I think we'll call it 'Lulu' lol

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  1. hq308

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    Nice work so far, I'm sure your daughter will be happy with it.

    The basic design and layout appears to be similar to mine but the details are different.
     
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    Yeah it is really close, but not quite... I was just so excited to see 'anyone' with something similar :)
     
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    This morning hubby headed over to ol'mate the sheet metal man to get some new resting brackets folded up... while we wait for those to be built the panel work is being finished.
    Almost ready for primer...

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    Sanding the last side YAY!!!
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    Thought you might want to see what a resto really looks like lol
    This is what the original lifting arms look like... see why we had to replace them.
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    And this is what came out of the Pup... most of it will be used as templates for the new improved versions
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    What my driveway looks like when hubby has a project on. lol
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    A new day... and a world of difference :)

    First up was primer on the outside of the trailer
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    Then onto the interior... we chose white because it's a small space and with most of it covered by cabinets and seating all the storage areas are inside those small spaces... you want to be able to see whats in there :)
    Because the old floor will be hidden under 'everything' we didn't have to worry too much about where excess paint landed... bonus! lol
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    Moving right along we lay'd the new OSB. Hubby made a mad dash (over an hours drive each way) up the road at 7pm last night to get the flooring because our local hardware didn't know what product we were talking about... thank heavens for late night shopping :)
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    And then the moment we all have been waiting for... well mostly it's been me waiting ;) to see what Lulu would look like with her new face on. I mentioned before that the plan was a charcoal colour for the outside, that was mostly because our daughter said if she couldn't have black then the closest colour to it would have to do... yep we are that kinda family lol

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    As you can see it's pretty dark, but depending on the light source (and what it's reflecting) it almost looks blue in places.
    Hubby painted the back bumper bar the same colour, when the lights and propeller plate strip go on it will break that up a tad... as will all the things that go back on the sides.
     
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    We are back at work for the next few days (Fri to Sun) so the last thing we did today after unmasking everything was to lay the vinyl flooring in place. The vinyl isn't attached anywhere as yet to allow it to settle and loose some of it's 'rolled up memory'... we just roughly cut it to shape :)

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    After what seems like forever, it is just so cool to see it clean and tidy... and in single colours lol
     
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    Very nice! Nice pics., keep them coming.
     
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    Back on the camper today and hubby is making wonderful progress with the internals.
    Step 1/ make ladders :)
    Hubby uses Cube-Lock aluminium for lots of creations that need to be both light and strong. I't a simple cut to length & knock together system with heavy duty plastic connectors that allow for straights, corners and multiple angle joint construction... all with his trusty knock-ometer.
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    The assorted connectors.
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    The finished frame is then pop-riveted to the wall (near the door) or to the angle iron previously welded to the inner walls of the trailer. The bottom rail of the frame is pre-drilled and then screwed through into the timber floor.
    Here you can see the U'shape area which will be seating (to the left) and the cabinet section (to the right) as well as the frame for the cooler cabinet all alone in the corner :)
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    Aluminium angle tie-backs across the top will support the timber lift up lids and the seat bases.
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    All the tie-backs finished :)
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    Great restoration project.
    Just curious: are you keeping track of the hours and money you are spending on this?
     
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    thanks :)
    Keeping track of the hours? No, not at all lol.
    Keeping track of the $'s spent? Yes! Because this project is for our eldest daughter, so we are really spending her money.
     
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    The start for new canvas was cutting up the old stuff :)

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    Kudos on the progress!
     
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    All the cabinets are in... yay!!
    Well the lids aren't attached yet because they have to be painted first. The large silver lined (insulation) cabinet is of course where the cooler goes, and it's lid is the first cab off the rank for paint :)

    The old bed base that you can see in this pic was the only one we could reuse and it now has it's new lip firmly in place... along with new hinges which will miraculously turn white in the final view lol

    Hubby spent time painting half of every hinge (for the lift up lids) white so they won't be a feature... bless him

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    The new canvas is well underway... and I gotta say the NTU industrial machine is a dream to use!
    I mentioned before that it's been a very long time since I have done this kind of work, so I have taken it slow, 'thinking twice & sewing once' :) We even did a test hang with 2 sections... the longest side and one of the bed ends roof section... to make sure my 'theories' (and measurements) were sound. Thank the universe all was as it should be :)

    So the things we are changing from the original canvas design/construction are not too dramatic, but just made sense to us.
    After pulling out a gazillion tiny bits of broken wood from the top pocket that attaches to the roof, we decided to use 25mm perforated metal strapping in it's place... It's light weight, easy to work and has holes every 100mm to put screws through.
    The window screening is now fibreglass instead of shade-cloth... seriously it was, I'm not lying lol
    Two windows instead of one large one on the long wall... for easy of management and cross ventilation.
    Smaller rectangular windows on the head and foot walls of the bed ends... for the same reason :)
    Zippers on the four wall corners.
    *will talk about the new hardware when we get up to that part.

    Since we were doing a complete colour change on the pup we decided to flow that through to the canvas as well... The side walls are all mid grey. The 'dirty' areas, where hands get involved connecting canvas to the trailer/bed bases/bows/door ect. are charcoal grey. The bed ends roof sections and inside trim are silver grey.

    This pic shows my cutting table (pool table with boards on top) with a bed end roof/wall panel getting it's lil'window pined in place :)
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    This pic shows my sewing space (formally known as the bbq area). An old chalk board sign that's been kicking around for years on top of 2 chairs made for a perfect bench behind the sewing machine to take up the excess material as I sew, and the lift up servery window gives more than enough light to see what I'm doing. :)
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    I also have the old 'reference pieces' close and handy to double check if need be.
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    Another modification was some new bed end frames... the original ones were rusted wrecks, hubby got some 19mm OD aluminium tube and a few Bimini fittings to built a 'new and improved' version!
    They fold down onto the ply and will have a velcro strap to keep them in place when the bed base hinges inward.
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    The maths involved had me going cross-eyed but hubby worked it all out... gotta love a pipe-bender :)
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    Because we live near the beach this part of the pipe bending equation wasn't too hard to come by.
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    The cabinet/seating area lids now have their makeup on (water wash charcoal) and are attached!
    I'm thinking a light coat of bondcrete might add another layer of protection from wet swimsuits and towels... if there is time :)
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    Looking awesome!
     
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    Nice work on the canvas.

    Mine had wood in the pocket where it mounts to the roof too but I replaced it with aluminium flat bar when we had it out to repair the door.
     
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    Yeah it's sorta sounds like we're complaining about the 'old way' they did things... but really we're not... just finding newer products to do the job that they didn't have 44 years ago :)
     
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    I was just thinking that???
     
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    Nice work thus far, you may have to talk in inches so the rest of the world will understand! Lol
    Are you allowing extra for shrinkage?
     
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