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Old 06-12-2016, 08:27 AM   #169
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Thanks for the kind words. She's coming along slowly. I will come back to the door meeting the floor problem. Its easy to get to far ahead of yourself then nothing gets done. Wiring now….started with the trailer lights. Went with some solid 14gauge. Wasn't too impressed with the butt connectors. Took them off and will try something else. I really like the old original 3 pronged connectors they used originally.
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:14 AM   #170
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Started working on the door. Has anybody had a problem with the door closing?
With new 3/4 subfloor and a piece of aluminum flashing my door barely clears. Im thinking about bamboo flooring on top of that and I don't know the best way to approach this issue. Any insight would be great.
I made the door shorter, raised the bottom edge by 1" so it would clear the new floor. I had the door apart so it was an easy choice for me.
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:26 PM   #172
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Its a continous fun challenge isn't it. I figured I would have to rework the door. Thanks for the info . My goal is to have all the wiring done by the end of the week.
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Old 06-13-2016, 08:25 PM   #173
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wiring

I managed to get most of the wiring done today. Step drill bit is a must,thanks toastie. Not quite sure how Im going to attach boxes for the outlets. How do you attach them to the skin if a crossmember isn't next to the hole. I think I can get the shallow boxes at lowes.

Will a regular switch that works in a house work with the 12v system? Id think so. Not sure

Got my Marinco 30amp plug today. I'll install is tomorrow. 10/2 ?

I still need to run some cable for Satellite and cable. Do you run coax through the wall? Im thinking that the Satellite runs off ac power. I don't plan on putting one on now but want it there for future just in case
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Old 06-15-2016, 09:43 AM   #174
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wiring

Pretty much finished with the wiring
4 DC circuits
4 AC circuits
Coax for cable and Satellite

Now I have to figure out if I want to re-install the old inner skin or replace with new skin. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Pick your poison. Seems like all the cutting and fitting on new skin would be major a#$%$# pain but so is stripping old nasty lead based paint from the old stuff.

Also…do I continue polishing the end caps or just paint them. Not sure I want the beer can look or feel but then again I want to show off the workmanship of the end caps. Mirror affect in bedroom would be nice. I think white with wood flooring and counter tops would make the space feel larger. If I stay with polished end caps then Id need a darker paint to make the end caps pop…which makes the space appear smaller. These 50's trailers are very tight compared to 60's or 70's.
Tough decisions
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Old 06-16-2016, 09:47 AM   #175
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All in a days work

After painfully making sure not to forget my brake line during the belly pan build and shell going on I mistakenly pulled on the wire from the front of the trailer before it had been attached to the brakes. How do you feed it back through with the belly pan and the rest of the trailer built? After referring to myself in some not so flattering terms I saw a piece of drip line tubing in the back of my hangar. Slid the drip tube up through the frame till it reached the front of the trailer then fed the wire through the drip tube. Worked great! I then applauded myself for being such a genius. All in a days work on an Airstream. Since Ive started this project I've learned…be patient ….think things out and don't panic. Any problem can be solved.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:57 PM   #176
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We have a '52 Cruiser and are having the same issue with the door. As we are fitting the shell back on, we are noticing that the door is way too long. Also, it's right above the step. So I think we will have to cut it down as well. Funny what issues pop up!!
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Old 06-19-2016, 07:52 AM   #177
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:07 AM   #178
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A very true statement.....lol.......toastie
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:58 PM   #179
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inner wall paneling

Ive seen some vintage airstreams with wood paneling. Like birch or luan not sure what their using. Blue moon caravans or Hollywood airstreams. Cant seem to get a call back from those guys. Anyhow does anybody know if their replacing aluminum with wood or going over the aluminum.
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:24 PM   #180
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I replaced some the inner skin of my '51 FC outright with birch. It's been said a lot here that it weakens the structural integrity of the trailer, but there've been others who have done it that way (I also had the chance to check out a B-17 which used the same monocoque construction and it didn't have an inner skin for what that's worth). To be on the safe side though I build extra rib supports on my aluminum brake and threw 'em in there.
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:48 AM   #181
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What did you use to fasten them? I would be afraid of metal screws pulling out over time. 1/4 inch birch? Thats nice stuff. Im sure that installed lengthwise the sheer strength would be enough quite good.
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Old 06-21-2016, 09:00 AM   #182
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Any picts available? Would like to check out the finished look of your trailer. Thanks
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