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Old 04-30-2010, 08:58 AM   #211
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This is great info, Steve.....I suppose it would be asking too much ask if they had photos of some of their travels? I attempted to contact the previous owners of my 62' but with no luck. These old photos scan well and would add to the long history of your trailer.

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I think I'll be able to get some in time, Gary. Apparently she just doesn't want to go through any of her old pictures, Airstream or otherwise. The funny part of that, though, is Harold told me there would be no pictures just of the Airstream, they'd only be of it in the background. He said his dad's thinking would have been, "I'm not gonna' get rid of this trailer for a long time, so why would I take pictures of it when I own it?"

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Heh!

I must be the opposite. We just took ours down to the beach over the weekend, and upon looking at pictures on our digital camera, my wife commented that I seem to have taken more pictures of the Airstream than I did of my kids...
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:35 AM   #213
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Heh!

I must be the opposite. We just took ours down to the beach over the weekend, and upon looking at pictures on our digital camera, my wife commented that I seem to have taken more pictures of the Airstream than I did of my kids...
I dunno, Marcus, sounds like another Aluminitus symptom to me. Maybe you couldn't catch it in the 50's.

Meanwhile, I've been experiencing another symptom myself. I've had the MP-3 player running through the radio speaker while I've been working on the trailer and for awhile it was the normal (for me) music. Now, I'm playing all stuff that came out around 1957, mostly Jazz, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Monk. The only thing that saves me is LED lighting--I know they didn't have it in 1957, so I must still be ok, sorta.

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Old 05-05-2010, 05:58 PM   #214
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Three More Panels of Birch

Iíve been working on the rest of the upper interior panels for the last week or so. Just three panels of birch, but a lot of cutting and fitting and cutting and fitting, followed by sanding and four coats of finish. All three are at least clecoed in place now and I've started riveting using mostly Olympics, particularly on the panel seams where the Olympic rivets will hopefully be pretty close in appearance to the long line of bucked rivets on the aluminum panels.

The first round of stripping is done on the overhead cabinets, too. Iíve considered replacing them with the same type in birch, but Iím pretty sure Iíll just polish the originals and use birch doors. Itís pretty hard to improve on the originalsófunctional and very lightweight.

Hauled two golf cart batteries home from Costco yesterday, too, so this old trailer should be able to get powered up pretty soon.

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Old 05-05-2010, 06:44 PM   #215
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I dunno, Marcus, sounds like another Aluminitus symptom to me. Maybe you couldn't catch it in the 50's.

Meanwhile, I've been experiencing another symptom myself. I've had the MP-3 player running through the radio speaker while I've been working on the trailer and for awhile it was the normal (for me) music. Now, I'm playing all stuff that came out around 1957, mostly Jazz, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Monk. The only thing that saves me is LED lighting--I know they didn't have it in 1957, so I must still be ok, sorta.

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It's all that machine age craftsmanship you have immersed yourself in and in fact recreating, Steve.

I think your music choices are right on...aluminum is not heavy metal!

Check out this book and touring museum exhibit sometime. The Birth of the Cool. Named after a Miles Davis album (remember those?) It was a really fun collection of furniture art, music, and architecture that came out of the late fifties into the early sixties.

Here is a link I hope works from the Oakland, Ca museum.

Birth of the Cool California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:38 PM   #216
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I think your music choices are right on...aluminum is not heavy metal!
I like that, Gary!

Thx for the link to the museum exhibit, pretty cool.

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Steve, that's some beautiful woodwork! Can you remind me what you're using to finish it? It looks so warm! Is the wood riveted on top of the existing interior panels? I also like the "scoop" you did around the front light...

Just wondering if you're keeping the front door Zolotone or not... I think some shiny alumanum (or heck, change it up with some copper!) might look nice.
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Hey Marc,

Thanks. The aluminum is gone on those sections with the birch. Just one rib on each side involved, so I'm thinking I'm not altering structure very much. It rivets just fine with pop rivets or Olympics and can handle buck rivets too (around the door frame).

I'm using waterlox for the finish. Somebody mentioned it in Shari's thread on interior finishes and I happened to see it locally. First couple of coats really soak into the wood. I refinished the original table with it and the color is very close to what I'm getting with the Baltic birch ply.

Roger that on the aluminum door. That's the plan. Looks like the only Zolatone might be on the inside of the upper cabinets, left original. If the weather decides to get nice, I'll do the door (pop rivets are in the hinges now) and the bellypan sometime soonish.

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Old 05-08-2010, 11:45 PM   #219
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One Polished and One Not

Worked mostly on the overhead cabinets today. Mine are in two sections mounted next to each other. Iíve stripped both, but today I spent some polish time on the front one for a big difference in appearance.

I wanted a transition between the warm wood in front and the cool polished aluminum in the back. The original cabinets that will return to the curbside do it fine on that side. On the streetside, though, I donít like the polished look on the end of that overhead. Made a test fit with a piece of birch on the end and think it will look better that way. Iíve definitely settled on birch for the sliding doors, too.



I replaced the navigation lights on the boat this week. There has been a plan for the old ones. I have a strong emotional bond with our boat. Sheís been our home for 22 years and she always took care of us during our trip around the world. Thereís no way to use her now with Pam and I know, like last year, we wonít leave the dock at all. Iíll not even bend the sails back on this year. Weíre nearing the end with the boat.

The old bronze nav lights will be refitted with LEDís and will be accent lights for the 13 panel front endcap. No polish, either, as theyíre going to stay just like they are, showing the wear from all the winds and waves theyíve faced. Iíll be able to look up at them and remember the boat and thatíll make me happy.

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Love the old weathered nav lights, Steve. And the rest looks fantastic, too.

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I love the lights too. Whatever you place on the bottom of your cabinets, won't the color reflect up to the back? Ours have that bright orange on the bottom and sides and it gives it all a neat orange glow. I lined it with that not slide stuff which is close to a navy blue and now the reflection is more blue coming from the bottom. I can imagine yours with a deep water blue, or the sky blue just when the stars are coming out.
Is your ankle all better?
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Thanks Marcus and Pink!

I like that idea on the inside cabinet color, Pink. So far, it's about the only remaining Zolatone in the trailer, but something that would reflect off the inside shiny aluminum just might work really well.

Everybody tells me ankles take a long time to heal and it has been. Still have quite a limp and it's pretty well done by the end of the day, but it is getting better slowly.

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Old 05-20-2010, 11:09 AM   #223
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My friend Dusty

is the guy I always ask for ideas. I really like the idea part of the process, too, but many times he sees things I donít.

Our boat has heart designs cut into cabinet sliders to use instead of hardware for moving them. Figured Iíd do something like that for the sliding birch doors in the overhead cabinets. Looked OK, but just wasnít right. Dusty looked at them, got a piece of paper and a pencil, and drew what looked at first glance like a loaf of bread. But, the little light in my head came on and I added a tongue and a wheel to his loaf of bread.

I really like them.

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That's a great idea. Very nice.
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