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Old 12-27-2014, 07:30 AM   #113
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thumbelina, I can't count on how many problems I had to resolve during my limited bathroom remodel on my old Trade Wind. I replaced about 4 feet of subfloor, but the shell stayed on. Shell off it the biggest aspect of rebuilding an old Airstream. So I can imagine your anxiety. You are right just to back off a bit and think about this task a bit more.

And you are right not to use the building roof as a hoisting point, unless you get expressed permission from the building owner. Most roof structures and not designed for heavy loads in small areas.

There are just lots of folks who have used the jacks and saw horse (supports} method of lifting the shell. The overhead gantry and hoist method saves time and may put less stress on the shell. Inland Andy suggest the jacks and saw horse method. I would probably use that method myself as I don't have a gantry. Some then use their gantry (you need two of them) to lift the frame and flip it upside down to make frame repairs, insulate, belly pan, and axle installation easier.

Look for a refab thread that uses the jack up method. Here is one I'm following. The shell lift is in the first few posts. At least you can see a picture of how they did it.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f192...ne-100750.html

David

PS I see Dingo Girl just logged on to your thread. I've been following her project also. She is very skilled and I bet willing to give you some guidance. And Beckybrille is very, very experienced in all things Airstream. They have done several of them. Lots of experienced folks on these Forums willing to answer questions. You have friends that have done what you are about to do.
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:31 AM   #114
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The best grinder I found for the frame is an electric angle grinder outfitted with a braided steel cup brush.
This really moved rusted steel better than all others I tried.
I needed 2 brushes to do my Caravel A-frame, tongue and bumper areas. I replaced all the outriggers and center channel with new steel so they did not have to be done.
Undoubtedly this truly was one of the worst parts of the project so far. Dirty and really hard on my back.
I wore a respirator and safety glasses.
Sandblasting is an option too.
Good luck with your project!
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:18 AM   #115
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You didn't have to buy pressure treated if you only plan on using it once. Construction grade is more then adequate. If you have not cut it return it for none pressure treated and save a bunch of money. You are going to do this inside, correct?

Be careful with the idea of using the buildings cross beams as the are most likely not designed for that type of loading
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:27 AM   #116
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A good night of sleep helped.

I'll go buy the wood again in non pressure treated and return the uncut wood.

That's a relief. Thank you Aerowood.

All I want to accomplish today is building that gantry system accurately.

I seem to be insistent on this approach rather than the jacking it up method. Frank and Colin have posted so much data that I believe it is the best method.

One day at a time. One step at a time.
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Old 12-27-2014, 04:59 PM   #117
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Four men friends came in and gave me great support today. Click image for larger version

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Front panel was really hard. Again. But it's off. Click image for larger version

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I'm removing the last of insulation on the end caps and scraping the interior out.

Turned the corner of anxiety to a Lets Get This Done place!

Thank you for the encouragement.
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Old 12-27-2014, 05:40 PM   #118
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Hard working crew. Your Globetrotter is now truly 'gutted". It almost looks like a blue hydraulic car lift in the background. You are in a well equipped shop.

It won't be long before you can yell "lift off!" Take it slow and easy when the day comes.

Many folks keep their interior parts as templates for the new build. You'd be surprised how many times you will ask "how did they do that" as you build this cabinet, that bulkhead wall, etc. Scrap stuff when you're sure you don't need it anymore.

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Old 12-27-2014, 07:59 PM   #119
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I took copious amounts of photos. Then I am printing them. Assembling by section and making notes.


The auto lift made it easy to right the first gantry. We are debating if we should make the auto lift a gantry.

Thinking through the next steps.

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Old 12-30-2014, 10:04 AM   #120
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Managed to gently push on my front roof double panel dimple. Made some progress. Will be looking to roll the rest out. 22 degrees in Seattle today. Shop heat is cranked on

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The sad state of my wraps.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:49 AM   #122
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Holy smokes. The gantrys are in place Click image for larger version

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I just wish my worker had taken a shower today.
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Those wraps don't look that bad, I had all four that were dented worse then that
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Front panel under window just stuck There is a metal piece that is rectangular welded to the frame. Four layers are on it. Fing stuck 
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. The shell is barely sitting on that 2 x 10. The balance was off. 
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There was some crazy four layer weld to the trailer that made no sense. Had to cut the damn panel.
It was not elegant but it is done.
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