1991 Starcraft Meteor Build Thread

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by BigTap, Feb 24, 2018.

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    Lol that i do haha. I needed another one or 4 after I investigated where the cable came up and found the coco puffs box was the structure behind the tape. Oy vey good thin all that panneling and bemches are coming out anyways for a more modern updated look.
     
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    Removed the benches,the sink,the ice chest, exposed the rot, cleaned it some more and got all the lift cables installed today. Only thing left for the lift set up now is to se it back up remove the support boards and fine tune and level it.
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    I love the recycled Hockey Stick.[A]
     
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    It was a selling point form me
     
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    After alot of wd40 white grease and some finagleing my lift system is now full functional amd lifting up an down super smooth! My father in law came over tonight to lend a hand with lowering the top off yhe 2x4s, the leveling everything just right and tightening it all down. Once we got that done we started the process of lifting it but the new cables didnt wanna play ball at first and kept binding up on the rollers. So we went up a little as soon as we hit some resistance we stopped used greaeless silicon wd40 on the cables and lift posts and white lithium wd40 on the cables under and on the gears below. The lowered all the way down and went back up again each time getting further and further up. Until we got the entire length then we were able to use the level and adjust the turn buckels until everything was nice and level.

    Also found an ant nest in the floor good thing i was planing to replace most of the floor anyways. Hopefully the reat of the internals and the flooring and wall coverings can come out this weekend.
     
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    Congrats on your successful repair!
     
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    Thank you
     
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    More progress from today. Almost done with the demo. Gotta remove the wall pannels and set some ant traps then the fun starts

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    Do you feel like you are on schedule? The way things are going with me, I'm not sure I'll be camping anytime soon.
     
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    Inch by inch, it's a cinch. Our camping season here in Texas is really closing down because of high heat and restarts in October for me. Think you'll have yours ready by the Fall? We don't really have much to do on ours besides a new lift cable and maintenance and cleanup which I'll take my time over the summer prepping for the Fall. But I understand the anxious feelings about getting out and doing some camping. Soon though.
     
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    I am way off schedule lol the extended cold weather and almost complete loss of march due to snow storms (i work for the utility company and worked for almost 2 1/2 weeks straight 12 hour shifts most of them). However i have multiple backup plans for the camping season. I have a 10 person 2 room cabin tent we could use and I also have the ability to use my mothers camper whenever i want so my season is not shot. But we did want to use our own camper this year However i would prefer to do it once and do it right.
     
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    Thankfully the lift cables were pretty easy to fix it only took about 5 hours from start to finish to replace the main pieces and get everything functioning and leveling. Good luck with yours
     
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    Thanks, which pieces did you replace?
     
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    I replaced all 8 lower cables, and took out the whole crank assembly, cleaned it, lubed it up and lubed up the cables as i slowly lifted the top up and down. Each time it got tight i sprayed wd40 white lithium grease then lowered it and sprayed again. Then lifted til it got tight and repeated until it was easy to lift up and down. Once i start the actual rebuild and put new latches on i will install a stop cable to prevent over lifting of it for the future.

    I also purchased 4 of the arm cablea as they are now the oldest cables and wanted to make sure i had back ups in the event that i got stuck and needed them. The tools needed to replace lift cables will be put in my tool box along with 1 of every cable so i have the parts incase a cable snaps while on the road.
     
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    Great job and awesome prep for future field repairs. My dad always carried extra parts in the family station wagon on vacations. I can recall him replacing the clutch on the side of a mountain on a fire trail in the Pocono Mtns. in PA. Remember the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared.
     
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    It took me 4 months to get a title and tag and I wouldn't do anything to the camper itself until I could get a title. I have been buying things that I will need to setup camp and I've still got to get my truck outfitted. I'm going to get the posts cut today to hold up the roof so I can remove the sideboards.
    I don't have a/c so the heat will be an issue. I don't have a problem with no a/c except at night to sleep - it doesn't have to be cold, just cool enough I don't sweat. If all goes well, I should be ready by fall. My biggest problem is health issues. Not only to doing repairs, but setting up camp. I have got to get a powered lift for the roof - hopefully a power drill will work. I tried to use my 18v drill the other day to lower the scissor jacks and it did okay on 3, but not on the 4th and the jacks are nothing compared to the roof. So, I will try an electric hammer drill with the grip handle.

    I don't know what shape my cables are in. I ordered some dry lube with Teflon for the bed slides and thought I could use that on the cables. If I can get everything put together, I think I'll take it for somebody that knows what they're doing to look at it because I sure don't.
     
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    Looking good! I recently bought the same make, model, and even year camper. So please, keep posting lots of pics. ;) We plan on redoing the layout of ours, so I'm glad to see everything coming out relatively easily. Do you plan on doing anything with the roof, or is it OK now that your lift cables are fixed? I'm looking at an entire replacement job.
     
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    Well last night we bought our flooring. We decided to go with a single sheet piece of vinyl. We opted for this instead of peel and stick which may have been a bit easier because we didn't want any places for water to get through the flooring and to the new plywood we will be installing. We got a pretty good deal at $0.76 a SQ. Ft. however our lovely friends don't sell it by the SQ. Ft. but by the linear foot (even though the employee insisted it was by the SQ. Ft. but that's neither here nor there) and we had to get a 12Ft. long sheet. So we opted to go with a 12 x 9 piece so that we ensured we were not short and can cut to size when we install it. Over all the vinyl ran us only $82 which I can complain about since we went to a flooring store to go look at some really really nice vinyl and they wanted $380 and we had to buy the $120 glue if we wanted the 10 or 20 year warranty on it but the $40 glue would work if we didnt care about the warranty. Fro what it's worth Depot sells the glue for $27.

    The web site price is greater than the in store price which is nice for a change too lol.

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    The rebuild is looking good so far, keep the pictures coming. The main purpose of this reply is to subscribe to the thread :)

    I toyed around with putting a stereo in mine, but ultimately decided to skip it. I'm so rarely in the camper that indoor speakers didn't make sense. Plus I didn't have a good place to mount outdoor speakers, nor did I want anything that loud in public campgrounds, so I went with a portable Bose Bluetooth speaker that works marvelously for listening to Greg Schulte call my baseball games while cooking dinner in the summertime!!
     

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