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Old 10-25-2019, 04:10 AM
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Default Hairball’s 78 f250 camper hauler

Well I did it again. Bought another project before the first two were done.

I have been rattling around the idea of a vintage camper hauler for the vintage camper for local trips and car cruises and finally found a good candidate in early October.







Everything works but the dash lights and it is all original except the split bench was replaced by a pair of swivel van seats



The passenger side can swivel 180 and face the rear.


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Old 10-25-2019, 04:18 AM
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First step was ditching the old 16.5 wheels and 20 year old tires.

Old and busted


New hotness


Next up was a quickie paint job to match the camper

Some sanding and primer. I got new replacement mirrors since the drivers was seized and the passenger was flopping.







Wrapping paper makes good cheap masking







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Not a Camper Special by any chance, is it? Those swivel seats are shag-tastic.

Probably been 20 years since I've seen a dentside around here.
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Old 10-25-2019, 04:21 AM
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The rear window is a pop out so I was able to remove them for paint.


The glass came out of its frame so I glued it back together with black silicone.


I make a $65 paint job look good!


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The camper came with a special bumper to connect it to the truck.


I lined it up and figured out which holes I needed to use



I got the bumper mounted and as an added bonus, the bedliner from the dead 92 fits perfectly!


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I make a $65 paint job look good!
What are you painting it with that you can buy that much of it for $65? Whenever I shoot paint, I spend that much on sandpaper.
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Rustoleum rattle cans

5 cans primer
4 cans JDG
2 cans white
X$5 is $55
2 rolls tape
2 rolls wrapping paper
Is $10
So roughly $65

I used enough sand paper to smooth out the rough paint and rust and basically shot it for color.
It is one of the best 30 foot paint jobs around.


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It has got some texture. But the wife thinks I’m amazing and it’s her favorite color


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Rad van seats
Base plate.
1.5 inch stack of washers.
1/2 inch bolts holding it down.
Lazy Susan base.
Pivot is one 1/2 inch bolt with the head welded to the LSue base.
Mechanical lock nut holding LSue top plate on.
Random 1/8 sheet rectangle welded to the LSue top plate.
Four 5/16 studs bolting the seat down.
I can tighten the nut to eliminate up/down slop, but the hole is a bit wallered out so there's still some front/back wiggle.
But it is feeling much better. Before tightening up the base and back I was getting 3-4 inch of floppy at the top of the seat back. It almost felt like driving while sitting on a milk crate.


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Done! Kinda. Mostly.





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The camper subframe butts against the bumper


And gets within an inch of the front top rail


Inside the camper







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Great camper! Would love to have something like that.
Paint on the truck is a pretty good match, too.

but what is up with the hood being cock-eyed on the truck?
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It just was not latched yet.
Checking fluids before maiden voyage home from work





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kewl! nice lookin combo for sure.
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