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Old 01-30-2011, 09:45 PM   #1
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'65 TW Remodel- our turn

We've been busy the past few months working on our "new" 1965 Tradewind (after sending our 1963 Safari off to a new home ). We have been on the forums almost nightly researching whatever was the next days project, and want to say "Thank-you" to everyone that has posted their project. What a vast wealth of info. We've finally slowed down enough to put together our own photos to share.

Tradewind Rebuild pictures by DDHagen - Photobucket

Hope to be back camping soon.
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:12 PM   #2
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Wow! Beautiful first class work. Thanks.

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Old 01-31-2011, 02:37 AM   #3
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Wow! You do great work! Thanks for the photos!
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:08 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply, the whole process has been fun from planing to execution.
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:52 PM   #5
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very nice! I am in the midst of a 66 Overlander. Can you tell me where you found the blinds for yours?
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:13 PM   #6
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Alansd- The blinds are Bali 1" mini blinds that I got online at American Blinds, but you can buy them at Lowes too.
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Old 02-06-2011, 01:01 PM   #7
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Wow great pictures. We just started our 65 Safari restoration. In looking at your pictures it doesn't look like you removed the tail light housing for the repair. Did you take them out or complete the repairs while they were in place? What steps did you take to achieve the beautiful job you did?
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:41 PM   #8
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St Pierre, I chose to repair them in place, the tail light housing were so bad they would have broken into many pieces. I didnt think I could get them back to the orginal configuration to fit the radius of the trailer. I used a light weight glass cloth, with two coats of resin. I also filled any cracks on the out side with resin. Once it had set up I sanded the outside and filled any imperfections and low spots with filler then block sanded smooth and painted. Replaced the lights and reflectors with new ones.
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:44 PM   #9
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I also should have stated that I repaired the housing from the inside.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:11 PM   #10
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My clients 65 Safari had the same problem & by coincidence I found a set of aluminum castings from a 68 Tradewind on ebay. They fit perfectly.
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:50 PM   #11
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Busy weekend has us alot closer... now all that's left is doors & drawers inside, floor insulation, belly pan and gas lines outside.
(plus a lot of little details that always take forever)
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:22 AM   #12
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I've been thinking about doin a center bath in my 75TW. Where did you get your tanks and brackets? It looks like a whole lot of fun getting them hung, huh?

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I got the tanks from Plastic-Mart.com. I did a lot of looking to find a tank that would fit in the frame bay. The black tank is between the axles and the gray tank is two frame bays back. Plastic Mart will put what ever size fitting and the location you specify. The tanks I used are number (17H) 25 gal. I manufactured my own hanger frames from 11/4 x 1/14 x 1/8 angle and put studs on the forward side to bolt against the frame cross-member and extentions to bolt to the aft frame member. On our 65 TW there are no two frame bays the same width.

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I got the tanks from Plastic-Mart.com. I did a lot of looking to find a tank that would fit in the frame bay. The black tank is between the axles and the gray tank is two frame bays back. Plastic Mart will put what ever size fitting and the location you specify. The tanks I used are number (17H) 25 gal. I manufactured my own hanger frames from 11/4 x 1/14 x 1/8 angle and put studs on the forward side to bolt against the frame cross-member and extentions to bolt to the aft frame member. On our 65 TW there are no two frame bays the same width.

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Thanks so much Dave. That info is just what I needed. I haven't done any metal work since shop in high school. Gonna have to bone up. I'm gonna have a shop do the mods to my frame so if I get the specs and tanks now, maybe I'll have them work my tanks in too.

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Looks awesome. Great looking Airstream. Quick question where did you buy your light bezels?
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:49 PM   #16
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If you are asking about the tail light bezels I had to rebuild them. We then purchased new tail lights and reflectors. If these are not the bezels, let me know which ones.

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Nice job on the trailer! How'd you make the curved corners? They look nice.

Great thread! Thanks for starting it.

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I meant to ask . . . what's the finish on the wood? I like it.

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To make the radius corners I glue three pieces of wood together and then plane them to square. With these corners I layed out a radius with 3/8 inch straits on each corner. I then set my saw blade at 45 degrees and make a cut near the radius that I have scribed on the end. I then set the saw blade at 22.5 degrees to cut the remaining material next to the scribe line. I then use a plane to cut the ridges down close to the scribe line then us a fixed 48 inch belt sander to smooth out the radius. I then cut the notches with a router and saw.
We are using Minwax stains and Minwax wipe on satin Poly. The satin finish goes on thin so we apply about 4 coats with sanding or steel wool between coats.
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Wow! Thanks!

Which Minwax stain do you think you're using?

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