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Old 09-21-2008, 08:20 PM   #15
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Old 09-22-2008, 05:09 AM   #16
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Steve,Thanks to guys like you posting your info. i had read about that.I met a guy recently that did drill all of them,that would be a real bummer I think all I heard last night for a while was whine of a drill after spending about 4 hours strait drilling.Its been real addicting reading everyone's adventures on here.There is a 26' 1955 unit for sale in new york('55 Airstream 26' LOA.) that I like the layout in,I want to keep one side pretty open.After all this work it would be pretty cool if it was worth that much(maybe in new york). I like the wood stove idea,I've seen that in a couple. Hopefully my cruiser will be usable by next spring.
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:18 AM   #17
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Its is great reading the replies from all over the country.I've never participated in any kind of websight like this.
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:51 PM   #18
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Tinman - Great to find your thread. I just got home from a road trip of 3,600 miles round trip from central Texas to Williston, No. Dakota to pick up my 1st vintage - yet another '54 Cruiser!!! The photos on eBay were good, but deceptive in that the first full day home I found serious floor rot under the front windows and along the entry step. I've taken out the cabinet under the front windows amd asscoated sofa/bed & the cabinet that abuts the stove. Next I'll remove all the carpet. I already pulled out most of the front carpet and will strip it on down the hall way to the rear under where the side-ways bed used to be. All that should tell me how much sub-flooring I'll have to pull & re-do.

Even with the above sad discovery and the time, sweat & expense to repair - I remain totally exccited (do the kids still say "ramped"?) to get deep into this project.

I make all the necessary apologies for hyjacking your thread. I have no excuse except an overabundance of joy & not being able to share that happiness here on the Forums I fine so very important, a news / learning experience without parallel - and populated with the very best of what an Airstreamer is supposed to be.

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Old 09-23-2008, 03:32 PM   #19
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Wow Jim thats a long drive for a camper,I thought I had alumititus bad,I only had to go 400 miles RT for my cruiser.I found out later that I think I got a pretty good deal $850.00 with gas.The guy I bought it from said he paid $400.00 at a garage sale a couple months back,he was going to use it for a hunting shack in northern Minnesota.I got real lucky getting it,My daughter and her soon to be husband went to get it,we decided on this hole deal in the matter of about 30min.I didn't even think about the fact of this thing being road worthy,but it made the trip without to much trouble.The lites shorted out in the last few miles.I would like to see your pictures,good luck with your project.
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:13 PM   #20
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Yes indeed, I think we would ALL like to see pictures of Jim's new purchase...

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Old 09-23-2008, 08:36 PM   #21
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I got rained out tonight so I thought I would put a some pics. of the first day for #1 54 cruiser and one week later #2 57 overlander(bottom pics) for parts,both ends had pretty bad damage,I haven't been able to bring myself to take any parts off yet. Right now there is a shell for sale in Florida on ebay(eBay Motors: 1953 Airstream 17’ Save Me From The SCRAP YARD (item 290262435677 end time Sep-29-08 19:30:00 PDT) I had the time it would be great to get to get it and try to fix the 57 with the end caps.
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:16 AM   #22
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Well I finally finished drilling all the outside rivets and removing the hundred or so screws around the end caps (the belly pan/end caps were both screwed and riveted).I'm a little concerned that as I finished drilling the rear end cap rivets the frame dropped down or the shell sprung up about 1 1/2 in. I stepped on the frame and it seams solid,we'll find out when the floor comes off?Also the base rails inside that hold the shell to the floor will nead to be replaced,they are in pretty tough shape,there are not any rails in the corners just L brackets making the round corners,I think I will make something more solid and one piece.I only have one corner that is not rotted away,so hopefully I can use that as my pattern for the other 3.I need to add a few braces inside and I can lift the shell off.I know acouple of scrap guys that I'm sure would be more than happy to take the scrap if it falls apart
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:40 AM   #23
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I want to wish you "good luck". I also want to wish "skill", for that is superior to luck.
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Old 09-27-2008, 12:28 PM   #24
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I think it's great that there are so many frame off (or on) threads going on at the moment... makes me want to stop reading and just do!

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Old 09-27-2008, 02:19 PM   #25
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Tinman,

If you want to replace your panels, there is a gutted 53 Clipper in ebay right now. All it would be good for is panels, but that was the one I had referred to earlier.

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Old 09-27-2008, 08:15 PM   #26
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Shells off :)

It's off and feels good to have the shell off,there were some 54year old creeks and groans when jacking it up. There was one rivet that I must have missed ,it popped pretty good when I was jacking the shell off. I thought I had gotten all of those hidden rivets I've read about on other threads.Two were in the top of wheel wells,otherwise there was 1 rivet hidden in the outside bottom of each support member. I chiseled the blind rivets out with thin pry bar from the inside.Now that the shell is off the floor and frame seem to have a lot of flex in it,I wonder if this is normal,I hope there isn't anything to major wrong with the frame but I guess we'll have to deal with that soon enough.As you'll see from the pictures,the floor is in really bad shape.Enough writing for now,I've never typed this much about a project in the last 44 years. Its great reading the responses and seeing everyone else's pictures and projects from all over the country.
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:21 PM   #27
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WoW...

You are moving really fast. Then again....it looks like you have some help there. I am by myself on my project, and have been drilling rivet after rivet out for a few days. I am also looking for a person to make me new wheel wells as mine are completely corroded.

Nice job,

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Old 09-27-2008, 08:58 PM   #28
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Steve,
I saw that shell on ebay,if it was closer I would probably consider that for fixing the 57.Those opportunity's probably don't come along very often.My neighbors are already having fun with me about having my own trailer park.
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