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Grumpy

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Hi all,
I don't think it's my advancing years but some how lately the mattress in my swag seems to be not quite so comfy and the outback ground seems a fair bit harder, especially the gibbers which seem pointier than before
I'm happy to say that's now all in the past with the recent purchase of a somewhat worse for wear Commander S.
The unit I have bought has suffered a fair degree of fire damage around the rear of the pantry area but is quite repairable, in fact with the help of a couple of mates we have it pretty much apart already.
There is a lesson to be learned in that during the strip down we found evidence of some sort of explosion which has punched a grapefruit sized hole through the end of the pantry into the cabin.
We think it may have been a small gas cylinder or similar but whatever it was it went off with a hell of a bang.
Makes you think about the reasons for all the warnings about the proper storage of gas and other combustibles.
Still, with a bit of effort we expect to be back on the road sometime just after Christmas, and off to enjoy some red dust again.
I will post some progress photos as we hey further into the rebuild.
Regards to all.
Dave
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Welcome to the forum Dave,

I don't think anyone has made quite an entrance as that one! Glad to hear you are now a Conqureor owner (even if it is slightly bruised).

There are a couple of people on the forum who have done rebuilds of the trailers and will be able to provide some great advice. There are also others who have ripped more than one apart and will also be able to give advice.

I agree about the storage of gas and flammables. I have done some mods on my gas system, but have had it done by certified gas fitters.

Keep posting photos of your journey.

Cheers

Anthony

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Grumpy

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Hi Anthony,
Thank you for your warm welcome.
I'm very fortunate in that I've been in the vehicle restoration industry for quite some many years and have many low friends in high places who are helping to get things moving.
Still, all suggestions and advice will be gratefully received.
We intend to make a few small "improvements", mainly by incorporating some extra storage bins along the way, which we will post for all to make their assessment.
Hopefully they will be of interest.
On another note I would like to talk with you regarding some of your recently acquired bits and pieces if that's not being too forward for a Newbie.
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Dave.
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Feel free to send me a PM Dave

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Anthony

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think you payed 6000 for that dave, I spoke to you at the Melbourne show.  will be good to see how it comes up
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Grumpy

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A bit more than that but I'm still very happy with what I did pay.
We have made really good progress with the tear down.
As you would expect there were a few surprises but all in all it's been pretty straight forward.
At this stage we have it basically all stripped down and ready to start on the repairs.
Next step is to pressure wash the whole thing and abrasive blast the burnt area.
Most of the smoke damage is cleaning off fairly well but some parts will need to be re-powder coated.
Will also need to source a crate of rivets and a drum of Sikaflex. ( and an air powered rivet gun)
Hopefully we will be able to post some photos soon.
Cheers
Dave
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