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Old 04-21-2009, 11:05 PM   #43
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Good grief, well I am learning how to load the pics of the new camera. Only took an hour to get that last one loaded! Helen is encourged, she was begining to think I am a mong. Adios, John
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:09 PM   #44
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Thanks for all the info & the great photos of your "67" it looks almost identical to mine inside & out. Sure makes me eager to get back to the states & start working on mine again.

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(Had to install 4 new tires to get it home(2 miles). I have since discovered I bought 10 ply rated ,8 ply tires when I needed 6 ply tires.)
My first question is; why are the 6ply tires more correct to use than 8 or 10 ply? Mine needs new tires & I and I want to get the correct ones for it.
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The 8-10 ply tires ride to rough, they will tend to beat the trailer to bits. I run my tires PSI at about 35 psi to soften the ride a bit. Adios, John
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:21 PM   #45
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Old 04-22-2009, 01:43 PM   #46
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Thanks Diesel,
A softer ride sure makes sense to me.
I used the ten ply tires when I was hauling mine back and forth to Guatemala thinking they would be stronger to sustain the horrible road conditions. Now that it is back residing in the US I will fit it with 6plys.
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:56 PM   #47
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Thanks Diesel,
A softer ride sure makes sense to me.
I used the ten ply tires when I was hauling mine back and forth to Guatemala thinking they would be stronger to sustain the horrible road conditions. Now that it is back residing in the US I will fit it with 6plys.
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Hey, we should be in Gualemala today,We've never been there before was really looking forward to it. but Hubby go sick and we had to cancel our cruise, so instead we are sitting here in rainy CT. Not a very good trade off if you ask me!
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:01 AM   #48
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Four corners

We went to the FCU Vintage Resto rally last week in NM. Twas interesting & informative. We camped high atop Gobblers Knob to the west of Albuquerque where the gentle 50mph breezes caressed our weary souls. And filled the Airstream with sand. On Sunday we departed for the less windy climes of Taos, then on to Chama,NM and then the mismarked four corrners and down past beautiful downtown Tuba City, Az. We sidetracked to Phoenix for a few days work arriving back in Kingman Friday last.
The Original a/c that I so proudly repaired a few days before we departed conked out about an hour after we arrived at the rally. This time the condenser/evaperater fan motor after 40 plus years siezed up. I dissasembled it in Phx and after cleaning and lube it is again functional.
The old Dometic fridge worked flawlessly this trip! We traveled right at 2000 miles, the new axles went up and down and at this point I can see no disadvantage to not welding on the shock brackets and spending $150 for shocks.
Levon's polishing class was informative, the Peterbuilt truck dealership in Phx sells all the supply's he used so maybe in the not to distant future I will start to remove the horrible black marks from the top of the Tradewind.
All in all a good trip and nice to meet a bunch of fellow Airstreamers! Adios, John
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:08 PM   #49
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I'll bore you with a few more photo's. We traveled desert and forest, and found a bit of snow in the mountains northwest of Taos, NM. Also found a reasonable likeness of Gustav the dog in Taos. Helen took about 500 photo's in Taos but....... Adios, John
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:17 PM   #50
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We went on a motorsickle trip to see the new grandson a couple of weeks ago, on the way home we stopped by Inland RV. Andy has a neat operation there. We didn't get to meet Andy,I did see Terry's van in the parking lot. Andy's daughter gave us the grand tour though. It was interesting to see, with many old Airstreams of various vintage in various stages of repair. Andy's daughter was gracious and let us snoop to our hearts content. Thanks Andy for letting us see the place where we so willingly send our money. Adios, John
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:00 AM   #51
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This morning I'm in Vegas. I found a very clean 1 owner old pickup for sale. It's a 1971 Ford F100, 360 V8, 4 speed manual trans. A rebuilt motor 500 miles ago. It has cold A/C, but no power steering or power brakes. I am hoping to use as a tow vehicle. I will post pictures later. We rode the bike up to my brothers house last night and Helen will drive it home today. I brought an extra fuel filter and a smattering of tools, hopefully the ones I need. An old man died last winter and his wife is selling,so the truck has sat a lot the last year. Adios, John
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:59 PM   #52
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Well I am back in Wittmann,Az for the winter test season. I dragged the airstream down yesterday.
For Christmas Helen got me a new Suburban water heater, also on hand a new Fantastic fan for the rear vent that blew off last summer.And a new vent cover for the kitchen skylight/vent. I will try to post pictures as the upgrades occur.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:09 AM   #53
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Hey, we should be in Gualemala today,We've never been there before was really looking forward to it. but Hubby go sick and we had to cancel our cruise, so instead we are sitting here in rainy CT. Not a very good trade off if you ask me!
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Hi Annette,
Are you folks headed south to Guatemala this year since it wasn't possible last year?
I wish I was there right now as I look out the window at all the snow piled up here in central Iowa!
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Well I got the new Fantastic fan installed last night. Fairly straight forward job. Tonight I will caulk the screws and seams. Sorry no pics at this time. I installed it in the bedroom. Adios, John
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Hello John,
Thanks for your information about your AS. I've done the inside and just starting on the outside. I love my '68, 24'. Keep the pictures coming.
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:42 PM   #56
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Good grief.......Been busy this year!I sold the 1971 F100 yesterday, I wanted to use it for a tow vehicle but twasn't to be. I paid 1600 American for it and sold it for $2300.00, which was how much I had in it including Insurance and registration and some minor upgrades so I drove it free for a bit over a year.
We have moved to Wickenburg,Az and I am working in Phoenix.........LONG drive to work!
Last Sat I went back to Kingman and retrieved my 1961 F100 (see a poor pic in post 30). The 292 motor was siezed up, A magic elixer of ATF and acitone 50/50 and a large prize bar applied to the flywheel,wally aw,the motor she rotates.Almost got it started before my battery charger blew.Am awaiting new diodes from Solar.
Today I went by the Harley boutique and purchased parts for my 2002 HD bagger. It broke at 93K miles, so tomorrow I will replace the oil pump.
The moral to this epistle is this is my excuse for not working on the Tradewind. I have a new water heater and skylight vent that need to be installed. I've been lurking here the last few days and am getting itchy to work on/ camp in the "Stream" Adios, John
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