88 Palomino update

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  1. Goldens

    Goldens Member

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    I have uploaded some new photos of the work I have gotten done in the past couple weeks. The new torsion axle has been installed with a 1” lift and the entire frame has seen a combination of wire brushing, sanding and sandblasting, then primed and painted. Also, I could not find replacements for my 2 broken lift arm covers so I made some custom ones out of .030 aluminum. I hope to give it a new paint job soon, but the weather has to cooperate because it’s all being done outside.

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    Love your golden pic we have a 9 year old golden named buddy

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    Slick, slick job on the arm covers. Good documentation on something that can be fabbed when you can't find originals.

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  4. Goldens

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    Well, I had a couple perfect days so I got it painted from front to back, the sides can wait a little while longer. The original paint was chalking and down to bare spots in a few areas, and I also found a couple pinholes in the roof that I filled with JB weld. I used gloss white Rustoleum diluted a tiny bit with mineral spirits and 2 coats of it did the trick. Installed a new 9x9 roof vent, any bigger and the roof framework that runs side to side would have been severly weakened.

    Believe it or not, I removed the pinstripes with a hockey puck. The key is to drill a hole dead center through it for a bolt with large washers and use a slow rpm with the drill and apply firm pressure. It can still leave a black residue behind but came off fine with some denatured alcohol and steel wool followed up by some windex and then a clean rinse with water. Not as good as an eraser wheel, but I can’t complain for a dollar vs $35 for a 3M one at the auto parts store!

    Here are some before and after pic’s.

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  5. Sharon

    Sharon Dover, FL

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    WOW! looks fantastic. Great Job!.

    Cool Idea on using the hockey puck. We used a strip off wheel which is really the same thing.

    I wish our rain would stop, im just itching to get out there and work on the pup.

    Sharon
     
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    Looking good.

    Does it meet the boss's....err I mean the dog's approval? [;)]

    Beautiful dog you have there.
     
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    Looks like the dog is hoping you will finished and back on the trail.
     
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    Thanks for the compliments guys!

    After a month and a half of rain we finally had a good week to finish it up, (only minor details left) here are some more pic's.

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    Think I'll sneak a before pic in here.

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    I got the pinstripes at the auto parts store, 1/4" black & 1/2" silver flames to compliment all the aluminum on it and thought a 2 tone silver and white would look good on the fender skirts. The Palomino lettering I hand painted on with a small brush. I took a tracing of the lettering before I removed it, then with some carbon paper behind it was able to make the outline to go by. I will probably do it on the back & street side also, but wouldn't you know it's pouring rain again.

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    Replaced all screws with stainless steel ones and new vinyl inserts in the aluminum channels.

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    I also made a interior step mod for Tucker and now he can get up and down from the bed with ease, no pic's of that yet. We did get away for 7 days/6 nights to central NH for his 12th birthday in June and keep meaning to post about that in the "let me tell you about our trip section", but haven't got around to it yet.
     
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    She's a beauty, Steve!
     
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    Great work !
     
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    gypsy32 God bless the U S A

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    wow cool looking love when people take the old and make look like new again
     
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    That my man, looks friggen awesome [8D]
     
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    Dude! That's one sharp looking pup!.

    Isnt it amazing what a coat of paint and new pinstripes can do to a pup.

    Great Job!

    Sharon
     
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    Great attention to details. It looks really good. You're setting a pretty high standard for restoring older campers. My 87 Sun Valley has a loooooonfg way to go.
     
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    Super Nice!!

    Happy Trails!!
     
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    Wow, so nice to have your approval guys, thanks! [:D] The prep work was a PITA, but so worth it. Plan on giving it a coat of wax in a week or so once eveything is set.
     
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    so much talent! Wish I had the talent needed to replace 3 of the 4 sides to the roof on mine. Your's looks awesome!!!
     
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    Great job, hope you enjoy it!
     
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    I picked up a 4'x25' roll of Reflectix yesterday and installed it today. One roll did the whole thing. I did have to piece together the bunk ends.

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    Borrowed a 5'x7' emergency blanket from a friend to do a test fit and that size will work out perfectly for some homemade Gizmo's for the bunk ends.

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    Also picked up a 12' extension hose and filter for my Mr Buddy Heater to run it with a 20lb tank, got sick of using up those 1lb bottles. We plan on camping in Maine the last half of September for 10 days or so without elec or water hookups and hope to stay nice and cozy with this setup. It usually gets down to freezing that time of year.
     
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    Good job on the paint job, Reflectix, and more!!!

    One note - I have heard you MUST get a Mr. Buddy LP filter and install it inline if you use the extension hose and larger tank. I need to get one for my rig this fall....its on the never-ending list!

    Happy Camping!
     

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