More Updates to Ol’ Rosie

Last month we spent a fair amount of time working on Rosie during our long holiday break, fixing rust spots and sealing her up from the elements, and adding a few little extra touches here and there. It’s nice to be able to really customize the inside of your vehicle!

We removed the awful window A/C unit that was attached to the back. We filled it in with a sheet of metal.

ac-before-and-after

We cleaned and filled in a number of rust spots, including some gaping holes that really needed attention.

backcorner

A portion of the passenger (rear) side door jamb was brittle and weak so we cleaned it up and filled it in as well, which provided additional stability to the door frame.

doorjam

The seal on the outside had worn away which had led to the deterioration on the inside so we cleaned up the outside and filled that in too.

sealpass-side

She’s not pretty but she is functional. We don’t have the resources to do an immediate overhaul. But we’ll get there. Don is itching to have the exterior all one color – army green. Eventually.

We had been having problems with the gas gauge so we pulled the gas tank off and adjusted the fuel float and checked the tank for leaks or other problems.

tank1

tank2

We added some conveniences inside: a safe for valuables, trash can, and drink holders. All bolted or attached in one fashion or another so they don’t move around.

accessories

We added an old-school Jerry Can to the back for keeping a little extra gas on hand. (Always a good thing, especially with older, somewhat unreliable vehicles. LOL)  Don really wanted one. It suits his personality and the final look he’s got in mind for Rosie.

jerrycan

We also finalized our registration and title (after a few hiccups and delays) and received our new plates in the mail so we finally felt official. An added bonus to that was that I could finally peel all the Texas State inspections stickers off the windows!

These are just a few of the many things we’ve accomplished, not all of them interesting enough to photograph. We have lots more to do but she’s coming along nicely. 🙂

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
~ Abraham Lincoln 

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