Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Installing Windows in a Vintage Camper


Once the paint was set, 
we knew we needed to get the windows installed 
because rain was coming today.
It hasn't rained in three weeks, and now it starts.





We began yesterday, and took the two broken windows
to a place called Windows Enterprise 
and they will repair them, 
but they won't be ready until the end of the week.

We bought the materials for installing the ones we did have...
rope caulk, for the back seal of the window to the siding and frame,





weather stripping, for the interior window seal,






rubber coated washers and screws for a water seal,





and clear caulk for the outside of the aluminum frame.






Dan cleaned the window frames as best he could with 
an electric wire brush.
This removed much of the gunk, but admittedly not all of it.
Some of it will have to be cleaned further,
but we had to get them installed today.






After rope-puttying around the backs of the windows and installing them
with new rubber backed screws and washers,
the trailer began to sparkle with her new *bling*.
The weather stripping went on the underside
of the louver windows
and inside the door frame.







We unfortunately did not get to the caulking this morning,
because it did start raining on us,
and we had to throw tarps over the trailer
because the front and back window are still MIA
and we DON'T want the interior floor to get wet.
So, here she is with side windows, but not a front.





Hopefully, it will dry up this afternoon 
and we can finish the job.
Dan re-installed the door,
and we finally did get a new door knob, 
but it doesn't *fit* quite right, so it will need more time.
I am also going to paint the stripes
on the lower half of the door
to mask some of those dings,
and I need to paint the repaired step, too.
When we first got this trailer, I stepped on the step,
cranked on it, and it tore off and just about broke my ankle.






And that's all she wrote for today.
Soon, we will be taking a break from the restoration process
to get 3 kids and 2 adults ready for back-to-school preparations, physicals and shopping,
but I will continue to post plans for the wiring, detail painting
and interior work as they are imagined 
and come to fruition.
Every product we use we have to purchase new...
there is virtually nothing we have on hand for this job.

At this point,
the imaging part is a lot cheaper than the actual restoring part.
Can I get an amen?!


4 comments:

Susie said...

Your little camper is looking very nice. I really like the paint colors.Your husband did a great job on the windows too. xoxo,Susie

Staciestitches said...

Thanks for posting your updates. I enjoy following your journey. I hope to have one myself someday. Looks great!

Nook and Cranny said...

She is coming along so nicely.
Michele

NanaDiana said...

Your camper is really coming along! It looks so good and I think those windows cleaned up great. I can't believe it is time to think about back-to-school already. Summer is flying by way too fast- xo Diana

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