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Old 05-30-2012, 08:40 PM   #15
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Doug, I did not have that document, thanks very much.

Probably won't be back on the project until Sept.

We just put our house on the market and the previous 8 weeks have been one item after another to get it ready. Amazingly we sold it in 2 days for 10K over asking price...the real estate market is definitely swinging back.

Now we just have to get through the closings and into the new place in August. When Sept hits I'll be ready to Airstream once again

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Old 02-24-2013, 03:10 PM   #16
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Back at it...overdue update.

Well it's funny how life gets in the way of airstream rehab...sold a house, bought a house, crashed my airplane (walked away), bought another airplane on the west coast and flew it back to the east coeast...that adventure detailed on youtube...here.

After lifting the shell with jacks I got 12 concrete blocks and put 3 at each corner, jacked the shell up and used a double 2x4 to support the shell and got rid of the jacks. The shell is now 24" above the floor.

The space between the belly pan and the floor was amazingly disgusting...no skeletons yet but I'm sure they are in there.

I was able to save both the front and rear ends of the belly pan for use a template for replacement. Getting the floor out is next.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:23 PM   #17
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Another pic of the space between belly pan and floor. I have the trailer sitting on concrete blocks so I can get all the rivets on the belly pan and drop it.

Also one of my favorite tools, a pneumatic angle drill with threaded bits. The head is very small so you can really get into tight spaces, that particular bit is a 1/2" stubby. A great tool.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:39 AM   #18
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Good to see you back at it! Lots of nasty stuff in, the frame doesn't look to bad, rusty but no holes!
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:28 PM   #19
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metal illness for sure!

Hi Don & Debbie

Nice to see you are back to the restoration again. I watched the video and am a little queasy from turbulence not to mention seeing the contents inside the bellypan.

Thanks for the updates and photo documentation. I recently read the tool list and it helped me decide on the Mikita compressor. Now I just need a plane hanger and I'll be ready to go.

Thanks again.

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Great to see you back to it! It will feel good when you get thru the dismantling. Keep pushing!
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:41 PM   #21
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Doug, Gary & Javier thanks for the encouragement....no turning back!!

Hope to get the floor out this weekend.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:13 PM   #22
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Great info...thanks for sharing
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:50 PM   #23
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Framed

Spent a good couple hours getting the plywood off the frame. No better way to do it than crawl underneath with the grinder and cut the bolts off. On each end of the plywood is also a wood screw...hate those 1950's flat head screws, no qucik way to getem out other than the screw driver.

The frame is in worse shape than I thought it would be. I guess the building technique back in '54 was to lay a blanket of fiberglass over the entire frame and put the plywood down on top of it. This thin layer of fiberglass that ended up between the plywood and the top of the steel frame was a great collector of moisture and the tops of my steel frame members are very rough in some areas.

I quit for the day when I just about sliced off the top of my thumb...NOTE TO NITWITS: Wear Leather Gloves!!! Another warning...when laying under the beast cutting off the elevator bolts, they are very hot when they let loose...makes you squirm when they land on your legs...and yes thankfully I was wearing a thick pair of Carharts
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Ouch, ouch, ouch!! Had a tetanus shot lately?
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That will feel good for day or two!! I think I cut one bolt off from the bottom then used an angle grinder on the top of the floor. I didn't like the nasty stuff landing on me!
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