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Old 11-02-2011, 12:39 PM   #1
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Talking New to me '62 Tradewind

Well, we pulled the trigger on a '62 Tradewind this week. I am SO PUMPED!!! The inside was gutted to the skins so not much to tear out(thats how I wanted it because I need 3 sets of bunks for all my kids). I have been reading several of the discussions on this forum and have most of my questions answered about what to do and how to do it, but I still have a few:

What is the best order to do the restoration? (Don't have inside storage. everything will be done in the driveway)

The cabinets on each end cap in the pictures, are they aluminum or what?

What is the best stripper for the inside walls?

What is the best inside wall covering?

I will also take any advice you guys have.

p.s. The bathroom sink in the back will not be used in my restoration so if anyone wants it we can work something out.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:04 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. Looks like you've got a pretty good trailer to work with.

You can do it in your driveway. I did it shell on in a storage yard. Easier to do the work if you've got room to take the shell off, but it'll work either way.

Aircraft Paint Remover will strip the inside skins the easiest, but it is nasty stuff. I'd not want to use it inside and would take all the inside skins outside to do them.

Read as many threads as you can. Lots of ways to do it.

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Old 12-23-2011, 07:17 AM   #3
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Nice rig! Ours is a 24 footer that we got as a shell. Clean slate AND a lot of healthy work!!
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:03 AM   #4
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On this reply is our photo bucket of the complete we did on a 65 TW. This was our second rebuild the first was a 1963 Safari. You definitely have a blank slate. I do see from your picks that you still have channel still up for the wall dividers that will show you what the layout was. Thoughs channels can be moved for whatever configuration you want. We changed our TW from a rear bath to a rear bed and put the bathroom where the goucho was. We moved the rear channels forward 7 " to have a full size bed.
We did alot of planning, drawings, measuring checking web sites for stuff and more measuring. We had just as much fun in the planning; hunting for material; construction and now using.
You will see from the photo bucket pics that we replaced the floor and did some frame repair and we did this with the body on in the drive way. It was a dry place to work after I seam sealed all the seams.
There alot of other good treads to check out on the forums, one that helped me was on the floor replacement. I was try to lift the rear of the body to slide the back floor in with no luck the thread said to spring the frame down which worked real well. The frames are kind of wimpy but lite.
If you have any questions I will gladly share my experiance with our TW and I have list of vendors that we used were very happy with thier service.

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:09 AM   #5
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Hi guys,

I have been working on the old girl as time permits, and I have a couple of questions. The roof is in bad shape so I ordered the metal to replace it, I have Olympic rivets but I don't have solid rivet equipment. My question is should I use the Olympics to replace the roof or spring for the solid rivet equipment?

Next is how in the world do I get the black tar off!! I've tried everything I can think of.

And finally, I see when you guys replace lights and such on the outside you polish the area first. How far into the polishing process are you actually going?

Thanks for the replies in advanced.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:12 AM   #6
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I'd probably just paint it with white seal coat above the awing rails and not rip the roof off.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:54 AM   #7
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Dave, just got through your photo album 65 TW. Outstanding...Since you did your redo without removing shell would you share your reasons why.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:26 PM   #8
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you might try diesel or lacer thinner to get that tar off. It's gonna be tough though, and a lot of work. The new Airstreams have a white rubber coating on the roof. Well my friends 04' does.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:08 PM   #9
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There were several reasions for leaving the shell on. No place to store the shell and all of the work was in my driveway no inside shop and living in Washington state rain is an issue. The shell became my inside shop. As I pulled the old floor sections out I put a piece of 3/4" plywood between the shell and the outrigger it all worked well for me.

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Old 06-17-2012, 11:16 PM   #10
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I'd be tempted to buy an air hammer on ebay, a good used one with a 5/32 bit on it. I bet simply on the cost of rivets alone you'd break even. If I can rivet, ANYONE can. You just need a buddy.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:38 PM   #11
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Well the summer heat has finally broke and this tin can is finally cool enough to touch. The inside skins and insulation have been removed. I got the old roof ripped off and all the black tar off, using a heat gun and professional strength goo off. The new roof is pinned in place hopefully ready to be riveted on in a few days. Should I put some velcum or butyl tape on the seams of the new roof? Also do you have to velcum buck rivets like you do the Olympic rivets?

Also any suggestions on getting silicone off? I HATE silicone!!!
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Seal every mating surface with vulcum and you will not have problems. if you seal everything before installing the new skin there is no need to dip the rivets in sealant before driving.
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