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Old 09-13-2005, 02:14 PM   #309
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Yuor new wheels look great.Are they Outlaw II's or something else?Where did you get them?Do you still want to sell your old tires?
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Old 09-13-2005, 04:11 PM   #310
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Below some pictures of wheels and tires. The tall tire is a 7.00x15 bias ply tire on a 15x6 Airstream wheel, next to it is a 225/75R15 Marathon Radial.
This shows off the size difference in both width and height.
What I find more interesting is the difference in size between the 7-15 LT tire and to 7-14.5 trailer tire.

7-15 LT is 29.5" diameter
7-14.5 Trailer is 26.6" diameter

Thats almost 3" difference!

(for reference, the ST 225/75R15 is 28.3")
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Old 09-13-2005, 06:36 PM   #311
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Yuor new wheels look great.Are they Outlaw II's or something else?Where did you get them?Do you still want to sell your old tires?
Greg,

I bought the wheels from trailertiresandwheels.net

Those: http://www.trailertiresandwheels.net...product/AW1504

I like the Outlaw II, but they only come in 15x7 in a 6-lug pattern, and Since I widened my axles slightly, there's clearance problems with 15x7. I tried one from my Tradewind on the Overlander before i sold it, and it was awful close. Now, with non modified axles, they would fit very well, as far as I can tell.

I bought D-rated Marathons to go on the wheels from tirerack. Still the best price for fresh tires.

Unfortunately, I already sold 2 of the wheels and baby moons to a forum member. The other two are spoken for locally.

I am learing all about building furniture frames using the wooden dowel method. Whole nother world, this wood stuff.
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Old 09-13-2005, 09:20 PM   #312
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I'm anxious to see how you tackle the wood in your '63. I threw out my old stuff too fast and am having hard time figuring out some details in building interior.Maybe should go with riveted aluminum.
Thanks for link to wheel supplier.
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I finished the framework for the refrigerator cabinet tonight. Found out that all my router bits are junk. Will have to go and buy new router bits tomorrow. Especially for cutting holes in teh countertops, for sink and stove etc.
Any suggestions on cutting hardwood countertops, other than using a router? My jigsaw just sits there and wiggles, cuts 1/4 in in 10 min with a new blade in it.
I do have a decent router, but it only holds 1/4 in shanks.
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Interior pics

I finally got around to take some progress pictures. I finished the fridge cabinet and scoop installation, and cut all the large wall sheets. That was interesting, as every single one had a different curvature to it.My initial hopes of duplicating them in bulk got shattered right quick.

The pictures show the fridge cab and some walls in random order. Notice how the max image size was stepped up. Cool.
I tried to post 6 pics, only three made it. Will try another post with the rest of the pics.
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Old 09-18-2005, 09:57 AM   #315
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These show some more of the interior, which needs to still be sanded and stained. The frame wood is flamed maple, and the walls are 1/4in maple plywood.
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Old 09-18-2005, 10:09 AM   #316
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Lights

The recessed ceiling lights are in operation now. I ran 4 circuits, to be able to control the lights and their power consumption while boondocking.
4 switches by the entry door activate 2 lights in the front room, then 4 lights in the galley, 2 lights over the bed, and 2 lights opposite the bed
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Old 09-18-2005, 11:07 AM   #317
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Wow - like really wow - very nice, VERY cool!

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Uwe -
You're really going to town on this. Ken pretty well summed up my appreciation for your hard work. Looks great - can't wait to see it in person. You've almost got me convinced to take mine apart - not really.

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Old 09-22-2005, 09:27 AM   #319
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Saw Dust everywhere!

I made some more progress on the interior cabinetry this week.
Built the dresser and curbside kitchen cabinets, as well as the bedframe.
I decided to make it 52in wide and 76 in long, from the original 45in wide and 76 in long. Should be a comfy size for Didi and I to sleep on.
I still have to make the doors, but at least everything is framed and solid.
I really like the counter tops. At first I thought they were way too heavy, but after cutting them to size, it is acceptable now. I think the loss of material once the shapes are cut is about 30% on the curbside, and 50% on the streetside. The cutouts for the stove and sink are huge!
I will try and post some pictures later.
Next project is finishing the closet and the streetside kitchen cabinet. Then the bathroom cabinet, which right now only has the face frame built.
Lastly, the 2 overhead bins, one above the bed, and one above the kitchen sink cabinet.
I changed my joining method after building the refrigerator cabinet, from using wood dowels to using pocket screws. The wood dowels, although somewhat romantic, are a major hassle, even with a $ 50.00 jig.
My friend Bill Kerfoot suggested the pocket screw method, which is absolutely great. I went to Rockler and bought a special drilling kit, and this made building the cabinet frames and supports very accurate, easy and quick.
The jig for drilling the screw pockets was about $ 60.00, well worth it if you're doing more than just a simple repair.
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Is this the jig?

Uwe - which jig did you buy? I've been trying to make cabinets myself, but the jointing is the hardest part. Is this the jig that you bought from Rockler?
http://www.rockler.com/ecom7/product...erings_id=2087

Can you post a pic of your joints? I like the plugs that they sell too.

I'm loving your work! Are you serious about starting an AS rehab company?
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Forgot to warn you about saw dust - it will be everywhere......

Hmmmm not sure why the dowels were a major hassle....I use these round thingys - you drill the hole, insert the round thingy and tap the board you just drilled and then you just drill the other piece - pretty easy.....

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Uwe - which jig did you buy? I've been trying to make cabinets myself, but the jointing is the hardest part. Is this the jig that you bought from Rockler?
http://www.rockler.com/ecom7/product...erings_id=2087

Can you post a pic of your joints? I like the plugs that they sell too.

I'm loving your work! Are you serious about starting an AS rehab company?
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Marc,

It's this one: http://www.rockler.com/ecom7/product...erings_id=2085

I will try and get some pics up next week. The joinery with this KREG tool is actually fun! Make sure you get the right screws, though. 1.25in, #7, washer head with self drilling threads. Fine for hard wood, and course for softer woods, such as I am using for the framing inside. They have plugs, too.
Get a good, new saw blade, and make sure your cuts are square, the rest is childs play.

I have given advice freely, and helped some locals get their Airstreams back on the road, but I wouldn't speak of starting an Airstream rehab company.
My daily responsibilities keep me way too busy to do this commercially.
I doubt that anyone would want to pay me enough to do this for profit. The amount of time it takes to do quality work is amazing. I am beginning to understand why a decent job on a short trailer is upwards of $ 100k.
The work I do on my 63 Overlander is not for profit. It is a vehicle that will be exactly as Didi and I desire, for our own use only. A mixture of vintage style, with 2005 technical systems.
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