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Old 08-08-2013, 12:24 AM   #15
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Well I've been chipping away at the frame. Replaced bad outriggers and repaired the rusted hole in frame rear. Going to beef up the frame a bit while I'm waiting for axles to arrive. I ended up getting them from Colin Hyde. Real nice guy to deal with on the phone. Waiting for black and grey tanks to arrive. I should have the frame por'd within a week or so.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:44 PM   #16
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Hey, just bought a '69 TW. Any updates on yours??
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:26 PM   #17
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I've been chipping away at it when I have free time or when it wasn't ungodly hot out. I managed to replace the frame rot. I also took mr green's advice and beefed up the frame. You can see in the pics I used 5" C-channel to strengthen the frame.

I also welded a plate on all the outriggers for added strength just because there was some rust/ rot in bottoms that I felt would compromise the original intended strength.

Trailer has been coated with POR 15 then will be top coated with paint. I welded a new ball coupler on and replaced the old trailer jack. New axels are installed and new rims and tires are ready. Instead of scraping the old axles, I was able to sell them on craigslist (which paid for one rim and tire) anyway.

I have been acquiring other parts that I will be needing. Getting ready to plumb the black and grey tanks this weekend. Had a hard time locating the ABS pipe here in Illinois, thank GOD for Amazon. I think you could order anything in the world from Amazon!

I hope to have the silver bullet out from hanging from the trees before winter......... We shall see.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:35 PM   #18
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The 2nd and 4rth picture in my previous post, is where the frame was originally rusted/ rotted out.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:36 AM   #19
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The frame, new tires, wheels, axles and tanks look great. Looks like you will be able to put anything you want on that frame and it will be good for life!

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Old 10-06-2013, 01:21 AM   #20
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good job, that's looking great, and pretty quick as well!
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:53 AM   #21
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What a complete restoration! Your skills are way beyond mine.

How did you fabricate the outrigger reinforcement plates?

I was wondering why you are using ABS plumbing parts instead of PVC? Is there a distinct advantage? Did your polyethylene tanks come with drain and vent ports already molded in?

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Old 10-06-2013, 06:43 AM   #22
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Looks awesome so far and if we only had the time, money and weather we could get so much accomplished! I guess it's like a puzzle or good book in that we work on it so intently and when we are finally done we miss the fun of the project! Okay I kinda hope that it's like that as I don't always have any of the money, time or weather!
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:11 PM   #23
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David- The reason I went with ABS is every trailer/ motorhome I have owned (2), had ABS plumbing. I did do some research and some say the ABS is less prone to crack from road bounce. Some suggest PVC is more likely to shatter with road bounce. I don't really know, but my tanks came with ABS stubbs, so that's what I will continue with. The tanks only came with the 3" drain hole. I will have to add the others as I need them with a rubber grommet.

The outriggers that were rotted beyond repair, I cut off, then welded 5" C-Channel (same width/ length as original outriggers). I cut to original shape with a cutting wheel on a 4.5" grinder. The reinforced outriggers, I just added 1/8" plate x5" wide to the outrigger, welding to the outrigger and frame to stiffen rusted originals. I ordered 1/8"plate sheared into 5" strips form local supplier, knowing I would use them just for that. I ordered (4)-48"peices of 1/8" thick by 5" wide.

I did order my axles a little beefier than the originals, because I knew I would have a few added pounds on the frame from "stiffing it up".

I will say, my welding skills have GREATLY improved since I started! Thanks for the compliments/ comments gentlemen!

My wife said she don't care how long it takes, as long as we at least have an "aluminum tent" to use on a trip out west next summer
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:25 PM   #24
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Looks fabulous!! Very impressed. How much POR15 did you use for that type of coverage? Also, did you have to prime it first?
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:14 PM   #25
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It took 2 quarts. I used 2 quarts of POR metal prep spray first. No primer. I will say, POR DOES NOT want to come off your skin very easy! I had it on my face, then I had scabs on my face from trying to scrub it off. The second coat was full sleeves, latex gloves and face shield! I will top coat with rustoleum.

I got most of my plumbing parts, valves and piping for the black/ grey water tanks. I will get that done on my next days off. Won't be long, and I'll be ready for decking!
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:04 PM   #26
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Finally got my crap (tank) together. I received my floor epoxy today, now I need to for the temp to warm a little. Fingers crossed. I also got the emergency breakaway brake mounted. Chipping away at it in 1 hour increments it seems
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Old 05-11-2014, 12:53 AM   #27
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"Let's get it Started" Wife says winter is over...."""whip crack""" Back to work on the AS this week!
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:11 AM   #28
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Welcome Back Motor Boatn !

It was a long, long winter. I'm glad you responded to the whip crack'in. I have followed your thread with interest.

It looks like you are using the same waste water tanks that I purchased from Inca Plastics. I hung mine from the frame rails with angle irons, and had built an aluminum cover for them. I used ABS parts to plumb the drains as you recommended to me. And I used rubber grommets for the inlets to the tanks. I hope it all works as it would be a bear to take the tanks back out. I wonder how you mounted your tanks.

My 66 Trade Wind project is just 25% of the size of yours. I didn't have to do a body off for frame rebuilding. That is probably more than I can handle. I had classic rear bath floor rot that I could repair shell on. I did rent a heated garage for the winter allowing progress on cold winter afternoons.

I used Garnet SeeLevel sensors on my waste water tanks and recommend this system. Easy, reliable and should last a long time.

Keep us posted as you and your son make progress on your old Airstream. I read on these Forums that it takes 5 times longer to put a trailer back together that taking it apart. I believe that's true! Have patience, as there is a long road ahead. I believe you can recover your "investment" as vintage Airstreams are a nice alternative to new box $25k campers.

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