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under 250 lbs 3 9.68%
250 to 275 lbs 1 3.23%
275 to 300 lbs 5 16.13%
300 to 325 lbs 9 29.03%
325 to 350lbs 2 6.45%
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:17 AM   #477
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That is simply amazing, Chris!! I applaud your perseverance and attention to detail.

I think we should dub you our "Shining Star"!! or the "Pope of Polishing".

Any way you look at it, you've set the bar pretty high for us '70's owners.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:58 AM   #478
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You aren't serious, are you?

I sure hope that if everyone who has a 1970's Airstream has to keep up to Chris and his work on the polishing, we are all in trouble here. I wonder if it is too late to try to trade my 1976 in for another decade? Hmmm...
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:18 AM   #479
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We are safe unless he has new clear-coat every two years
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:38 AM   #480
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I sure hope that if everyone who has a 1970's Airstream has to keep up to Chris and his work on the polishing, we are all in trouble here. I wonder if it is too late to try to trade my 1976 in for another decade? Hmmm...
I can tell you that I won't be coming anywhere close to Chris' polish job. But, you still have to admire his work. For me, I'll just be happy if our AS looks better than when we got it....
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:33 AM   #481
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Excellent work Chris! I will be polishing ours after the floor frame repairs and interior goes back in. Maybe starting the polishing next winter. Thank you for your attention to detail and all of the pictures. You and many others on this forum have already saved me from a couple of bad decisions with your advice and experience.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:46 PM   #482
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We are safe unless he has new clear-coat every two years
ohhhhh so scary!!!!
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:49 PM   #483
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Chris, really amazing work! So impressed.
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Tell me if you think I'm taking this a bit too far.

Today I was polishing the banana wraps and the side section of the belly from the lower beltline trim down below eyesight. I decided to keep going.
It's kind of hard to see but I put the wardrobe mirror on the ground and the reflection you can see if the reflection of the floor coming from the belly pan and bouncing off the mirror. I know it's a bit much but couldn't decide where to stop. It just looks better to stop on the seam between the side pans and the center section of the belly pan.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:26 PM   #485
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Yeah I think so.
Hey nice write up in the TAC newsletter by the way. Kudos to you. Anything going on with the '61?
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Fantastic job, Chris. I've really enjoyed browsing through this thread.

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With a Wing and a Prayer

Tonight I was compounding the area all around the curbside wing window and the front center window and decided to start preping the wing window for removal. I bought a NOS one a while back and have been waiting to get it installed.
The first step is to remove the spline bar that joins the wing window to the center window. Each window has a lip on the edge that the spline bar wedges over. The manual says to use a block of wood and a hammer to remove it by placing the block of wood on the bottom edge of the spline bar and hammer it up to remove it. Well it wouldn't budge. I had already removed the sealer around the bar before polishing which has to be done to free up the bar. I ended up using a cold chisel and a hammer to pound it up and free. This is where the prayer comes in to play as you need to pound the heck out of it to get it to move. I was afraid I would break either window in the process and lucklily it started to move and after about 10 minutes of tapping with the hammer on the chisel it came free. I did apply some mineral spirits liberally to lubricate the bar anf the edges of the windows which helped the bar to slide. You will slightly deform the end of the spline bar but you can file out the burs so it will go back on.
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Now here is the edge lips on each window once the bar was removed.
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It does slide back on a little bit easier now that everything has been cleaned and polished. Once I reinstall it after the new window is in I will again soak it and the windows in mineral spirits to help it to slide.
Next step is to drill out all the rivets holding the window to the shell and go inside the trailer and remove all the vulkem sealing the window to the shell and then start gently prying the window free from the shell.
That's tomorrows project along with more polishing.
Oh yeah I also polished the frame work for the rock guard that covers all the front windows. I did this on the trailer as it held the guard in place for me. After it was polished it was removed so I could get at the windows for polishing.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:44 AM   #488
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Yikes, that project is not for the faint of heart, huh? Whacking on the window with a hammer and chisel? Not me!

You're a brave man, Chris!
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Chirs. I will be so disappointed if you don't come to Florida this fall or winter. I want to see the finished product in person.
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Ann that's the goal but the trailer may have a different timetable than mine.
Hre's my plan for this summer.
April/May Compound & cyclo polishing
June Reseal the shell and install all exterior components including 3 new awnings.
July Insulate & rewire
August Plumbing & finish propane lines to appliances.
September Install interior skins
October Install Bathroom & Kitchen (Head & Galley for you nautical types)
November Install bedroom furniture & roadside wardrobe in hallway
December Install living room couches & new drapes & upholstery
There are a few things I left out like solar panels & satellite dish which I might be able to squeeze in before the insulation. I also need to install a spare tire carrier w/ spare tire and centramatic wheel balancers and new tires.
So as you can see there is quite a bit to do and with the park opening next week I won't be able to work at it full time until October.
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