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Old 18-06-21, 02:22
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Starting a new Wire -5 project . This used to be the floor of the box.
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Old 18-06-21, 02:28
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Madness . ..... At first sight , this box looks only good for the scrapper. But wait for the transformation as it slowly happens . First to go in : A new floor . A good house needs a good foundation and a good roof .
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Old 18-06-21, 04:00
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Looks like another gin palace box to me.
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Old 19-06-21, 00:48
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There were a lot of screws through the roof of these boxes , a whole lot of holes where water seeps in and destroys everything ... The box is a very early version of the 2K1 . The roof had traces of the composite wood anti - slip slats . Reports from the field complained that these would soak up water and disintegrate thus letting water seep into the box . They anti skid strips were changed to hardwood on the later and final version . Also , in my prior restoration i did not have to tear apart the ceiling , roof and trusses . So in this last picture nothing holds up the aluminum sheets because i had to tear out everything . The steel , the plywood and all the screws were rotted .Don’t worry , i will not document the whole restoration , that’s already been done . I will only document the rebuilding of the ceiling and roof of the box because i did not have to do this on my other one because it was in excellent condition . Some guys balk at the thought of doing this . I hope to put some reservations to rest . Guys, go for it !
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Old 19-06-21, 01:40
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This is a sample of the anti-skid strips that covered the roof of the early 2K1 boxes . It’s almost like cardboard . I removed 60 rusted out screws holding these strips from the roof with lock grip pliers . There were more on the new boxes but the rest had dissolved ... No wonder water seeped in on this version .
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Old 19-06-21, 01:55
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What is this ? Any guesses anyone ?
Y'know....you'll need a truck to go with that...
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Old 19-06-21, 02:24
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Bruce , like this nice Chevy with a rebuilt engine ?
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Bruce , like this nice Chevy with a rebuilt engine ?
Careful, you put those two trucks together you might end up with a litter of jeeps...
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Old 19-06-21, 17:59
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Hey Bruce , that would be fantastic ! I acid etched the aluminium yesterday and applied a special aluminium primer today . Ready to apply the first sheets of plywood and fabricating steel arches to support the roof . Like i said before , i did not have to do this on my prior restoration because the support arches were solid .
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Old 20-06-21, 02:50
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The challenge is the dissimilar metal corrosion . The frame of the box is made of steel but the envelope is made of aluminium .
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The challenge of dissimilar metal corrosion is encountered frequently in aviation but seldom have i seen it in military trucks.
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First layer of plywood going in . Into this screws everything that is on top : Chimneys , ventilators and rails and antenna protectors .
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Began putting in the frame that holds up the plywood supporting the aluminum sheet roof .
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Old 29-06-21, 00:16
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Here is the roof support structure re- assembled on the ground for reference .
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Old 30-06-21, 00:33
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Finished the superstructure today .
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Free guaranteed original 2K1 Wireless body dome lamp to anyone crazy enough to take on a second wireless box like this.

Let me know if you want it and I'll ship it off.
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Old 30-06-21, 02:01
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Email sent Bruce .
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I treated the plywood on both sides with a water repellent sealer / stain . I have seen the plywood come apart because of water seeping in by the numerous screw and bolt holes in the roof in these old boxes . I also primed all the exposed metal before putting in the finishing plywood for the ceiling . Lesson learned from my first restoration.
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What are using to cover the roof? I believe it was painted canvas, I found a substitute when I restored the S56 shelter on my C60S. It was commercial grade reinforced rubber roofing, the rubber has a fabric in the middle and is rated for 100mph wind.

It has lasted very well even getting scrapped by tree branches over the years, and living out doors for many years in the rain and the snow. No leaks. Can be painted with rubber paint and the reinforcement gives it the look of canvas.

When I went to the commercial roofing company and told the guy what was restoring, showed him a picture, he went and found a piece of scrap twice the size of what I need. When I got out my check book he said no you can have it.

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Thank you very much Phil , that is a great idea ! In my case the roof is made of two aluminium sheets . The challenge is to prevent water from seeping in by the dozens of holes created by sheet metal screws , bolts and lag screws .
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There are 14 hooks total , 7 each side attached to the aluminium roof . They serve as anchors to hold up the penthouse tent . Logicaly that tent goes on the left ( passenger ) side where the map table hooks up on the outside wall . Why they would have hooks on the generator compartment side is beyound me , mere restorer .
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Hooks on the cypher clerk side of the box . A lot of hooks . Originaly they were set with flimsy rivets and all of mine were gone. I went with 1/4” bolts after enlarging slightly the original holes along the roof .I will be using an awning instead of a tent .
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Primed the underside of the new floor today . Nice & tidy .
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Reunited at last .Now that the box has a good roof and good floor it was time to reunite it with the truck . It will be easier to move it in and out of the garage and take less room than when they were seperated .
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Need a spare tire to fill that big hole on the side . Next a ladder to climb on the roof , Jerrican holders and tools & chain lockers for the underside . That will be it for this summer , i am flying across Canada again in August . Will try to see my MLU friends along the way . At least those living near an airport . Next winter i will do the interior finishing of the box .Meanwhile i will be checking for more original parts for this restoration . Give me a heads up if you find / have anything you are willing to sell / trade . Cheers for now .
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Fitted nicely the driver compartment doors , anchored the box tightly to the truck frame and built a roof ladder today.
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Used bits and pieces composed of original ladder parts , gas line pipes and parts off an original more recent military ladder .
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Started on the interior of the box this week now that the flying season is pretty much over .
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Made the storage cabinet that goes on the left side .
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Got the left side shelving cabinet done , the wireless table , the two seat bases , seat rails . Finished the interior wood paneling with 1/4 inch thick plywood this time around . Much easier to fit . Monday i will finish the generator compartment . I will leave for later the fabrication of the exterior jerrycan holders and tool boxes .By the way : I need a CMP seat , anyone have a spare one for sale ?
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