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Old 05-22-2016, 06:03 PM   #57
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My 66 Trade Wind has vinyl clad aluminum interior skins. The front endcap is ABS molded, and the rear bath endcap is fiberglass molded. I don't think I have any zolatone paint in my trailer. I think the vinyl clad interior skins are great. They wear very well, and are easy to clean. Earlier 60s trailers certainly did have the zolatone paint in the interior.

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Old 05-22-2016, 07:42 PM   #58
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My 66 Trade Wind has vinyl clad aluminum interior skins. The front endcap is ABS molded, and the rear bath endcap is fiberglass molded. I don't think I have any zolatone paint in my trailer. I think the vinyl clad interior skins are great. They wear very well, and are easy to clean. Earlier 60s trailers certainly did have the zolatone paint in the interior.

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I guess I don't know vinyl from zolatone. Or that other stuff from shinola, for that matter. Because my Tradewind is a '66 like yours, David, I assume the stuff I scrubbed is vinyl. But I still want to paint it. I like to have a little fun with colors, as you might have guessed from all the Ford New Holland Tractor blue you see on my frame and wheels. I think I'll fill in the groove in the trim piece that flows back from the flag on the side to the rear with that color as well.
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By the way, David, did you replace or repair your stove and/or refrigerator?
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Old 05-23-2016, 06:34 PM   #60
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Hi slats, I should think the vinyl cladding will accept paint well. It has a rough texture in my trailer. I'm not much of the artistic type and don't have much of an artistic imagination. But I've seen some very nicely decorated Airstreams in these Forums.

I bought my trailer without gas appliances. The previous owner had a fear of carbon monoxide poisoning and took them all out. They used the camper as a aluminum tent with water and electricity only. I purchased a three burner cooktop, and I installed a convection / microwave oven below it. We don't do elaborate cooking while camping, and we don't do a lot of boondocking. I installed a new furnace, fridge and water heater too.

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Old 05-25-2016, 10:24 AM   #61
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Hi Slats,
I like the idea of the Tuscan theme. Don't forget to include the Brunello in your planning. Maybe we will run across each other someday at a campsite and we can open a few bottles.
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:07 PM   #62
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Although meeting up and comparing Tradewinds would be fun, I'd have to pass on the brunello. I was never very good at pacing myself and I wound up going through my whole lifetime allotment of alcohol by the time I was 34 and then switched to running and pie.

Here is a shot of my new axles and two of the original wheels I had sandblasted and then painted with my favorite color, Ford New Holland Tractor Blue, which is, admittedly, not very Tuscan.

I got the other two wheels back from the sandblaster the other day and sprayed one coat of paint on them. Tomorrow they will get a second coat and then they go to the tire shop for new shoes. The baby moons are on order.
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Looking great, Dale! My KS rural upbringing makes me fond of the blue. I have a few quick questions:

1) What type of plywood did you choose? Were you able to source 5/8 in the KC metro area? I've had a hard time finding ACX locally. Schuette lumber evidently can order it but it's expensive. I decided to have my brother (he works in the wood industry) order me 5/8 marine grade plywood.

2) Any thoughts as to what you are going to use to paint the vinyl walls? I'm leaning towards Zoletone flex (http://www.zolatone.com/finishes/#/flex) that can be applied with a roller. I believe Colin Hyde recommends using a plastic primer from PPG followed by an automotive bumper paint. Others have used Krylon Fusion in a spray can.
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I found 5/8" marine plywood at Schutte Lumber on Southwest Boulevard.

I haven't given much thought to interior paint yet. I usually buy whatever strikes my fancy off the shelf at Tractor Supply or Dollar General.
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I purchased 5/8 exterior plywood finished on one side at the local big box store. I sealed it up with a couple coats of polyurethane, including the all important edges, after cutting to size. I don't believe my 66 had any waterproofing from the factory, and it lasted 50 years. Good enough for me.

The main thing is the moisture detector as well as leak detection using a "seal tek" method. I pressurize the interior of the trailer with a rented bounce house fan and soap the seams. It seems to find most of the leaks. A dry subfloor helps it last longer.

Your making good progress on your blue framed Trade Wind.

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progress report

Life got a little busy at the day job since my last post, but I've been trying to consistently chip away at my Tradewind project when I can on Saturday afternoons, albeit sometimes in fits and starts.

Yesterday was rear banana wrap fabrication day. Picked up the aluminum at Airparts Friday, traced on it around the old corroded, ratty pieces, cut the new pieces with my trusty Harbor Freight electric metal shears and formed them into shape. I'm lucky to only be a few miles away from Airparts. The folks there are really great, friendly and helpful.

Also got the rivet holes on the front plate to line up with the ones on the shell and have it firmly held in place with clecos (thanks again to Airparts for the clecos). No pics of any of yesterday's stuff, but here are a few shots of some earlier fits and starts:
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Progress! Way to go, Dale. Sure feels good to get the shell back on.
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Hello Kansas City Airstreamers! Nice to hear from you guys. It's been a while.

Yea, Clap, Clap, Clap! We have a touchdown! There has been just a lot of work done to get to this point. Congratulations.

I agree with your assessment of Airparts. I've ordered all my aluminum from them, mostly belly pan 5052 material. Having done three trailers, it is quite a bit of material. I especially like the boxes they ship the rolls in. I use them to hold my hardwood moldings and other "sticks".

Hey, when you retire you can work on the Airstream everyday. I'm working on my son's 69 Globetrotter this winter. New black tank, new fridge, a couple new bulkhead walls and the like. But nothing on the magnitude of you Kansas City guys.

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Riveting has begun

It took what seemed a month of Saturdays to get the shell back into position with all the rivet holes lined up, but I now have shell riveted to the C channel across the rear (the rear access panel relieved the need for a bucking bar partner). A lot of friends have offered to help, though, so I won't have any trouble getting someone to man the bucking bar as I work my way around the sides.

Getting close to having an aluminum tent!😛
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riveting progress report

Pun intended.

After realizing that the rear-most section of my new subfloor somehow turned out to be about 1/4 inch short, give or take an 1/8 inch or so, I toyed with removing it and cutting a new section. Measure twice again and cut once again and all that. But I quickly discarded that thought. Instead I decided oh what the hell, so the shell will be a little wavy on the rear corners. So I forged ahead, using a few more closely spaced rivets as I went around the corners. I'm sure I'll pay a further price when I start reinstalling the interior walls, but so far I seem able to correct my witless vision with my rose-colored glasses and a healthy dose of denial.

Boy, cleaning 50 years of residue off of the trim bands took forever, but they look pretty good now and are ready to rivet back on.

By the way, I'm thinking about riveting the shell to the wheel wells with buck rivets. Anyone know of a reason why not to do this? It seems to me it would lend strength to the whole structure.
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