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Old 09-07-2017, 06:10 AM   #99
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I wonder how many of us have drilled through their freshwater tanks while installing the belly pan aluminum. I was quite worried about that one.

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Old 09-08-2017, 09:00 AM   #100
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I wonder how many of us have drilled through their freshwater tanks while installing the belly pan aluminum. I was quite worried about that one.



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Is your belly pan next to your fresh water tank? Mine sits on the floor about 5" above the belly pan.

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Hi Dan: My example of drilling through plastic tanks while working on Airstreams was referring to our 86 Limited. The fresh water tank sits between the first and second axle. It is in a pan. I was replacing the access panel over the drain line in this pan, drilling out rivets and the like. I was concerned I might put a second drain hole in my tank!

Sorry for the confusion. This is Slat's Trade Wind thread afterall. It's just that I'm rather dangerous with a drill in my hand. Slats kinda followed my lead, unintentional holes in things.

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Old 09-10-2017, 07:59 AM   #102
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Thanks for the clarification. I knew there was a valid explanation to my confusion.

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Old 09-10-2017, 09:34 AM   #103
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Dan -

Although our tanks are above the floor, I've got some long drill bits. Bet I could pull it off.
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:31 PM   #104
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rear hatch repair

Small progress, but progress nonetheless. Decided to glue, rather than rivet, the inside frame on the rear hatch. Couldn't bear to disturb the smooth aluminum panel with rivets. The handle was pretty rusted and I was going to replace it with a cabinet pull from the hardware store, but the screw holes were not a standard width apart. So, out came the drill with wire brush, some silver spray paint, a final coat of clear and it came out fine.
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:37 PM   #105
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My rear compartment door was a different type of handle. It was one of those twist to latch, then lock deals. Maybe if you put your readers on, you can see it in this photo. I don't have a close up of it.

Forget to lock it, and loose the door. It was Airstream's way of increasing spare part sales back in 66.

Your rear door looks better than mine did. Maybe your trailer is the "International" version.

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Old 09-18-2017, 07:43 PM   #106
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It is the International version, whatever that means. The AIRSTREAM letters on the front and rear are raised individual letters and on the sides the word International in cursive is riveted on in front of a flag of sorts that is likewise riveted to the shell. I'm having all the lettering and the flag repainted by a guy that does custom car artistry in Lee's Summit, MO. I doubt it would all come out as well if I tried to do them, unlike our friend Atomic 13, who seems to have a pretty good knack for bringing emblems back to life.
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Hi Slats: I believe the International model was the top of the line, kinda like a "LTD" Ford or a "Caprice" Chevy way back when. My Trade Wind is a "basic Land Yacht". The International back in the mid sixties had better wood cabinets and all the options on the trailer. This might include some exterior "bling", a TV antenna, or radio, or "control center", or back up lights, et. al. My wife's 86 is a "Limited" which included the solid hickory cabinets plus other fineries. It's just a scheme to sell more trailers of course.

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Old 09-19-2017, 07:12 PM   #108
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I'll take any ego props I can get.
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Not much progress since last post. Went to Italy for a couple of weeks for a good break and a fair amount of overeating.

Picked up the flags shown in the pics below, painted by a guy who bills himself as Bob Bond, Car Artist. Interesting guy in Lee's Summit, MO, who does all kinds of custom painting. The International emblems were a bit pitted and I opted for silver paint rather having them re-chromed. Still may pull them back off for re-chroming, as they don't pop like they should.

Towed the Tradewind from Pleasant Hill to KC and met up with Atomic_13 (Brian) and TTBikes (Tim) last Saturday morning at the Roasterie on SW Boulevard (where the below pics were taken). Had a good time trading Tradewind tips. Danny O'Neill, who owns the Roasterie and has an Airstream, is interested in hosting more get-togethers in his parking lot. So, for any other KC Airstreamers on this forum, let me know if there is any interest in meeting up there on a monthly or quarterly or some other basis.
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Dale - The flags look great! It was nice to see your trailer in person. It is sure in good shape.

Tim - it was nice to meet you as well.

Danny’s coffee shop (The Roasterie) is a nice place to for our Kansas City Vintage Airstream Club meetings. Looking forward to meeting him as well.
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Enjoyed meeting up with Atomic_13 and Slats this weekend. They are doing some great work on their trailers!
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Dang, I wished I lived in KC. I would enjoy meeting you guys. Actually there is a good vintage Airstream community here in the Denver area. I've got to get out more and meet some nice folks who enjoy laying under a 50 year old Airstream.

I agree the International and flag emblems do dress up the Trade Wind. They look nice on yours. I purchased flag emblems for my non International Trade Wind but never used them. My International Overlander has them, but they were painted with a barn brush. I'll redo them... later!

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