Like many new air-forum freshmen, I have lurked about, reading and absorbing as much as I can. I originally thought that buying an airstream was just another crazy project to keep me busy and off the streets. I read that this activity was addictive, but I never would have believed it until now??!!
My Airstream plan
: I work remotely as an analyst for a drug company. My plan is to rebuild and update the AS so I can take the show on the road, and work from wherever I want to, within limits set by Mrs. Bauxter. I need function, comfort, reliability, and most importantly, connectivity. My background in these kind of crazy remodel activities are centered around a string of poorly rebuilt English roadsters and the never-ending renovation of an 80 year old home, that I fondly refer to as “Hotel California”. Pardon the pop culture reference.
I bought the AS last May/2010, and have decided to completely gut and restore a 1973 Sovereign
31’ rear-bath. I had a slight mishap when moving the beast to a storage facility, as noted in my first thread: “Street-Side Dent”: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...ent-70437.html
I have bookmarked and read the following threads as reference material. They are very informational.
The full Monte http://www.airforums.com/forums/f416...nte-26902.html
The Fun Begins http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ins-67532.html
Little Girl Refurb http://www.airforums.com/forums/f185...urb-50967.html
This is the kick-off entry to this thread, and will be a continuation of Street-Side Dent, as repairing the outside panel, and then figuring out a high-level project/design plan, will be the next steps.
Tentatively, I am thinking the best sequence is as follows:
1. Repair street-side panel (using buck rivets, as I just bought the tools)
2. Weather proof the shell. (Already working on that)
3. Install supporting wood interior structure to facilitate lifting the shell off of the frame.
4. Lift shell off of frame, support the shell from below.
5. Pull frame out and remove the floor, tanks, and axles.
6.ATTEND 4CU RESTORATION RALLY
7. Adjust cross members to accommodate fresh water, new gray tank, and black tank configuration. I am moving the bath and battery to a more central location. (Haven’t totally figured this out, and have seen a few negative threads on the central bath subject.
8. Grind/wire brush/ chemically treat/ weld in any new outriggers/ and apply POR15 to sections of the frame (as much linear footage as can be handled in one good weather day). I am taking this approach because I will be storing the frame under plastic sheeting and don’t want to expose bare metal for any length of time.
9. Final coat of POR15 on good weather day to entire frame.
10. Install new axles. (Axle source undetermined at this time)
11. Install old or new tanks per design plan.
12. Install new floor, (not sure of materials at this point, but will not spend $100 per sheet…”not gonna do it”
13. Re-install shell on frame, using new C-channel if needed.
14. Remove any remaining interior skin.
15. Run new 12v, thermostat low voltage, speaker wire, Coax, cat5, and new 120v wiring and outlet boxes per design plan.
16. Install new plumbing vents, as needed.
17. Rough-in all plumbing
18. Test electrical circuits and plumbing for leaks/shorts/polarity
19. Insulate per design plan…(Prodex??)
20. Re-install interior skin
21. Install new bath fixtures.
22. Install charging, heating, water heating, and cooking devices.
23. Build/Install interior dividers as well as kitchen, bath and overhead cabinets and counter tops per design plan.
24. Install flooring.
25. Install plumbing and lighting fixtures and finish any electrical work.
Obviously there are a lot of details omitted in this post, and the plan will be expanded as I think through this, with the help of all of my new Air-Forum friends.