Australian Retro Rambler

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:17 am

On to the hatch! I have 3 of 4 ribs cut out today. I was apprehensive taking the jigsaw to my sides for the notch but worked out ok. I still needed to sand with #40 grit to smooth it off a bit.
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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:24 am

Wet weather and work taking me out of town has slowed progress but the hatch frame is almost there now. One more horizontal spar should do it.ImageImage

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:09 am

I didn't buy enough ply to finish the hatch and the second batch turned out to be harder to bend so I had to take it off the trailer to finish the outer skin.ImageImageImage

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:08 am

Reading lights are in, interior shelves and beading where the galley wall meets the floor done as well. It might just be useable for the post Christmas trip!ImageImageImage

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:55 am

Well I have been rather lacking in posting because it was ready for the Christmas trip! Not that it is finished exactly but definitely useable. In fact it has now done four trips and my lovely wife is very pleased with it. I still need to do the tounge box, line the hatch and add some gas struts.
You will notice in the later photos we added a pull out awning on each side. These are the type often attached to the roof rack of a 4WD. They are really quick and easy to set up.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby PatrickM » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:30 am

Great build!
Love the removable idea - Want to see that in action.
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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:01 am

PatrickM wrote:Great build!
Love the removable idea - Want to see that in action.
Cheers, Patrick
I suppose I should video it.

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:42 am

After a 10 month delay I am making sawdust again! Started the tongue box this weekend.
The keen observer will note the floor extends on one side. This will be a Jerry can holder. Spare wheel will attach to the other side.ImageImage

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby ojgrsoi » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:07 pm

Great idea!!
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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:31 am

Amazing how a few coats of staining varnish can make mismatched recycled packing crate wood look top notch.Image

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:54 am

A wet weekend slowed me down but I have made some progress. The battery is now secure and I have a lid that still needs a hinge. After that I will secure the Jerry can.ImageImage

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:45 am

Box works! I got some nice over centre clamps from a packing crate to secure the lid. Once the lid was done the next priority was a cabling hatch. Because the TD is removable I had to avoid hard wiring in the connections to the box. When the TD is off I don't want plugs flapping in the wind and getting damaged. So a spring loaded hatch allows me to tuck them away.

I attached an extra square of ply where I wanted the access and used a hole saw to get the opening through both layers. I then simply slipped on a hitch cover and tightened a few grub screws. Much easier than building the hatch from scratch ImageImageImageImage

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby redbicycle » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:48 am

Nicely done!


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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:11 am

After a year of camping I finally got a permanent mechanism for holding the hatch open. I was considering gas struts but this is more period authentic which appeals to the better half . Varnish added after the photo. Image

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby redbicycle » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:06 am

Looks like it works a treat


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