Kind of like a Grumman

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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby S. Heisley » Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:43 pm

It looks like your either done or almost done! ...Beautiful work! :thumbsup:
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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby ELM » Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:41 pm

S. Heisley wrote:It looks like your either done or almost done! ...Beautiful work! :thumbsup:


Thanks Sharon I'm almost done :thumbsup: I need figure out why my right turn signal doesn't work, test the water system,
test the heat system, make a mount for the LPG tank, But I want to use my 6 pound LPG tank because it's way lighter but I need to get a new valve put on it, Go to DMV so they can lighten my wallet :thumbdown:
and I want to paint it so it doesn't blind people around us, But I'm still :thinking: about a color.
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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby ELM » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:26 pm

Got a lot more of the lose ends finished up. The tail lights now work I had a wire or two in the wrong spot :?
Water heater now works on LPG or AC And the heater inside works great :D and the thermostat works I'm :shock: .
I also built and installed the rear bumper. I still need to put a handle on the hatch to lift it up.
We are going camping tomorrow for a few nights up in the Sierras to see what I need to change or what else we need to bring with us. I will post some pictures while we are there. :thumbsup:
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Our first camping trip in the nude.

Postby ELM » Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:42 pm

We finally made it on our first camping trip with the Teardrop for two nights in the Sierras. Everything went great except for a leaky used faucet that is now fixed. It towed great on the freeway up hwy 80. I got it all registered at DMV and have my PTI plates. I also weighed it and it came in at 1470 lbs with the 6" foam mattress and all bedding. It weighed a bit more than I thought but I guess it's not bad considering what I've put in it. :D Paint will be coming in the next few weeks.
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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby ELM » Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:47 pm

The Tear Drop now has some paint on it and as soon as it was dry enough we left for Wisconsin. I just painted the hole roof and hatch so it wouldn't blind anyone.
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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby bam1028 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:25 pm

Beautiful work sir! I love the cabinet doors and how everything flows together.
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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby ELM » Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:19 pm

[quote="bam1028"]Beautiful work sir! I love the cabinet doors and how everything flows together.
Thanks I still need to paint the sides when we get back from our trip to Wisconsin.
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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby ELM » Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:46 pm

We are back from our trip to Wisconsin and back. Here's a picture of the Tear Drop with the cream paint on the roof and hatch.

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This was a very long day. I had ordered the paint online and it was suppose to be here in 5 days but it took 9 days. So I drove an hour to pick up the paint so I could paint the roof and hatch before we left on our trip to Wisconsin. So I got it painted by 3:00 pm and we left as soon as it was dry enough about 5:00 pm. We camped in it for 22 nights. Drove 6374 miles and saw so many beautiful places. :D

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The Beetle towed it great. We went over many passes 5000' and the highest was 8700'
We averaged 34 mpg :D
Only problem we had was condensation inside on cold nights. Coldest nights were 30 in Yellowstone. The heater worked great and we kept the thermostat around 67 when sleeping at night.
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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby KCStudly » Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:02 pm

Nice! :applause:
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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby ELM » Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:41 pm

KCStudly wrote:Nice! :applause:


Thanks KC it was a blast.
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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby azgreg » Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:25 pm

Love the map idea. I'm stealing it. :D
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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby ELM » Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:14 pm

azgreg wrote:Love the map idea. I'm stealing it. :D


It's yours for free. My wife found it on Amazon. I think it was around $25.00
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Kind of like a Grumman

Postby bbrider » Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:51 am

I just don't have the kind of patience to do all the extras like you did. I have to say that is one beautiful build!! You could show that in a competition.

I laughed at your going after the paint. It is always amazing how getting close to the end of something makes you want to hurry. I call it Barn-i-est. I coined that when I was a kid riding horses all day. When we would get back close to home and barn the horse would get a little stubborn and walk a little faster.

I see it on motorcycle trips too. Guys would start home and then start pushing the stops further some riding all the way back home. Guess I could call it Home-i-est...LOL or finish-i-est when it comes to projects.

But, I digress. Your build is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing it.

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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby ELM » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:55 pm

Thanks for the nice comments Bill. Well I'm a few more percent done with the Teardrop. I painted the sides the same cream color as the top and hatch. But I didn't take any pictures before putting it away for the winter.
Looking forward to going camping at some Teardrop gatherings this next year. And I will post some pictures of it painted.
I think I'm at 97% done now. I think. Maybe. :thumbsup: SEEYA next year. :beer:
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Re: Kind of like a Grumman

Postby g00s3 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:27 pm

What an awesome build, well done!

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