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Old 06-16-2010, 08:14 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Additional progress has been made on the Scout Camper.
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We cut a new bed area that hangs over the cab. There wasn’t much left of the original piece…
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I picked up some 1x3” aluminum C channel and ran it from the front of the cabover bed area almost all the way to the back. We lipped the C channel under the wood panel to provide additional strength and rigidity. It seems to hold my weight just fine.

New cabover bed area and front wall and window resting in new hole.
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The front wall has been cut for the window, aluminum sheeting has been installed, window installed, and corner trim has been cut and installed with sealant. It all looks like it was meant to go there. Notice the new latches.
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New Screens
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I’m now in the process of rebuilding the interior.

Removed the old wood paneling and insulation. Looks pretty clean.
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I'm replacing the old nasty paneling with 1/8" birch plywood. I'm currently considering insulation options.
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We built a new countertop and installed a barely used stove and sink. Also in the process of building birch cabinets...
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The interior is looking a lot better than before. Still more wood to cut.
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I drove the truck from Oregon to Montana two weeks ago and the weather has been wet. I'm finding a few water leaks and am trying to figure out how it is getting in. It could be coming in the rear portion of the camper as I don't have everything buttoned up yet.

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Thanks again to Mike, Aaron, John, and my Dad for their time and help.

Stay tuned for more.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:55 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Lookin good Joel. Better than new!
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:57 AM   #48 (permalink)
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The birch cabinets and wood paneling have neared completion.

I replaced the insulation. It is tough to see, but noticed the piece of C channel that runs all the way to the back of the camper to provide added support to the overhang bed area in the front that no longer bolts to the windshield frame.
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After cutting and fitting all of the 1/8” birch plywood panels I finished each piece with semi gloss spar varnish.
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Here it is coming together.
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My friend Aaron helped me build two drawers and a cabinet (thanks Aaron). We also built an access panel to cover the water and propane plumbing. I chose to ditch the original ice box in favor of the cabinet. I wanted the storage space and plan to use a cooler instead of an ice box.
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I installed an electric water pump, plumbed the water system, installed new copper propane pipe, and wired in the lights and pump. It's a tight fit.
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I then cut the trim pieces to finish it all off.
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You will notice the unfinished area below the cabinets. That is where the heater will go at the rear of the truck. I plan to build a cabinet in front of the heater to finish the space.
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Next for the interior is the linoleum floor and carpeted passenger overhang area.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:04 AM   #49 (permalink)
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One of the ugliest parts of this truck from the outside was the rear. While the sides seem to have escaped damage over the past 30 years, the back end got all the abuse.

Someone had backed into something and torn a couple panels on the driver’s side. Many panels in the rear were dinged at some point and residue from bumper stickers of the past had become fossilized over the white paint. The porch light was broken and repaired with duct tape, the door stop was missing, and the water fill broken.

Thankfully, most of the problems were with the white panels, but the dark brown aluminum panel on the driver’s side had been punctured and needed to be replaced.

When I purchased the aluminum sheeting for the outside front wall, I also ordered enough sheeting to rebuild the rear.

Here she was when I first purchased the camper – ugly.
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After I brought this baby back to Montana I tore all the sheeting off the rear and then put it back together one piece at the time. I replaced the old insulation and the wood that provides a mounting surface for the door stop and the water fill.
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I replaced all of the white aluminum panels and the one brown panel – the horizontal pieces were cut and folded by RV sheet metal fabricator and the large pieces for the lower section were the same as those I had made for the front. I just ordered a piece that was large enough to cover both the front and rear and broke out my metal shears.

The torn brown piece was textured in "cedar" and it was only available in white. It came originally came with a two tone wood grain type finish. I had a little paint mixed up in both tones and was able to match the look of the original piece extremely well. I should have taken some photos of the process...

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Corner buttoned up
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I also replaced the porch light, water fill, and door stop.

Now that I’ve done this I’m looking at that dinged up sheeting on the door that suddenly became the ugliest part of the exterior… it will have to wait.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:36 AM   #50 (permalink)
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I love reading the updates on this camper. Thanks!
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:01 PM   #52 (permalink)
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That's pretty cool but I imagine a good chunck of change. I was thinking of converting a secondary scout II top to be a pop top (just take the cap off a second one and make a hinge and canvas sides) but don't have nearly the space necessary for something like that yet. I found this as a more casual option to a full camper situation.

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Old 08-10-2010, 03:16 PM   #53 (permalink)
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It's all DIY, so I've saved a several grand. I have also saved money on some parts - the stove and sink are barely used and were just a fraction of retail cost.

The parts do add up though, and purchases need to be spaced out. Like restoring a Scout - a person is probably money ahead if they just buy a nice original one.

A nice thing about a resto is that you get to do it your way. With mine - a wrench, camper jacks, and 15 minutes and it's sitting on the ground and my terra is a pickup again. The originals are nearly permanent fixtures on your scout.
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Wow, that's really impressive. I figured the shell etc was DYI but plumbing up the kitchen requires a set of skills I don't have. Good job with the work and thanks for posting pics.
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:09 PM   #55 (permalink)
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I have been working overtime on the camper recently to get her ready for hunting season. My Dad and I removed the camper in the middle of August so we could protect the wood tub from moisture.

We applied three coats of Glidden polyurethane porch and floor paint. It is slow to dry, but ends up as hard as a rock.
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I then finished the rear quarter aluminum framing with the leftover aluminum sheeting that I used on the outside front wall and rear of the camper. I am very pleased with the way it turned out.

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I also ran the necessary wiring in anticipation for an upcoming battery isolator so I can charge the camper battery when the truck is running. I used this plug for easy connect/disconnect.
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I also replaced the vinyl strip that covers the white trim.
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Getting ready to load her back up into the Terra.
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Old 09-12-2010, 01:20 PM   #56 (permalink)
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That looks great! I was just wondering how far along you were since I know you are about to start hunting. Is the heater all functional too?
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That rig is super cool! To have a nice compact camper like that's able to go in and out in such a short conversion is awesome. Really nice resto and great find. Too much fun to be had in that rig!
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I scored a regular Four Wheel Popup camper a few weeks ago. They are awesome! Welded aluminum frames, real wood construction... And the work you've done to yours has made it even better.
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:15 AM   #59 (permalink)
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Joe - It will be next summer before the heater is installed. Stay tuned for an update on the interior and appliances.

Chris - can we see a photo of your camper?

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1993 8' Grandby Model - super basic with no options from that factory that I can tell. It 'just' fits in my 1995 Dodge. I had to remove the little 2" wings at the rear so it would fit all the way in the bed.



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