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Old 02-08-2019, 06:00 PM   #15
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Thankfully, I have not had any issues with leaking from the side windows. As they weren't leaking when I brought it home, I followed the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" maxim and did not mess with them. That said, a former Love Bug owner on this forum Cat F did remove the windows. She was able to clean up and reseat the originals without replacing them. I was pretty impressed with that effort. She kept an album of their project if you want to share with the fellow rebuilding yours (window album here & full album here, also her restoration thread). I am certain they could be replaced with new windows from a modern manufacturer though. If you opt for that route, I have someone locally that might be interested in your old windows ;-) There are many threads on this forum with instructions on setting windows.

As I store the unit under cover, I have yet to replace the seals on the front and rear windows. The dry rotted seals and years spent untouched outdoors in the elements were responsible for the floor rot I encountered. I replaced all of the flooring when I pulled the shell off the frame. Replacing the seals is on my short list of things to finish in the coming months. I have heard it is the most tedious part of a top to bottom restoration and a great exercise in patience--which is something I am short on, haha.

Where did you find someone to restore the trailer for you? That is a beautiful thing! I look forward to seeing photos.

Rob
We have ordered a new front and rear window from Scamp but will try to refurbish the side windows. We have not seen any replacements that are close enough in size to ours to make them work. We will check out Cat F's threads on how to do that, thanks for the links!

When we first bought the Love Bug we knew the trailer needed some help so we took it to the only place we could think of nearby which was Camping World. They took one look at it and said flat out its too old, they wouldn't touch it. But they did recommend a local guy who does restoration and metal work out of his home. We were really lucky to find him. He is going to rebuild the trailer and undercoat the entire bottom of the camper and trailer to weatherize and protect it. He's also going to patch and paint the exterior because he has the ability to do that easily and we don't. We felt those were the most important jobs to keep it safe and weather tight. The rest of the project we are going to undergo ourselves!

Thanks for the info, the windows will be our first project when we get it back.
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Painting is the last thing to do. Make sure the frame is solid, replace that axle, at which time you can add spacers for addition height.
Replace the floor if rotten and or soft spots
Looks like the bottom of the door needs some work and needs to be reshaped.
Watch the local Craig’s list, Facebook market place for used refrigerator, converter, water pump etc. great source for parts.
Congratulations, and have fun.
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:28 PM   #17
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Painting is the last thing to do. Make sure the frame is solid, replace that axle, at which time you can add spacers for addition height.
Replace the floor if rotten and or soft spots
Looks like the bottom of the door needs some work and needs to be reshaped.
Watch the local Craig’s list, Facebook market place for used refrigerator, converter, water pump etc. great source for parts.
Congratulations, and have fun.
Great tips thanks!
You're right about the door. I saw a thread where the door of a Love Bug had some vertical wooden supports on the inside made into what looks like a magazine rack. Those would support the curve of the door and maintain the shape. Not sure if it was original or not, but I think they could be fabricated to help with the flattening at the bottom. I'm curious if anyone has anymore detail on the original structure of these doors...
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I don’t know about the love bug door. But some other models have taken on water though the window. That caused a mushy mess.
There are threads on how to repair., I’m sure someone will lead you to them.
You can make a template of the door opening and cut door to reshape.
Which you would want to do before paint.
Couldn’t tell if the furnace was still in it. An old pop up camper would be a great donor for furnace, water tank, pump, fridge, etc.
I’ve brought them back from the dead. You have good bones, do it right or don’t do it at all.
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