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Old 12-31-2018, 12:02 PM   #99
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I have really enjoyed your restoration journey to date. Looking forward to following your progress this year. Thank you for the great pictures.
Happy New Year and happy trails.
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:24 PM   #100
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OMG! What have I done...

Well someone once said airstreams and onions are the same...the more you peel off the more you cry...

After taking off the curbside rear panel and trial fitting it. I said self you have removed a majority of the rivets on the back panels and the street side panel is not as good as it looked before. Soooo

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Old 01-14-2019, 03:46 PM   #101
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Obviously, but when you are done, we are all going to oooh and aaaah!
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Old 01-14-2019, 04:39 PM   #102
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Wise decision. Better to do it and move on. There are many who didnít and wished they had.
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Old 01-21-2019, 03:05 PM   #103
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More removal...

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Wise decision. Better to do it and move on. There are many who didnít and wished they had.
Following Bubba's mantra, and because I had a little Alclad left over I decided to replace one more really ugly panel. This one was a breeze. The only hangup is that nothing is square on the airstream to a little bit of trimming with one of my favorite tools, and now we are good to go. When it the weather get back to normal around here...FLA in the low 50's sucks, I will get the tempro out and start bucking the rivets in...
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:12 AM   #104
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Big Hole

Got a little more work done in the last few days...Weather has finally warmed up and even more importantly the wind has settled down .

Needed to cut in my tail lights...so for that you need a B I G hole saw . Then did a little riveting on the the door side.

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Hopefully will get one of the rear panels in today b4 the "Big Game"
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:11 PM   #105
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Good News and Bad

The good news is I installed 2 windows today...the bad news is I had to install the same window twice...

I have read a few threads on how to install the D gasket behind the window frame. So in my mind I knew what and how I was going to proceed.

The problem began when I tried to reuse the same holes that where there. In most cases that is an easy thing to do. However with these 13 panels the problem is that at the factory they used the rivet tool to pound down the frame around the panels. This led to elongated holes and blah blah blah.

Final out come was drill new holes, but first pound down the frame around the 13 panels remove and do it all over again. Thank goodness this is only on the front window. Learning curve...

The other windows should be easier...

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Old 02-18-2019, 03:55 PM   #106
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More windows

Let me tell you for those out there that don't know. Tearing out windows and then putting them in is a real P I A . Each set has there own set of rules, and different challenges. If I had to give any advice I would say look for a better alternative than taking the gasket out. Of course the Caravanner has 9 windows...but whose counting.

Sunday I got the curbside next to the door double windows in. Just a lot of rivets and need to modify my bucking bar. The other challenge is I bought some eye brows that have the right shape, however they have some pre drilled holes...that of course do not line up with my holes...so must rivet the old ones shut and then make more holes in the tin can.

Monday was setting up a new window that I had made. (the original window was gone and the PO had some ugly slide window put in that never looked good or worked).The Hvac did a nice job in fabbing the frame and the casement. However there still needed to be a few tweeks here and there. Plus I needed to make a center support and re do one glass pane holder that was not bent correctly.

On the back center support...I had a old small window that I got someplace and I took out the support. Cut it in half and then sistered it into some aluminum channel. Looks good and it works.

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Old 02-20-2019, 10:12 AM   #107
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Good work Islandtrader! That area has come a long way. I really appreciate your detailed pictures and explanation of your process. Always look forward to your next post.
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Old 02-21-2019, 04:37 PM   #108
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Cool work. A few years ago I had the pleasure of working with VTS to help get those extrusions recreated. I really needed a few and Steve took my drawing and had the die built, saved my bacon because I had run out of options to replace a missing window. I can't help but smile to see them being used!
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Old 02-22-2019, 06:14 AM   #109
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Nice Story

Very nice story...glad you shared it.

After doing some trial fits with new window openers I found out I need two more of these to make the windows open smooth. Your idea keeps on giving.
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Window Operators

All of my "window cranks are shot" considering the Caravanner has 9 windows, this adds up $ quickly.

You can buy openers from VTS (I did) my small windows (3) had what I call the standard crank(hehr) that fits into the channel with a S/S adaptor. The larger windows had a opener that is the same size as a clear view opener. The only difference is the clear view had a pressed in button. I like the larger opener for the big windows ...so some adaptation had to be made.

Basically all you have to do is punch out the button; then drill the hole out to 1/4 and round off the end and insert the plastic slide and it works and fits like what was the original with no adapter.

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Another Milestone!

I always try to think of what is major amount of work...

Lifting the shell off...belly pans...putting the shell back on...

Taking windows out...Putting windows back in.

All windows are in and now on to the doors...

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Old 03-20-2019, 03:50 PM   #112
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Fun Project

Today I decided to do an easy no brainer project...easy yes, no brainer no, but fun anyway.

I never liked the way airstream chopped up the belt line trim on the earlier models like mine. I plan on running the belt line all the way around. The only hard part is putting the seams where they are the least conspicuous. I will use 3 16' extruded strips. The seams will be in the front and back.

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