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Old 04-27-2013, 08:26 PM   #15
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Welcome to the world of floor,replacements. We are right across the sound in West Seattle. Sounds like you are making good progress. If you haven't found this thread yet, it has links to many of the major renovations. You should add yours to the list.

I would recommend holding onto that black tank until later in your renovation to make sure you don't want to reuse it. Custom tanks can be very expensive and off-the-shelf tanks often force annoying compromises in your layout and plumbing.

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Old 04-27-2013, 10:15 PM   #16
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mbosa;1291693]We are right across the sound in West Seattle. Sounds like you are making good progress.
Thanks Norm. Yes, we take the Southworth / Fauntleroy ferry often. Great way for us to get to Seattle.

We are very excited to have an Airstream. Glad to have gotten it even though it is in rough shape. But in some ways it seems pretty solid. I don't think I will need to do any welding. So far the frame looks pretty good.

Thanks for the advice about the tank too. I will keep it. I have been thinking about reconfiguring the bathroom some. I don't think we are going to put a tub/shower back in. Probably just a lav and toilet. We are just getting into it and I am really ignorant about how much some things will cost. I know por-15 is not cheap but a little goes a long way.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:30 PM   #17
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I am thinking of getting one of these.

110 Lb. Pressurized Abrasive Blaster

I have always taken car body parts to a media blaster. Has anyone tried the one from harbor freight? I don't want to pay too much and this one seems reasonable.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:51 AM   #18
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I am thinking of getting one of these.

110 Lb. Pressurized Abrasive Blaster

I have always taken car body parts to a media blaster. Has anyone tried the one from harbor freight? I don't want to pay too much and this one seems reasonable.
We used the same one to blast my frame.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #19
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Thanks for the quick reply. Glad to hear it has been used on a frame already. And successfully. I read the reviews online and it sounds like it works if you treat it gently.

What type of media did you use on your frame?
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:50 PM   #20
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Well, I pulled the trailer out from next to the house to see if the end caps and tub would fit through the door. AND THEY DID!! Wow. That was cool. So I took them out in one piece and stored them away while I try and fix this frame and floor. It looks great to have it all out. I was constantly moving it around and working around it. Not fun.



I also took off one of the tires just before dark and plan to take off the axle to take it into a local place for replacement. That whole process seems a bit complicated. I have seen some of the descriptions and it all looks like Greek to me at this point. I saw that there is a Dexter location right in Tacoma near me. So I plan on just taking it over there to be sure I get the right one. It looks like there are only four bolts to remove. It was getting dark so I didn't get the best look at it. I am trying not to bother my neighbor too much with the project.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:13 PM   #21
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Thanks for the quick reply. Glad to hear it has been used on a frame already. And successfully. I read the reviews online and it sounds like it works if you treat it gently.

What type of media did you use on your frame?
We bought bags media from Alaskan copper here in Seattle. I can't remember the full name, but it started with "green" something-or-other and was about $25 per 50 pound bag.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:56 AM   #22
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Just Checked out Alaskan Copper's website.

Alaskan Copper & Brass Company and Alaskan Copper Works

Looks like they supply aluminum sheets too. I have so much to learn about rivets and sheet metal and axles.

Anyway, did you get sheet aluminum there too? How are their prices compared to some of the online places I see everyone suggesting on this forum?

I really like the idea of going to a local place to get most of my stuff.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:53 PM   #23
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Just Checked out Alaskan Copper's website.

Alaskan Copper & Brass Company and Alaskan Copper Works

Looks like they supply aluminum sheets too. I have so much to learn about rivets and sheet metal and axles.

Anyway, did you get sheet aluminum there too? How are their prices compared to some of the online places I see everyone suggesting on this forum?

I really like the idea of going to a local place to get most of my stuff.
Alaskan Copper & Brass is awesome. True old-school industrial facility with a long Seattle history. Their prices are excellent, but they are primarily a whole-sale supplier, so some of their minimum order requirements are too high for a small project like ours. For Alclad (the primary Aircraft grade material our trailers are made from that can be polished), they only sell giant industrial rolls.

They do sell sheets of non-Alclad aluminum with a minimum order of only $150.00. I used those for my belly-pan sheets and the price was around $45/sheet back in 2010. I recently needed just one sheet and the price was $47.00 at Alaskan. I went to Metal Shorts near Boeing Field and it was around $100.00 for the same sheet.
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Banjoboy, just a suggestion, but I am only two weeks into my own renovation, and I already know these trailers are money pits. You put up a picture of an electrical panel and asked if there was any reason to keep the old equopment rather than replacing. The only reasons to keep the old ones are that (1) sheet metal box technology has not changed in 50 years; (2) as long as the busses (the bars inside that wires connect to) are still solid and the connections there and on the circuit breaker studs have not corroded, the box will work just fine; (3) these things are stupidly pricey for what they are; and (4) a little sanding and paint will make yours look like new.

I know, two weeks in and I'm already looking for ways to save money, pretty sad. But like I said, I've reno'ed old houses, so I know how quickly things can just get out of control.
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Banjoboy, just a suggestion, but I am only two weeks into my own renovation, and I already know these trailers are money pits. You put up a picture of an electrical panel and asked if there was any reason to keep the old equopment rather than replacing. The only reasons to keep the old ones are that (1) sheet metal box technology has not changed in 50 years; (2) as long as the busses (the bars inside that wires connect to) are still solid and the connections there and on the circuit breaker studs have not corroded, the box will work just fine; (3) these things are stupidly pricey for what they are; and (4) a little sanding and paint will make yours look like new.

I know, two weeks in and I'm already looking for ways to save money, pretty sad. But like I said, I've reno'ed old houses, so I know how quickly things can just get out of control.
Good advice Jamespio. I will keep some of the stuff. I know this is not going to be cheap. An electrical box is an electrical box. I can sand and use spray paint with the best of them. Although I have put the old water heater on the dump pile.

I got the tires off last night and sprayed a good liquid wrench on the two RUSTED bolts holding the axle on. I called the dealer in Tacoma and he said DEFINITELY bring it in and they can get me the right one. I am really glad to live close to a large metropolitan area.

Our oldest son is graduating from the University of South Florida on Friday so we are off for a week. One day at a time I guess for the Globe Trotter.
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YEah, that's the other thing I've learned in two weeks, the work won't go quickly, either. One day at a time is probably the right attitude on a job like this.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:40 PM   #27
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Took the axle off today.



I used some liquid wrench a couple of days ago and broke the bolts loose.









Next I am going to cut the belly pan out to address any issues on the frame.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:56 AM   #28
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Floor and belly pan coming off

Had some time to take most of the floor out. I also cut out the belly pan. Exposing the frame for cleaning, repairing and Por-15ing. Good, productive and fun day.

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