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Old 01-01-2015, 10:25 AM   #141
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Thank you. I think the rear will be tough by the looks of it. But my corners are good everywhere . Click image for larger version

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Gemma went with me to get cheap $7 boards for my template. Click image for larger version

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I think it will work out. Now I'm on to c-channel repair and replacements
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Old 01-01-2015, 04:03 PM   #142
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It appears Gemma thinks this whole Airstream thing is rather silly. But just wait until she gets to travel in it and take hikes with you somewhere in that beautiful NW.

Make your templates while that C channel is still attached to the frame and floor.

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Old 01-02-2015, 01:19 PM   #143
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If the channels and floor are still attached to the frame, get a measurment around the entire perimeter on the outside of the channel. When you start to reassemble and go to bolt down the new channels, make sure the perimeter is the same dimension. Another thing that I do is mount a piece of ply across the door opening so it doesn't get wider when you are dropping the shell.
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Old 01-02-2015, 03:29 PM   #144
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Yes all is still assembled. I'm in pause now as I reset for the next stage of the frame work.

Measure four times and do it again is how I am thinking.
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Old 01-02-2015, 05:02 PM   #145
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Great trailer. I bought mine in Seattle ten years ago. I spent 2 1/2 yrs redoing it. Be sure to replace your plastic tail light housings, as that was a bad design for that year. Vintage Trailer has them. My banana wraps were way worse than yours. I had them put on an English wheel and they came out beautiful. They are made out of annealed aluminum, which is very thin. Everything you need to know, you will find on this site. Kenny
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:32 PM   #146
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Phase three begins today.
Frame Restoration and repair

Nervous as I am alone. I could call stinky temp worker but yikes.
Welder is coming by to take a look at the work.

Grey tank in transit.

Here is what I want to accomplish today

1- Template floor with a cheap hard board - trace over the top of the c-channels- align all. cut out at the wheel wells.

2- Remove floor- lifting the frame via the car lift. Blocking at jack. Using a grinder to get at the elevator bolts from under.
Keep the plywood and place on top of the template section when I remove it. Using double sided sign board -MDO 3/4 for replacement

3- C-Channel- with much trepidation these come off today. Set aside in an order the come off. Overkill I guess


Tomorrow-

4- Frame clean up- angle grinder and wheel wire cup and a full face mask and gloves for the rust removal tomorrow.

Words of caution from my Airstream Angels?

Should I cut out the MDO board while the c-channel is still on? Or just use the old plywood and trust the templates too?


Go Seahawks!

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Old 01-07-2015, 04:12 PM   #147
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A few reinforcements. Tongue replacement on one area. I'm happy about the frame condition. Click image for larger version

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Old 01-07-2015, 10:10 PM   #148
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'65 GT 20' my winter project

I look at the incredible amount of destruction and think wow am I really going to put this back together? Click image for larger version

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Well, you're down to the skeleton of this old Airstream! Now you can repair the corrosion damage, clean and paint, and begin the incredible journey putting the thing back together.

Be very patient, as it takes much, much longer to re-assemble than it does to take it apart. Two years and $10,000 wouldn't surprise.

Begin re-assembly with the end in mind. It's going to be one neat 65 Globetrotter.

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Old 01-08-2015, 09:40 AM   #150
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One bit of learning yesterday was finding a strip of wood at the seam stapled to bind the plywood sheets. I am going to use biscuits.
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Not sure if you have ground the elevator bolts off yet but I got a cheap pair of bolt-cutters and nipped them off. It made easy, clean work of it.
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Hi there Dingo,
I used a grinder and a hammer. So nice to have that car lift. Just raised up got under cut or from the top. Easy peasy.
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Hi thumbelina, Airstream built their subfloors with these wood splice joints at some of the cross members. The cross members below these splices are not the same height as other cross members. Biscuits will hold the subfloor pieces together sure. But you still need to accommodate the differences in cross member heights. I'd plan on using the splices like Airstream did.

The photo below shows one of those splices above a cross member. You will need the splices to support the subfloor. You may not need biscuits too. Find the wood splices in your trailer and note how the cross members are different heights.

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Biscuits will not hold that well in plywood. Do the splice piece also for l of those reasons.

Do waterproof the heck out of the floor, especially edges


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