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Old 06-18-2012, 12:45 AM   #15
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I wish I would have seen this last week.My son was on his annual National Guard two week training in Yakima or as they call it Yakistan and I just picked him up. I would have loved to have seen this.

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Old 06-18-2012, 04:44 PM   #16
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I wish I would have seen this last week.My son was on his annual National Guard two week training in Yakima or as they call it Yakistan and I just picked him up. I would have loved to have seen this.

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Dan you are welcome anytime you are in the area.Scott would love showing you his trailer I have heard our town called YakiVegas, but I like Yakistan better.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:42 PM   #17
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Congratulations on saving another ATW trailer

Hi Wally H:

Congratulations on saving another ATW trailer! You may already know this but I'll mention it anyway. The Spring 2009 issue of Airstream Life magazine contains an article on Fran Hall and his photography. I interviewed Fran for the article during 2008 and he was a delight. Some of his adventures were recounted to me over hot Mexican food and cold beers at one of his favorite Boulder restaurants.

Sadly, Fran passed away on December 2, 2010. Here is a link to his obituary in the Boulder Daily Camera of December 15, 2010:

Francis "Fran" William Hall - Boulder Daily Camera

Restoring the Airstream trailer he and Tallie used on the ATW Caravan will be a great way to perpetuate his beautiful photographic contributions to Airstream lore and legend. God's speed with your restoration!
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:15 PM   #18
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Trying to help Wally get this aluminum tent campable for the 14th of July. Inland RV is out of stock on a new axle. Anyone know of a good supplier in the Western US that might have one in stock? 3500lb 35 degrees I believe, not sure what other specs to ask for since our other trailers I've always had Inland ship based off year and serial #.
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Did you try Colin Hyde? He'd know what you need and as he drop ships them they don't come from the east coast.... Give him a call, his website is here.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:53 PM   #20
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Some progress..

Work day #2 at Wally's.

Day 1 Wally cleaned all the window frames and I helped by installing the bulb seal on the 5 windows. Wally and I reinstalled the newly welded window frames, but with no glass and a considerable amount of clean up left.

Wally spent the days between removing all the old glazing tape, silicone, and God knows what else they used to hold the old glass in.


So then today, the big work party.

Wally spent time working at a glass shop at some point so I decided to work on the tow lighting.

Wally masked off every window frame, polished it, cleaned, installed the glazing tape, glass, and glazing strips. He's good at miters and has this awesome little hobbie miter saw for his model airplanes that made very precise work (along with my cool utility knife that also was the perfect shape to help snap that plastic strip in).

While he did the 5 windows, I removed the glass from the top jalousie window and re-weatherstripped it and put the glass in with new rubber disks, however one side needs new glass clips as the top retainers are broken off. Time to check the salvage yards to see if we can find some.

Wally was able to find a bottom jalousie window, well the sides anyway that had the mechanism which was totally missing when he brought #83 home. The glass was just a hair to long, so it will get a sanding at the glass shop on Monday and then the last window is complete.

We were lucky that Wally had a few bargman clearance lights from an old camper so we managed to get them all working with proper lenses, new reproduction tail lenses, all new bulbs. Replaced some pretty nasty wiring in the trailer plug but all the marker lights, turn signals and brake lights are working correctly and so is the scare light.

Finally the dead A/C unit came off the roof a few days back and due to Wally's luck at the same salvage yard he found a nice roof vent, with working lifters, a working fan motor with good blades, and a good screen (what are the chances). Today it was all riveted in place and wired up.


So... it's almost road worthy. New axle this week, repro astrodome is ready for lifters to get it attached, and lots of interior clean up. After the rally then floor replacement, zolatone, cabinet rebuild and appliance rebuild can begin, but Wally can finally attend his first rally in 2 weeks!

Here's a few photos from today.

Picture #1 - first window done, new lights, good license light, waiting on a lock for the rear hatch and a new license frame.

Picture #2 - 3 more windows (man does this thing have a lot of glass!)

Picture #3 - A/C unit gone, hehr vent with trim now in place

Picture #4 - 1 jalousie window done, one waiting on new glass but otherwise ready to go.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #21
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Picture #1, the front window. Need to find Wally a battery box, anyone got one laying around?

Picture #2 - Wally under a day's worth of nuvite on the window frames.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:35 PM   #22
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M50 Help!!

A trailer Wally picked up that had been partially crushed by a snow shed collapse had what looks to be an amazingly good M50 refrigerator. Though brown instead of while he figured it could be refinished by an appliance shop or body shop easy enough. We got it loaded (long story) and back to his garage to figure out the burner has been taken apart and looks like a sheet metal sheild is missing.

Does any one have photos of what this should look like?

Does anyone have an otherwise dead unit that might have a donor burner assembly?

Upon first glance I didn't see a thermocouple in that area either, did it have one?

Shelves, door, hinges, shelves, freezer are amazing, even the original decals with the specs on the inside of the door are perfect. Would be 'cool' to get this back in the trailer.

Wouldn't fit out the donor trailer door without it coming apart, with it being 100 degrees outside we found a quicker way out, awefully convenient that the window was already out and just the right size.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:41 PM   #23
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The parts missing from the M50 are, unfortunately, the parts that are very hard to get. The Klixon and ceramic burner and salvage parts only as best I can tell. I'm in the same boat...considering using a lat model fridge for the propane and controls and adapting it to my M50...if I could find a dead late model fridge!
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found parts, anyone ever seen a burner documented on the forums?

Wally had recovered the top of the burner unit, but couldn't figure out why the burner was so far away. Did find a vintage service manual pdf online with just drawings, so was out at the trailer getting a piece of trim and found this in the pile of rat droppings... We're closer.

forgot to take pictures of the other pieces, but I think the burner itself might now be complete, the klixton valve however I don't see that it is complete, missing the "tongue" portion.

Here's the diagram:

Dometic Service Manual MC16,M27, M28, MA35, MA40, M50,M52, MA52, MB52, M70

page 22 I think shows it best.

I'm wondering if a modern gas valve with thermocouple could be retrofitted.

Again if anyone has a junker around for parts, let us know.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:13 PM   #25
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Also been reading this thread, have emailed the vendor, not sure if they are still around, haven't logged on the forums since 2007. Claimed to be able to order burner parts and klixon valve.
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Here is what mine looks like. As you can see the tongue is missing. You can't see the burner is actually broken, it's ceramic.
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Oh, I mentioned on my '63 thread I am willing to try a late model retro fit if I can find a donor late model fridge. I have fired mine up and gathered data to replicate the ceramic burner, klixon and wierd pressures used on this fridge cooling unit
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A new year and oh so many frame problems

The snow has melted and the weather nice enough for the start of what was a quick sub floor replacement and then the restoration of cabinets etc., etc... I took my time and was very careful not to damage anything as I removed the interior. To my horror as the different items came out, the trailer has changed shape. Someone in the past had replaced the front 10 feet of sub floor and didn't run it under the C channel. The result isn't pretty!!!
When I removed the remainder of the 10' patch, I discovered that all four main cross members will have to be replaced. I'll also have to repair or replace several out riggers.
This is my first "Ohio" trailer and I need to know a couple of things. Did Ohio trailers have sub floor that extended past the outriggers? My wall/C channel position is completely outside the end of the outriggers.
Question two, did the Ohio trailers ever have the bows rest on an outrigger? On the street side of my trailer there are only two bows that reach the floor, to many windows, and those two bows fall between the outriggers. The plywood must have been supporting the complete street side wall.
I'll be checking the rear sagging frame soon and will then decide if I'll repair or start looking for a donor frame.
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