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rfuerst911sc

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69cayo wrote:

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OK guys and gals I'm going to start the restoration of my 68 C11 where to start ? I have cleared a large spot in the basement to hold the interior as I remove it. Most of the wood cabinets I will be keeping. So do I just start at the back and keep removing interior pieces until they are all removed ? I know I have a soft spot on the floor at the door and a piece where the passenger side factory lift jack has " crumpled " the aluminum skin. I plan a complete restoration of everything inside the camper. Will probably keep the stove/oven and will probaly try to fix the refrigerator but other than those two items everything else may be replaced. I will document with pics just so I can get it back together and also will be adding ( somewhere ) a gray water tank. Plus solar on the roof " if " I can install panels that will fit the roof real estate. Any tips on how to get started are appreciated.



I would start with the overhead cabinets then the base kitchen cabinets then move onto the bathroom partition and fixtures.
This will leave you more room to maneuver the closet partition around once you remove the fridg.

Good luck and don't get discouraged.

Dennis


Dennis that approach makes sense thanks for the tip. And I don't get discouraged easily.

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69cayo wrote:

rfuerst911sc wrote:

OK guys and gals I'm going to start the restoration of my 68 C11 where to start ? I have cleared a large spot in the basement to hold the interior as I remove it. Most of the wood cabinets I will be keeping. So do I just start at the back and keep removing interior pieces until they are all removed ? I know I have a soft spot on the floor at the door and a piece where the passenger side factory lift jack has " crumpled " the aluminum skin. I plan a complete restoration of everything inside the camper. Will probably keep the stove/oven and will probaly try to fix the refrigerator but other than those two items everything else may be replaced. I will document with pics just so I can get it back together and also will be adding ( somewhere ) a gray water tank. Plus solar on the roof " if " I can install panels that will fit the roof real estate. Any tips on how to get started are appreciated.



I would start with the overhead cabinets then the base kitchen cabinets then move onto the bathroom partition and fixtures.
This will leave you more room to maneuver the closet partition around once you remove the fridg.

Good luck and don't get discouraged.

Dennis

That is what I did. The closet is the hardest to get out and it seems to only go out and back in, one way only. A couple of people can strip the interior in one day.


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Been following this thread for a long time and I'm still amazed at the number of people that are viewing it. Makes me think there is quite an interest in the restoration of a classic truck camper. I don't have a TC yet but I hope to one day soon. I would love to find one of these. My virtual hat is off to all who have done their work and documented it here for the rest of us. Please keep posting. I for one will never get tired of reading posts like this.


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Posted: 06/25/13 07:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been reworking the kitchen area to fit my 12V Engle refrigerator/freezer. Pics to come!

Garry in Kodiak, AK


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I don't think this was covered in the previous 126 pages, if it was I missed it. Does anyone know what alloy aluminum ( 6013 , 7050 etc. ) Avion used for the exterior skin? I'm asking just in case I have to make a repair section to the exterior.

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Going out tomorrow! It's so nice to be able to tow behind the Avion now!
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I was in the camper today scoping out all the work I have to do, good grief will I ever get it done ? I noticed the interior cabinets are held in with a combination of straight head screws, phillips and clutch head. I will replace all of the screws with the same type. Should I use aluminum screws ? Or stainless or just plain steel ? After looking at the existing cabinets it's going to be a challenge to refurbish them but the frames and doors are in good shape it's the horizontal pieces ( shelves ) that are in rough shape. Has anyone gone with a cabinet system that is deeper than the originals ? The originals don't seem very deep, I'm not sure a dinner plate will fit in them. Any suggestions on interior upgrades are welcome. Good thing is the AC works so I don't have to sweat like a dog !

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rfuerst911sc wrote:

I was in the camper today scoping out all the work I have to do, good grief will I ever get it done ? I noticed the interior cabinets are held in with a combination of straight head screws, phillips and clutch head. I will replace all of the screws with the same type. Should I use aluminum screws ? Or stainless or just plain steel ? After looking at the existing cabinets it's going to be a challenge to refurbish them but the frames and doors are in good shape it's the horizontal pieces ( shelves ) that are in rough shape. Has anyone gone with a cabinet system that is deeper than the originals ? The originals don't seem very deep, I'm not sure a dinner plate will fit in them. Any suggestions on interior upgrades are welcome. Good thing is the AC works so I don't have to sweat like a dog !

Originally, everything was a clutch head screw. I replaced all of mine with phillips head stainless steel. I know some folks talk of reaction to alumium, so if that bothers you, then maybe you can find some aluminum screws. As far as space, the cabinets are very well thought out. Too much more room and you may put too much weight in them. I have been camping in my C-11 since I was 9 years old and the cabines work great, but as in anything this small, you probably will always want more space. Remember, weight is your enemy. Especially weight that is as high as the cabinets.

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Garry, it looks like you are having a lot of fun. With it around 118 degrees in Phoenix, I would rather be where you are right now. Come winter time, I can't say the same thing. LOL

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Well, we had a great day yesterday, the women folk enjoyed the camper for the facilities. The kids enjoyed the four wheelers! The weather was sunny and warm... For Kodiak. We were hot and it was only in the mid to upper 60's. There was a light breeze to keep the Mosquitos and flys away. Basically th perfect Kodiak day.

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We were out for the day with friends! And what a day it was! Most of us actually got sunburned...[emoticon]

Garry in Kodiak

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