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Old 01-15-2016, 08:43 AM   #29
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IF you are going this far and removing the shell, sand blasting the frame then why not powder coat the frame?

Yes a little "Mo Money" however you will have a very durable product AND the business that powder coats the frame will also do the sand blasting of the frame as a part of the powder coat expense.
quote was near $1000 for the whole job with powder. I ended up at $600 with primer.

Decided to save the cash.
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Old 01-15-2016, 08:49 AM   #30
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WOW!

Powder coating is MUCH MORE expensive in Michigan than in Tennessee!!!!
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Old 01-15-2016, 08:57 AM   #31
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WOW!

Powder coating is MUCH MORE expensive in Michigan than in Tennessee!!!!
Probably should've gotten a few competing quotes - but thats alright.


I've got my frame and after a coat of frame paint, I can get to wiring!
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Old 04-17-2016, 06:23 PM   #32
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Now that winter is over, we are back at it again!

Unfortunately some surface rust appeared after the frame sat out over winter. It was fully wrapped in a tarp - but the elements had its way.

After a bit of cleaning, we decided to buy a can of Chassis Saver to give the frame a durable, rust-resistant coating. It wa$n't cheap but we are very happy with the results. Probably should've spring for powdercoating (AKA you were right, vintageracer)

We let the frame dry overnight and tackled remounting the shell today. It took a bit of effort to line everything up, but we finally got it lined up.

The elevator bolts & rubber spacers are installed, but I ran into trouble while tightening the nylon locking nuts. Most of the elevator bolts don't have a tight hole to keep them from spinning.

A few suggestions i've received:
  • Thread the nuts far enough so you can grab the threads with vice grips.
  • use a disc-cutter to create a slot on the top of the elevator bolt

I'll be tackling the bolts again later this week, so any wisdom is appreciated!
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Old 04-18-2016, 05:50 AM   #33
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Christopher,
I haven't done my own elevator-bolt replacement yet, so this advice is unproven, but here's a few thoughts:
[1] You could swap the current elevator bolts for ones with a pair of "barbs" at the perimeter of the head, designed to keep them from turning. That's the kind I purchased, which I HOPE will avoid the problem you currently face. But, of course, then you'd have to wait several more days for them to arrive, and spend some more bucks as well.
[2] There seems to be universal concern to seal every raw edge in the flooring you possibly can. I use 3M automotive seam-sealant for lots of things in my shop... it can be gotten in regular caulk-gun tubes. Messy like caulk straight from the tube, but air-cures overnight to a flexible, rubbery consistency that sticks well to almost anything. Could you glue the upper half of the bolt and head into the flooring, with the bolts well-seated in goo, and thereby hold them in place, while sealing up the edges of the holes in the floor at the same time? [and then install the nuts the next day, with the now-rubber sealant keeping them from turning]
[3] OR--double-nut the bolts on the underside. First with a generic-type nut that you could spin on easily and probably get to tighten right up without too much trouble..... followed by the nylock nut, to take care of the "locking" concerns.
My 2 cents' worth..........
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:44 AM   #34
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Gary -

This is all great information.

Can you tell me where you got the barbed bolts? I like that idea.

Also - I'll look into that sealant. Once I finish the bolts, I'll be cleaning and sealing!
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Old 04-18-2016, 04:00 PM   #35
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Christopher,
I couldn't find a record of what I paid, but did find the packing slip in the box with the bolts.
Ordered from Coastline, Inc... 1923 North Home St... Mishawaka, IN 46545... 574-204-2345
[July of 2015... boy, am I behind schedule!]
Item # BCCDB15SS... 1 package of 100 - 1.5" Stainless Deck Bolts.
Obviously, 100 was way more than needed... and now that I'm back in the house, I realize I didn't look in the bag to see if they came with nuts, locking or otherwise. Just looked online--the following link shows them with nylock nuts, and the package price approx $40.
Stainless Steel Pontoon Deck Bolts
'About all I know...........
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Just tossing this out for folks looking SS bolts and such. I've used "Lightning Stainless Bolt Supply" on Ebay. They have a huge inventory and the shipping is quick....good prices too .
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:24 AM   #37
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Thanks Gary and Dave!

My father was able to order some from a fastener supplier - not sure of the name currently.

I'll have and extra 80 or leftover like you, Gary!
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Everyone take note:

Gary and Dave are now in the "Elevator Replacement Bolt" business.

Please direct your needs & orders to these forum members!!!!!
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:01 PM   #39
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Planning on ordering some parts for electrical.
Things I will be running:
- 3 way fridge
- Exhaust Fan
- Water Pump
- Lights
- Device Charging (iPhones, iPads, etc)
I will be replacing everything inside. New wiring, lights, outlets, power center, batteries, fan, solar panel/converter, etc.
Question:
I have not begun to look into solar much. My plan is a new smaller panel up top to replace the old one - and having two larger portable panels to move around our site. Will the PD4045KV be the best Power Center for whatever Solar Panels/controller I end up with? What bits of wisdom might I need as I get ready to spend some cash...?
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Old 04-25-2016, 02:19 PM   #40
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You did a great job Christopher, will you help me do mine? HA! And the pd4045 is great.
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:44 AM   #41
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Parts have been coming in:
  • Renogy 50w Solar Panel for the Roof
  • PD4045KV Power Center
  • Fantastic Fan
  • LED Clearance Lights
  • Center LED Brake/Turn Light
  • THHN Wiring for Exterior
  • Reflectix Insulation
  • Fiberglass supplies

I have been able to patch most of the exterior holes w/fiberglass, install the fantastic fan, start insulating, and pull all new exterior lighting wires.

Slowly but surely - things are starting to come together.
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Great job Christopher, thanks for keeping us informed with your progress! You will feel so good when it's done, enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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