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Old 11-16-2005, 02:42 PM   #57
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We found the clear plastic 'old-timey' mirror clips at an 'old-timey' hardware store...not the big-box stores.

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Old 11-17-2005, 03:43 PM   #58
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Ken and Shari, thanks for the tips!
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Progress and Some Oddities

So I've been continuing my interior removal and I've got the curbside done. It's been painstakingly slow because I've been carefully documenting it all and taking measurements, recording screw sizes, etc. I'm also being very careful not to damage any of the furniture as I will be restoring it all and replacing it in the trailer.

I noticed a couple of things that I'm curious about, not sure if anyone can help me with this. I've attached pictures of each.

First, I have several of these small round outlets in my trailer. The one in the picture (next to a regular outlet) was inside of the refrigerator cabinet. What are these for? Are they original (are the "regular" looking outlets original?) and if so, what plugs into them? I was guessing that they were some kind of strange old grounded outlet, but have never seen a plug that would go into something like this.

Second, why do I have two faucets on my galley sink? I have the traditional looking one with hot and cold handles, then the one pictured to the right which has just one handle. What's the purpose of this and is it original?

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Old 11-25-2005, 07:41 AM   #60
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I have seen outlets like that in this vintage of trailer, but I have absolutely no idea what they are. Does it have 120v AC hooked up to it? If I had to hazard a guess, if it's a 120v AC outlet, I'd guess that they were some international plug that was in use in some area of the world at that time. There are eight or nine "standard" plug types in use around the world today. I suppose it could also be some kind of early 12v plug (although that would be unlikely, especially behind the refrigerator)? Please let us know what you figure out!

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Old 11-25-2005, 07:46 AM   #61
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that looks simillar to the type of outlet that was used on the old rust bucket i served on a few years ago....i think it was a twist lock, this insured that the plug would not fall out when the ship rolled.
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Old 11-25-2005, 10:18 AM   #62
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ankornuta -
You are going to town on the tear-out portion of your project. I hope I have the chance to see it before everything comes out.

I'll call you this morning.

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I have one of these outlets on the front of my trailer it brings in the 12 volts from the tow vehicle. They kept it on a separate plug from the rest of the wires. You should be able to take a volt/ohm meter and find out if these plugs are tied to the 12 volt system. These outlets were made by Hubble. they are 120volt outlet used on the 12 volt system. They are still available if you go to a good electric supply house. I have one on order to replace mine. You can go buy a three prong cord cap and modify it to work in the hubble outlet. Hope this helps.
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Hmmm... it being a 12 volt outlet would make sense I guess, since my trailer has both a 12 volt and a 120 volt electrical system.

The thing that confuses me is something that you can't see in the picture I uploaded because I had to decrease the resolution to make it small enough. But the outlet says "10A, 250V. 15A, 125V". So... that's kind of weird if it's a 12 volt outlet.

I think I've seen an old hairdryer that had a plug that would fit that outlet once... :/
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I'm not so sure its twelve volt as is described - the 12v female plug I have is made for 3 prongs and as I understand it, no longer available.....

Yea the twelve volt plug I have says 120v too - best way to check is with a multimeter....

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Hmmm... it being a 12 volt outlet would make sense I guess, since my trailer has both a 12 volt and a 120 volt electrical system.

The thing that confuses me is something that you can't see in the picture I uploaded because I had to decrease the resolution to make it small enough. But the outlet says "10A, 250V. 15A, 125V". So... that's kind of weird if it's a 12 volt outlet.

I think I've seen an old hairdryer that had a plug that would fit that outlet once... :/
My outlet has the same numbers on it. I think they used 120 volt outlets and plugs because they were cheap and easy to get a hold of. The outlet and plug don't care if you send 12 volts or 120 volts through it . Just helps to know what voltage you have going down the wires.
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Hmmm... interesting. Thanks everyone, time to break out the multimeter.
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Update

I ran out of room in my garage for the interior components of the Airstream, so now I'm focusing on refinishing the wood on the cabinets and then driving them over to a storage unit. The Dixie stove is going to a professional restorer here in Phoenix that I've heard good things about (though they're a little pricey) and the refrigerator is also going to the storage unit after I finish re-painting it and putting it all back together.

That should give me enough space to get the rest of the interior out (what remains of the galley and the bathroom) and start to get those pieces restored as well and then move them to the storage unit.

I figure once I replace the floor, tile, insulation, wiring, clean the frame and get the body and interior skin back on, then I'll pull all the furniture out of storage and put it back in the trailer and give it a nice coat of bees wax polish.

Oh, and I've made the decision to have the interior skin professionaly re-zolatoned. It's just dirty beyond repair, including a spot that kind of looks like fire damage or years of exhaust from an aftermarket propane refrigerator.

So.... that's where this project is at. Feels like I'm just getting started, but it's been almost a whole month already since I got the trailer home!
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Preparing to Remove the Body

There really is no way to get to know your trailer better than to take it completely apart I'm finding all sorts of interesting things, and I'm happy that I've decided to go with a body-off restoration. I've discovered plenty of holes in the floor, so I'm glad that I'm replacing it. I also found a very large lead-filled pipe attached to the very end of the floor in the rear of the trailer. It says "Los Angeles Gyrotronic Stabilizer Mfg" on it. I'm assuming it's back there to help cantilever the weight of the vehicle and place more stress evenly across the whole body of the trailer, instead of entirely between the hitch and axles. It looks to be original.

So far I've removed the interior skins (lower only), detached the belly skins underneath, removed the old insulation, removed banana wrap moulding on the exterior, inspected the wiring, removed all the old plumbing, etc, etc. It's gone very fast so far, but I have broken a few drill bits in the process...

I'm going to detach the body next weekend. The next weekend after that I will lift the body, template the floor and clean/paint the frame and possibly put the new floor on (another three day weekend... yay!)

I still need to decide what I plan on doing with any improvements, like gray water tanks, black water, etc before I put the body back on. I also need to pick out some tile.

So far, so good. the most time-consuming task to date was removing the interior. I'm really looking forward to getting this thing back together!
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So, for anyone who was following this thread, I moved the step-by-step frame off restoration posts to a new, more appropriate section of the forum, here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f4/1958-cruiser-two-door-frame-off-restoration-20215.html

Once the body is back on the trailer and I start putting everything back inside, I'll probably move the progress back to this thread.
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