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Old 08-09-2018, 11:14 AM   #191
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Almost as bad as owning a boat!

Did I mention i sold my boat?
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:16 PM   #192
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Accufab came back with a $750 quote.

Better but still higher than I had expected.
After reading about the guy who found duraplate pieces from his local trailer place I went to MY local trailer place and MAJOR SCORE! If I take my own tools and safety equipment I can cut pieces of duraplate off a wrecked trailer. They were also willing to put takeoff pieces aside for me, but this will actually be easier and there are some airhose fittings and plywood that I can salvage as well. I am so excited. It may be better for the windows than the emergency hatches, but the doors are thicker so maybe they would work?

Duraplate is aluminum skinned on both sides of a composite interior. It's what they may truck trailer walls and doors out of.

I also discovered that the big boys use dow froth packs for their spray foam insulation. They said reefers use 2" of that with the duraplate walls and doors. They have a really cool foam trimmer that looks sort of like a reel mower blade. Maybe if I take the shop some baked goods when I go scavenge duraplate they will let me come back and use their trimmer...... they said I can cut it with a circular saw with a blade with small teeth or a Sawzall.

I think this will work just as well as the sheetmetal I got for the first few windows and save me a ton of money.
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:44 PM   #193
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good for you

I would add a blender with ice cream to go with the cookies... milkshakes....

but i go overboard....often.

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Old 08-15-2018, 12:48 PM   #194
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Looks like Accufab:
qty length width price cost
2 68 41 $65.79 $131.58
4 59 41 $52.92 $211.68
2 66 41 $59.20 $118.40
2 73 41 $65.48 $130.96
2 57 41 $51.13 $102.26

Sub-Total $694.88
Tax $61.84
Total $756.72

Going to cover two window openings at a time.
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Old 08-15-2018, 01:14 PM   #195
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I skinned the outside of the Bluebird with prepainted white aluminum repair panels for semi trailers they are 49"x110" I paid $476.00 for 7 of them delivered to where my son works.I have 1 left for making the end caps where I raised the roof.the installation was straight forward. I did it by myself and I cut it with a circular saw fitted with a 60 tooth carbide blade set a twice the depth of the material. EZ peasy
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Old 08-15-2018, 01:26 PM   #196
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I forgot to add that because it is prepainted one avoids the problems associated with finishing aluminum, even if you don't like the color or you want graphics you just tape it off hit it with a fine scotchbrite pad and paint it like you would anything else. Gene
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Old 08-15-2018, 01:37 PM   #197
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Thanks Gene for the suggestion.

I have decided to stick with steel.

There were some repairs that had been done to my bus using AL rivets in steel panels. After my experience with those I decided to avoid dissimilar metals as much as I am able.
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Old 08-15-2018, 01:39 PM   #198
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Rivets

I just got off of the phone with a REALLY helpful gentleman who is very knowledgeable regarding rivets and their application in skoolies.

From: Kevin Bush
From e-Mail: kevin@rivetsinstock.com
From Company: Jay Cee Sales & Rivet, Inc.
From Phone Number: (24 478-2150
From Fax Number: (24 478-6416

Edit: When I edit this the phone numbers show up properly... 248 area code...
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Old 08-15-2018, 01:41 PM   #199
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Almost as bad as owning a boat!

Did I mention i sold my boat?
You did......

I was looking forward to going sailing when we get there..... Charter works

Edit: Captain Hillary needs to get healed up first!!
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