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Old 09-18-2017, 10:02 AM   #155
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So when I dropped my shell I sat 'er back down, thought it was all good and got to riveting. So much goodness. Only later when I started putting the interior skins on did I notice that the street side rear of the shell was dropped 1/4". It was too late to correct it when I found the problem. No one will ever notice it but me, and maybe someday I'll forget about it, but it bugs the hell out of me right now. Better to get it right while the getting right is available to you
You are absolutely right. I found a few places that the floor could have fit better. The thing is that the places where I could adjust my panels are exactly the same profile as the old ones. I get to make them fit better.

Also, there are some spots where there is interference with the ribs in the shell and the floor channel. I remember it was that way when I took it apart. Now I can mark it all and adjust for it. I like being able to do that. The only problem is that this could take me down a rabbit hole that I may never be able to get out of. At some point you have to put it together but my OCD may disagree.
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Old 09-19-2017, 11:46 AM   #156
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It is no doubt that this project is going to take a lot of work. I think that is a fair and established conclusion. The problem is that I would really like to get some shiny camping time. The other issue with this project is that I have to fit a family of five in this small camper. To do that I planned to have no bathroom and triple bunks in the back for my kids. Space is going to be tight and the need for super customization huge. The time it is going to take me to get to the point of use is going to be a while.

So... what to do? What are my options? I need more interior space and time to work on Sylvi at my convenience and as the budget allows.

I got it... get another Airstream to use now. Get one that is bigger and usable. Then I can put a more original floorplan in that I do not have to worry about fitting 5 people. Plus, I can take my time and have less worry about getting it done to use.

Drum roll please... I found this gem locally. A 1965 Overlander. It checks all the boxes and is in ready to use condition. I am not saying perfect but the electrical works. The plumbing works. The propane works. The original appliances work. It is clean. The wheels are new with new brakes. The flooring has been replaced. There are no big dents or scratches. The one dent in the street side is the size as if you used your middle finger knuckle and pushed in the size of a penny. Everything is original. All the windows are intact. Half the cranks work half are stripped. The only real mod done to it was turning the rear bath into a bed. The black tank is new and in place but instead of the bath there is just a sheet of plywood over everything making a bed frame. The A/C is gone and covered up and the front skylight vent thing broke long ago and was covered up. It is totally usable and towable.

I am totally pumped about this thing. Pics to follow.
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Old 09-19-2017, 11:52 AM   #157
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Sweet!

How much did you have to give, if you don't mind saying?
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Old 09-23-2017, 08:12 PM   #160
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Had to get Sylvi in the garage. It is going to be cold and snowy in WI soon. I still have a window out and all the roof vents off. I can't put new ones on because I have to take the top off again. I have a garage with 8' doors.

It took me less time to get the top back on than try and get this thing in the garage. With the vents off I had to get down another six inches. I thought I would let air out of the tires but that only got me 3". I pulled the wheels off and cradled the brakes in appliance dollies. I used a floor jack on the back to pull. Many hours and lots of "motivational words" I got it in. Jacked her back up and put the wheels back on. Click image for larger version

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Wow, time flies.

So Sylvi the storage unit is still where I parked her a year and a half ago. If you remember from a previous post I moved to the country so I could have a shop and my family could have space. Along with that move came a full Monty remodel on the farmhouse. When I say remodel, I mean Chip and Joanna had a baby with Pinterest remodel. I have been steadily plugging away and have one bathroom to build and then I am done.

So Sylvi, are you next??? Not so fast. In the meantime, I Inherited a couple antique cars from grandpa. The ’36 Ford Pickup goes to the top of the list. Then Sylvi??? Nope, the ’59 Studebaker goes #2. Then it should be time for Sylvi, well… not yet. I didn’t have enough going on so I thought should get an MBA. That is in progress… one more year. Now time for Sylvi??? Yes, Sylvi… you are next.
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