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Old 03-22-2013, 09:38 PM   #15
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More than slightly? How much more time do you think we're looking at here Donna?
Nathan, I couldn't even hazard to guess. I know Scamp has tried a couple of times to put opening windows in front. Flipper windows in the 70s for instance... but driving through rain... leaks happen and they gave up on the idea.

You're the body man, lots of fiberglass build up ideas here on FiberglassRV. I think you can figure it out and I TRULY hope you're successful
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:57 PM   #16
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I think you can figure it out and I TRULY hope you're successful
Haha, me too.

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We've gotten fairly fine weather this week, so yesterday the boler was removed from the trailer. It was a fairly simple task, the belly band, some rivets, and one layer of glass. Then we hauled it to the backyard.

Given what others trailers tend to look like, I'd say mines in pretty decent shape. Nonetheless it will all be replaced.

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Top side - Rock chips, small cracks, big cracks, stress cracks, rivet holes, a litttle bit of everything.

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Old 03-24-2013, 03:02 PM   #17
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Bottom Side - Unprotected wood slats, bowed floor, holes, needs some door edge reinforcement, nothing too out of the ordinary.

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Old 07-20-2013, 11:05 PM   #18
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I haven't had the time to download my camera which has more in depth photos, but here are some updated photos I took via phone.

Basically removed all the slats, and glassed new ones in, with two layers of cloth and two layers of mat.

Then I gave it a coat of bed liner. I haven't finished the coat because two of us are going to have to carry the base from the backyard to the front to where the frame is, through a 4' wide fence panel

Last four pictures is just cutting the windows frames an extra 5 inches in height to make room for the new windows.

As of right now, my next steps are ordering a new axel, and fabricating a new frame. I really can't wait to mold the new windows in too.

My house renos come first though
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:13 PM   #19
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I had to go back and review the thread.
I am dumbfounded and sit in awe..............Great progress.

I'd hate to see a sticky separated and laying upside down......LOL
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:25 AM   #20
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WOW awesome work. Great to see Bolers are still so popular and with lots of us out there restoring and rebuilding them. Great work and look forward to see more pics as you move along.

I am restoring my second 1971 Boler, but have not gone as far in the tear down as you have.

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Old 07-21-2013, 07:40 AM   #21
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I have to add my Kudos along with everyone else. Great work and even the pictures came out pretty doggone good.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:20 AM   #22
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mike I noticed your doing a project yourself hows that going. And hows the glassing and bondoing going hope it all worked out for you. Nat great protect man. I always like when people half the bolers but that's to ambitious for me.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:21 AM   #23
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that's going to be one giant window can't wait to see what it looks like when you install it.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:34 AM   #24
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Right now I am on temp hold. I had both of my big toe toe nails removed sequentially and I cant bend down on my knees otherwise when I get up all the pressure is on the flex points of my toes and it just messes things up. With that being said all of my fiberglassing is done!!!. Right now I was in the process of removing all of the rusted out screws that were holding the OSB down. Apparently the Casita uses only those dozens of screws to hold the shell to the frame as I dont see any other bolts U or otherwise. So I will replace the back half floor and re-anchor using a flat washer to distribute the hold and then move to the front section. This way I will keep the shell aligned properly. I am pleased with the progress just not the outside 90+ temp and humidity.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:57 AM   #25
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I could be cutting 800sqft of reclaimed maple into herringbone and making my house livable again... or I could feed my boler addiction!

I'm just kind of winging it as I go, but here's the basic idea of what I'm doing.

Don't mind the duct tape, my piece of plywood had a small curve to it. I took care of that problem.

Basically I cut out the frame, mounted and leveled it until I was happy. cut and resined a few pieces of an old t-shirt to get a platform for the fiberglass. I added a layer of cloth today. By the time I'm done I expect to have a few layers of cloth on the outside and a few layers of mat on the inside, maybe some roving will be added too for extra strength.

I'm happy with where it sits, the top I hope will act as a kind of gutter system, so rain flows away from the window. I'm also planning a wrapped around counter on the inside of that window so the 4'' indentation wont be much of a problem.

The last couple pictures are for if I get bored and feel like tinkering with the brake lights.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:33 PM   #26
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Question to others who have done extensive work on your trailers. Have you ever exceeded the maximum weight allowance of 2200lbs? Would it be worth upgrading to the torflex #10? Also i couldn't find any measurement on site of the track width of either axle, are they roughly the same?

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My "slightly" only refers to a few hours, pending on how long it takes the resin to set up.
More than slightly? How much more time do you think we're looking at here Donna?
That sort of job requires an hour a day for 3-4 days, perhaps less time per day. I suggest making templates so each side's shape is a mirror image of the other.

It's easy. Of course I tell myself every job is easy now. It keeps me motivated.
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Given what others trailers tend to look like, I'd say mines in pretty decent shape. Nonetheless it will all be replaced.

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I recommend hot dip galvanizing the whole thing when you are done. It is not expensive and you won't have to sandblast the paint off--in the case of an old frame, or sandblast the rust off--if painting. It lasts forever, looks good, and holds up to salt or whatever you throw at it. Cost is 45 cents a pound ( weight if the steel being galvanized) over here.

Something to think about.
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