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Old 08-29-2014, 08:24 PM   #15
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Welcome to the Forum.

You have a very nice looking “Time Capsule”.
From experience I can tell you that a full blown restoration is very labor intensive, expensive and time consuming. The TW I have now was past the restoration point and we are happy doing a period rehab with hidden modern touches.
Others have commented on the mechanical side of things. I'll touch on the esthetics.

The counter tops, upholstery, and most of the laminate from the bedroom forward are now gone. The seats and counters have been redone using new materials with colors of the era. Laminate plastic cabinet panels have been replaced with Hickory veneer plywood. The orange shag carpet has been replaced with wood grained vinyl planks. The better half found orange throw rugs to place by the door and kitchen. Extra outlets for 110 A/C, 12vdc outlets and TV outlets were added in inconspicuous locations. The dead space above the fridge, what the owners manual refers to as the “towel drying rack”, is now the coffee and smoothie bar.
Apply your own tastes to the project and enjoy the ride in a Vintage Rig.

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Old 09-02-2014, 01:10 PM   #16
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Thank you dbj216! That is some very helpful information. I plugged her in this weekend and nothing happened so I'll have to start troubleshooting....I'm a super newbie when it comes to mechanical and electrical systems but that was part of the draw to fixing this girl up so now it is time to hit the books and learn about Airstream electrical systems!
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:56 PM   #17
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We are all newbies at some point. These Air Forums will gladly assist you with all the problems you will have with your Daisy69. I'm glad you plugged in and nothing caught fire. Now you can test your AC circuits. And you can test the output of your converter. It ought to deliver about 13.5 volts DC to the positive "red" wire to your positive battery post. Check it with your new multi meter with the red lead to the "red" wire, and the black lead to the "white" wire, or negative battery post.

Just for practice , check the voltage of your car battery. Positive to positive, negative to negative. It will likely be in the 12.6 volt range. Multi meters are fun to play with.

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Old 09-22-2014, 05:28 PM   #18
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pulling up carpet

So I finally got around to pulling up the carpet! I found a little bit of rot next to the front door, which is expected but from what I can see the rest of the plywood looks decent. My question now is how the heck do you get the carpet pad up off the plywood?! It seems to be glued on every square inch and scraping it up is taking FOREVER! Any tips or tricks would be appreciated. Pictures attached of the carpet & pad, also gratuitous pics of myself and my Corgi "helper" Lottie.

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Old 09-22-2014, 06:40 PM   #19
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Welcome to the dirty work of old Airstreams. Boy, I think your in for several hours of hard work. I've seen folks scrape shingles off the roof with these tools that look like spades. Your hardware store may have a vinyl floor scraper that helps remove glued down tiles. They might know of some better way to remove glued down rubber backed carpet.

Scrapping it off is the only way I can think of. Maybe others will have better ideas. Maybe Lottie can chew it off!

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We used a flat shovel. It worked great because it scraped big sections at a time and gave some leverage.


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Old 09-23-2014, 08:50 AM   #21
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I have used a hoe and sharpened flat bladed shovel before in boats and they work well in large areas. I have found that a very sharp Scraper is very helpful in small areas.
You may try a heat gun to remove the adhesive but only after removing the foam that could burn or create harmful fumes.
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