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Old 02-18-2014, 10:03 AM   #197
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Can you post either here, on a new thread, or on your blog, detailing exactly your method for polishing aluminum?
I would be happy to , I will document and photograph the remaining hinge as I prepare and polish it. I will post as soon as I put this together.
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Old 02-23-2014, 02:05 PM   #198
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The new top, side and lip seals and gaskets arrived for the Boler side windows so I was able to reassemble the first one today. I completely disassembled the windows to polish them.





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Old 02-23-2014, 03:44 PM   #199
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I got the seals through Vintage Trailer Supply
The side and sill gaskets were Part #VTS-526 Jalousie J-Seal
The top gasket Part #VTS-386 Jalousie Header & Sill Seal
Vintage Trailer Supply - parts and supplies for vintage travel trailers and campers!

When replacing the side and sill seals DO NOT slide them into the slots, the seals will stretch and when they relax they will be too short. Instead you can insert the upper tab and work the lower tab in with your finger nail, work very good.

Another tip is you might have noticed I have a round knob to open the window rather than the standard crank handle. I found the original Boler cranks cumbersome, got in the way of the window blinds and would "stab" me in the back when I sat down. The round knobs from roof vents that can be purchased from any RV store have the same spline and fit the Boler windows perfectly.
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:36 PM   #200
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Ian, I started to restore my 13 ft, 85 Companion last fall (very similar to the Uhaul). When you jacked up the ceiling and installed the braces around the door did the door fit better? Do you have suggestions for someone like myself who is just getting ready to start this project?

I do what to say one more thing. You have provided inspiration for all of us that are trying to restore our trailers! The pictures and videos are amazing! Just reading this thread makes me want to go out side and shovel the 2 ft of snow away from my trailer and get working!!! Thank you so much for everything you've done for us!!!
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:58 PM   #201
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Ian, I started to restore my 13 ft, 85 Companion last fall (very similar to the Uhaul). When you jacked up the ceiling and installed the braces around the door did the door fit better? Do you have suggestions for someone like myself who is just getting ready to start this project?

I do what to say one more thing. You have provided inspiration for all of us that are trying to restore our trailers! The pictures and videos are amazing! Just reading this thread makes me want to go out side and shovel the 2 ft of snow away from my trailer and get working!!! Thank you so much for everything you've done for us!!!
Thank you Jason

Yes jacking the wall back to their original shape fixed my door gap. In mine all aspects of the door were out of whack, the hinges were worn out and out of adjustment and the body had sagged. If you use the door as a guide try to "jack" the roof up (gently) to see if you can get the shape to fit the door.

For an easier read of my build look at www.Proud-Canadian.com
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:52 PM   #202
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Can you post either here, on a new thread, or on your blog, detailing exactly your method for polishing aluminum?
Finally had the time to film and edit a short video on the method and tools I use to polish the aluminum hinges. The same process is what I use to polish the extruded aluminum (window frames and belly band) although with those items you don't need to grind or sand first, you can go directly to the buffing wheel.

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Old 03-16-2014, 07:17 AM   #203
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SHINY! It's amazing how nice those hinges turned out... and only in eleven minutes
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:55 AM   #204
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I was finally able to bring the Boler home this weekend, was able to time the trip before the rain started (which then turned to SNOW) and got it safely parked in the garage.

Finished up polishing that last few items, every piece of aluminum on the Boler is now polished including the windows, belly band, door hinges



... and even the Emblems


Starting next weekend the reassembly begins
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:26 PM   #205
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Great work and attention to detaill. I really enjoy your thread...it motivates me to get stuff done on mine!
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:18 PM   #206
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Reassembly has started

Although we are still having the occasional snow flurry, the weather has cooperated enough that I was able to bring the Boler home and start putting it back together.

So far I have cut new front and rear windows from Polycarbonate (commonly called Lexan) and got them installed. I used new rubber mouldings that are is single piece design with an integrated lock strip rather than the original 2 piece design, a very clean look




I also got the belly band installed
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I also ordered in all Stainless Steel fasteners.
Although the way I have rebuilt the Boler there are no rivets remaining, items like the vents and outside fittings will all be connected with #8 Button Head machine screws. These use a small hex or allen drive, have a large low profile head that distributes the load well and looks very cool.

For installing the windows I am using aluminum screws, I am using these to eliminate the chance of galvanic corrosion by using a dissimilar metal fastener. For those that noticed YES I am a strange person , the aluminum screws were dull so of course I had to polish them.

The washers shown are bonded washers that have an integrated rubber seal, I am not taking any chances with leaks.




This is what $225 worth of stainless steel machine screws looks like. The bag contains the bolts for mounting the door hinges and other items.

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Looks like you are having loads of fun with your rebuild,that is a very good thing! Enjoy what you are doing ,do what makes you happy,Share pictures & details with us and so you too can be out in the world of

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It Started as a Kitchen Reno- Project Boler

I love your paint color choice. The two tone Boler styling is something I've always admire. Your Boler looks way better than new. Dare I say better than any other a Boler I have seen? Perhaps someone could match you , but not top you.
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I love your paint color choice. The two tone Boler styling is something I've always admire. Your Boler looks way better than new. Dare I say better than any other a Boler I have seen? Perhaps someone could match you , but not top you.
Thank you Conrad, very kind comments and I do appreciate it.
I also love the 2 tone Bolers, they have that real vintage look, by changing the colors slightly to a pure polar white rather than the cream and using a buttercup yellow is does add a modern look to it somewhat.
The yellow did come together nicely, it started because the original was yellow/white and we liked it. I knew I needed to reupholster the inside, Sunbrella had a number of yellows but most were too bright, the buttercup yellow worked perfectly. Then it was matching the interior paint to the fabric ... the outside color matches also.

I am hoping by documenting the build I help others with ideas and inspiration to make their FGRV something special for them.
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