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Old 10-15-2014, 09:01 PM   #41
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Slowly progressing. Here is a few pics update. I beefed up by the AC opening with some aluminum channel.Click image for larger version

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I made my own wheel wells today. I dislike the original tin. I am a bit overprotected now incase of blow out. I've seen tires take out whole sides of campers. I hope I may have someday prevented that with the 1/8" plate fenders. It will add about 150lbs, but I like how it will strengthen the frame once they are welded to it. I also won't have to worry how I decide to remodel the inside because these are strong enough to stand on.

I got my new rv lock installed and new aluminum skin on the door. It also was insulated with the foil and 3/4" styrofoam. Going elk hunting in CO next week so I hope I can regain the momentum once I return......Just in time for the cold to probably start ;l
Actually I'm just going to visit with my hunting uncles. The only thing I will probably kill, is just portions of my liver.Click image for larger version

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Old 10-15-2014, 09:05 PM   #42
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I also got the trailer one coat stripped by using aircraft stripper. It will take another coat for sure. I did shine up a few spots just to see how it goes.....I will be using the Nuvite in the future application. The clay bar is not much fun....
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:16 PM   #43
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One thing I forgot to mention....I have placed several emails to Bret Michaels to have him come Rock this Rv! He has yet to respond.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:23 PM   #44
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:51 PM   #45
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Awesome job you may be new but that is upper level work! Keep it going! Thanks for sharing with us
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:02 PM   #46
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Got some patchwork done. Here is the new door with the new style tv handle.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:05 PM   #47
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Belly is almost insulated and 3/4 skinned.
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:21 PM   #48
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Hi and happy holidays. I trust your Colorado hunting safari was a good adventure. You're back at Trade Wind during this warm spell, however it won't last long. You've made good progress. Maybe you can take your Airstream with you next year's hunting expedition.

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Old 12-22-2014, 08:47 PM   #49
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Nice job !
Where was your Tradewind built and first sold ? I ask this because your door hinges are 2 piece .

Our '69 Tradewind was built in California and first sold in Eugene, Oregon It has a single longish hinge on the door.

Our's has front twin beds and a single bed across form the kitchen.

I'm replacing the bed with a counter and a washer and a dryer side by side along with relocating the heater from the kitchen side.

I like what you did for the door lock. Was it necessary to pull the inner skin for the instalation ?

Keep at it your doing great.

Happy Holidays !
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Old 12-29-2014, 08:43 PM   #50
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Glen,
I'm not sure about where the trailer was first sold. The door lock was not a big deal, but you do have to re-skin the upper portion of the door where there was a bigger lock hole. I guess you could just patch it.... I also had to cut a new latch hole since the lock was raised a bit to fit into the interior channel of the door.
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Old 12-29-2014, 08:46 PM   #51
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If anyone following this thread is interested in a project, This Father Son Project could be yours.... I don't think I will have the time to see this through

Airstream Tradewind 69' Project | eBay

Copy and paste web address if it doesn't quick link. It is for sale now on Ebay with the reserve less than I have invested!
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:14 PM   #52
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I watch restoration threads - and say "not for me, thank you very much"

But it's a shame to think that you might need to walk away when you've done all the hard work and spent most of the dollars. I read the ad on ebay and obviously you've bought a lot of the major components to finish the job.

If TIME is what is stopping you, it might not be prohibitive to pay someone else to get this Airstream "systems complete" with the plumbing, electrical and propane systems in. Furniture - can wait. Get bean bag chairs, tray tables and an Air mattress and go camping.

If on the other hand you need to change direction for any other reason, all I can do is wish you a lot of good luck with selling the unit. Of course you SHOULD also mention in the EBAY ad that you are offering it for sale elsewhere - and put it in the classifieds here. With all that prodex you do have a "Coldstream" camper!

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Golly I would love t own this Trade Wind. But alas, I must finish mine first. I've followed this thread from the beginning and admired all your careful and professional looking craftsmanship in making this Trade Wind new from the bottom up. It's going to make someone a great "new old Airstream". The advertised buy it now price is very attractive for a very solid trailer with many of the appliances included.

I think a lot of folks have life changing events that preclude finishing a big project like an Airstream renovation. Sometimes us old retired guys have more time and resources for such a project. This one is well documented, completed by a very competent enthusiasts, and at a stage where a hand off is very doable.

Happy New Year and all the best to you in your future endeavors.

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Happy new year and congrats/condolences on the sale of your airstream.
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SOLD on E Bay $8900 on Dec. 30, 2014

Someone got a great deal and a nice project .
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I agree. Motor Boatn like many old Airstream enthusiasts really knew his shop skills. His trailer was one where the foundation work was done and done well.

When the trailer is finished and travel ready, I'll bet it will be worth twice the sell price.

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Old 01-07-2015, 10:40 PM   #57
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Awe. Gee. Thanks Guys!!! The Trailer did sell on Ebay. The Gentleman will be making a 15 hr trip one way from Georgia to pick it up. It sounds like it is going to good hands to a fellow "Streamer" who has restored others. I hope I can convince him to continue this thread. It will definitely be hard to see her off. I got her all loaded up with working brakes and temp lights.

My kids are at an age were I should be enjoying them now camping, not waiting 2 years until a trailer gets completed . Couple more years they won't want to hang out with 'Ole Ma and Pa! Spending most free time and taking vacations to work on the Steam just didn't do the kids justice. However, my son enjoyed it for the first few hours of the work days anyway! We are looking forward to doing some major tent camping together this year!! Thanks for all the support, advice, words of wisdom and experiences! I wish everyone that has looked/ participated in this thread all the best! Until we meet down the road.......
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