or do you have something else in mind? Raz
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:53 PM   #4
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Wow, blank slate is right. I can't wait to see what you do with it.
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:07 PM   #5
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I would plan on a 5' wide bed in back 1st.
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:35 PM   #6
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I would plan on a 5' wide bed in back 1st.
Janna has specified a bed no smaller than 58" wide. I'm leaning toward a fixed bed (instead of one that converts to a dinette), though I'm still puzzling over how to make the best use of the space below the bed if we go that route.

Raz, I'm planning on wood cupboards, probably from spruce faced plywood.
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A 58+" bed in a 13 ft trailer. All us 13 ft owners are envious. I am sure you are aware that the "furniture" is structural in keeping the roof up and, the sides stiff. Lil Snoozy seems to achieve the same using an arch. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Please keep us updated and remember, we do like pictures. Raz
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I second the 58" wide bed. It made our kitchen smaller, but sleeping much better. By having a wider bed we can put pillows under our back to read, or take a nap without constantly bumping into each other.

Looking forward to what you do.
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Progress has been slow - despite the many hours I've logged on this project. Of course, a lot of that time was spent just looking & thinking (some might say daydreaming).

Anyway, after deciding that the roof needed some additional help for supporting the factory original A/C I built up a mildly engineered support from 3/8" plywood and poplar.

I plan to insulate the walls with 3/8" closed cell foam, so it will butt up flush with the ply. The thing is glued in place with PL Premium polyurethane glue (I took my cue from Kevin61 's Boler rebuild videos - thanks Kevin). I also used four stainless steel screws with fender washers placed through the roof and mounted with threaded inserts in the plywood. I plan to brush a coat of epoxy over the screw heads on the exterior of the roof as an added precaution against leaks.

I'm pleased by how much rigidity it adds to the roof. But of course, the real test will take place when I start towing the finished product down the road with that AC mounted up there. Maybe I'll add a little glass cloth to the contraption. Any thoughts on this?

The first pic also shows the front window I'm glassing over. I've been alternating between exterior & interior work. The most time consuming exterior job thus far was removal of silicone caulk from the belly band - what a chore!
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Another progress report:
Pic 1 shows the bead of epoxy I brushed onto the belly band. You can see how I tried to flood the gap where the silicone used to be.

Pic 2 shows the Bondo body filler I used to fill a nearly 1/4" gap between the floor panels. This - like nearly every other ham-fisted bit of body work I've done - will require some sanding.

Pic 3 is another sanding job waiting for me where I glassed over the fridge vents. I used epoxy thickened with a West System powder additive for this job. I avoided taking a close-up pic; I don't want anyone to know how rough it looks. Think 'cake frosting'.

Pic 4 shows what the Scamp front end looks like without a window.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:11 PM   #11
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For a paint scheme we're thinking a red bottom, cream top and maybe a gloss black belly band and door visor.

Comments welcomed.
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You know I LOVE those colors (see Bean!)
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:55 AM   #13
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Yes I think those colors will look great.
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That will look really nice! Just remember because the belly band is aluminum, it will require a different kind of primer than the gel coat to get the paint to stick.

This information comes to you from a former Healey owner...
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