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Old 10-21-2006, 08:17 AM   #57
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Here is an Airstream replacement dash from customintrumentpanels.com. They also have an example of a rebuild on an engine fire in a 345 here (http://www.custominstrumentpanels.com/airstream.htm)
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Old 10-22-2006, 12:56 AM   #58
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There is a hauler in Ohio posting on the Vintage Airstream site. He is looking for a haul and he is in Ohio.

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Old 10-22-2006, 01:33 AM   #59
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Sounds like it might just be settling in to a happy home with Bob
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Old 10-22-2006, 02:11 AM   #60
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I have a question for anyone who knows these things. Would it hurt if I cleared away some of all the toasted wiring, cause to me it looks like nothing of the instrament panel survived? Same goes for the hoses and belts. I will get that battery out tomorrow. It did'nt make it either. More later, it's been a fun day...
Tear it out, I replaced my dash last winter and can supply you with the wiring diagrams for the gauges and lights. I also have patterns for the dash that you can use to reconstruct the housing. I built my dash out of oak.
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:41 AM   #61
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Thanks again all of you, who have offered support, and info. Stephanie you are more right on, in your last post, than I would have ever thought beforehand. Steven sent links to info before I even asked the question. Chaplain Kent you also. Those two giant hunks of warped and scorched plastic, that I could'nt figure out, turned out to be the dash. They have to go. No more pics yet. Yesterday was the funeral of a very much beloved aunt who was sent on, with so many tears and so much laughter. Some of her nine children. and children inlaws. shared stories at her service that had us all in tears and in stitches at the same time. Knowing her I can't imagine that she would have wanted it any other way.Anyway today will be rainy, perfect for inside things, inside Shorty that is. More later. Bob,
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Sorry to hear about your aunt, but you're right, that's the way to go. We all have to go sometime, we might as well leave family and friends laughing!

As for Shorty, good for you, Bob, we couldn't have wished for a happier ending (or new beginning as it is). I would have fearlessly taken it on, knowing that there are so many knowledgable people on this board that it is a very do-able project. I am very excited to keep checking in and see how it goes.
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Old 10-22-2006, 12:25 PM   #63
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Thank you, Stephanie. With 9 children, 39 grand kids, and 20 greatgrand kids, those memories and stories will go on for a long long time.
As for Shorty, with some soft pine and a hammer I was able to tap tap closed 3 windows on the drivers side, that were jammed tight. Now back out for some more cleaning, and before and after pics. Bob,
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Old 10-22-2006, 10:21 PM   #64
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Roasted plastic...

Hey All. I cleaned up a lot of charred remains of hoses and wires and...
Under the dash and drivers - passenger seats. with the shopvac. Then I invited my nieghbor to be there when I raised the hump. He knows more about mechanic stuff than I do. Not pretty, hoses, wire plastic, distributer cap, everything not metal, fried. There won't be a compression test anytime soon. I here this moter stuff is'nt all that bad, if you have connections. Oh yeah, you should see the carberator, what a mess. How much is a good rebuilt one gonna cost? Only one of many things, I know. There will be pics,
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Old 10-22-2006, 11:11 PM   #65
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Have you figured out yet if it was an engine fire or dash/electric problem.

If someone doesn't like the name Shorty after it's back on the road there's always Phoenix

Now, where do we send the Shorty Relieve donations?

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Old 10-22-2006, 11:22 PM   #66
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If it's a chevy 350, it's the most common engine on the planet. Parts can't be too hard to find, and probably not too expensive either. Can anyone confirm if that's what it is. I'd go with aftermarket carb like an Edelbrock. Easier to tune than a Holley, at least I was pretty happy with the one on my Mustang.
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Old 10-23-2006, 04:57 AM   #67
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My 20' has a 454 as should Shorty.
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i saw one this year with a small block in it. they must have come both ways.

with a big block i bet you could actually tow something of size with it!

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Oh yeah, there should be an emblam on the sides near the wheel well.
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There is a 350 emblem on the front fenders. Does anyone know of owners manuals for this unit? Bernie, to answer your question, Yes. I,m guessing it started in the engine compartment with the hump raised and aircleaner off. When it got to intense they slammed the hump down. So the fire moved forward and up. It must have been near a water supply otherwise I think the damage would have been MUCH worse. Only guessing about this, I am not an expert on car fires or a detective. Our local newspaper just yesterday had a picture of a Winnabago fully engulfed, at one of our entrance ramps to the Ohio, turnpike between Lorain and Elyria. They had bought it on Ebay had left it at a local shop for service, and had come back from Fort Wayne, to take it home. They made it about 5 miles when the one guy following for support saw smoke coming from underneath. He flagged his brother down, and he was able to exit in time. They watched thier 3200$ plus 2200$ for service, investment go up in flames. Sad.
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