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Old 06-24-2010, 04:48 PM   #141
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I wanted to build in in my Cruiser a double axis. Airstream4u in Hamburg has advised me! More difficultly to maneuver, more weight, Silouette of the Cruiser not more so harmoniously.... etc.
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Werner,
The classics should be left as they were made.
However, if a well traveled, common edition were to be retrofitted, I say go for 2.
Here, high speed highway stability and ease of tire change after a flat are positives.
Driving with a flat is sometimes mandatory for safety.
In a land of short distances and twisting narrow roads I would still go for 2 axles.
I like 4 wheel brakes versus 2. But then again I like fat girls and mopeds.
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The translation of your text gives no sense for me.
Question: 2 axes, for it or against it?
Werner who wants to learn here also English....
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:29 PM   #143
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The translation of your text gives no sense for me.
Question: 2 axes, for it or against it?
Werner who wants to learn here also English....
Ok, to be perfectly clear...... it depends.
He who calls the tune, pays the fiddler.
A classic year that is getting a bottom to top restoration, leave it at one axle.
Then go buy an Airstream to travel in, leave the museum piece at home.
If you are going to drive a million miles, go on a Wally Byam Caravan, have a kid(s) bouncing on the floor, going on on safari to the wilds of Italy, travel on winding roads, get 2 axles.
I do not know how many one axle guys tell me they wish they had two axles.
Axle envy I think it is called. Ever have a tire blow out with one axle? It is easier to survive a blow out with 2 axles, ever have a flat tire in a bad part of town, give me 3 good tires to get away rather than one tire. Want to change a tire with 2 axles, just roll the good tire up on a ramp and change the flat, no jack needed.
2 axles for me, unless I had a sweet old Airstream with one axle that I took to meetings to show off... then of course One axle trailers are the absolute best in the world.......
Werner, please let us know what you choose, Airstreamers are international.

Cruiser54 what is your opinion?
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Old 06-26-2010, 08:12 PM   #144
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Has anyone every changed a trailer from a single axle to a double or is it necessary on a 55 Cruiser?
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I have read alot about the advantages of having duel axle's and it does have it's benefits like fastrob say's next but I don't think I would want to change the outward appearance of our cruiser like that. I have had blow-outs on 2 different single axle trailers(not airstreams), one at 60mph on a curve and had to pull our camper an extra 1/2 mile before stopping at a safe spot and really caused no damage other than the tire and an excited driver behind us. I plan on towing our cruiser across the country when done and i am not concerned about the single axle.
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Old 07-17-2010, 04:37 PM   #145
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Windows and vents

Had a few hours over the last couple weeks, removed all 3 vents and cleaned up around the openings. Looks much better, I need to call Vintage Trailer Supply and get one more vent assembly. I was planning on using one of the originals with the aluminum top but it ended up not in very good shape.


Ugly vents are gone!! New fantastic fans are in place. one with a rain sensor and one without.


The old gaskets are built into windows, which requires drilling out the rivets holding the windows in.

Two windows down and nine to go.
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The Aluminitus is coming back, starting to turn an aluminum color!!
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:17 AM   #146
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:19 PM   #147
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Wow, Doug your doing a great job. I just bought 53 Cruiser last night. I am very scared of the shell off. I was thinking of just doing the rear, the middle and then front in sections. Since I will being working solo.

Would you do the shell off again or in sections? Can you post photos of the door step area? Mine has been "fixed" by a PO and not sure what it should look like.

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Old 08-30-2010, 05:53 PM   #148
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It looks great Doug Please keep inspiring us/me with more updates. I have done very little other than dream. I hope to get started soon, although that may be just a dream as well.

Keep up the great work

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Old 08-31-2010, 05:30 AM   #149
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Wow, Doug your doing a great job. I just bought 53 Cruiser last night. I am very scared of the shell off. I was thinking of just doing the rear, the middle and then front in sections. Since I will being working solo.

Would you do the shell off again or in sections? Can you post photos of the door step area? Mine has been "fixed" by a PO and not sure what it should look like.

Thanks
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It was a lot easier to take the top off I think and get it out of the way.

If I had the free time I would do it all again. Things have slowed up a lot due to the happenings of life, aging parents and lots of family things. I get about 4 hrs a week on the cruiser. it has been 2 yrs. now and it is still fun to work on.
I am about half way done with rebuilding the windows. It has been taking me about 4-6hrs per window and with 12 to do it has been slow.

The only pictures I may have of the step area is of the frame on here, we had to switch computers a while back so I am not sure about the old pictures.

Hey Brad,
Good to see you are still out there, we keep waiting to see pictures of the overlander all fixed up!!
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:11 AM   #150
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Curb side windows/belly pan

Pretty well finished all the curb side windows and belly pan yesterday. I pulled it out of the barn for a quick picture and to turn it around to start the other side 5 more windows to go. The good part is I am getting faster as I go through the windows!! I also added 3 small storage areas in the belly pan and plan for 3 more on the street side. Work is slow but still gaining.

Bucked my first rivets putting the windows and rain gutters back on, actually goes a lot easier than I thought, quicker then pop rivets!

First frost here today, perfect airstream working weather for the cruiser.
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Old 10-09-2010, 05:58 PM   #151
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So tired of windows!

Three more windows done today. They are getting pretty old, after 3 vents, 7 windows, and an average of 45 rivets each it just isn't as much fun anymore. Four windows left. I am getting faster anyway, about 2-3hrs each now.

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Do you want to part with whats left of your old vents?
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Hi Kirt, the vents I took off were not original. It did look like they had 50 years of caulking on them. About the only thing they are good for is an ugly vent contest!!
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Ok. Thank you. Your rig is looking good. I am looking forward to working on mine.
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