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Old 02-03-2017, 05:55 PM   #99
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You are going right after it. Soon you can close the door on these doors. Renovating a vintage Airstream takes a lot of hours. Your's looks great.

Here is a photo of my staining a couple of years ago. It is nothing like your project, but I did remake a several cabinet doors and bulkhead walls. I am no cabinet maker, but it did get done and it is functional, although not beautiful.

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Old 02-04-2017, 05:24 PM   #100
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Thanks. Doing my best! Managed to install most of them today. Need more screws in town on the next run and will refinish the last drawers tomorrow. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-05-2017, 09:14 PM   #101
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Your trailer is looking great. May I ask what kind of cabinet door latches you selected?

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Old 02-05-2017, 09:32 PM   #102
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Thank you!

Amazingly nobody had broken or screwed up any of the original door hardware. All of them had yellowed varnish from someone who couldn't use a screwdriver to remove hinges and handles before they refinished, so every piece of hardware was stripped, then polished. The drawers from factory are notched to drop slightly when fully closed so they have to be lifted then opened. We have that on our other and love it. The big doors use the 50's era overlap style large knob latch. The roof lockers, small cabinet doors etc use the double roller style cabinet latch just like factory.

Finished the last 5 drawers today, but watched the super bowl instead of installing them. Also did some projects getting our 65 Streamline ready for sale since we have the Wally 55 trailer now. Once that sells I can order the new fridge.

Next project is to prep the new black tank, get that set and the hole through the floor cut, and get the platform cut, installed and tiled then I can finish trimming out the bathroom.
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Old 02-06-2017, 07:12 PM   #103
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Our 86 has those "lift to open" drawer catches and they work well. We've had a couple of instances where they came open, but no harm done.

I installed the "roller style" catches on the closet doors of our 86. I used two of them on each door; one above the door pull, and one below it. The magnetic catches I tried were not strong enough. The plastic ones that it came with from the factory had worn and hardened.

Come to think of it, my 66 Trade Wind has no drawers at all. It has cabinet doors with plastic molded bins. For example, under the twin beds and under the gaucho. Plastics were just coming on line back then for Airstream. I guess that saves all the trouble of making drawer boxes and aligning slides. My son's 69 Globetrotter is the same way.

Your Trade Wind was built when Airstream was really trying to emulate a "land yacht". Premium interiors all the way.

Thanks for the info on cabinet door latches.

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Old 02-09-2017, 03:10 PM   #104
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Ice storm last night cancelled school. Cabinet doors are on the rest except the spice rack. Range is back in, new plywood tops for the couches are cut and in place. Paint this weekend and my wife can start curtains and cushions. Soon as the tax return is in I can order the refrigerator. Water heater and range hood holes go in as soon as the snow melts more then can put in the plumbing and toilet. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-18-2017, 10:05 AM   #105
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scott,

great meeting you and your wife yesterday! also glad you are able to use the furnace i removed from my 1959 flying cloud.

posting a photo i dug up of the furnace mounted in the trailer prior to my removal a few years ago.

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Old 02-18-2017, 06:41 PM   #106
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I'm installing a new fridge in my son's 69 Globetrotter this week. The old one was a floor vent instead of a side door vent, and I'm going to try that and see if I get good air flow over the cooling coils. I will use a thermostat controlled 12v fan as per the Domenic instructions to help air flow some. If it doesn't work, then I will modify the side exterior door (the old pilot light door) and vent from the side like most campers do.

Your trailer continues to look great.

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Old 02-19-2017, 08:19 PM   #107
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Thanks William! Great to meet you as well, what a beautiful home and neighborhood you have as well! What type of refrigerator was that in there? Did you end up using it? The picture helps a lot! Arrived home just a few hours ago and unloaded it, hope to tinker with it tomorrow, do a little cleaning and see if I can get it to fire up!

We have floor vents for our refrigerator in the 63 and have never had an issue. I'm sure it will be fine!
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scott - that refrigerator stayed in the trailer when i sold it - i only removed the furnace because i wasn't going to include it in my restoration of the interior.

the fridge was a dometic and i think i still may have the original owners manual which i found in the trailer - i'll have to look
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:30 AM   #109
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i mentioned the trailer belonged to an elderly gentleman who used it as a man cave for 30 years. he parked it in a purchased campground space.

he was a united airline pilot and was starting to lose his vision so he needed to sell the trailer.

i found all sorts of items in the 1959 22' flying cloud when i started to clean it. here are some photos of some of the ancient items buried in the drawers.
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groovzilla: Very interesting introduction to your Flying Cloud. Another old Airstream starts a new phase in it's life. This one looks in excellent "as found" condition. The "artifacts" found in the trailer are keepsakes.

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that '59 Flying Cloud was a nice trailer - had the usual rot in floors by the door and rear bath - went to a good home.
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Back at it. Waiting on the new refrigerator to arrive but did get the front area painted and trimmed out. I need to build a front shelf I wasn't aware was missing.

Borrowing the cushions as patterns from a friend's trailer. Purple isn't the plan. Sorry if you like it. Ain't happening. Lol

Range hood was reinstalled today. Tomorrow I'm installing the water heater. It's getting a 10 gallon Suburban with electric start and the optional electric element. I hope to run pex later this week and get all my water lines in. Then I can start with waste lines and black tank.

By the end of the month I'm hoping to have all major systems up and running and be on finish interior details but we shall see how forgiving my work schedule and the weather is.

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