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Party Time!

Party Time!

I’m a little overdue for this post, sorry!  I had my unveiling party last Friday, and I think it was a huge success!  The next day, I ran a 5K (Wicked Wine Run, 5K and then wine tasting at the end haha) and then on Sunday, I rested.  I had a pretty busy week at work, so I am just now getting around to writing an update on here about the festivities.  I will start by sharing some photos of Junebug after I got her all ready for the party.  I was very pleased with how she turned out, even though I still have a few more things to complete (screen door, baggage door, trim around bottom edge of exterior).  The day of the party, I hopped out of bed at 6am, eager to finish making all of the preparations.  I think that’s the first time in my adult life that I’ve ever gotten up that early on my own for something non-work related.  haha

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View of the tongue with my custom painted tank. I still need to take it to a propane place to see if they’ll actually service this tank. If not, I guess I’ll have to resort to getting a new one. Fingers crossed they’ll accept this one since I put so much work into it!

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I think she looks quite pretty with my roses in the foreground. 🙂

 

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Another view.

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She had to have these little twinkle lights.

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Street side. The new 30 amp stainless inlet looks pretty good here I think.

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The wind chime hanging on the door was a gift from a coworker that she picked up in Alaska. My coworkers have been so supportive throughout this project!

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Little measuring spoon set that a coworker gave me. They have owls on them!

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A little more decor for the kitchen.

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I added some magnets to the fridge and a larger magnet on the stove. Of course, it has an owl on it. 🙂

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I think the starburst patterns on the benches turned out pretty cool.

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The framed hipster owl. I also have a couple of fun books on glamping and trailer history.

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A better view of the bed and benches. So cozy!

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Little bathroom complete with vintage trailer reading material (not that I’ll be spending a lot of time in here). haha

I had about 40 people show up for the party, and it was a great time!  Everyone was very excited to see the finished product.  I asked everyone to dress up in 1950s/60s outfits to get in the mood.  I ordered my dress, shoes, and petticoat from www.pinupgirlclothing.com.  I love that site!  They have the cutest pin up clothes, and the quality is great.

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My best friend, Jennifer, and I all dressed up for the party!

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My coworker, Natalie, and her husband, Kevin.

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This is my friend and stylist, Josafatt. He did my hair! I wish I could do it this way every day, it was so fun!

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Jennifer and her boyfriend, Ayk.

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Everyone is gathered around for the big unveiling!

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I had the tarp over Junebug so that I wouldn’t spoil the surprise.

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And here she is!!

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I’m about to open the door to let everyone take a peek inside!

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My friend, Thomas, spared no expense and brought multiple bottles of Veuve Clicquot to celebrate the big event!

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Cheers!! I’m overjoyed to be done (almost) with this big project!!

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I tried to give a speech here but it wasn’t the best since I didn’t prepare ahead of time, oh well, hoepfully no one cared. haha

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Here I am about to christen Junebug. I didn’t want to waste any Veuve Clicquot, so I used a bottle of beer instead. 🙂 To be safe, I wore my cut resistant gloves donated to me by my neighbor, Jarred.

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Baxter loves a good party!

I was supposed to go to the TCT vintage camper rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana this weekend.  Unfortunately, I am having problems with my tail lights and I decided I couldn’t go.  I didn’t wire them myself, I had Oscar do that, and now they don’t work properly.  confused  The weird part is that they work fine when they’re plugged into Oscar’s Ford Explorer.  For some reason, they don’t work right when connected to my VW Tiguan.  I’m sure it’s some kind of compatibility issue, but I don’t know how to fix it.  I’m taking Junebug to the place that installed my wiring and hitch on the Tiguan either tomorrow or Saturday morning, depending on the weather.  I even ordered new tail lights from www.vintagetrailersupply.com and that didn’t fix the problem.

My plan for the weekend is to hopefully get the tail lights fixed, then finish building the new screen door.  I also borrowed a soldering iron from my friend Casey’s boyfriend, so that I could solder all of the wire connections together in the camper.  I am still a little nervous they might come loose while I’m towing the camper somewhere and then become hazardous when I’m camping due to exposed wires.  I thought if I really wanted to be on the safe side, I could solder the wires together and melt some shrink wrap over them to ensure they don’t come apart.

I am planning to go to Austin next weekend for a baby sprinkle, so I’m thinking I may take Junebug there for the first big trip since the restoration.  We’ll see, it all depends on the tail lights!  Either way, I’m definitely taking her to her first vintage camper rally the weekend of October 10-11 to join the Texas Vintage Trailer Club’s rally in Fentress, TX.  Can’t wait!

 

 

 

 

The Home Stretch, Part 2

I had a pretty productive day!  Unfortunately, I also discovered today that my stupid light fixtures inside the camper still don’t work!  I don’t know what is the problem this time.  There seems to be power going to them and the outlets on the same circuit work when I plug in the main power inlet, so who knows.  I called the guy from RV Masters, and he’s going to come by tomorrow to have a look at them.  He’d better fix it!

The first thing I did today was paint the wheels.   The thing I hate about painting is all of the preparation that it takes.  It took me much longer to prep the area for painting than it did to do the actual painting.  Oh well, in the end, it was worth it!  I think they look pretty.  smile

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First, I had to clean the wheels with degreaser.

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All clean!

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Taped off and ready for paint (this part took a while)

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After a coat of primer

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Three coats of purple

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Street side after 3 coats of purple

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All done!

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You can see my reflection in the baby moon hubcap 🙂

While I was in the process of painting the wheels, I finished painting the closet too.

Later, after the paint was dry, I installed the vinyl wall map of the US on the closet wall.  I think it looks pretty cool!

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I also finished moving the exterior outlet and patching the previous hole.  I added some flexible duct work to lead to the vent for the AC on the interior of the camper.  I still haven’t added a vent cover, I’m not sure if I will, or if I’ll just attach another piece of duct work when I’m inside the camper to make the air flow upward toward the bed area.

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I added another piece of paneling in front of the AC duct to cover it when it’s not in use. I can remove that piece to reveal another piece of paneling with a hole in it so that the air can flow out from the AC duct when I’m using it.

After finishing those things, I finished securing the drawer under the bed and added some support to the beams that hold up the bed cushions.  I also hung some pictures and installed the closet door.  I don’t want to show a picture of the entire interior until after my big reveal party next weekend, but I’ll share one of the street side, just to give you an idea.  biggrin

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So, if I look at my list again, here’s what I still have left for this weekend:

  • Install interior crown around Fantastic Vent (I think I may make one instead of using the plastic one it came with)
  • Install two emblems (Trailer Coach Association & small Shasta emblem)
  • Seal cracks and staples on exterior as well as vent on roof with sealant (need to pick this up from RV Masters)
  • Polish WINGS and reinstall (This will be my favorite part!)

If there’s time:

  • Build new screen door (forgot this in my last post)
  • Install baggage door
  • Install trim around bottom edge of exterior

I’m getting so close!!

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Sigh of Relief

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Today went much better than yesterday, all I had to do was stay AWAY from the electrical wiring.  haha  I went back to doing some other things in Junebug that I’m much better at.  I feel like I got a lot done and am feeling pretty good about how things are looking!

It was raining this morning, so I decided to run some errands before getting started.  I needed to return some things to Lowe’s and pick up some new items, plus go grocery shopping.  I finally found the other matching mirror at Target that I had been searching for so that I could install it behind the star cutout in my bench.  I already had one and needed another one.

When I got home, I started working on finishing the benches.  I also bought some spray foam gap filler so I could fill in the holes in the closet where the drains used to be.   I thought about closing the holes some other way, but this seemed like the easiest.   It worked great!  Later I will sand it down and paint over it.

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Here’s the hole where the power inlet used to be.

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These holes were for the sink drain and vent. There were galvanized pipes here, and I promptly did away with those. They were taking up way too much space!

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The hole after spraying some foam into it. It expanded into a bubble, it was kind of funny.

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After it dried, I cut the excess off with a kitchen knife. This stuff works great!

After installing the mirrors behind the star cutouts in my benches, I noticed the mirror was reflecting the backside of the wood, and it wasn’t pretty.  I decided to remove the mirrors and paint the backside purple so it would look better.  Then I reinstalled the mirrors and secured the benches to the floor.

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While the purple paint was drying, I decided to hang the curtains.  You can see them in the above photo, but I’ll post another one here at a different angle.  I think they look so nice against the shellacked wood!

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I also finished adding some wood trim around the window in the kitchen.

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My friend, Tracy, gave me this doormat with a J on it.  I’ve been using it for the house, but now I can also use it for Junebug, how perfect!  biggrin

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Next, I needed to add some vinyl welt in the seams between the walls and the ceiling.  I was supposed to do this before I attached the ceiling panels, but I totally forgot.  oops  My cutouts for the wall panels weren’t exactly the right size, so I needed to add the welt (similar to the original design) to cover up the gap.  I nailed it in using tiny nails so they weren’t too noticeable.  It isn’t perfect, but I think it looks pretty good and it covers the gap.   I actually found this welt through a boat supplier.  It’s meant for marine upholstery, but it works great for this purpose too!   http://veada.com/marine-vinyl-boat-upholstery/vinyl-welt-cord-piping.html.

 

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Street side – after

I also added some trim pieces to the door frame.

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Here’s a picture of the exterior street side.  Can you spot the mistake I made cutting the new skin and had to cover up?  I don’t think it looks too bad.  You can see it, but it’s not a glaring mistake at least.

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While I was at Target, I picked up a couple of frames for my owl art that I plan to hang in Junebug.  Oh yeah, in case I didn’t mention it before, I’m obsessed with owls and plan to have an owl theme in Junebug. smile

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I was really hungry after doing all of the things I just mentioned, so I took a break and made myself a filet mignon with grilled okra and portabella mushroom.  I burned my filet a little because the grill’s fire was too hot.  Luckily, the flavor was still awesome and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  After eating, I got back to work.  I wanted to finish making the bench seats today.

In order to make the seats, I had to take apart the seat backs that I had made back in December.  I wanted to reuse the foam and material since it was so expensive.   I also removed the material from the long seat cushions since I didn’t need those to be purple anyway because they’ll be covered up with bedding.  The foam wasn’t the right size, so I had to cut it and piece together a couple of different sizes to get it to work.   Once wrapped with the batting and material, I don’t think the seam in the foam will be noticeable.

 

 

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Foam cut and ready for the batting.

I discovered that my good serrated kitchen knife worked great to cut through the foam!  I wish I would have discovered that the first time I was making these seat cushions.   Live and learn I guess.

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Batting is stapled down and the cushion is ready for the material.

 

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Adding the material.

 

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Seat cushion is complete!

 

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All the seat cushions and seat backs are now complete! The black cushions in back are the original ones from the camper and will be used for the bed. They are actually pretty comfortable!

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Seat on curb side. I added my Shasta pillow for the full effect. It looks pretty cute!

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Here’s the street side seat. I sat on it to try it out and it’s quite comfy!

Tomorrow, I’m planning to finish the bed and closet, then install the Fantastic Vent if it’s not raining.  If it’s raining, I may only be able to do interior work.  I also need to finish moving the hole in the floor leading to the exterior plug underneath the camper.  This wasn’t an urgent item, but it needs to be done, especially with the electrician coming on Tuesday.

I’m feeling pretty excited now that everything is coming together!  I can’t wait to get more done tomorrow.  smile


 

Light at the End of the Tunnel

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I’m finally able to see the finish line!  I still have quite a few things to do before I’m totally done, but I can finally look at the list of things left and not feel overwhelmed.

I took last weekend off because I went to my grandma’s near Austin and spent time with my family.  My brother and sister in law drove down from Kansas with their two kids and my parents were there as well. I don’t get to see all of my immediate family together very often, so I really enjoyed spending time with them.  The picture below is the morning sun rising over the lake from my grandma’s boat dock.  Pretty nice scenery to wake up to!

 

IMG_2006I came back from my grandma’s feeling refreshed and rested.  I had a busy Monday and Tuesday at work, but toward Tuesday afternoon I starting feeling a little sick.  By Wednesday lunchtime, I had to go home and was stuck there for the rest of the week thanks to whatever illness I had contracted.  I don’t know how I managed to get sick right after a nice relaxing weekend.  confused emoticon

By this weekend, I was finally feeling better, so I slowly got back to work on Junebug.  Even though I got off to a slow start, I did finally end up making quite a lot of progress.

First, I went by a metal fabricator in town to see if they could make some new pieces for the door frame out of my pre-polished aluminum skin I had leftover.  They said that they could, but unfortunately it would cost me around $400.   Yikes!  I decided I would pass.  I then spent several hours trying to fabricate my own pieces.  They looked pretty good, but today I made up my mind that I’m just going to strip the paint off the old pieces and polish them.  It was too hard for me to get the new pieces to look exactly how I wanted.  Oh well..

I finished the wood part of the new door this weekend.  First, I needed to glue a few more support pieces to the frame.

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I then shellacked the interior part of the door.  It’s going to look so pretty!

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Natural without shellac

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After one coat of amber shellac

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After 3 coats of amber shellac and 3 coats of clear shellac

I then stripped the paint off of the hinges to the door and screen door.  I still need to polish them so they shine like the new skin.

While I was stripping paint, I also started stripping the paint off of the drip rails and the baggage door.  I had to pull all of the old skin out of the garage so that I could actually find the stupid drip rails.  They were buried under all of the crap in my garage.  I can’t wait until I can clear it all out and actually park my car in it again!

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Pile of old skin. I think I’ll take this to the metal salvage place when I’m done to see how much money I can get for it. Some of the pieces are still good but others, not so much. There’s no way I could sell it to someone for their camper.

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I chopped up some of the old pieces of wood I won’t be reusing and am putting them in the garbage. I had to get rid of some of the clutter in the garage.

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Here are the drip rails – paint stripping in progress

I will have to coat the drip rails again with more paint stripper next weekend and scrub them.  I’m hoping one more coat will do the trick.

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Still a little paint left but I got most of it.

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It was hard to get the paint out of the awning rail so I might end up just leaving a little there. I don’t think it will be that noticeable.

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There were already some scratches on the baggage door, so I went ahead and scratched it some more with my wire brush while I was getting the paint off. It will just have a nice brushed aluminum look!

 

Next, I cleaned the jalousie windows, polished them, and then installed.  They turned out really nice!

It was so hot outside, I decided to do the window cleaning inside.  I turned my bathtub into the cleaning area.  It made quite a mess, but I cleaned it all up later.  I got most of the grime off but the window screens are still rusty.  I figured I can replace those at some point if it bothers me.

 

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I was really pleased with how shiny I was able to get the jalousie windows!

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Before installing the window, you have to apply putty tape around the back edge of the window to seal it water tight.  After screwing it down, I came back and cut the excess with a razor blade.  Fingers crossed it sealed properly!  I don’t want any leaks in my “new” camper!

 

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I also started peeling back a little more of the protective film.  I needed to remove it from the window before installing and then I guess I got carried away.  smile emoticon  I also finished installing the taillights.  I haven’t checked them again to make sure they work.  I hope one of the wires didn’t come loose when I was securing the covers or something horrible like that.

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After installing the windows, I moved inside and finished making the bed and benches (mainly the benches).

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Finished making the frames for the benches.

I already did one cutout a while back, so I just needed to finish the cutout for the other bench.  I used my oscillating tool to cut out the shape after tracing it onto the wood.

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And after applying 3 coats of amber and 3 coats of clear shellac, they’re all done!  Now, I just need to finish making the cushions for the tops and secure the benches to the floor.   I laid down on the bed today to see what it felt like and it was pretty comfortable!  I can’t wait to spend the night in Junebug again!

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I still need to add the mirror behind the starburst cut out.

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Next weekend, I will be connecting all the new wiring and hopefully hooking it up to some electricity!  I really hope I don’t burn down my camper in the process.  I will be doing quite a bit of studying online before connecting anything to a power source, that’s for sure!

I’ll leave you with a cute picture of my cousin Anderson and Baxter.  He loves Baxter so much and tells everyone that Baxter is his dog that I just keep for him.  He’s such a sweet kid. smile  I’ve promised him that we will camp out together in Junebug as soon as she’s finished.  He’s excited and so am I!


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Working Vacation – Day Three

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Today was the one day this week that I had to go to my actual job that pays my bills, so I couldn’t work on Junebug.  Luckily that’s over now and I can get back to the fun stuff.  smile emoticon

I decided to make a list of everything I need to do before I put the new skin on Junebug.  I have other projects that I would probably rather work on, but I need to prioritize.  The skin is supposed to arrive tomorrow between 3 and 6pm, according to the freight shipping company.  When I posted my complaints about dealing with the shipping company on http://vintagetrailertalk.freeforums.net/ it was funny how many others had similar experiences.  Apparently, freight shipping companies really hate customers like me who order heavy items to be delivered to my residential address.  I called my friend Jennifer to come over tomorrow during that window to help me unload the boxes.  They will each be 11 feet long, not sure how wide, and weigh about 100 pounds each.  My AC unit that I got for Junebug weighs 50 lbs and I can lift it no problem, so I am pretty sure we can lift those boxes.  Fingers crossed!

To give you an idea of the exterior look that I’ll be going for on Junebug, here’s a picture of another camper with a similar design.  I would like to keep the top half silver as well and paint the bottom half a lavender color.  I still haven’t decided on the stripe, I thought about doing the white stripe like the pic below, but I also thought a light green stripe would be fun.  It would definitely give it a different look with the green stripe.

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Here’s the list of things I need to accomplish before Saturday, when I have three friends coming over to help me put the skin on.

  • Run new 12 gauge wires along roof to receptacles and relocate breaker box to spot under the bed and exterior power inlet to a lower spot on the street side of Junebug.  (Need to order the new plug and power box, but I can buy the wires for now and get those in before the skin)
  • Install one more piece of wood along the bottom rear of Junebug for skin to attach to, will need to modify slightly from original design due to the steel beams sticking out of the back for the bumper.
  • Finish running the wiring for the running lights and license plate light and hook up to car to test.
  • Paint undercarriage with black fence post paint after spraying some sealant on the seam of the metal flashing along the rear undercarriage (just to be extra sure it’ll stay dry).
  • Finish building a new frame and support beam for the roof vent and install.
  • Purchase rigid foam insulation and install (I’ll do this last on this list).

And a list of things left to do that can be done after the skin is on:

  • Finish upgrading the electrical system to 30 amp once parts are in:  Install new power box, update circuit breakers, install new 30 amp plug for power inlet, etc
  • Add finishing trim along seams in the paneling as well as trim around kitchen countertop and backsplash.
  • Finish building new frame for bed and benches, apply shellac, and install.
  • Modify old cushions to fit new layout
  • Install air vents in the appropriate locations for the new AC.
  • Finish cleaning all windows and polish the aluminum.
  • Strip old paint off of door hardware, window eyebrows, and j-rail.
  • Re-install windows with new putty tape and stainless steel screws as well as j-rail and eyebrows.
  • Install Fantastic Vent in roof and seal.
  • Apply shellac to the interior of the new door and add new skin to exterior of door, then install.
  • Repeat same process for the baggage door.
  • Finish painting closet/bathroom purple.
  • Add finishing touches on interior like hanging curtains, pictures, add bedding, etc.
  • Hopefully finish by end of July so I can take Junebug to my grandma’s house to show my family.
  • Have unveiling party for Junebug and invite all of my friends and family who wonder where I’ve been all this time and are starting to worry about my obsession.
  • Go to first vintage camper rally in September!

So, I still have a lot left to do, but I think I can do multiple things on the list in one day, so hopefully I can make good progress over the next few weeks.  I had better get to work studying electrical circuits tonight since I am now going to be doing that project myself too.  Thank goodness for the internet!

 

Third Time’s a Charm!

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Plumbing is apparently not one of my fortes.   After installing the PEX pipe and then replacing the faucet with a brand new “vintage style” faucet, my fitting was still leaking!  If you want to laugh at my many failed attempts, you can watch the video below.  I just about gave up on this endeavor […]

Purple!

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Did I mention I love purple?  hehe  I couldn’t think of a good title for this post, so I figured I would just go with purple because it makes me happy.  smile

I made a lot of progress today, but overall this weekend, I didn’t get quite as much done as I thought I might.  Luckily, I made up for it today for the most part.

On Friday, I tried to get some things done, but it kept raining and messing up my productivity.  I did manage to seal the tiles and put three coats of polish on them to prevent staining.  I will add a few more coats once I’m a little further along.  I also started to rebuild the door on Friday.  I can’t finish it until the new skin arrives, but I can at least get it ready for the skin.  I will need to do the same with the baggage door.

 

 

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This is a picture of the door before I removed the metal frame, hinges, and other hardware. Pretty nasty!

 

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Here’s the inside of the door. I noticed that the wood along the bottom of the frame is totally rotted. It also didn’t have any insulation inside! I will be adding insulation to it before putting the new skin on.

 

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And here’s the new birch plywood with frame pieces glued down. I’ll add some twist nails to provide more support later and then shellac the other side.

After that, I decided to try out my new metal polish on one of the window trim pieces.  It works pretty well but I’m still not sure if it’s any better than just using Windex or something similar.  The bulk of the work was done with my steel brush to get the old paint and grime off.

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This is the brand of polish I got from Home Depot.

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After (this was after lots of scraping with the steel brush, it sounds like scratching on a chalkboard, not enjoyable!)

 

On Saturday, I did a bit of shopping and then went to my cousin’s house for her son’s 5th birthday party.  I didn’t get anything done on Junebug that day unless you count the cute drawer pulls I picked up from Anthropologie that I will be adding to Junebug’s cabinets.

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The owls are for the cabinet above the kitchenette and the sparkly one is for the little door that I’m going to build for underneath the bed.

Today, I was pretty productive.  The first thing I did was go to Lowe’s to pick up some more wood, a spade drill bit (for drilling bigger holes), and some more stainless steel wood screws for the frame.

When I got back from Lowe’s, I decided to pull out the old countertop so that I could replace it with a new one.  It proved to be very difficult to remove, thanks to the fact that they glued it to the frame.  I finally pried it loose after a lot of sweating and cursing (and help from my neighbor). haha

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I had to use the chisel to remove the sink since it was stuck as well.

I used the old countertop as a template for cutting the new countertop.

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I then used my spade bit to drill a starter hole in the sink cutout so that I could finish the cut with my jigsaw.  
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This MDF (micro density fiberboard) is super messy!

 

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Done with the cutouts!

Next, I applied the contact cement and then let it set for 20 minutes.

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After 20 minutes, I put some wood strips over the MDF so that I could be sure the positioning was correct for the laminate before it permanently stuck to the board.

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Once it was positioned correctly, I removed the strips and applied pressure.

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And now it’s time for the router to do its job!

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This is after I trimmed the edges and around the hole for the sink with the router. It didn’t do a perfect job, but any blemishes can luckily be covered up with the trim.

 

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All ready for the wiring, insulation, skin, and then the window! I will probably add at least one more piece of wood across for extra support.

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Interior pic. Now you can see how shiny the floors are after sealing and polishing! Almost a mirror finish!

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New countertop as well as towel rack. I also put some leftover stainless steel along the edge to see how it would look. I have another piece that’s one continuous piece that I think I might use. I got my trim pieces in the mail, so that will give it a more professional look once i get ready to fully install the backsplash and any other pieces.

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The oven is back in! I haven’t finished with the countertop yet, it still needs to be screwed in and then trim added.

 

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with everything I got done this weekend.  I still need to order a new router bit to cut the groove in the new countertop for the new trim.  Unfortunately that’s going to cost me around $50.   Too bad I didn’t already have all these tools to begin with!  That’s about half the cost since I’m starting from scratch.  Oh well, after this I’ll be equipped to do any kind of woodworking project!  Now it’s time to relax and finish doing laundry so I’m ready for work tomorrow.  See you next weekend!