Sunday, May 14, 2006

Tonque Restoration Complete

The Pacer tonque had been modified somewhere and sometime ago. It had a weird extension the pushed the coupler out to about 4 feet from the front of the cabin. Also we were unsure of the condition of the extension welding and metal. So we had a welder cut the extension off and return the Pacer to a more original configuration. Once the welding was completed we sandblasted the rust away and painted the frame with POR15, POR Tie Coat and the silver paint. Another step towards completion of the project.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

The sub-floor is finished!

The plywood decking has now been completely redone. All 4 sheets of the original plywood had major damage so it was easier just to replace each of the 4 sheets. This was done in stages so as to always keep some plywood between the frame and the shell and thus keep the shell from falling down abd collapsing the gap where the new plywood had to slip into. The frame was painted while it was exposed. Most of was in good shape. Only one cross member in the rear had to be repaired. The edges of the new decking were sealed with penetrating epoxy. The new decking was fastened to the frame with elevator bolts, self tapping, slotted or normal. All work was done from the top side of the decking. In some places we cut access panels in the new decking to get to the bottom side of the bolt. The decking was also cut into 2 pieces so as to allow it to slip into the slot between the frame and bottom of the shell. This cut was fastened back together with screws into a overlappping piece of plywood below the cut. A full sheet 1/8" sheet of plywood was the used smoothly cover the decking. Either carpet or vinyl sheet flooring will cover the plywood.