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Old 04-26-2009, 01:54 AM   #155
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Early Saturday Morning

Early morning light to start the day off right. Reflections of things to come. What a Great Rally!!

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Looks great! Somehow I got all involved in Rich's AC yesterday and plumb forgot about taking pictures. Duh!

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Old 04-26-2009, 08:40 AM   #157
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What a great set of photos. With all of the polished aluminum how does anybody see what's going on. Sure wish Lou and I could have come to this rally. Keep the photos coming.

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What a great set of photos. With all of the polished aluminum how does anybody see what's going on. Sure wish Lou and I could have come to this rally. Keep the photos coming.

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Old 04-26-2009, 10:38 PM   #159
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Please pass along my sincerest thank you to all that worked so hard on this Restoration Rally. I learned so much more than I would have expected. I am now inspired to tackle tasks that up until this rally I would not have. My only regret is that I have to head home a day before the last seminars are over. As you know, we flew in for this event, so we had higher expenses (air, car and hotel). It was well worth it. I will now change my polishing method, I feel I can easily tackle Zolatone, can drill out and replace rivets (because I have), and I’m even ready to build a new bench (cabinet). This is only a sample of what I learned or improved upon this weekend. Anyone considering attending rally #3 in year 2010 should strongly consider doing so. I hope all of the presenters can take the satisfaction of knowing that they really helped, and it is greatly appreciated. Oh, and I am now looking forward to Uwe letting us know when the ’58 Flying Cloud is done, including pictures.

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Old 04-27-2009, 08:26 AM   #160
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Great Rally

My hat is off to the many people of this rally that have put in so much time and energy to make this seminar the sucess it has been. Lavon .for one, drove 3 ten hour days to show us how to polish. It has been well organized, excellent presentations, and everyone has been so eager to answer our many questions and to show us their restorations. God Bless you all. I too had to fly in, but it was well worth it. I can only make a half day today, and sure hate to leave early. Kips airstream, I believe, is the most structurally sound airstream in existence. What a metal worker he is. I cannot imagine a more gracious host than Ken. For those who are restoring airstreams I think this is an invaluable opportunity to learn from some real craftsmen. I thank them all for sharing the benefit of their experience. I just don't understand why Brad wasnt in on the AC install demonstration, as he was the only one tall enough to do it without a ladder. Ed Brink, who said he hadnt done much work with his hands prior to getting his airstream 2 years ago, was keeping a lot of talent in harness. His work is excellent and was well presented. I sure hope to run into all those I met in the future. It will be nice to stay in touch on this great forum, the most civil I have been on, ever. Off to learn about axles and refrigerators this morning. My wife lasted about two hours. She sat in on Kips presentation, which she noticed I was all eyes and ears, and when he got to the part where he said, "I could talk about aluminum all day", she bolted. She later told me, what if you went to a cosmetic seminar with me and you were sitting there and the presenter said " I could talk about lipstick all day." What would you do???? No arguement there . We both enjoyed our first trip to New Mexico. I would highly recommend the Mauger Estate Bed and Breakfast, for those who arent able to come in a trailer. Thanks to all, once again for a wonderful 3 days, and for so much information. Eugene's fate will be decided on the way home.
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Huh

Was there so much shinny aluminum at the rally that you could not take photos?
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:04 PM   #162
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Kris and I thank all of the people involved in putting this great rally together! Like those above me on this thread, I learned so much in the seminars, but the most important thing about restoring an Airstream is to not be afraid. There are so many great, knowledgeable experts willing to show the uninitiated tricks and tips saving hundreds of hours of frustration and the wise use of a budget dollar. Although I'm not quite the photographer that Levon is, these are some more shots around the park. For all of you thinking about next year, start planning today. Ken and the committee, thanks so much for organizing this event. My Airstream was in danger of a flatbed farewell, but now I'm going to get after finishing what I started. We might be attending next year's rally in an aluminum tent, but I learned the main thing is to get it back to being roadworthy.

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I left my shrinker/stretcher in the tent. Please find some Colorado person to take it home and I'll pick it up in June when I get back from Seattle. Kip or Shari would be good bets.

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Old 04-28-2009, 09:43 AM   #164
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Yes you did and I believe Kip has it for you.

Nice to hook up with you again but I never did get a tour of your Airstream.

Next time.

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Old 04-28-2009, 10:11 AM   #165
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A few pictures

I had a great time and met a lot of nice folks which is reason enough to attend this rally but I felt the larger theme was knowledge. "Knowledge is power", a phrase I used to use as a librarian, was exemplified many times by the professional presentations, hands-on experiences, and the detailed, well organized reference literature given to each person. I overheard many people say that they now feel empowered to tackle jobs that they once thought were beyond them. Personally, I feel I can replace a panel, zolatone an interior, build a cabinet, wire my trailer, add a solar panel, polish faster and easier, and when I screw all these projects up, I know who to call.

Thanks Ken and all for a great experience.
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This was one great rally. I learned so much and I didn't attend but a few of the seminars. Sure met a lot of great people and took a bunch of pictures. Now if I could just find my camera.

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Nice photos.
Brad I hope you find your camera soon.Sure would like to see more.
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