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Old 06-04-2012, 09:33 PM   #43
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Oh, I see. I can't say it stood out in my mind. I did notice the flame one and the baseball one. I was looking at what other things people put in their plastic vases. I may have been focusing on that. Although honestly, we went through the cars on Saturday, so there were more to look at. Were they there on Saturday? This picture must be from Sunday. The pink one with the teardrop is gone in the picture. Half or more left after Saturday.

We are thinking of bringing our New Beetle next year. If we do that, we will likely leave home our Uhaul and rent a cabin at the campground. We just have to figure out how to fit the FirstUp in our VW, so we don't burn. I bought a red top to match my Beetle (We now have a red top, blue top, and white top to our FirstUp.).

I don't see us in the picture.


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Old 06-05-2012, 10:53 PM   #44
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Today... Curtains!

We were at the thrift shop last night, and I found a curtain panel that I thought would go eggcellently with our new cushions.

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Turned that into two sets of each of these:
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Kind of wish there was 2 of them or it was a little bit larger, so they could be a bit fuller. But hey. A full set of fully lined and fleece insulated satin and velvet curtains for under 10$, can't beat that. (should've been 6$, but joanns was out of the size/color ribbon i needed by the spool so had to pay a bit more for the by the yard kind. Still.)
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:09 PM   #45
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took a break from sewing today, and made a mess outside instead. (Oh yeah, that's my bug next to the trailer this time.)
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Ollie worked on cleaning the gunk from under the door trim and old foam tape. Also removed the rain guard above the door, which i spent forever scrubbing clean. (Curse you, Silicone!)
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we started taking most of the stickers off the butt. (Adhesive is the devil.)
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Ollie put some kilz primer on the baseboard in the kitchen cabinet
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He removed the 3 reamaining old marker lights, I scrubbed clean the fiberglass underneath (ick!). He put some Zep on around the area and reinstalled new lights and put LED's in.
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I took off the old Scamp decals, also barkeeper's friended some of the belly band for fun. (also can compare the preserved gelcoat to the 2 coats of Zep around the corner marker, and see freshly installed door handle.)
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:20 PM   #46
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Sewing break didn't last too long.

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9' long x 8' wide.. all done except for putting grommets in and whatever will hold it into the awning rail. waiting until we actually get an awning rail to do that part
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:47 AM   #48
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Took the rain guard off the other day for silicone removal and cleaning (and eventual painting), and went to work on these:
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Still a work in progress. First time doing any kind of fiberglass work or gelcoat repairs, so it's taken a few tries to get the right amount of crack widening and application of new gelcoat. being right on the edge of the inset for the door makes it a bit more difficult to do. There were a couple scratches near the rear corner that were much easier to deal with. I think this was from the first application, before sanding:
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Removed all the caulk from the belly band. At least 1 layer of silicone on the top and bottom, plus a layer of something white under the silicone on the top side. Not sure if it was factory or not. What a job. Actually could've been a LOT worse, but for Lift Off (had a spray can of adhesive remover that does a decent job on caulk too-not the specific silicone remover version though) and my church key (what my grandpa calls the paint can opener tool that looks like a bent screwdriver with a loop handle).
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Ollie sanded down and por-15'd the rear bumper, took the spare tire off and did the bolts too. Poor discolored fiberglass behind the tire. Going to need a new tire, that's for sure. The rubber was all cracked and it had no air in it. Not sure it would even hold air, actually.
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In preparation for returning to the original style tail lights, I made this yesterday. The lights we found didn't have the license plate bracket or the clear lens portion to use as plate light. Used a piece of offset aluminum angle (one leg longer than the other) and a 4x10 piece of aluminum sheet that turned out to be exactly the right size for the job. If we had a welder for the angle corners, I could've gotten away with fewer rivets (or none of if welding the sheet to the angle, I suppose), but we don't. Still needs cleaning up, of course.
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What it'll look like when lights are attached:
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:11 PM   #49
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and on to the floor!

So, this is what the piece attached to the trailer looked like. Big hole by the dinette and sink, smaller holes in front of the cubby under the front bench. general ick.
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so someone took a 3/4" piece of osb, covered the top in carpet, and stuck it in on top of it. that started getting yucky too.
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So we took some measurements and got a sheet of 5-ply plywood with exterior glue.
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started cutting out the material to make the lap joints, Left 3 ply on the bottom side of the big square and 2 ply on the top side of the smaller pieces.
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still need cleaning up here, but all done cutting
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glued everything up and let it dry overnight
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closeup of joint
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used about 3/4 of a gallon of fiberglass resin to do both sides. probably going to thicken some up and coat the edges again before officially calling it ready to install.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:10 PM   #50
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Goodbye squishy floor!

With a screwdriver softly poking and mallet gently tapping, tapping on the Scamp's old floor..

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Now with said mallet soundly whacking for the screws would turn no more
(all but two screws finally came out thanks to vise-grips- those that snapped I was able to unscrew by gripping the tip on the underside of the frame)

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The front bench came out pretty easily- took out the screws along the top lip, drilled out two rivets in the end next to the door, and three inside the kitchen counter, then pulled the latter ones' stubs out from inside the cubby hole with vise-grips. Finally cut the caulk between bench and counter and it lifted right out.
The Odd Couple, Chopstick and Senga hanging out in the parking lot
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Front wall sans bench
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Step- only significant through-rust was the steel/tin which is tacked to the frame and anchors the base of the closet
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:09 PM   #51
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While Tabitha was scrubbing the outside, I finished removing the old floor. With the bench out I could remove the small carpet strips from the front compartment risers. With these and the one under the counter out, I cleaned off the foam with a razor blade.

The floor was bedded to the rails with butyl tape and some white stuff (seam sealer?). This white caulk/glue was pretty stubborn but it chipped away with some concerted scraping. I sanded all the rails, top and bottom and wiped them down.

One coat of Por-15 made it on today.
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Tomorrow it will get Por-15 chassis black brushed on. When that's fully hardened in a few days, the butyl will get laid on top of the rails and newly glassed floor laid in. Planning on drilling pilot holes from under the trailer through the old screw holes and new floor then screwing down with new hardware from inside.

Oh- and NEW RIMS got here today
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I'm a little disappointed that they weigh as much or more than the white star steelies that Senga came with, but at least now we can have painted wheels and hubcaps Will check for tire availability locally- Goodyear shop said they had C rated trailer tires in the old size

Also mounted the stabilizer jacks we got from Scamp using heavy duty bolts and lock washers. Still not liking the box bumper but with the 'chassis black' it should be immune to rust. Ideally, I'd like to put a VW Bus bumper blade over it- I tried a bug bumper already..too curved.
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I've never seen a wheel with that many lug nuts before.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:18 PM   #53
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Deeeeeeeecals!

How she looked when we got her. not too bad, but both sides had some damaged spots.
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Got the vinyl all removed. Original gelcoat was still new looking underneath. very glossy and raised about a millimeter above the rest of the body.
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Sanded it down so that it was flush<er> with the rest of the body and no longer shiny. the whiteness does still stand out from the somewhat oxidized body but much less noticeable at this point.
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tada! new vinyl applied.
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Neither Ollie or I were very thrilled with the design of the existing decals, so we decided to come up with our own version and had a friend that does vinyl graphics cut it out for us. It's based on the original Scamp logo with a few tweaks to the corners of the letters and such. the lower case letters actually turned out to be slightly wider, and possibly bolder, than the existing decal ones but about the same height. the thing that bugged me most was the oddly oversized "S". the variable-width stripes are kind of neat, but the execution.. meh. So I kept the "S" solid and streamlined the stripes. Also added in the triple-tree for a bit of interest and some more color. the top stripe aligns with the location of the old top stripe, but overall, it's a few inches shorter (top-to-bottom) than the old one, but the "Scamp" part is actually wider by a bit more than half the letter "S". kinda wish i put it a couple inches further forward, but very happy with the results. custom, but still stock-ish.
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I've never seen a wheel with that many lug nuts before.
it's got 2 bolt patterns. 5x4.5 and 5x4.75
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Oh- and NEW RIMS got here today
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I'm a little disappointed that they weigh as much or more than the white star steelies that Senga came with, but at least now we can have painted wheels and hubcaps Will check for tire availability locally- Goodyear shop said they had C rated trailer tires in the old size

Ollie weighed the old and new rims. the new ones are 5lbs heaver than the old, but they're also 1" bigger in diameter and .5" larger in width. 14x5 vs 13x4.5. so actually, by volume the new ones weigh less.

Old:
A= ∏ r = 132.665 in
V= A * d = 596.99 cu.in
V/weight = 2.665 oz/in

New:
A= ∏ r = 153.86 in
V= A * d = 769.3 cu.in
V/weight = 2.53 oz/in

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it's got 2 bolt patterns. 5x4.5 and 5x4.75
I know I'm pullin' his chain. Beautiful work. Love the new Scamp graphics.
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