Rebuild: 1994 Palomino mustang

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  1. Turboman

    Turboman New Member

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    I’m new here so don’t mind my ignorance, I just purchased tonight, a 94 palomino mustang and as I got it home and raised it up again the canvas fell in one corner and revealed a rotted board. The board seems to be the end board for the roof where the canvas screws into
    Any help as to how I can replace the board is appreciated greatly :)
     

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    Did you check the sideboards?
     
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    They seem to be solid from what I can tell. I’m new to all this, is there a certain way to check them? I went inside and pushed on where the screws are and it seems to be tight on the side boards
     
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    I knew mine were bad, but they were worse than I thought. I think it is the water damage in the sideboards that caused the damage to the front and back of the roof. I've got the driver's side mostly off. It is so bad that I can't even use it as a template to cut a new one. Hopefully the sideboard on the passenger side will be doable.
     
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    Poke around with a screwdriver and anywhere it goes into the wood with ease is rotting.
     
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    Thanks for the replies everybody, is there a certain way to replace them? Or is it as simple as remove canvas, remove board and install a new one?
     
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    The end boards would be easier to replace than the side boards. The lifts are on the side boards. I saw a couple of good YouTube videos on the repair of those boards.
     
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    What’s the best sealer to use after replacing the boards?
     
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    Thanks everyone! Any recommendations for what I should use on the backside of the new boards to glue the aluminum skin to?
     
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    What are you using for the skin?
     
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    I think liquid nails would do the trick.
     
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    I was going to use the outer skin that’s already on it, as long as I can get the old rotted would off of it and it still be in good shape
     
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    I can't salvage any of mine.
     
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    Well a couple weekends ago, I popped it up to camp out in the backyard with my kids, nephew, and niece. 15 minutes into laying on the one bunk end with my wife, the bunk drops 3 inches. So we roll out and take a look and the one end of the camper split and pulled away from the side wall about 2 inches revealing rot that wasn’t visible. So needless to say me and my wife are going to take on a frame up resto. Stay tuned
     
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    When you first get your PUP, everything is so overwhelming and seems impossible. But after a while, it's like "I can do that, no problem."
     
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    07646277-6060-40E2-BE52-0FEA87862204.jpeg 7516F7E5-6272-436F-8909-C168A3415599.jpeg EC96118F-60BD-4210-AF32-D2C66081DF74.jpeg 9099E07E-054E-47DD-A8E0-6F9FCCBEF411.jpeg 60650E95-6060-4217-8C3D-BD7F9AD30CAB.jpeg Well it’s been awhile, after discovering the rot in the palominos interior, me and my wife went and purchased a 1994 Jayco eagle 10. We immediately new what to look for and it was incredibly in great shape so we purchased it for a deal.
    We took it home and my wife repainted all the cabinets, made new curtains, laid down peel and stick flooring and we went all over the state with it with our kids.

    we pulled it out of the garage yesterday to check for any mice or bugs and luckily it over wintered really well! So the 2020 Michigan camping season is about to be underway for us.

    After popping up the jayco we decided to just go for the gusto and we popped up the palomino and decided to just dig into it. We started by removing the pull out beds. All that took was a handful of screws being removed and the metal track holding the bunks in and those were off.

    next we went to the roof and attempted to remove all the screws holding the canvas to the top. The rot is completely all around the top so the screws would just spin but eventually we got them out. After that we removed the wiring harness for the lights from the top, and removed the canvas from the lower completely. Next we lowered the top down and put slabs of wood to hold the top a few inches from the body and my wife crawled in and removed the screws holding the lift arms to the top. We attempted to lift the top and the ends where we were holding completely fell away from rot and so did one of the side boards. So we left off there until we get some more time to pick away at it. This year Palomino rood skin is made up of four pieces of aluminum. Does anyone know of a place that we could locate just one complete slab of aluminum for the top?
     
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    We were able to get out side for a few hours the other day and get measurements of the roof so we could plan how we want to rebuild the it.
    Me and my wife are thinking we want to add a few inches of height to the roof to accommodate for thicker mattresses. We’re also thinking of making the roof more squared off on the ends instead of at an angle like the original design. The pile of “wood” is what’s left of the sideboards after being removed the roof. After we removed our super fan from the roof, We seen the whole thing is just saturated with water. 0D4D12A9-6008-40BC-91D8-D650F688FE93.jpeg 1F5E4BBC-FC6B-4DAC-9847-7527995DD73A.jpeg 20C2263D-0176-41AE-8C3A-2A726D876F19.jpeg 260D1C84-9757-4E71-A5DF-3AA963139854.jpeg 166701AE-B227-4089-AAD2-98E63D7D9E76.jpeg 897F30E5-92F2-4735-9D46-AF586C4D4F00.jpeg
     
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    We were able to get the roof onto the ground and flipped over. We peeled the skin off and the whole thing was soaked with water. But we were able to get measurements from the remains of the wood. D8036815-F88F-4F24-830B-AD1365DC92E0.jpeg AB2A8BC8-4CAF-4D73-B349-6842B8C020D7.jpeg 7FC9347F-EF9E-419C-82BC-62C70D42829C.jpeg
     
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    Any more progress on this project? I'm getting ready to start one of my own 95 Palomino txl hard side.
     
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