Hi, so glad to have found this board. I've got a 72' Shasta Compact in rough shape. She has been poorly repaired many times and I hope to restore her to the very best of my abilities. Do to her poor repairs there is little original framing left to use as a template. I have seen many videos in which people have used the aluminum skin as a template. Looking for feedback on weather or not to proceed with this method? Thanks so much for your advise!
Absolutely! (sorry for the glare, the barn don't have any electricity and opening the doors is the only way to "turn on the light")
I used craft paper, held it in place with spring clamps, then used a sharp utility knife to trim it to match the metal. However, (purist's turn away now!) I took this opportunity to make some modifications by using the template. I've decided to change the profile from a '67 toaster, to a '63 ham (I told you purist's to turn away, too late now) I rounded the corners, used some fiberglass wire fishing rods to get the desired shape.
Once I got it where I wanted it and things would work out right, I traced a line by the sticks then cut out my "new" profile. I then laid the template over what was left of my wall frame and used it to make my new framing. (had to use some of the old framing so it would be somewhat originalish, sort of, well,... Hey, don't judge!)
Not an original idea, but around the midwest, old hams are hard to find and have already rotten back into the earth or been made into lawnmower trailers. If you can't find it, make it!
Last Edit: Nov 7, 2020 18:42:58 GMT -8 by WhitneyK
We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. '12 Weakender TD (homebilt)(43 States & almost 35k miles) '67 Shasta Compact '67 Bee Line Wasp