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Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 09-20-2018, 09:21 AM
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Posted By SteveV
Thanks Kai! We plan on doing some trips to...

Thanks Kai!

We plan on doing some trips to enjoy the Fall colors here in NC. I'm sure we'll have a list of things to add/change on the amerigo once we start using it.


I did call it a few...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 09-12-2018, 09:02 AM
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Posted By SteveV
Here's a few other interior pics. Next I...

Here's a few other interior pics.

Next I need to figure out something for the large back window. The gaucho seat cushion top actually comes up just above the bottom of the window so any curtains...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 09-12-2018, 08:51 AM
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Posted By SteveV
Just an quick update on the amerigo progress. ...

Just an quick update on the amerigo progress.

We did take it out last week for trip & that was good motivation to tie up some loose ends that kept getting put off (by me!).

With the...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 12-26-2017, 03:20 PM
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Posted By SteveV
The list of things to do has gotten smaller now...

The list of things to do has gotten smaller now so hopefully we'll be camping in the amerigo soon instead of just working on it. It doesn't seem like it but it's been nearly 2 years since I started...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 12-20-2017, 02:51 PM
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Posted By SteveV
I'm getting close now. I've got the fold down...

I'm getting close now. I've got the fold down dinette table top finished & installed. :feet

I had initially planned to replace the original table as it had a few issues but in the end it was...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 11-25-2017, 03:55 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Thanks Gordon. Similar to what Paul/Kai had...

Thanks Gordon.
Similar to what Paul/Kai had done. First I rough cut them about 1/4" oversize from some 1" x 4" boards then used a disc/belt sander combo to get the final curve to them. My belt...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 11-25-2017, 09:22 AM
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Posted By SteveV
Thanks Kai! I do like the mirror there as it...

Thanks Kai!
I do like the mirror there as it gives it a bigger "feel" inside but it does mess with your mind when you're looking at pictures of it! :hmm
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 11-25-2017, 08:27 AM
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Posted By SteveV
I'm trying to keep costs down by using the...

I'm trying to keep costs down by using the original cushions, they are still in good shape although the dinette seat backs were in pretty bad condition from water leaking at the front window. I did...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 11-25-2017, 08:22 AM
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Posted By SteveV
I had some time to make the inside window trim...

I had some time to make the inside window trim corner pieces, I called them the "rib bones" but they really finished off the windows. I need to revive the old fold down table top now & get that...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 10-12-2017, 08:14 PM
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Posted By SteveV
It was luck on the mirror. I knew the size of the...

It was luck on the mirror. I knew the size of the opening but didn't have a tape measure on me while shopping at the Goodwill so I did the next best thing......I laid the mirror on the floor & used...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 10-05-2017, 02:42 PM
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Posted By SteveV
A little more progress on the Amerigo! I got to...

A little more progress on the Amerigo!
I got to spend some more time on the FG-16 in the last couple of weeks & got a few small things done. :cool:
The second dinette bench is built, installed &...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 09-18-2017, 08:27 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Thanks, I used 1/4" luan from Home Depot. I had...

Thanks, I used 1/4" luan from Home Depot. I had to sort through their pile to find ones good enough & without defects to stain for the wood toned panels. The white panels were finished with a...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-22-2017, 01:36 PM
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Posted By SteveV
I ran 1/2" black iron pipe under the trailer &...

I ran 1/2" black iron pipe under the trailer & stubbed it up thru the floor. I have it capped off inside for the fridge use if needed but I did use copper line from the black pipe to the stove top....
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-21-2017, 05:51 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Thanks Kai! I did reuse the original doors. The...

Thanks Kai!
I did reuse the original doors. The closet/toilet area had a sort of bi-fold door on the inside that opened/attached next to the stove top giving a little larger private area when using...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-20-2017, 06:29 PM
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Posted By SteveV
John, I used a 1/4" luan/flooring underlayment...

John, I used a 1/4" luan/flooring underlayment from Home Depot. I cut /fit the pieces, primed/painted the backside, primed the front side w/wallpaper primer (sizing) & applied a textured vinyl...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-20-2017, 05:27 PM
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Posted By SteveV
I have had some extra help the past few...

I have had some extra help the past few days.......this little guy has been hanging around. :slap: I think he's wondering when his move in date is!

I plan on using a small dorm fridge but I did...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-20-2017, 05:15 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Here's a few pics of the semi-finished back end....

Here's a few pics of the semi-finished back end. I plan on trimming the windows with some 3/4" x 1/2" oak that I still need to rip on the table saw. The third brake light is mounted on the inside of...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-20-2017, 05:06 PM
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Posted By SteveV
I'm getting to the fun part now....installing...

I'm getting to the fun part now....installing some finished wall panels! It's a great feeling to finally get to this stage of the project.

I still need to finish the rear bench for the front...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-20-2017, 04:53 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,989
Posted By SteveV
I've made some good progress in the last few...

I've made some good progress in the last few weeks. :dance
The galley has come together without too much trouble. I did get rid of the oven as I didn't think we would ever use that appliance....
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-13-2017, 07:02 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Thanks Kai! I've been looking closely at your...

Thanks Kai! I've been looking closely at your pics & the other Amerigos on this site for ideas. Hopefully it'll look like a camper again soon.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-13-2017, 11:37 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,989
Posted By SteveV
I plan on adding a small window ac unit using the...

I plan on adding a small window ac unit using the upper part of the fridge access area & making a slide type of mounting for it. When in use it'll stick out past the door, when not needed it will...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-13-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,989
Posted By SteveV
Yes & it was a well needed relief as it seems...

Yes & it was a well needed relief as it seems like everything else on this project has taken the hard road.

I have the closet wall & door frame set now. It's amazing how much strength 1x2's &...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-12-2017, 07:46 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Overhead cabinets were next. In the original...

Overhead cabinets were next. In the original build the factory did the wall paneling first then hung the cabinets over the top part of the wall. That means that any wall panel replacement requires...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-12-2017, 07:11 PM
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Posted By SteveV
The center fridge cabinet was next. I'm coating...

The center fridge cabinet was next. I'm coating everything wood with either paint, stain and clear polyeurathane on all sides with the hope it will prevent future rot or mold.

That translates...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-12-2017, 06:54 PM
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Posted By SteveV
It was time to start on the seating & bed bases....

It was time to start on the seating & bed bases. I upgraded the rear bed from the 5/8" plywood that it originally had to 3/4". I also added a piece of 1 1/2" angle iron salvaged from an old bed frame...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-12-2017, 06:39 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Trunk door pic.

Trunk door pic.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-12-2017, 06:37 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Vacation is over!

After a 6 month break I'm back to working on the Amerigo.:hiding

The doors for the trunk & refrigerator access had .020" aluminum panels in them & after 45 years they were both pretty beat up...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 04-09-2016, 08:19 PM
Replies: 91
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Posted By SteveV
I haven't replaced the weather stripping yet but...

I haven't replaced the weather stripping yet but there is a worn piece at the bottom that I need to replace. If I find something that works I'll post it up.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-29-2016, 06:46 PM
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Posted By SteveV
I decided to make the sideboards out of some 3/4"...

I decided to make the sideboards out of some 3/4" solid oak instead of the original plywood, I felt there was a better chance of the oak holding up for many years....hopefully decades! It took a few...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-29-2016, 05:50 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Another step forward, the door frame is done &...

Another step forward, the door frame is done & the door is installed. :woohoo:

The original door frame side boards were made of 3/4" plywood but after years of water leaking in there wasn't much...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-10-2016, 09:59 PM
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Posted By SteveV
The aluminum window frames were all bent &...

The aluminum window frames were all bent & distorted at the screw holes probably from over-tightening when it was built. These need to be straightened first or you'll never get a good seal. I used a...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-10-2016, 09:31 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Every window frame was rotted from leaks & split...

Every window frame was rotted from leaks & split from having the screws run in off center of the wood. It seemed like it took forever to do but I drilled pilot holes for every screw before assembling...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-10-2016, 09:16 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Another milestone, all of the wood window frames...

Another milestone, all of the wood window frames have been been replaced & the windows ~ cargo doors are all installed/resealed. :slap:

I probably went overboard on it but I'm hoping the "above &...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-28-2016, 10:04 PM
Replies: 91
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Posted By SteveV
Thanks Stude, Restoring classic cars is what I've...

Thanks Stude, Restoring classic cars is what I've been doing for the last 35+ years also so redoing this camper has been a little change of pace.

I didn't use the marine grade plywood, I figured...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-28-2016, 12:11 PM
Replies: 91
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Posted By SteveV
That's funny because after I explained what I was...

That's funny because after I explained what I was doing to the Amerigo a good friend said to me "you know how to get around all of that is to buy a new camper!" I certainly didn't expect to be...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-28-2016, 09:23 AM
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Posted By SteveV
In the interest of safety, (and keeping someone...

In the interest of safety, (and keeping someone from driving thru the back of my Amerigo) I wanted to install a high center mounted third brake light and I had originally planned to mount it...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-12-2016, 08:19 AM
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Posted By SteveV
I still have my '04 Silverado, it pulls the...

I still have my '04 Silverado, it pulls the Amerigo easily!
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-11-2016, 08:37 PM
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Posted By SteveV
Thanks Clive, It's a 74 Scout II, 345 4 bbl 4...

Thanks Clive, It's a 74 Scout II, 345 4 bbl 4 speed & it's a blast to drive. I just sold it a few months ago after owning it for 25 years to a neighbor that had been eyeing it for some time.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-07-2016, 10:11 PM
Replies: 91
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Posted By SteveV
Before & after pics on the spring mount...

Before & after pics on the spring mount conversion. I'll feel a little more at ease pulling the camper now. The tire clearance was so close before the lift that I could barely fit my fingers between...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-07-2016, 10:02 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,989
Posted By SteveV
While the low ride height is good for ease of...

While the low ride height is good for ease of entry into the camper it was a little scary with the steep entrances to many gas stations & driveways around here. More than once on the trip home I...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-07-2016, 09:19 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,989
Posted By SteveV
The frame was in fairly good shape, it just had a...

The frame was in fairly good shape, it just had a little surface rust mainly on the bottom edge so I put it up on jack stands high enough to get underneath it. After a week of sanding, priming and...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-07-2016, 09:02 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,989
Posted By SteveV
I've made a little more progress since my last...

I've made a little more progress since my last post. The plywood is bonded to the fiberglass underbelly and the front section is 'glassed in around the edges. I did leave drain reliefs about every 8"...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 01-16-2016, 06:31 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,989
Posted By SteveV
The temperature here has been a little cool but I...

The temperature here has been a little cool but I did get some fiberglass work done today.
I'm doing away with the original Thetford "electra magic" toilet so I 'glassed up the hole in the floor...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 01-13-2016, 10:21 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,989
Posted By SteveV
There was surprisingly just enough rotten pieces...

There was surprisingly just enough rotten pieces left to use for a pattern to cut the new plywood. I have the plywood cut & fitted in, I hope to get it 'glassed in by the weekend.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 01-13-2016, 10:17 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,989
Posted By SteveV
Amerigo Progress......Finally!

I finally made some good progress on the Amerigo. I was hoping to avoid the complete gut & rebuild but after getting into the project it became obvious what needed to be done........you guessed...
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