So the demolition on the 56 Southland Runabout begins. We put in a full days work removing the front skin and about 3/4 of the interior walls and ceiling. The previous owners just put new wood over the old. That is NOT the right way to do it. However, they actually did me a favor by doing this because I was able to pull off the wood sections they put up fairly easily and will use them as templates for the new birch. The original wood behind it in most areas would of never come off in one whole section. So that is the bright side of it. My plan is to install brand new birch on every wall and the ceiling.
Getting the window out went OK. It was sealed with silicone…ARRG! I hate that stuff. It’s a real pain to remove. The most difficult part though was the J-rail screws. It took my husband almost 4 hours just to get them all out on both sides so we could remove the front skin. While he was doing that I was inside demolishing everything in sight (:
Here is a view from the inside. This is after I pulled all the paneling that the previous owner and installed over the original. I’m not mad or anything as I suspected this is what they had done so it was no surprise to see all the water damage and oh there is plenty on this wall!
A close up. Very de-laminated and paper thin laters. Most of it just crumbled when I removed it.
I took all the original rotted paneling off. Hubby is still out there working on those screws, poor guy.
Another view. I was able to remove the bench on the right but this one you see in the picture it will take a bit more work to remove.
In the kitchen I pulled off all the diamond plating looking peel and stick wall paper stuff (not sure what else to call it) and took off all the trim around the window.
I’m about half way done with ripping out the roof paneling. You can’t really tell in this picture but the roof beams actually look pretty good, except for 1-2, so I was happy about that.
Yeah! We finally got the rear skin off! This is probably the point where my husband and I look at each other and say “What have we done?!” and that overwhelming feeling sets in. But I’m very confident that we will get this done and she’ll be adorable! This photo also proves to all those that were worried that my husband is still alive and well. I didn’t choke him or anything during the first day of demolition. It might happen later in the restoration and I’ll keep you posted (: