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Old 01-25-2017, 06:38 AM   #15
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Thanks CampyTime and Mike for the kind words.
I just typed a long post ( not a easy thing for me), and sent it...I think it got lost in space. Yikes.. I hate that, i'll try again later.
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Old 01-26-2017, 05:40 AM   #16
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Hi Mike, Sorry about not replying sooner. Got pretty busy yesterday.
I live Just outside of Jackson Michigan. Grew up around coldwater Mi and Angola, Indiana. I Know where Standish and Gladwin are and have been threw those areas a few times. Mostly When I go north I head to white cloud or travis city. Been a very mild and warmer winter so far. Ice fishing pretty much canceled so far.
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Old 01-26-2017, 05:59 AM   #17
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Still working on the bottom prep for getting the frame back on. Have the tub hanging from the ceiling while I work on the bottom. Had the bottom blocked in areas as I put the floor in in the four pieces as suggested here. Trying to seal the underneath now, and inside the wheel wells. Been using the fiberglass and resin underneath, yikes, its in my hair on my clothes, on the floor..everywhere. What a mess.
Did a lot of reading different threads here at this site before I got started. Lots of smart people here giving there ideas. Always people ready to help too. Thanks . Makes projects go so much easier.
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Old 01-26-2017, 07:32 AM   #18
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Jeff,
Nice to see the pictures posted! Thanks. You've got quite the project going.
I think I recall reading/hearing that the Cloud is sort of the grand-daddy to the U-Haul line of campers.
I don't know how similar they are in the details such as door hinges etc, but there's quite a bit of U-Haul info archived here... and a very dedicated group of U-Haul enthusiasts on the U-Haul Facebook page, as well as an archive of nitty-gritty there.
Keep up the good work...
Gary [in central Iowa]
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Old 01-26-2017, 06:32 PM   #19
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Ok, just about ready to get frame back under the shell. One more coat of paint underneath and let it dry. Time to start some bodywork. How do I get the pinstripe off and the wood grain vinyl stuff off? Stuffs been on 45 years. I am going to take the windows out.....Thanks.
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Old 01-26-2017, 06:48 PM   #20
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For old decals, I've used an electric heat-gun on medium heat to slowly warm up the vinyl until it's uncomfortably hot to my fingers... then get an edge to lift enough to start peeling... then gently pull, while keeping the heat gun on the area ahead of where I'm peeling, and pointing away from where I'm peeling, so as not to clear melt the vinyl while I'm pulling on it.

Works pretty good, unless the vinyl has scratches through it---then it tears, of course, each time you hit a scratch.

The glue that remains I scrub with a terry-cloth rag wetted with mineral spirits. Sometimes a slow process, but generally works well. [wear stout rubber gloves, or the mineral spirits will fairly quickly soften/destroy lightweight ones]

Your results may vary, as they say...........
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Old 01-26-2017, 07:03 PM   #21
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For old decals, I've used an electric heat-gun on medium heat to slowly warm up the vinyl until it's uncomfortably hot to my fingers... then get an edge to lift enough to start peeling... then gently pull, while keeping the heat gun on the area ahead of where I'm peeling, and pointing away from where I'm peeling, so as not to clear melt the vinyl while I'm pulling on it.

Works pretty good, unless the vinyl has scratches through it---then it tears, of course, each time you hit a scratch.

The glue that remains I scrub with a terry-cloth rag wetted with mineral spirits. Sometimes a slow process, but generally works well. [wear stout rubber gloves, or the mineral spirits will fairly quickly soften/destroy lightweight ones]

Your results may vary, as they say...........
Hmmm, hadn't thought of that Good idea. Thanks I'll give it a try.
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Old 01-26-2017, 07:09 PM   #22
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3M makes a vinyl eraser.
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Old 01-30-2017, 07:36 PM   #23
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Finished The floor Friday and decided to work on the body work before setting it on the frame. The front and rear seams didn't really line up well so I cut the seam ridge out and glassed them in. Was going to do the top to, but after getting the chrome strip off things didn't look so bad. Decided i'll just reuse it and leave the ridge on top. Did some sanding where I could reach then lowered it down to the floor and took the chains off. Got the ceiling vent off and doing some sanding on the top.
Looks good just sitting on the floor. Makes me think about getting some air shocks on it......Just pull into my spot and set it down. I'll have a walk out no steps camper..Ha, Ha
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Old 02-05-2017, 06:20 AM   #24
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Well today is the big day. Going to get the egg painted with a 1 stage auto paint, a cream color. Got the body work done and primed, just got to rub it out some and paint. Reinforced the door hinge area with some gassed in and over wood smoothed out with some bondo. Had to cut a heavy half of inch off the top of the door to get it to push up and fit right.
I must say, I respect anyone doing such a project outside, or short of time.
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Bondo? I wonder how that will work. Not sure if I've heard of anyone using Bondo on an egg. Interesting. As long as it does bond well, I guess it should do ok.
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Old 02-05-2017, 09:40 PM   #26
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I've been using "bondo" on mine, as the final smoothing over repairs made with fiberglass resin n matte n cloth. Strength built with the fiberglass, smoothing with conventional auto-body materials. No problems to-date.
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Old 02-06-2017, 01:29 PM   #27
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Hi Jeff... just read down thru your tread of your repairs.. magnificent work your doing... Looks like you have found a way to get thru another butt kicking winter in the winter wonder land. I painted a bunch of boats and found the best sanding on the compound surfaces was a air driven DA sander with a thick pad.. by the time your done with this one you'll be good.. LOL.. I'll keep it short as you need to stay busy ... see you in the woods. Near Cadillac in May.
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:53 PM   #28
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Hi Jeff... just read down thru your tread of your repairs.. magnificent work your doing... Looks like you have found a way to get thru another butt kicking winter in the winter wonder land. I painted a bunch of boats and found the best sanding on the compound surfaces was a air driven DA sander with a thick pad.. by the time your done with this one you'll be good.. LOL.. I'll keep it short as you need to stay busy ... see you in the woods. Near Cadillac in May.
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Hi Jerry,
Yes I'm enjoying getting to work inside and staying warm. Worked outside all my life and some of those days were brutal cold. At least the last couple years have been more moderate. I seem to be ok at fixing things, but my typing is more a one finger type thing. And this computer seems to want to start typing words somewhere else so I have to keep going back and fixing things. Then my post will disappear and I have to start over. My last post I had to start three times before I got it done..it got a lot shorter. Probobly good I don't have a hammer in the house. Kindof takes the fun out.
Did finally finish the last coat of paint today. Tomorrow I can start putting the shell back on the frame. No, I don't have a DA sander I went out and bought a electric 6 inch obital sander that seemed to work ok. The thicker pad you mentioned sounds interesting tho. My body project turned out well and I like it. I don't think i'll be fixing any corvettes soon tho.
I have a GP Medium army tent and a bunch of us would always go camping in the woods for 2 weeks every year up by Travis City. The gang is mostly gone these days. Still like to head north to camp every year tho. Kindof at a dry spell tho. One year ago they had to screw my shoulder back together and couldn't go. Just now finally getting that walked off. Headed up last fall for some camping and decided I was tired of my popup and took a old beatup camper I got. Got up by Big Rapids on 131 and tore out the transmission. Only about twenty miles to go too. Had to have the whole mess hauled back home and the truck fixed. That was a small fortune. So no camping then either. Decided to get a lighter camper and always liked the fiberglass things, so that's how I got started on this one. Like to maybe go to a rally and check things out too, but hard to say when i'll be ready just yet.
What do you do in may..Mushrooms..turkey..just enjoying spring? Might be done by then.
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