Saturday, April 08, 2006

The big job - Replace the floor

We started the effort to replace the floor in the Pacer. First all the cabinets, the sofa and the bed were removed. Turns out there's only one way to get the cabinets out. The big wardrobe was unscrewed first but then was too big to move to and thru the door until the sink cabinet was removed. Parts were bagged and labeled to aid in putting it back together later. Took about a day to remove all the insides. Then the full floor could be examined in detail. Turns out most will have to be replaced. We will try the "body on" method and replace the floor in sections.

The front 3 or 4 feet of the rotten floor was removed. The frame appears to be OK which is good. We were worried about having to fix the frame. Then the inner front skin was removed. In this Pacer the lower inner panel went from the door around the front and over to the side window. It is a large section of AL.

The removed furniture took up a good section in my workshop. Probably about half as much space as the Airstream. The next outing for the Pacer is the Vintage Rally at Mystic Springs on April 20-23. Come on by and see the Pacer under construction. Then get a ticket. You may be the lucky winner in October.