View Poll Results: How do you document your Airstream restoration?
Airforums 6 17.14%
Blog 2 5.71%
Website (non-blog format) 3 8.57%
Airforums and Blog/Website 6 17.14%
Other (please specify) 12 34.29%
I don't document my restoration 6 17.14%
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Old 03-28-2008, 09:39 AM   #29
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Pictures, lots of pictures that I someday plan to put verbage on.

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Old 03-28-2008, 11:46 AM   #30
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I'm kinda lazy about it. I take some pictures of the before, a few while doing the work, more of it when that piece of work is done if I'm happy with the results. Keep them in an Airstream file, but the stuff I typically do isn't a hot topic to fellow forums members or it's being covered in detail by others in the blogs.


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Old 04-02-2008, 11:45 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by safari62
Hey Yuki,
....But really, all the work becomes a blur and it is rewarding to look back on some of the things that were not so much fun at the time, but have to be done.
Good Luck!
I like where you are going with this!

Well I certainly have been taking lots of before, during and after photos. Now it's time to do something more with them!
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:54 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by yukionna
I like where you are going with this!

Well I certainly have been taking lots of before, during and after photos. Now it's time to do something more with them!
This is the format I was thinking about....The before and after Instant Gratification Mini series.
Soon to be shown at a Airforum, Blog or website near you!

A series of before and after photos (each worth a thousand words!) Entered on a daily or weeky basis with sometimes no explanation needed and when necessary some background story. This could be just the techy info and occasionally the drama and or trauma.

This would be a fun way to see snapshot of actual progress and offer hope to all those that have just started their projects. I have found many times that restorations are started with great excitement and sometimes an unrealistic time estimate (guilty as charged)for the project. Lots of photos of Deconstructing Bambi and then they disappear for two years.

When showing before/after photos it is also possible to change the actual dates and time lines of your work to make you look superhuman in the process...or better yet, show some of the things that did not go as planned which is always good for comic relief.

This kind of show and tell appeals to me because of my short attention span and the fact that it requires sometimes hours of clicking through some of the EPIC SAGA restoration threads that have been on going longer then "The Sopanos" series. I have read these...and have the stiff neck to prove it.

So may I make a recommendation for the name of your MINI SERIES.......
how about.....
Deconstructing Bambi
Safari Survival Guide
Recalling the Ambassador
I could go on but I forget how many "projects" you have now.

Just one last idea....I think it would be a good idea to do some kind of storybook drawing (like used by film makers) by going through your photos and matching up the best examples. I do not think the restoration B/A has to be in order of the work completed as it's all about the final product anyway.
It might also be fun to add in a photo of what inspired you to do somthing a certain way. but mostly just before/after.
What do you think?
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Old 04-30-2008, 12:30 PM   #33
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This is my explanation for the "other, please specify" choice.

We bought our Air Stream late in 2007 from a great couple who were done airstreaming. (our gain) It is located outside of Sacramento in a storage facility; we are located in San Diego. We flew to Sac to buy it and took lots of pictures, but just left it there. We have taken a short trip with it up to the American River, to get a feel for what works and what doesn't, and we took lots of pics with a digital camera. All of our pics are all on our computers. We plan to live and travel in ours and update/personalize it as we go. I plan to document whatever we do on the web; haven't decided if a website or a blog would work better for us. For now we just keep taking pictures when we can.

I love this forum, wackos and all! Actually, especially the wackos. I study it continually and have learned so much. I feel like I've been doing this for all my life rather than for a few months. I always check out the member's profile and look for pictures in the member's photo gallery, which I love to look at when I find someone who has posted some; I've posted a few in mine too.

So, considering the diversity of people, opinions, facts, rigs, states of disrepair and restoration, etc. I appreciate and look at every form of documentation available on the web. And will document ours when we finally start doing something documentable.
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:45 PM   #34
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How often do you get these emails?

Originally Posted by an email to TomW
Hello Airstream person,

I have a 1958, 1959, 1964, and a 1975.

Any idea what they might be worth?

The 58 is near original and in good condition.

The 59 is under restoration.

The 64 is all original and very good condition.

The 75 is in good condition, but not original. I have noticed the 75 is not near the quality of the older ones.

My website attracts a lot of questions. More often than not, the question deals with what I think someone's Airstream is worth. I invariably refer the sender to Price vs. Condition - Airstream Values

Does anyone else routinely get this type of inquiry?

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Old 08-20-2009, 01:16 PM   #35
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Interesting topic. I documented the destruction / disassembly of my latest (1954 Holiday) renovation mostly as Steve said, the pics help when reassembly comes around, generally months and months later. With the pics I can remember how it goes back together.

In the beginning I started a web site but the darn thing took time away from the actual doing so it was quickly back burnered. The blog idea would have been worse. But then I screwed up my back lifting 80lb bags of concrete. I forget that at 60 something I can't do what I did at 50 something and therefore had some time out of the shop. So I finally got time on the web site. That wasn't for the faint at heart by the way and it's still only 96% finished at best. It's pretty comprehensive though so I'm glad I got my processes documented. With my back I might not be around to tell the tale. See what you think

P.S. back is functional again but my wife put up a sign in the shop "NO, you're not fifty anymore!"

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