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Old 01-20-2014, 09:36 PM   #1
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Full renovation starting on 1969 Ambassador

Well I made the totally impulse and not-well-planned out decision to buy an airstream on Craigslist that is in need of a total tear down renovation. I've done a little bit of work now where I feel comfortable enough that I'm not just gonna turn around and sell it, so I figured I'd share the progress here.

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Every step of renovation I am learning from this site, so I hope I can add a few tips of my own by the time I get done.
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:11 PM   #2
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:57 AM   #3
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You might want to try a more surgical approach to your renovation. Those interior skins that you are ripping out can be reused or at least used as templates for new ones. The interior skins are a part of the structural strength of an Airstream so they will have to go back in. Aluminum sheet is expensive so you might want to take that into consideration.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:21 PM   #4
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Well I made the totally impulse and not-well-planned out decision to buy an airstream on Craigslist that is in need of a total tear down renovation. I've done a little bit of work now where I feel comfortable enough that I'm not just gonna turn around and sell it, so I figured I'd share the progress here.

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Every step of renovation I am learning from this site, so I hope I can add a few tips of my own by the time I get done.
Before you destroy the whole trailer over a few beers, you might want to do some research into how they are built & why they are built that way. There is a ton of information located here on the Forums & on The Vintage Airstream Podcast | Vintage Trailer Restoration . There is also a large show/rally (alumaflamingo) that'll be going on in Sarasota, 18-24th of February that'll have an open house, a vintage area, & seminars about Airstream construction. All of these things will help you avoid costly mistakes.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:35 PM   #5
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Congrats on the I see your gonna need new strapping under the frame. Had the same problem with my Safari. Rusted and thin.
My " add a step' is attached there so I went a gauge thicker. Didn't want to loose the step in transit. Something to consider if you have the same. As Aerowood said. The surgical approach might be the best way to go.One section at a time.

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