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Old 04-27-2013, 04:12 PM   #15
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My next job was to do something about the outside. I purchased 2 gallon of removal 220 and did 2 applications with a paint brush, leave overnight, and power wash the old clearcoat (and any other paint it gets on) off. It worked very well, but showed what the sun damage had done to the top and down partway on the sides. This is at purchase.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:44 PM   #16
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I bought a cyclo polisher to start the refinishing process. I thought that it would be enough to get the corrosion and weather damage off. Not really. I would take the advice of the perfect polish people and start with compounding polisher (looks like a grinder but lower rpms (3500 max) to take off the bad stuff, and then use the cyclo. This is before:
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:22 PM   #17
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This is after and having used rustoleum royal blue for the stripping.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:28 PM   #18
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I also decided to go stock with the wheels. I painted them the dark grey I used on the lower wraps. After 3 tries, I found the baby moons that fit at: Airstream Hubcaps-Travel Trailer Wheel Covers AirStream Baby Moon Hubcaps-Retro Chevy
I also should add that at 62 and not a workout guy, I will probably hire one of our local Cal Poly Univ. student to redo and continue the polishing. The time I spent was a killer.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:35 PM   #19
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Starting Our "74" TW

Steve and Vicki...nice work on your Tradewind. I am about ready to start in on our "74" Tradewind. Make sure you seal the outside before doing anything else. Mine is sealed, removal 220 is next on the list, then new axles...keep us posted on your progress. Great idea on the foam mattress cut down. I did that on our "78" Ambassador.

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Old 04-28-2013, 04:37 PM   #20
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The next project was to build a dinette in the empty space up front. There are so many great ideas in the forums, but I had specific specs in mind. I wanted a full 48" table and side seats. I wanted to lay the table into the gap between the seats and have an 80" inch length bed. I built the frame from 2x2's, covered with 1/2 ply, the ends caps were 3/4 inch ply, and I covered it all with the walnut self adhesive veneer. I installed 2 end access drawers with heavy glides this time. the drawer closest to the door is for tools, and the other holds table top stuff.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:41 PM   #21
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Oh...I almost forgot that we took the Tradewind down to LA Airstream and had new axles, brakes, and centrifugal balancers put on. No shocks per their suggestion.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:47 PM   #22
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I will add a picture of the dinette with the cushions (8" foam) later. One trip with dinette and it works great, but the twin beds....comfortable but sleeping apart is not for us. we found ourselves envying the newer 25' rigs with the queen bed in the back and shower & toilet/sink in the middle. So I decided to reconfigure the back half of the trailer vs sleeping on the dinette for the rest s and a of our lives and having 2 unused twins, and a small revamped bath in the back.
So here is what I created the last 2 days:
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:14 PM   #23
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1972 refurb continued

After I cleaned out the back, I cleaned, primed and painted the interior walls, ceiling, and end cap. It is amazing what a couple coats of paint will do! I cut the copper water lines just inside the back half and pulled all the plumbing out, to be replaced by pex soon.

I had also bought a converter from a 2010 AS and reconnect all the power. sure is quiet vs. the univolt.

I took the shaped wall bracket off the walls in preparation for reconstructing the walls with new material (not sure what yet)

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Old 05-18-2013, 07:17 PM   #24
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I also found 12" of rot at the back of the rig. I cut out a section and found rust and a little metal failure at the back only. I am going to put in a 40 gallon grey water tank in the last bay after I have it welded and reinforced. I will also have them weld a solidly connected insert for our bike rack. See prior post for a picture.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:52 AM   #25
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where did the dent/scrape go? nice job!other side,nevermind
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:15 PM   #26
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Wow, Steve, great progress!

We were in much the same state as you at one point. It gets better. Have you figured out what you want for a shower/bath yet?
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:10 PM   #27
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'72 TW continued

Somebody commented on the scraped side. Without taking off the interior walls, I just did some kabooming with a wood block and a small sledge hammer on the side rib and it took some of the sway. After the removall 220 got the paint scrapes off, painting out the trim, and a nice buff. it looks much better, but still lifetime character.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:30 PM   #28
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Hi Barbie,
Good to meet you and Bart at Casini. Our stay up created all the work I am doing now. I stripped the wall fittings off the removed walls and the hall caps. Working with that and a few ideas generated by talking with Vicki, I riveted the wall tracks. I had to fill in a bit. They don't like to bend much.
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