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Old 08-25-2013, 08:06 AM   #15
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Carolyn, I have the vent I just removed from my 55FC that I am not planning on reinstalling. You are welcome to it for the price of postage. It is a bit battered but could be restored or used as a pattern to build a new one.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:08 AM   #16
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Thanks Tim! I actually think I have the vent since Steve described it. I had not put it together that that little flat piece of metal had any significance, then I thought it couldn't be the vent, it looks homemade. I would love to see a picture of yours or Steve's, to see if it really is the original!
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:30 PM   #17
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Here you go. I'll bet you have it. Mine was off and I didn't realize what it was until I lined up the rivet holes.

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Old 08-25-2013, 01:31 PM   #18
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Thanks Steve, that is what I have! I wonder how mine came off. It was pop riveted on looking at remnants that are still there.

I have to tell you Steve, the reason I bought this trailer was because of your beautiful restoration. When I bought my Traveller, I found your thread and loved what you did with your trailer. When I saw this one for sale, it seemed like it was meant to be!
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:11 PM   #19
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I have to tell you Steve, the reason I bought this trailer was because of your beautiful restoration. When I bought my Traveller, I found your thread and loved what you did with your trailer. When I saw this one for sale, it seemed like it was meant to be!
Thanks! Island Girl is far from the perfection that some people do around here, but she's good enough to make me happy. The Caravanner model is great--I love the windows and the open layout. 13 panels!

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Old 08-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #20
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I haven't had much time this week, something always seems to come up! I plan to work on getting the floor out before the weekend.
The small things I have been working on include sealing the interior seams, trying to salvage the very rusty tail lights, and making a new plumbing vent cap. The one I have is so flat when all lined up with the rivets, that I can't imagine it would have worked!
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:47 PM   #21
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My vent cap also came with a short piece of 90 degree bent aluminum that went just inside the opening, presumably to stop wind currents and splashing rain from getting inside. It doesn't need a large opening to let in a little air.
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a bug screen of some kind is also a very good idea
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HI Tim, I would love to see a picture of yours as well if you don't mind. I need to remember to add screen too, thanks for the reminder!
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I had a busy day! I took out the remainder of the floor today, and cut away the center if the belly pan. What a mess! Sometimes I wonder at the point of the belly pan other than a mouse home, wasp nest, dirt collector! Yuck!
There is some damage to the frame. Two outriggers are badly corroded and the step is broken. Hope I can dix the step with some welding.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:23 AM   #24
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It's nice to put something new on the trailer. I received my new rims from VTS today, got tires quickly painted the rims and put them on. When I picked up the tires I was really worried they wouldn't fit, they looked so wide! Luckily they fit and there seems to be plenty if room all around.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:25 AM   #25
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I have been seriously contemplating whether or not I can effectively redo the Hehr standard windows in place. Why can't I cut away the rubber gasket flush with the window frame, polish the rivets and put a gasket on the side that opens? I know replacing the screens will be much more challenging. I have been thinking about this for some time. When I replaced a window on my Traveller, I was not happy with how the rivets set, so the thought of doing 9 windows on this trailer is concerning for me. This assumes that none of the windows leak around the edges, something I haven't tested for yet.
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I only took the frames out on my front and rear windows. Side windows had no leaks, so I didn't take them out. Screens are a big issue as they are just about impossible to change with the frames in the trailer. They are still on my never ending ToDo list, but I plan to make up standalone screens with frames. Toastie has some good info in his thread.

As far as modding that gasket goes, I don't think you'll find many leaks between the sash and frame. Even in the rainy Northwet, they seal fine with the original gaskets on mine. The concern to me is the seal between the trailer skin and the frame.

I had that same broken step and we cut a new slot in a piece of 2x4 steel tube and replaced the outrigger with that. Very strong now.

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Old 08-31-2013, 07:40 PM   #27
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My neighbor came over today and did the welding for me. We added angle iron to the two rusted outriggers, fixed the step and added an outrigger on the front street side to match the one on curb side.

The step is still not perfect. It seems to have taken some abuse. Aside from the break and split from the outrigger, it seems to have worn down the notch that holds it in place when weight is put on it. I would like to have replaced the outrigger, but that was probably more than my neighbor was up for.

Next week I hope to Por15 the frame and try to fix the dent in the front. My neighbor also is letting me borrow his drill to remove the stuck screws. His drill has a hammer setting, and that worked for the few I tried tonight. Hopefully it will work for all of them! The right tools sure can make some jobs easier!!!
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:55 AM   #28
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Having a 57 Caravanner myself I'm curious to know the serial number of yours. Mine in O9202. It's what I believe is the last or second to last 13 panel out of the Ohio factory in 1957. I've located O9204 which is a 7 panel. My interior is an exact match to yours minus the dinette.

I've got a thread on the windows. My biggest discovery was the amount of water that leaked into the trailer through the window sashes rather than the frames...the leaking came from the gaskets having been removed decades ago. Once I replaced the gaskets all leaks disappeared.

Personally I think this is one of the best trailers Airstream made its such a great layout! We use ours all the time! I also think 57 was a banner year

A couple off oddities on mine are the California wheel wells and the front interior end cap being fiberglass. Fun stuff.

Good luck and I look forward to your progress!
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