New Project - 76' Scamp - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-01-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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New Project - 76' Scamp

Just picked up a new project (Like I needed anymore). It is going to be quite a while before I get to tear into it. But I figured I would start the build log.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:05 AM   #2
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That looks like interesting work.Keep us posted with photos.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:38 AM   #3
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Cripes! I hope it was cheap.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:10 PM   #4
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Holy crap!
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:04 PM   #5
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Cripes! I hope it was cheap.
The price was pretty fair... before I discovered the severely broken frame and the previous body damage, that I don't think P.O. was aware of. Hazards of buying on a cross country auction. But I think it'll fix up OK. I have wanted to cut my teeth at a full body off for some time. Fixing all the glass wont be to hard, just a lot of time. The axle and frame are going to be the tough stuff! This little guy has quite a history, the most recent being the freak snow storm that collapsed the garage roof onto it. Other than the damaged area the Gelcoat is in really good shape, even for senior trailer. So I am hoping I can color match and patch without having to completely re-paint.


Hopping to start the gut out soon. Ill be posting pics as time goes on!
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:41 PM   #6
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Looks like your gonna have your hands full with that one.I remember seeing it on ebay a little while back.You should be a fiberglass pro when you finish with it.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:00 PM   #7
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Looks like your gonna have your hands full with that one.I remember seeing it on ebay a little while back.You should be a fiberglass pro when you finish with it.
Fortunately my handy father-in-law, is an ex boat maker and had experience in the repair department. He seams to think it will be fairly easy. I know I can fix it strong... But I am not convinced It'll look real good, unless he lends me his talents. But practice makes better my first grade teacher always said!

Good eye - BTW, that was listed on Ebay a while back. I poched the listing pictures, as it sits right now its wrapped in Alabama Chrome!
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It looks good with the "Alabama Chrome".Put a window in it and your good to go.
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:59 PM   #9
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Started the gut over the weekend. I caught the hired help napping on the job, so other than the employee drama. It was a rather un-eventful process. There was some padding on the walls under the cabinets, with a white vinyl on it. The padding was not closed cell and was wet as a sponge. The up side to that is It soaked up most of the rain water, and there was not nearly the water damage to the wood as I expected. The stuff was very difficult to remove.

I found that one of the osculation multi tools, with a wide "Peeling" blade worked amazingly well to peel back the Ensolite, around the large creeling cracks. I think that the materials will be completely salvageable!

The duct tape I used to seal up the cracks left a huge mess... Can anyone recommend a method for removing the gum from the gelcoat? I tried acetone but it evaporates to quickly and I am afraid it will damage the coat.
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:41 PM   #10
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:09 PM   #11
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Duct tape if left on too long... the glue turns to concrete! You're lucky if it's just sticky and gooey. For future reference try this stuff instead: Amazon.com: Scotch(R) Weather Resistant Masking Tape 225 Silver, 18 mm x 55 m [PRICE is per ROLL]: Industrial & Scientific

Acetone won't hurt the gelcoat... but it will your lungs. Be careful.
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From the pictures it seems as though you have a pretty bad animal infestation.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:35 PM   #13
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From the pictures it seems as though you have a pretty bad animal infestation.
Yea it's terrible seams we had a miss communication about break time and work schedule. We worked it out. But I feel it's only a matter of time before they call the union boss!
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:36 PM   #14
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Hey David

I remember you said you were thinking of stretching your 13' scamp to a 17' boler, is this the one? ha ha

Looks like the front end doesn't look to bad. I feel for you with the frame repair that has a dropped floor , very complicated hopefully there is enough there to copy to make the new one

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