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Old 03-11-2009, 11:51 AM   #99
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That looks tremendous... great job. Did you do it all with hand tools?
Thanks Frank, I did shape it by hand. I started by hammering the out the old one flat for a template, then I cut the new one so it would stand out an extra3/4".I rolled the general shape to mach the door and started bending 3/8" lipps on both sides with a pliers a little at a time and just kept checking against the shape of the door.
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:46 AM   #100
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C channel

I had a couple of options today, I could go to work and do paperwork or work outside(70 degrees and sunny)on the cruiser for couple of hours. It was nice spending time on the Airstream, maybe I'll go to work tomorrow when it is raining. So I did get to finish installing the C channel all the way around and I think I have the body pretty well positioned now.It did take quite a bit of adjusting to get the body to fit right on the corners. With the help of the forums and all of the tips it does make it go better. The Trailer definitely has to be leveled well. Here are some before and after pics of the corners,I think it looks quite a bit better.
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Old 04-18-2009, 12:25 PM   #101
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I had a couple of options today, I could go to work and do paperwork or work outside(70 degrees and sunny)on the cruiser for couple of hours. It was nice spending time on the Airstream, maybe I'll go to work tomorrow when it is raining. So I did get to finish installing the C channel all the way around and I think I have the body pretty well positioned now.It did take quite a bit of adjusting to get the body to fit right on the corners. With the help of the forums and all of the tips it does make it go better. The Trailer definitely has to be leveled well. Here are some before and after pics of the corners,I think it looks quite a bit better.
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:35 PM   #102
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Back to work

Well now that our daughter is married and a few of the other projects are done, its time to dive in again.
Jan and I just got back from the Madison international rally, it was pretty motivating to see all that aluminum. So tonight I placed an order to VTS for fans,gaskets,rivets and a bunch of other stuff.
The push is on, Jan and I set up and manage the campground at our local county fair so we thought it might be cool to use the aluminum tent if I can get it sealed up a bit more. it will be a good push for a while anyway.
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:13 PM   #103
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Belly pan

I finally got a little time this week to get back to work. I started putting the belly pan on the sides, about a month ago I picked up new material for this, 3033 4'x8' sheets. I am leaving the center open for now for future work. I decided to bring the new material to work to roll the edges to the basic shape.
I also want to add small storage spaces in between the outriggers, Jan and I saw this on some other models, should work good for power cords and hoses,etc.
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Old 07-19-2009, 03:29 AM   #104
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funny how you "saw that on some older units" Your trailer is a 54..... I have what you are doing on my 62. Not sure if you noticed it when we were standing there talking at Madison. Mine is for my power cord and I wish I had put in some others while I was at it, that hatch is very handy.
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funny how you "saw that on some older units" Your trailer is a 54..... I have what you are doing on my 62. Not sure if you noticed it when we were standing there talking at Madison. Mine is for my power cord and I wish I had put in some others while I was at it, that hatch is very handy.
Hi Frank, We are planning on putting about 6 of those little storage areas in, they are not very big but should work good for campfire sticks and all the outdoor stuff. We have been following your blog, you have put on a lot of miles since Madison collecting trailers, it should keep you busy for a while
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:16 AM   #106
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Sealing the outer shell from inside

Last night and this morning I was able to get all of the seams resealed, I used a product that we use at work for sealing forced air duct work in homes.It adheres well and stays pliable. the seams in the left show the original factory black tar from 1954 and the right is the new gray rubber coating.I covered everything even the rivets and seams the factory did not do for some reason.
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Hey Doug,

Please post a shot of your completed drawers. I would like to see how you plan to fasten them closed.

Everything looks great!

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Old 07-19-2009, 09:27 PM   #108
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Please post a shot of your completed drawers. I would like to see how you plan to fasten them closed.

Everything looks great!

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Hi Steve, I see your floor is coming along, looking good. I actually had not thought of drawers, just storage spaces. The ones we saw at the international rally did not have drawers but I like that Idea for the ones that don't have water and electric coming out of them. I think I will just make a metal box to slide into the space, the spaces are only 3" by 20"w by 15"deep.
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:38 PM   #109
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Spent some time today insulating the shell with Reflectix for the first layer. Next I will install the wiring then a layer of foil faced fiberglass insulation. Its nice to see a change inside.
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Polishing door

Took a break from insulating and played with the door some, a previous owner had taken a orbital sander or disc grinder to the edges and a few spots. I am sure glad he stopped there. I was not sure how to get rid of the grinder marks until my wife had found a thread on polishing window frames, he used 80 grit sanding wheels then 300-400grit sand paper then his polish,it worked pretty well. So I used some 320grit paper that I had then truck box polish from the airstream guy.
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Cruisers New Home

After sitting outside for some 55 years, the cruisers new home is starting to take shape. Her new place will be 24' wide by 40' long with a 2nd floor for some parts storage. overall about 30 ft. tall to the top of the cuopala. Lots of digging holes(20 of them ) on day one (I would not want to do that for a living). Day 2 brought some shape, setting poles(filling the holes back in) and framing in the sides. Day 3,today brings in the trusses and some more height.We have had some great help with building from friends, my brothers,and my brother in law Ron and his boys. Jan has been keeping us going with her great lunch program,Thanks Jan.
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It would not let add the most important picture,Thanks again Jan.
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