2x Carawagon roof rebuids

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JohnnoP
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2x Carawagon roof rebuids

Post by JohnnoP » Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:27 am

Giday all.
I have just bought a 1969 Carawagon and a friend of mine also has a 1967 Carawagon.
These are pretty rare in Australia and we are keen to get these up and running and start doing some trips in the Victorian High Country as well as a few outback trips.

While I'm waiting for mine to get transported down from Qld I have started on the refurb of my mates roof - and I'm sure I'm going to have a few questions to ask along the way :whistle:

Here are a few picks of the '67 roof
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And stripped down
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1969 Series 2A Carawagon
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Re: 2x Carawagon roof rebuids

Post by JohnnoP » Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:29 am

Now for my first question:
When restoring these do you normally take off the aluminium angle that goes around the perimeter of the room opening to re-seal it?
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1969 Series 2A Carawagon
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Re: 2x Carawagon roof rebuids

Post by RMS » Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:51 am

JohnnoP wrote:Now for my first question:
When restoring these do you normally take off the aluminium angle that goes around the perimeter of the room opening to re-seal it?
I haven't found I've needed to on any of the ones I've done.

I think whatever sealant Searle used seems to have stood the test of time.

Hope that helps,
Robin.
1967 109" Carawagon 200TDi on the road and regularly used.
1958 109" Carawagon 2.25P (project)
1972 109" Carawagon 200 or 300TDi (project)
1972 109" SW Carawagon 2.5NA - to tidy!
1974 Dormobile 2.25D (project)
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Re: 2x Carawagon roof rebuids

Post by JohnnoP » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:14 am

RMS wrote: I haven't found I've needed to on any of the ones I've done.
I think whatever sealant Searle used seems to have stood the test of time.
Hope that helps,
Robin.
Fantastic - that saves me a heap of time!

I've notice the bottom edge of the ply sides have a bevel along its edge.
Did the top edge have the same bevel? Its hard to tell as the top edge has deteriorated so much. It almost seems that it might have had a rounded edge to the top of the ply.
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Re: 2x Carawagon roof rebuids

Post by RMS » Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:41 pm

Yes, original sides (I assume some of the ones I've done had been original) had a bevel on the top edge, I assume it's so the seal isn't bent out at a right angle when the roof is up.

Cheers,
Robin.
1967 109" Carawagon 200TDi on the road and regularly used.
1958 109" Carawagon 2.25P (project)
1972 109" Carawagon 200 or 300TDi (project)
1972 109" SW Carawagon 2.5NA - to tidy!
1974 Dormobile 2.25D (project)
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Re: 2x Carawagon roof rebuids

Post by JohnnoP » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:07 am

Yes I imagine that would be the reason and also to allow water to drain away from the hinge.
1969 Series 2A Carawagon
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