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Old 03-15-2009, 08:06 PM   #29
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No problem on the refer door, Barry. I think I've got a pretty good idea of how I might tackle it using my fiberglass and epoxy skills which are definitely, not "might" be, but definitely superior to my aluminum skills. For now, though, there is no doubt that the floor is first in line.

The boat next to me in the marina just sold, so some of my buddies here in the harbor are suggesting we put the Caravanner on a raft and move it into that slip. It would fit, but I'm not sure the Port will go along with it. It might put a whole new meaning to "dropping the belly pan."

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Old 03-17-2009, 11:28 PM   #30
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Definitely getting ahead of myself here, but this thing popped up on eBay and well. . . . .if you have a 50's Airstream, couldn't you have a 50's Cyclo?

The listing said the cord was too bad to even plug in, so it was definitely a roll of the dice. Got here today and the cord was as advertised. Took it apart, gave it a new cord, cleaned the commutator, gave it a little lube, brushes checked fine and it works.

In '54, Cyclo did a deal with Sears to sell them with a Craftsman branding. This one is one of those and the data plate is dated 1-55.

Brissy (from Brisbane, Australia) is my helper in the picture. She's now 7 years old and has never been off our boat other than a few trips to the vet. She's going to have to help me on the Caravanner when it starts going back together and begin to make her transition to land yachting.

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Old 03-18-2009, 06:56 AM   #31
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Definitely getting ahead of myself here, but this thing popped up on eBay and well. . . . .if you have a 50's Airstream, couldn't you have a 50's Cyclo?

The listing said the cord was too bad to even plug in, so it was definitely a roll of the dice. Got here today and the cord was as advertised. Took it apart, gave it a new cord, cleaned the commutator, gave it a little lube, brushes checked fine and it works.

In '54, Cyclo did a deal with Sears to sell them with a Craftsman branding. This one is one of those and the data plate is dated 1-55.

Brissy (from Brisbane, Australia) is my helper in the picture. She's now 7 years old and has never been off our boat other than a few trips to the vet. She's going to have to help me on the Caravanner when it starts going back together and begin to make her transition to land yachting.

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Hey PBS, I think you must have outbid me on that Sear Cyclo! But I sure am glad to see someone on the Forums end up with it, and glad to hear it works for you!

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Old 03-18-2009, 07:53 AM   #32
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PBS has been busy in the purchasing mode... he bought my rims too! Hey PB, can I rent the cyclo sometime? I might need to polish the Argosy prior to Area 33....

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Old 03-18-2009, 10:05 AM   #33
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Hey PBS, I think you must have outbid me on that Sear Cyclo! But I sure am glad to see someone on the Forums end up with it, and glad to hear it works for you!

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I wondered who it might be, Marcus! Of course, by the time I'll really be needing it, my new cord will probably need replacing again.

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Old 03-18-2009, 10:08 AM   #34
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PBS has been busy in the purchasing mode... he bought my rims too! Hey PB, can I rent the cyclo sometime? I might need to polish the Argosy prior to Area 33....

Marc
Anytime, Marc, just bring beer for the rental, even Shiner Bock would be OK. BTW. . . .the check is in the mail.

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Old 03-18-2009, 10:47 AM   #35
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Folks in the PAC-NW, home of some of the best micro-brews around, talking about our humble little Texas beer called Shiner Bock?

I am deeply honored!
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It's mighty hard to beat our local brews for sure. But, I did grow up in Texas and there is one supermarket here that carries Shiner Bock. It's still good.
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I'd bring some local Fremont brews...
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Ahhh seeing yours makes me long for my old 56.

She's only a memory to me now
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:43 PM   #39
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Ahhh seeing yours makes me long for my old 56.

She's only a memory to me now
Yep, I've spent quite a few hours looking at your old thread, Steve.

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Old 04-14-2009, 09:22 PM   #40
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I am so darned slow

Really, I have been plugging away at it. Very nearly have it gutted and only need to get the bed and fresh water tank out. Rented a 5x10 storage unit to put all the inside stuff in and it's pretty full now.

Took the bathroom out today. Seems like I've read a bunch of threads with stories about troubles in getting the old stuff out. I've been worried about it, particularly as I'm still hoping to reuse much of it, like the nice aluminum shower pan. It all came right out, drain unscrewed from the top, toilet just about fell out, and its flange screwed out of the drain very easily. Shower pan lifted right out. Plywood is pretty ugly underneath, but isn't nearly as rotten as it is up front by the fresh water tank.

Couldn't stand it anymore and decided to pull off one of the lower inside panels, just to see what kind of shape it was in inside the walls. Drilled off the panel from the door to the bath and it all looked really good. Moisture on one section of insulation, but the rest was clean and dry. Amazing after 52 years.

I'll be so happy when I can get the old plywood up and see what my frame looks like. I really need to leave the belly pan on until after the subfloor is up and clean out the stuff inside the pan from the top before dropping it, so I won't really see the frame until the old subfloor is gone. Been pretty sure of what I had with the trailer and haven't had any surprises yet. I knew the subfloor would be awful and it is. I know I can fix whatever I have with the frame, but it'll sure be easier if it's in decent shape. Soon. . .

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Old 04-14-2009, 10:35 PM   #41
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Thumbs up looking good

Hi Steve
Good progress. I would not worry going into it slowly and being careful about taking things apart. There are plenty of stories about gutted trailers and parts gone missing and broken.
The mid fifties trailers seem to have much more detail work built into them that starts to disappear towards the late fifties on. Best to preserve as much of that as you can to replace and copy if needed.

On the front glass on my 62' is regular glass with no rock guard. 50k miles and no problem. I did replace the old dometic with a smaller 2-way model that only comes up to counter height.

Anyway it is a great looking trailer and you are really on your way. I see you have a little kitty shop helper and will include a photo of our quality control inspector.
We are watching...but take your time!
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:38 PM   #42
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Looks like maybe you're working your inspector too hard, Gary. They miss a lot of human screwups when they're sleeping like that.

I've got about half of the lower interior panels off now. Island Girl is a few years younger (or maybe less old ) than me, but I'm pretty sure my C channel doesn't look nearly as good as hers after 50+ years. All the old insulation has been coming out clean and dry. Subfloor, though, is very very tired.

I have to admit that the kayak is part of the reason I'm so slow getting things done on the trailer. Got the kit (Pygmy Golden Eye Hi) last fall as a winter project, not knowing I'd be bringing an Airstream into the mix so soon. Lost the lease on our shop space during the winter too, so I haven't made progress on the kayak as quickly as I wanted too while it sat out in the weather. Getting close with it now: some more work on the hatches, some on the seat, and a bunch of sanding before paint and varnish. It should travel well with Island Girl in a few years.

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