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Old 04-02-2016, 07:51 AM   #127
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The only thread I have on this one is "a very famous Airstream" it's not easy doing it upside down - your sheets are horizontal whereas mine are vertical - so you do the front and rear sheets first - do the side wraps then fill with 4x13' sheets - I used long boards and jackets to hold in place - much easier said than done :-) -
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:43 PM   #128
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Managed to get the old girl under shell today. Not as pretty as I hoped. The left rear side of the shell still wants to sit slumped down like when I bought her. Also noticed that the rivet holes are just out of reach,up, from the c channel. When I grab the bumper and move the frame Im able to lift it up an inch or so. Im thinking that this frame is so long on a single axle that there is considerable drooping in the frame for and aft. I need to get some jacks and start jacking up the corners until things start to line up. Hopefully I can get the back of the shell squared away or else I will have to call her Ilean.
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:53 PM   #129
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Your frame should be supported on both ends to make it perfectly straight before you try to attach the shell. This will put everything in tension with the shell helping to hold the frame straight once riveted together and the frame supports are removed.

At least this is what I was told to do, although my floor replacement was done "body on" one sheet at a time. I still supported the ends before riveting it back together.
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:02 PM   #130
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:05 PM   #131
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So are guys laying their frames down on the ground level before attaching the shell? Probably the only way to make sure its perfectly flat
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:06 PM   #132
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Of course that might be difficult after the belly pan is attached.
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:10 PM   #133
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Old 04-03-2016, 11:03 PM   #134
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Of course that might be difficult after the belly pan is attached.
I just used jack stands under the frame at the tongue and rear bumper.

Or at least under the rear bumper, with the tongue supported by the jack post.

Didn't take a lot of weight off the axle. Just took a little off.
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:54 PM   #135
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Spent half the day trying all kinds of things to get this shell on right. The back left corner wants to sag and a lot of the rivet holes are just missing the c channel, too high. I think I know now why a lot of restoration shops just replace that bottom piece of aluminum. Hitting that 1/2 inch is difficult. something is holding it up and I can't figure it out. Also I noticed that my wheel wells do not come up any where close to the original spot. I need another set of eyes on this I think. Im going a bit crazy.
I even dropped the wheels and blocked up the frame and the same problem. When I got the trailer it was sagging on the rear left side. I figured it was springs. I think the shell keeps wanting to go back to that shape. Not sure. Anymore tips?
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Old 04-06-2016, 07:34 AM   #136
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I tried going around the trailer and drilling and clecoing together just to see what would happen. Ends up the the left rear droops and the right front droops. If you don't sight through both windows it doesn't look as bad. Still work in progress, I keep telling myself to not be in a hurry
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After looking at a before pict and the one here Im afraid I can only conclude that my frame, which I thought I had straightened, is still twisted. Im thinking that under weight the frame is going back to the old shape. Call it metal fatigue or what have you. My options. 1. weld a new frame and start over 2. try and work the shell so that it sits somewhat straight and call it good. 3. Fix it up and sell it as a park model . Im finding it hard to justify spending more money and fixing up a twisted framed airstream. Any more suggestions?
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this is a photo of when I bought the old girl. And I thought it was just a bad spring. Hey thats an idea….how about de arching one of the springs an inch?
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this is a photo of when I bought the old girl. And I thought it was just a bad spring. Hey thats an idea….how about de arching one of the springs an inch?
Did it look like the shell was taken off before you bought it.

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