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G280Driver



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A local plywood wholesaler suggested that I use a 1/4” 5 ply plywood called Meranti. I looked at it and think it will work well. There isn’t anything wrong with my original 1976 floor except it’s heavy. The back piece with carpet weights 14-1/2 pounds. I’m thinking about just painting the floor. I’m not really a fan of carpet.

I do need some suggestions on replacing the small o-ring on the spring pack. The first side I cut the first one but got the second one ok. This second spring pact is kicking my butt. I’ve cut 6, yes six o-rings. The best I can tell is that it’s actually cutting it on the brass bushing. The groove is sharp. I thought about putting it in my lathe and cutting a chamfer on it. But I’m not sure that’s a good idea. Any help I’ll gladly listen. As of now I’m waving the white flag.
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HeavyLoad



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

G280Driver wrote:
A local plywood wholesaler suggested that I use a 1/4” 5 ply plywood called Meranti.


They also have Marine grade Meranti plywood. I wonder if that would be any stronger. Would like to see some pics sometime of your progress.

I'm in the middle of doing a panel upgrade on my M5.
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Rezrider
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I redid the floor in the baggage compartment and the front seat foot area. I hated the carpet catching all the dirt and leaves in the backcountry. I used Lonfloor's 'loncoin' rubber type matting. I glued it onto the plywood. The best thing I ever did to the interior. So easy to wipe clean with a damp rag.
I say ditch the carpet and go rubber. I left the areas directly under the front seats since they were a pain to get to but those spots don't get hammered anyway.
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Hale-Yes



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:42 am    Post subject: Vinyl flooring Reply with quote

I have also ditched the carpet for the same aircraft vinal flooring as Rezrider. It's tough as nails, waterproof, lightweight, aircraft rated, cleans up easily with a damp cloth, non-slip and comes in lots of colors and patterns. I glued it onto my CF floorboards with the manufactures epoxy glue. I'm really happy with it.
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Hale-Yes



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:43 am    Post subject: Vinyl flooring Reply with quote

I have also ditched the carpet for the same aircraft vinal flooring as Rezrider. It's tough as nails, waterproof, lightweight, aircraft rated, cleans up easily with a damp cloth, non-slip and comes in lots of colors and patterns. I glued it onto my CF floorboards with the manufactures epoxy glue. I'm really happy with it.
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G280Driver



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pictures
This was taken in 88 when it left Alaska and headed to Texas.



This is the guy I bought it from.


This is the original panel.



Paint progress.










After stripping and polishing spinner.

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G280Driver



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wing tops



Wing bottoms





Gear on.



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DeltaRomeo
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the 'wellies' in the spinner pic!
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