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Old 03-07-2011, 08:10 PM   #113
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bent up. I love it.
I've been lurking and following your thread. If I ever finish mine I want to start looking for a 61 Sovereign to do. My dream is to do a 61 and have a 61 Lincoln convertible as a TV. That way the TV & A/S will be as old as I am. We can all creak and groan together into old age.
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:23 PM   #114
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"Sea", that was easy!
Actually...it only took :15 to recreate the rear curved "C" channel...

I re-assembled the pieces of the old channel and traced it on a board...
snipped the 1/2 "C" (angle) .032 on a 2" pattern...

Bowed it...then snipped the second piece of angle so the slits lined up...

riveted from the bottom...

and checked to see if it matched...!
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:26 PM   #115
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bent up. I love it.
... My dream is to do a 61 and have a 61 Lincoln convertible as a TV. That way the TV & A/S will be as old as I am. We can all creak and groan together into old age.
We are on the same exact same 'schedule'...I am a year older than the actual build date of the '63...I out creak it!
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80 degrees today so I'm supposed to clean out the swimming pool...oops...I forgot

Time to flip the frame and get it ready for rust encapsulator.

An engine hoist on the bumper and the tractor on the hitch...Over she goes!
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:06 PM   #117
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Guess how much this frame flexes?

It's a 4" tall "C" channel version.

Here is the setup...rear axle removed so it almost ballances...very little tongue weight...that equates to maximum front and rear 'droop'...

slowly lifting the back end and supporting the tongue...

the bumper travels 5.25" before the axle clears the ground...remember, my axle is frozen solid...

I double checked the stuff with a lazer level and yup...5"+ of frame flop with no weight except the bare frame!
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:08 PM   #118
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Paint! well, rust encapsulator...

I decided to weld on the gray tank supports even though it hasn't arrived yet. I also decided to drop the remaining axle so I could get everything painted. It does work pretty good when the frame can be rotated...

I used 1/2 gallon of Eastwood Rust Encapsulator...a few spots will need a second coat...

Everyone has heard of the blond haired beauty named Goldilocks...what about a grumpy old dude that spends way too much time messing with Airstreams...Alumalocks?
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Some progress...I keep thinkin I'll be able to leave work at a reasonable time in the evenings and actually get some work done in the evenings....so far that hasn't turned out too good.

I did buy the plywood for the floor, still need to order the bolts and epoxy. I have decided to use regular ply and epoxy coat everything.

It looks good for salvaging 2 of the 4 corner jacks...the other two are going to be a challenge...POR15 to the rescue!
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:12 PM   #121
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Flooring day. Today I fitted all of the floor panels, cut the "C" channel to length and made the opening for the black tank dump valve. The dump valve was a challenge, I had to test fit the bath to see where the gray tank ended up.

I have ordered my epoxy, a 3 gallon kit = $150, it's due in this week along with the gray tank.. I still am looking for a source of the bolts I want, self threading 1/4-20, wide flat head #2 phillips...they are used in the later model 'streams...ideas?
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:56 PM   #122
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Moving right along Vernon,
Are you using the gray tank from VTS? Where are you using the self threading screws? VTS has some screws like this. I found the same exact screws from Fastenal. You aren't using elevator bolts and hex head bolts through the C channel?
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Hey Top,
I'm using this tank...20 gallons, $150ish plus shipping...don't get me started on the rip off 'shipping and handling' is now 'days...

The bolts I'm lookin for resemble elevator bolts...wide flat head...but it has a #2 phillips in the head AND the end is 3 or 6 sided like a tap...you have to pre drill but they cut the threads...reason?...some of my cross members are rectangle tubing...kinda tough to put a nut on the end! These do give me the option of nuttin the ones I can get too....I spent 1/2 hour in the Fastenall store Friday...ran out of time so I will play on their website while TDY...

Then comes insulation, new sheet aluminum for the bellypan and dump plumbin'...
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Ok I understand. That looks like a Ronco drawing. Am I correct? That should work well.

I don't think I've ever seen a screw like you are describing. I'm sure you can find it from Fastenal or McMaster-Carr. You might want to call the 800 number and speak with the "support staff"

So, are you going to install new axles? Just kidding. I know you are. I heard your question on the VAP two weeks ago. I think It's your turn to try an axle from Al-Ko Kober. I haven't found anyone that has gotten an axle from them yet. You could be the first!

I also think you should do more testing with and without shocks on new axles when you have the Olander road ready.

TDY? Government worker huh? Where are you headed? Japan?
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Ok I understand. That looks like a Ronco drawing. Am I correct? ...I don't think I've ever seen a screw like you are describing. .. I think It's your turn to try an axle from Al-Ko Kober. I haven't found anyone that has gotten an axle from them yet. You could be the first!

I also think you should do more testing with and without shocks on new axles when you have the Olander road ready.

TDY? Government worker huh? Where are you headed? Japan?
Here's the closest bolt I have to the one I'm searching for. These would work except for 1) the end isn't self tapping and 2) the are almost $1 each at the big box store!

Yes, thats a Ronco tank I bought thru PlastiMart.

Axles? hummm...as you have seen, I've done the Dexter route - I have considered AXIS but have sent a couple of e-mails to Colin and never heard back. I'm still on the fence on that one. I hadn't thought about continuing the Shock vs no-shock but that may be possible...

Japan? nah...the folks found out I am restoring a '63 Airstream and figured I have a loose nut...they were looking for SMART folks!

I did get the wheel wells fitted and most of the holes drilled thru outrigger/floor and C channel. Awaiting on Epoxy and bolts. I'm supposed to be in Atlanta in a week or two...Aircraft Spruce may get to sell me some bellypan aluminum!
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Supplies have arrived. 3 gallons of epoxy (details forthcoming) and the gray tank are now in the garage. I still have to find some bolts to use...out of town all week and never had free time to web-surf for them. I hope the big-o-box stores have something I can use...

Next comes insulation, plumbing...

More photos as the floor install moves forward.
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