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Old 01-09-2018, 09:28 AM   #361
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Great job you're doing on this project, Rich. Hope you have many good times camping in it.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:35 AM   #362
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I agree with Evereddie....please post up pics of your welding machine restoration, GnS!

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Well I appreciate the enthusiasm guys , but I donít necessarily want to clog up an RV forum with pictures of a welder. Hehe. I have them in a Dropbox folder I can link to, but the pictures arenít in chronological order due to the file naming applied by the Dropbox site. Iíll work on re-arranging them into a more meaningful presentation then Iíll share the link.
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:16 PM   #363
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Well I appreciate the enthusiasm guys , but I donít necessarily want to clog up an RV forum with pictures of a welder. Hehe. I have them in a Dropbox folder I can link to, but the pictures arenít in chronological order due to the file naming applied by the Dropbox site. Iíll work on re-arranging them into a more meaningful presentation then Iíll share the link.


Well, I canít get the pictures into chronological order so Iíll just share the link. Basically, this welder was sitting in a pole barn in central Texas for a few years before the ownerís son brought to Dallas. He listed it on Craigslist for next to nothing so I bought it and restored it inside and out.

Take a look if you want: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y4xaq4ty9...NQZ0Bhgaa?dl=0

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Old 01-11-2018, 09:12 PM   #364
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Wow! You did a fantastic job, Greg! You really did it as well as possible....dis-assembling the entire machine. Very professional restoration.

What did you do to transfer those Photoshop face plates onto the welder?

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Old 01-11-2018, 11:32 PM   #365
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Wow! You did a fantastic job, Greg! You really did it as well as possible....dis-assembling the entire machine. Very professional restoration.

What did you do to transfer those Photoshop face plates onto the welder?

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Thanks for the kind words. Now you understand how your project reminds me of mine. And you are doing a fantastic job as well!

So, I contemplated a few different methods of getting those PS files onto metal. Silkscreen was too expensive for a one-off job like that, and there were some various home brew etching methods I looked at also. In the end, I found out that my local Fast Signs location had a large bed inkjet that could lay down UV stabilized ink. I purchased the aluminum sheet at the local HD and took it to them for printing. When I got it back, I was able to carefully score the edges around the signage and break the sheet on the scored line. I manually sanded the corners to radius them. To put the serial and code numbers back on, I bought a set of metal number punches. Finally, I sprayed clear coat on them to protect the ink from scratches.

The wiring diagrams inside the shroud were in bad shape and believe it or not, Lincoln was able to send me PDF files of those drawings once I gave them the numbers. I touched them up a bit then printed on adhesive paper on my inkjet. They got a shot of clear coat also for protection.

But enough about me, this is your restoration thread and Iím excited to see your finished project too.

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Old 01-12-2018, 04:17 AM   #366
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Amazing! I'm glad I asked. I never would have known about that type of printing option for replacing the face plates.

And it's refreshing to know that Lincoln Electric was cooperative enough to work with you on those PDF files. That is a big company.

I actually attended a week-long seminar there and got to tour their manufacturing facility. Quite a place!

That welder is even better than when it was new!

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Old 03-02-2018, 03:24 PM   #367
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Hey Rich, you gonna be ready for a camping trip this spring?
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We are all dying for an update. Jay
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Old 03-03-2018, 08:39 AM   #369
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We are all dying for an update. Jay
Things have been slow going, but we've been putzing with some interior stuff.

I will update this weekend.

Kyle...we're not ready yet, but we will be ready by July!

That's when our first trip is planned.

Thanks for asking!

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Old 03-04-2018, 03:29 PM   #370
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A few new things...

First, here's a water-logged piece of trim that goes on the side of the jack knife sofa...






I don't have a lot of woodworking tools, like a router. So I figured out another way to make this piece.

I had a piece of underlayment material in the shop. I cut a right and left side piece.


Then, I took an old piece of 1/8" thick luan and cut out the same shape, but 1/2" less on the curved front edge (to create the groove that the decorative trim strap snaps into...





...more to come...
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Old 03-04-2018, 03:43 PM   #371
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The next day, here's what I had...





I've stained it and the polyurethane is drying as I type this. I post pics of the finished piece later.

That insert trim piece fits nice and tight.

...more to come...
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Old 03-04-2018, 04:22 PM   #372
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Here's a good one...we decided to have a local upholsterer re-cover our jack knife sofa with some material that we picked out.

When I brought the finished sofa home, my DW commented on how nice it came out, but then said, "I thought that the material was a little different than that..."

So, we went and looked at the remainder of the roll and sure enough, it was different.


The upholsterer, who started his business 59 years ago, put the material on inside-out!!

When I called him back to tell him, he told me that that is how it's supposed to be.

The backside of the roll goes on the outside of the cushion.

My DW was in the background saying, "He's wrong..."

And, it appears, that he was wrong.

The bright, vivid, softer side was against the cushion, and the coarser, duller side was facing outward.

Thing is, is that we have to re-cover the dinette cushions, too.

So, we're going to follow his lead. believe it or not, people seem to like the backside pattern better, anyway.

It doesn't jump out as much...more subtle.

Original sofa...





I thought that I had a pic of the recovered sofa but apparently I don't. I'll post a pic of it soon.

But..here's the material. See the vivid side, then the paler side (flap)...





So, here's a few shots of the original cushions and the re-covered dinette cushions that DW did. Buttons will be added later..











...more to come...
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Old 03-04-2018, 04:33 PM   #373
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Next up is preparation for floor replacement.

Removing the dinette table...











I removed the linoleum from that area. There's a mysterious hole there, that appears to have no purpose...





I looked down into it, and I can only see the underbelly material. Probably a factory screw-up.





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I'm not seeing any photos from your posts today. Went back to earlier posts and thise show up. Is it just me?
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Old 03-04-2018, 04:41 PM   #375
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Toilet removal...





I tried removing the flange, thinking that it was a socket-type fit into a larger pipe, or just went into the tank.

Apparently, it's attached somehow. When I pryed up from under the flange, a piece of it cracked off.

No biggie...I'll just drill and countersink a close by hole to make up for it.





The removed piece of linoleum...









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I proceeded to cut out the rest of the flooring...







I also took those dusty rose trim pieces off of the dinette seat frames so that they can be re-upholstered. too...




Here's the layout...





For all of those out there that have installed vinyl sheet flooring, what's the best way to go here, with minimal seams?

I don't think that it's worth trying to make it all in one piece, minus the bathroom. Is it??

...more to come...
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Pics aren’t shiwing for me either from the latest posts.
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Remember that broken table flange? I was going to just drill a couple more holes in it to replace the holes in the broken off piece.

I wasn't sure if it was made of aluminum or white (pot) metal.

I can weld aluminum, but not pot metal.

The only way to find out which type of metal that it is, is to "strike an arc" on it, with the tig welding torch.

Aluminum will form a weldable "puddle". Pot metal will disintegrate.

So, I went for it...










It was aluminum...

That's it for now.

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Pics aren't showing up??

For the first time ever, I tried uploading photos from the "Manage Attachments" feature.

I can see them fine. I wonder what I did wrong?

I can try to edit the posts and upload the pics the old way...

Bigtime bummer...

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Photos not showing up, I'm sure their great anyway....
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