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Old 03-19-2016, 10:44 AM   #99
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I didn't put any floor insulation in mine, in fact, I put vents in the belly pan to help with air flow. If you notice on all major restorations on the forum, floor rot, mold, and mice come from wet insulation, very nasty stuff. Plus we don't camp in the winter.

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Old 03-19-2016, 12:09 PM   #100
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my 2c plan. I'm skipping under floor insulation and going, hopefully, with 1/2" cork flooring. That said I won't have under floor tanks either but the 1/2" cork should keep my toes warm. The BP zone is always going to be a moisture trap so I thought why bother.

Like your work by the way.
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:16 PM   #101
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Sweet! No insulation it is. All I needed was a few of you rivet masters to give me the nudge. I save the $200 and invest it in a good heating system. A heated floor would be nice. I looked into that…. too complex for me. Im simple kind of guy. Besides Im thinking that most trailers don't even have floor insulation being that the floors rest on the frame on most rigs and there are no belly pans.
Am I the only one out there loosing sleep over restoring one of these beauties? I find myself waking up for my 2:30 piss then not being able to get back to sleep thinking about what I need to do or how I screwed the last thing up on the Airstream. Its fun and I love it but I need my damn sleep.
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Old 03-21-2016, 07:04 PM   #102
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Painted and fitted the fenders. Springs cleaned up and re-arched $80. New Dexter straight axle 5300# 73" with shackle kit $286 Rockwell american. Have to wait till tomorrow to get the U bolts. Didn't think 6" bolts would work. have to do a little welding on the base plates then install the axle. Will need to run a wire from the brakes to the front of the trailer. Probably will make a small hole in the front of the floor and run into a junction box that will be wired for my nav/exterior lights, battery, then a hole out the front of the shell that will have a quick disconnect to run chord to tow vehicle.
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Old 03-21-2016, 07:11 PM   #103
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I need to have the belly pan done and shell riveted on by April 1st to stay on my schedule
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:42 AM   #104
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dexter axle

Axle going in. Had to weld some plates on the bottom side of the axle where the the axle will ride. Measured about 4 3/16" out on each side.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:01 AM   #105
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end caps

Read somewhere on the forum where a guy used sand paper to get out deep corrosion. I tried it on a small section of my rear end cap then hit it with the buffer and F9. Seemed to come out nice. WRONG! It did clean up but it dulled the aluminum. I think it takes off the alcad or something. Anyhow….I'll buff it best I can and live with it, or Paint it…or take it out and make one out of wood. I won't do the same to the front cap.
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:26 PM   #106
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axle

axle looked like it was going to put the trailer a tad high. Yep….its high alright. We'll be ready for another africa tour with this baby. Didn't think that the straight axle would have this much of a visual affect. I did have the springs re arched 1.5 inches primarily to get them even and give some more life to them. Wasn't thinking about the extra 1.5 inches it would raise the the trailer. Combined with the 4 inches and the old 17" wheels it came with she's not looking too original. Im thinking I will finish the restoration and see where she rides. afterwards adjust accordingly. Maybe with lowering blocks and smaller wheels and the extra weight she will look better. I doubt it. Im thinking 4 inches and 1.5 in the extra spring is too much. I should have stuck with the 4" drop axle. Worse case I drop another $200 on another axle. **** happens
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:36 PM   #107
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C channel

Took a sheet of the .030 5052 Im using for the belly pan and had a local sheet metal shop stamp me out some C Channel. 60' of channel should be more then adequate. $45….worth every penny…id been there all day on my 30" brake. Also had them make me another front plate…$15 even better. I plan on cutting small pieces and replicating what was done in 54. Shouldn't take me long to knock out this belly pan…I hope.
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:11 PM   #108
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She may not be too high. Look at the rivets of this wheel well, it's pretty close to yours. Click image for larger version

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Old 03-26-2016, 12:11 AM   #109
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Id like to see a full shot of your rig. I'll check out your thread. You might be right. I noticed that the hole looks a lot bigger without the shell on. Like a donut. my plan is to finish her out then see where she sits. Maybe de arc the springs or lowering blocks. thanks for your input hiho
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:19 AM   #110
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Found a shot on your thread…maybe before the new axles. I like the wheels. 16"? I want the same wheel with the baby moons. Love that look
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:42 AM   #111
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Got the C' channel cut and screwed on. Just replicated what Airstream did in 1954. We'll see how it works out. I saved my old belly pan and it fits pretty nicely. I think I will copy it with new Aluminum.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:04 PM   #112
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spent Easter working on the Airstream. Decided to go ahead and Insulate. 2" foam board from Home Depot. R10. Thought I would knock it out in a few hours. Nope. Tedious and messy work. Lessons learned
1. Watch your fingers when your cutting the small pieces because it tends to grab…which will get your attention. Hiho gave me the heads up. thanks
2. Wear goggles not regular protection glasses. I had several pieces of pink panther get under my plastic eye protection.
3. Do not cut….if 2"…to fit next to the edge of the floor because it will interfere with the belly pan.
Other then that…I went through 5 boards and 5.5 rolls of reflectix tape.
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