Blast from the Past - 1975 Boler Restoration - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-15-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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Blast from the Past - 1975 Boler Restoration

Hello, fellow fiberglass rv enthusiasts.

My Introduction

My progress so far has been removing the interior, and tearing out the water soaked ensolite. I've removed the door and the windows, and all the many rivets. The water tank, piping, wiring etc. Its just basically your barebone haul and trailer.

My to do list when the weather clears up:

- Patch the hull
- Remove windows
- Crack the egg
- Reinforce the bottom
- Repair/Replace the trailer

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Old 03-15-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Hi Nat, Welcome. My 1971 Boler looks likes yours does right now, waiting for the snow to go away and do a custom rebuild. It is driving me nuts that the snow wont melt and the weather will not warm up so I can get busy on it again.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:42 PM   #3
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Good luck, I am doing the same on my Casita. You will see a ton of questions from me too here. But there is a boat load of support for sure
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:44 PM   #4
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Great project!

Lots of great documented rebuilds here.

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Old 03-15-2013, 08:23 PM   #5
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ooooh another rehab/rebuild we get to follow! Please post lots of pictures as you go along. It won't just help folks in the same boat as you.. but you as well as you have an archive of all the great things you've accomplished and we'll applaude your success!

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Old 03-15-2013, 09:00 PM   #6
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Hi Nathan! Awesome to see another rebuild going on with a Boler! We're not too far ahead of you with our 1978 rebuild. Looking forward to seeing your project get hard-boiled!

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Old 03-17-2013, 01:23 AM   #7
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Thank you all for the replies,

Rick, Mike, and Slav, you all look like you have some big projects of your own on the go, your builds will give me something to refer to when I'm in need of some answers.

As for weather, it always seems to be sunny when I'm at work, and rainy on the weekends so I haven't gotten alot of time to work on the boler. I feel the withdraws coming on, i want to get out there and finish something so i can start camping. Lucky enough I have many house renos and my father's sailboat to get in the water to keep me busy on those days.

Question: Due to weather, and not knowing exactly when I'll get the boler off the frame to measure things out, does anyone have frame specs for the 1975 boler?

Also my UPS present:
Although they wont be installed until I'm done with the frame, here are my new Kinro 42x22 jalousie style windows. Which will require a little bit boler modification to fit.

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I found this on the site some time ago I hope it will help, but the frames were made different depending on the Factory it came from so might need some tweaking
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Where in your Boler will you put those big windows? Are they for the front and rear? Too big for the door side. If they are for the front and rear there will be some hugh mods to make the round body flat to accept the windows.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:33 PM   #11
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Rick,

Thank you so much for the frame specs, it will give me something to look at on the rainy days.

With as many modifications as I plan on doing, I hope to still keep the boler looking as original as i can. I'll be keeping all the original side windows because I think they add alot of character to the boler.

These new windows will be for the front and back and considering that they're only an extra 4'', I dont think they'll take away too much from the original look.

Original opening is roughly 42"x18"
New opening needs to be roughly 42''x22''

I was seriously considering the cheaper yet bigger 48''x26'' at one point, but I held back and stuck closer to the original size. It will also make less work for me when I'm fabricating the window rock shields.

I will have to modify the hull slighty to fit the windows, but its completly doable.

I like to think, that the plan takes time, the work takes hours, and the screw ups take days.
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Nathan, as Rick pointed out, there was so much variation on the build of the Bolers that you can't trust any one schematic for the frame. You need to remove yours and modify it to your liking with a new one while making careful measurements. I'm finding that even with a 1978 Boler like ours, there are differences in the design. Treat your egg as unique...

You can look at the design of ours in our thread, along with our modifications. And also look up Robert Johans, particularly his 1971 Boler where he posted a plan of his new frame (that Boler just sold in Portland, OR, for a very cool $25k!).

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I will have to modify the hull slighty to fit the windows, but its completly doable.
More than just slightly. You'll need to build up the area to have a flat spot for the window. Maybe less on the rear, but a bunch on the front. To see how much, put a straight edge dead center in the current window and measure from the body to the straight edge on the ends. Could be as much as 3".

But, that doesn't mean it's not doable.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:24 AM   #14
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Nathan, as Rick pointed out, there was so much variation on the build of the Bolers that you can't trust any one schematic for the frame. You need to remove yours and modify it to your liking with a new one while making careful measurements. I'm finding that even with a 1978 Boler like ours, there are differences in the design. Treat your egg as unique...

You can look at the design of ours in our thread, along with our modifications. And also look up Robert Johans, particularly his 1971 Boler where he posted a plan of his new frame (that Boler just sold in Portland, OR, for a very cool $25k!).

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Being in autobody and welding before that, i can definitely agree to the idea that specs are not always perfect and sometimes not even close. Especially when you need them most and right down to the nearest millimeter. If its not correct suspension will be off, panels wont line up, water leaks, wind noise. Its all fun stuff.

Personally I wont be making any cuts or welding anything until the boler is off the frame. The spec sheet and pictures of fellow owners like yourself and Rob just gives me a rough idea for layout and materials to use, and places to put extra support etc. Its very helpful and much appreciated.


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More than just slightly. You'll need to build up the area to have a flat spot for the window. Maybe less on the rear, but a bunch on the front. To see how much, put a straight edge dead center in the current window and measure from the body to the straight edge on the ends. Could be as much as 3".

But, that doesn't mean it's not doable.
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?
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