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Old 09-06-2010, 10:41 AM   #239
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Brass plated steel barrel bolts?

Iíve been looking at these ugly barrel bolts for a year and a half. Canít believe Airstream used brass plated steel ones to latch the inner door.

Still need to finish off some rivetsóthe inside of the door has many, but just about finished with the door. Inside is stripped and polished, but lots of etching. I might have to consider replacing the top inside door panel, but weíll see how much more the compounder can do.

The rusty barrel bolts have been replaced with stainless. I also added and inside door handle to use as a pull to save wear and tear on the old Bargman lock.

Pam is hanging out with her two bears in the reflection in the last pic. Sheís just about over a bout with the flu thatís made us boat bound and miserable for the last few days. Good to get back to the trailer for a couple hours yesterday.

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Old 09-06-2010, 10:09 PM   #240
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Hey Steve, Where did you ever find the barrel bolts? My 56 needs them too and I've had no luck locating them thus far.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:45 AM   #241
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Hey Steve, Where did you ever find the barrel bolts? My 56 needs them too and I've had no luck locating them thus far.
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They came from a local marine chandlery and had a Seadog brand name. I checked Defender and West Marine online and didn't find the same type, but they're both probably got something similar that would work. These have a round barrel instead of the original half round, so I did have to open up the tab on the inner door slightly.

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Old 09-09-2010, 02:21 PM   #242
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Hi Steve

I just returned back to ME from Missouri to help a friend pick up a 57' Custom he bought off Ebay. We were hoping for the best and somewhat prepared for the worst. It took and six hours to clean out the interior, rewire lights and brakes, and mount the new tire, rims, WT hitch. Only had to repack one set of bearings at an auto parts parking lot. It started heating up about a half hour after heading back east. But no other road drama and we made it back in one piece. The v-8 4-Runner pulled nicely.

Just thought I would share a few photos to let you know about similar trailers out there still being saved......one trailer at a time. This one needs an extreme makeover. This is an Ohio Custom with some interesting interior layouts. Lots of work but watching your progress helps with that "vision" thing. I have referred the new owner to your thread/project in hope he will see what a great job you are doing.

Keep up the great work!
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:52 PM   #243
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Thx for the pics, Gary. I was watching that one on eBay. Pretty similar to the Caravanner, sure looks familiar. Another one of the last of the 13 panels.

Island Girl got a new Reese Strait-Line Hitch in the mail a couple of days ago and I finished that install today, got the brakes hooked up, and paid a visit to the car wash. Planning our first outing to join the crowd at Lynden tomorrow, but we're still pretty pitiful with our empty shell. Look forward to seeing some other trailers there.

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Old 09-12-2010, 07:08 PM   #244
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Steve,

It was great to meet you and Pam yesterday at the Lynden TCT event. Your trailer is gorgeous. You wouldn't of heard the comments as you towed in but they were very excited to see that beauty roll past.

We missed you when we came past later in the afternoon after the majority of the tours were done so we could leave our trailers. A group of us headed over to meet you and view your handiwork. We did get a chance to take a good look at the trailer through the windows and you do outstanding work. The finished trailer will be a real showpiece, and functional.

We had intended to hang out today (Sunday) to visit with the group and await your arrival but with the rain so heavy we decided we needed to get the car/trailer home and tucked away - I have a tailgate leak that I thought was fixed on the wagon but apparently, and much to my chagrin, I've still got some work to do.

You are close to me, 12 miles or so, and one day I'll grab my neighbor who was also at Lynden and we'll drop down to get an official tour.

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Old 09-12-2010, 08:23 PM   #245
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Hey Barry,

Great to meet you and Donna as well. Thanks for the compliments on the trailer, but wow, I'm really impressed by so many rigs I saw there, including yours and that very cool tow vehicle (even with a leaky tailgate). I'd sure hoped to hang around longer on Saturday, but Pam just ran out of gas and wanted to go. No problem, I figured, since the forecast for today, when I had care for Pam, was only for showers. I'll take the blame for the weather, though, since I put a coat of varnish on the boat Saturday afternoon and that always makes it rain.

But I got to meet silverleeper, Lee, and Mel and see their cool Caravel today. And thanks Greg for the cookies, most of which did not survive the afternoon while working on the trailer.

Really great to get Island Girl on the road once again. I'd decided on a Reese Strait-Line Hitch with 600 pound bars and it arrived just in time on Wednesday, giving me enough time to get it set up. She pulls just great with the Tundra and I surprised myself by remembering how to back up after not towing a trailer for 35 years or so.

Dark and gloomy working inside today, but I turned on all the lights and they made a big difference.

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Steve, it was great to meet you yesterday and I'm sorry we didn't have longer to visit! Glad you could make it out to Lynden - it's a great crowd of people and I know everyone will be excited to see the progress on Island Girl at the next rally.
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Steve, it was great to meet you yesterday and I'm sorry we didn't have longer to visit! Glad you could make it out to Lynden - it's a great crowd of people and I know everyone will be excited to see the progress on Island Girl at the next rally.
I'm all pumped up now and anxious to get her finished now, Mel. Did the cat make it home with you?

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This picture says it all.
Looks like a pretty happy cat to me!


The two recliners came with a center console, but itís too wide and very heavy. It does have a nice leather center armrest and that will be resized to fit the smaller cabinet Iím making.

The back half of the ďTĒ shaped box houses the batteries, converter, and circuit breaker panels. Might even be some storage room left over if Iím lucky. In the back of the trailer the original bed has a great curve of birch made into it and I want to tie that into the front cabinet. Iíve started with curves cut into 3/4Ē ply and notched to fit the 1x2Ē framing, fastened with epoxy and cloth (thanks, Marcus).

I got the rest of the framing put together today using a pocket screw jig. Really like the pocket screws: strong, and really quick.

Air19 has a great thread showing his cabinet work on a Ď53 Flying Cloud. He is really skilled and I am not, but he makes use of Elfa bins for his storage and Iím using them in this cabinet as well. Iíve just got it clamped and wired in place to check the fit for now. The Elfa bins just slide on grooves cut into the 1x2ís. Itíll all be covered in Baltic birch and a laminate yet to be decided upon.

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Looking good, pocket hole screws are an absolute miracle.

Do I see the beginnings of some curved cabinetry? Very nice!



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Yep, curved cabinetry, Marcus.

Iíve got a pretty good set of basic tools, but when it comes to making cabinets I really come up short. My buddy Dusty (he of the Airstream cutouts for the overhead sliders) looked at what I was doing and loaned me a router, a laminate trimmer, a biscuit joiner, a brad gun, and a staple gun. All these in addition to his table saw, chop saw, and belt sanders Iíd already been using. Itís really a luxury having access to the right tools.

The front curved portion is, like most of the cabinet, 1/8Ē Baltic birch and is bent around the plywood formers and attached with thickened epoxy. It was done in one uncut piece and I used duct tape to mark the edges and to keep the epoxy from sticking beyond those points. Then I just used a razor knife to cut out the opening for the two Elfa bins. I used the round welt from VTS for the edges. The bottom bin will attach to the front face, giving access to both bins.

The sides are now on and the hardwood pieces are cut for the armrest opening and the mount for the little radio. Really wasn't planning the use of the hardwood (imbuya), but it jumped out at me while picking up Baltic birch at Windsor Plywood. Half off too!

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Old 10-10-2010, 07:20 PM   #252
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Big Stuff Goes Back In!!

It's been around a year and a half since the original cabinets came out of Island Girl, so it was a really big deal yesterday when the refrigerator/wardrobe unit went back in. The unit needs stripping, refinishing, and some panel replacement so it's not at all done, but I wanted it back in in order to get the Dickinson propane heater reinstalled. Cold weather is coming.

The cabinet for the recliners is nearly done, short of the laminate and a couple of hinges on the way from Lee Valley. Pics of that in a few days.

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