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Old 05-18-2011, 03:19 AM   #1
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Spot - our "new" Sunspot!

We bought this 1979 sunspot last Saturday from Gaelen, and have already started work on it. First order of business is rebuilding the hubs. they're not too bad, but I think the wrong seal was used. I'm going to NAPA today to get rebuild kits and will find out. NAPA has two kits for 1 1/16" axles, so I bet it would be easy to maybe get the wrong kit. I'm going to bring a nice clean hub with me to find out too!

The springs were flipped on this trailer to get it higher, and I hope maybe this weekend to bring it back to original height. That means removing the axle, grinding off the weld tacks that hold the spring seats on, moving them 180 degrees, tacking them back on and re-installing. I may do some spring maintenance at the same time, we'll see. Actually they don't make any noise, maybe I should just leave them alone!

Next I want to re-wire Spot. The original wiring was cut up front and a 4 pole flat trailer connector and wiring was installed back to standard utility tail lights. I want to get OEM RV tail lights and use the old harness to follow for all new wiring. This baby is 32 years old, it sure couldn't hurt!

Over time, we will re-install electric brakes, add seats that convert to a bed along with a table, and build a new pantry to our needs and wants. Basically we have a clean slate here. What would be incredibly helpful along those lines would be seat and table measurements from you folks with stock Sunspots. If you could just take a tape out and measure the seats for me, maybe take some pics of where they sit, measure where the foot of the table sits, and how big the top is and how it works when the bed is made up. Any info greatly appreciated!

Bottom line? Once I get these hubs rebuilt, she's ready to roll without really anything else done. We'll be at a teardrop and tiny travel trailer meet in the norhtern Adirondacks with Spot next month, and will be camping at Keuka State Park in the Finger Lakes of NY with her in mid July for a week and a half. We've been tent campers for 40 years, so we understand the lifestyle. Spot is just a big step up!

More soon!

Frank
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:46 AM   #2
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Figured out my hub problem. Someone used the wrong seals. The one in there was 1.978", the correct one is 1.987". Also, the one in there was only 0.185" wide, the right one should be 0.4". As a result of the worng seal being in there, the seals were spinning in the hub, and the inner bearings were spinning when they were NOT supposed to be! Simple fix, NAPA part # 28 is the correct seal and bearing kit. Outer bearings were fine, but both inners were not.

Also got the rear hatch open and can see I have a bit of wiring to do. No biggie, but I do want to figure out how to power a few lights with 12V.

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Old 05-21-2011, 03:03 PM   #3
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I just found out I was very wrong. The correct seal is 14840, not the 12404 in the NAPA kit. Tapped it in okay, but the i.d. is smaller and will not fit all the way onto the stub. Too late to hit NAPA today, so I'll be at their door first thing tomorrow. Also discovered when I rebuilt the hubs that one of the lug bolt holes is 9/16. Must have stripped at some time and was drilled then tapped to the next bigger size. Now I understand why I needed a different socket for that lug bolt.

Soon as I can raise 300 bucks, I think I'll get a new axle with all the brake stuff I need anyways.

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Frank, a 9/16 lug nut? Did they drill out the rim for that one hole? or is there enough clearance in the c'sunk hole to go over any of the holes.

Sounds like your gaining on the seals.
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:49 PM   #5
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Haven't got that far yet John, but that is a question rolling around in my head too. I marked the 9/16 hole in the one hub, so once I get the right seals this a.m., I will find out. Unfortunately, they are lug bolts NOT nuts, which I've always thought are kind of a pain!

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Old 05-24-2011, 03:55 AM   #6
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Moved the springs

Sunday I finished rebuilding the hubs, installed them, put the wheels and tires back on, and then moved Spot over in front of my shop. I removed the axle, ground the spring seats off the axle, bought new spring seats at Tractor Supply, welded them on 180 degrees from where the others were, and now Spot's springs are where they were when Spot was built - under the axle. With that done, I cleaned the interior to get ready for some dis-assembly and future construction. The floor is only 73" long, so initially we'll get a 6' air mattress or sleeping bag pad, and if that's not possible we'll buy some high density foam. Good thing I'm just under 6'!

I have the OEM hub caps sitting on my shop bench right now for a bit of minor dent repair and then a good cleaning, polishing and waxing. I've yet to really wash or clean the exterior either. Maybe this weekend. I've ordered all new wiring, a new junction box, new levels, and 4 scissor jacks. Yesterday I got new stop/turn/tail lights (along with white plastic angle brackets) in the mail to replace the old utility trailer style ones. All existing wiring is coming out, new 12V wiring being installed, along with auxiliary power for back up lights (I have yet to purchase). New 110V wiring will be added as well. We're still hashing over plans for the new built interior, but as long as there's room on the floor to sleep, all is good for now!

I have to do a bit of research on trailer doors. This one is falling apart, and needs to be rebuilt.

More to come...

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That pic makes Spot look long and low.... Looking good.

Your gaining. Doing good. Looking forward to seeing your progress

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Thanks John! So now it's re-wiring, cleaning, figuring out how to mount 4 scissor jacks I have coming, and taking the door off to fix or rebuild. I have a feeling the door will take the most time.

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Fits in the garage now!

First chance I had to try Spot in the garage, and lo and behold, since swapping the springs back under the axle, presto zippo! We live in a raised ranch, and my shop is the basement right behind the garage, so this makes it ideal for working on Spot. Success!

Still working at getting my classic speedboat rigged, but may get that done today, maybe tomorrow morning before I'm done.

Got to discuss interior plans with Gail a bit, got some more ideas. Right now I just want to get the jacks on and my new lights RV taillights installed. Jacks install make take some time.

Hope you're all doing well.

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Newly rebuilt door!

With a "brushed" aluminum exterior skin even! Had to 1/2 rebuild the frame, stuffed it with cardboard, re-assembled, installed. Took me about 5 hours, including cutting the holes in the .082 aluminum sheet. Next? Jacks!

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Mighty fine looking door you got there.

I wonder what a 'box style" camper would look like if it were polished metal like the Airstream is. All shiney might werk.

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I think it would look great, but the heck with shiny Jim. It was all I could do to sand this two ways diagonal to get the brushed look. Bad shoulders. Base coat/clear coat is easier!

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Mighty fine looking door you got there.

I wonder what a 'box style" camper would look like if it were polished metal like the Airstream is. All shiney might werk.

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Someone here a while back took all the striping/decals off a Sunspot, and I thought it looked terrible afterwards. Not sure if they were going to do anything after that.
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If the striping was to come off, I would paint Spot. The thing is is, there are SO many holes in it, dents, stuff like that I could fix, but once I did, it would look worse probably! That is unless I painted it...

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