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Old 02-16-2003, 09:12 AM   #15
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Old 02-20-2003, 08:12 PM   #17
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Well I have to say that a week ago We (wife and I) were in the same boat as you with a new to us 1959 Caravanner that my Wife inherrited from her fathers estate. I found this site after typing "Airstream" into www.Google.com. I came in here with a barage of questions and in one week these great folks answered all my questions. Extremely knowledgable group of Airstream folks here.

Look through the site and there is a wealth of information already on hand. If you don't find an answer to a simular question then post up and more than likly you will get an answer your looking for within a couple hours (sometimes minutes) from sombody that has already went through the same problem with their unit.

If yours is like ours your probably going to find some floor problems. One of the most helpfull things I did was go through the section on interrior restoration and the sub forum of floor repair. I found the masive amount of photos that williamhenchel (sp) took to document when he did the "full monty" body off frame floor repair on his A/S very helpful in understanding the construction of these campers.

If you do decide to part ways with the original Fridge please let me know. I am one of the unfortunate ones that our camper was pretty well converted to a "Park" model that depends 100% on outside hook up to function. Both my Fridge and water heater were swapped for 110V units. I'm looking for a used two or three way to get mine back to self suficient. After reading and exchanging posts with these folks I have found these ald units are pretty hearty and as long as they are still holing their amonia charge they are usualy easily fixed. Only two things that generaly cause them to fail and thats a bad 110v heating element or a proably with burner or control valve for the propane.

Another site I enjoyed was www.vintageairstream.com They have some good restoration tips and a outstanding photo archive dating back to the beginning of just about every model ever made and every year.

As for your water system. I'm not sure what you have. there were three styles used. One was a Air over water (Air presure in the water tank) On demand pump, and hand pump (yours would not have hand pump). Yours may be new enough to be On demand electric pump. If yours is still Air over water then drop me a line and I can send you a copy of my 59 instructions that should still be valid for your newer unit. If you want them right away. I'll be scanning these and putting them in my photo gallery eventually.
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Old 02-22-2003, 10:07 PM   #18
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hey thanks fo the input, some small things can be solved by good ideas.
As for the fridge I will e-mail you some pics of what i got. a little rusty, but solid i guess(confusing)
I tell you what , these things are amazing!!.. Im amazed with the work put into them. found the forum much like you did, through a search engine. nice people with great vibes
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does anyone know where to find a good aluminum polisher and cleaner?
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Well the exterior forum here is ver helpfull but I also enjoyed reading this info as well on Vintageairstream.com He has his experiance with a couple of different brands of polish. He also has some links in the write up to another couple and their polishing work as well as a link to a compnay that sells polishes (might be able to find local once you have the brands).
http://www.vintageairstream.com/Myrtle/polish1.html
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