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Old 03-01-2011, 09:23 PM   #85
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Clearcoat On Table

I bought a can of clear spray enamel and used the whole thing on the table top to protect the logo. The small pictures don't do it justice, it looks pretty darned good.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:33 PM   #86
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A Little Metal Fabrication

I have never done any metal work and I surprised myself a bit with this. I didn't like the tiny door latch stop which I assume was factory made and decided to try to duplicate the shape in something a little larger. The only piece of metal I could find for this was a standard electrical box cover that I cut down a bit with a jigsaw. Using a bench vise and a hammer I managed to duplicate the shape pretty well (twice actually, I wrecked the first one using a bench grinder one time too many). There are three screws through the lip of the door as shown in one of the photos and three more that go into the closet. It isn't pretty but should be a little more secure than the old one.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:35 PM   #87
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Amazing---I'll have to put that in my "notebook"! Keep the ideas coming!
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:42 PM   #88
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Door Installation Completed

With the latch stop in place I added the foam weather strip that I purchased from Scamp and finished the door istallation. The fit is a little too tight and will require some tweaking but the door closes and locks. I do see some body distortion on the bottom hinge side but I have not seen many Bolers with a perfect door fit. Today I was wondering how many hours must have been spent messing with Boler doors over the years. I bet it would add up to the annual productivity numbers of many medium sized countries.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:12 PM   #89
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Next Steps

The auto repair I mentioned above resulted in a bill for $1,399.67 so I am now officially out of money for the time being. I have five more major items to address on the Boler but they are going to have to wait for a bit because they all cost a little too much.
Water tank replacement.
Welding - coupler removed and replaced with the new one I have, battery tray added and safety chains attached.
Cupboard door latches - haven't figured out what to use but none of them are cheap.
Fantastic fan purchase.
Wheel bearings - might be able to do this one if they don't require replacement. Maybe I can borrow some grease from the mechanic that repaired my Escape.
Tomorrow I am going to move the trailer out of the heated bay it has been in for the past three months and squeeze it into a garage. I am way past the point of overstaying my welcome although it has never been mentioned (its my son's place after all, so is the garage). I hope to take pictures of the maiden voyage although the temperature is going to be -22C, significantly warmer than today, however. Anyone else longing for summer?
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:00 AM   #90
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With the latch stop in place I added the foam weather strip that I purchased from Scamp and finished the door istallation. The fit is a little too tight and will require some tweaking but the door closes and locks. I do see some body distortion on the bottom hinge side but I have not seen many Bolers with a perfect door fit. Today I was wondering how many hours must have been spent messing with Boler doors over the years. I bet it would add up to the annual productivity numbers of many medium sized countries.
Randy,
The 71 Boler currently in my shop has the "grab and twist" door handle style similar to Scamps. Yours has the flush-mount, pull style that I prefer. Any idea where I can find one like yours, and do you think it would work as a replacement?
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:40 AM   #91
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Randy this is the second time I have viewed all you postings and I know it will not be the last. Thanks again for all your effort and time in getting this info on the forum. Well done!!
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:08 AM   #92
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Randy,
The 71 Boler currently in my shop has the "grab and twist" door handle style similar to Scamps. Yours has the flush-mount, pull style that I prefer. Any idea where I can find one like yours, and do you think it would work as a replacement?
Mine is the Bargman L-400 that is apparently quite hard to find now. I was lucky enough to be looking for parts and stumbled upon an ebay seller (an rv dealer if I remember correctly) who had found three or four on a shelf and put them up for sale. That was almost a year ago now so I have no idea where one would find them now. The hole in the door is obviously going to be much larger for this type but if the core of your door is the same as, or similar to mine, I see no reason why it wouldn't work. Here is a picture I took when I was priming the inside of the door. I can get the exact dimensions for the hole since I have not sealed the lock with butyl yet and have to pop it out again. The hole has a frame around it inside the skin that could easily be made from 2x4 stock like I did for the door window.
There is a Bargman L-66 with keys listed right now on ebay for $300.00 so obviously people know those are rare too.
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:26 AM   #93
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Short Road Trip

The trailer is now safely tucked away in a garage with my son's Boler for company. It tows nicely and I really felt like I should just keep going but it is still very cold here.
Thanks to everyone who has posted comments and encouragement so far and thanks to all those who have shared their ideas and experiences on this forum. I hope to have updates on the final few items in the near future.
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:30 AM   #94
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Randy,
The 71 Boler currently in my shop has the "grab and twist" door handle style similar to Scamps. Yours has the flush-mount, pull style that I prefer. Any idea where I can find one like yours, and do you think it would work as a replacement?
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:33 PM   #95
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Mine is the Bargman L-400 that is apparently quite hard to find now. I was lucky enough to be looking for parts and stumbled upon an ebay seller (an rv dealer if I remember correctly) who had found three or four on a shelf and put them up for sale. That was almost a year ago now so I have no idea where one would find them now. The hole in the door is obviously going to be much larger for this type but if the core of your door is the same as, or similar to mine, I see no reason why it wouldn't work. Here is a picture I took when I was priming the inside of the door. I can get the exact dimensions for the hole since I have not sealed the lock with butyl yet and have to pop it out again. The hole has a frame around it inside the skin that could easily be made from 2x4 stock like I did for the door window.
There is a Bargman L-66 with keys listed right now on ebay for $300.00 so obviously people know those are rare too.
I saw a 400 on E bay about a week ago, the guy was a parts dealer and I believe he said that may be the last 400 to be found. go mto E bay motors then parts , other vehicles, Rv's, exterior that should get you in the neighborhood.
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Ah, the infamous Bargman L 400! Does anyone have experience With the 300, or others of the same ilk?
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Really like the workmanship
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:57 PM   #98
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Side Windows

I was going through all the photos on my camera today and found some from last year when I was about to clean the side windows. I had decided some time ago that I neglected to take these so when I found them I thought I should post them here. I broke one of the panes of glass shortly after these were taken. I have to admit that I have not even visited my Boler since I moved it a month ago. There was another foot of snow on the ground here today but the sun was shining which led to thoughts of finishing the job.
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