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Old 02-20-2014, 02:13 PM   #1359
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Too funny Dave!

I guess it was more a case of "Do I really want a grubby looking yellowed finish on my steering wheel spokes?" as much as polished.
I might brush finish it, but either way I need to clearcoat the finish to stop it coming off on the hands. Cant powdercoat it either because of the molded rim.


Question....
My Propane tank gauge is clouded over... and the level gauge above the kitchen reads wrong.
I understand that I can replace the tank gauge....

I saw this, matching Teleflex LP gauge...
Wondered if I could make it work...

This is the gauge on your tank.

http://rochestergauges.com/Pages/PDFs/TS010.pdf

My remote is 4 indicator lights on the panel so I can't guess how yours is set up. My local propane supply (not the corner fill station) had the gauge on the shelf. It is held on by two small screws and is magnetically operated and not exposed to the propane so no need to drain tank. Price was $50 -$75 but I don't remember for sure.

You can pull the gauge and put a small magnet behind it and rotate it to see how it works. My gauge worked but the rheostat to the remote was bad.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:37 PM   #1360
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Thanks Dan, I will take a close look at that!


A little progress.

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Old 04-07-2014, 02:56 PM   #1361
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The steering wheel was making progress, but we had to set it aside for other priorities...
Here is where it got to..

Remember, this is the first time we have tried anything like this!

The 4 panel cover stitched together, and tested to get the spoke positions right... trickier than it sound as the dark brown leather is stretchier than the cream!



After cutting it to size and shape, the cover was then folded and run thru the machine with a #25 needle and no thread to create matching holes..




Test wrap...



Starting at one spoke, we began to hand lace the cover... a bit erratic with the thread tightness to start with, but we made it better.



Almost done with the upper section...
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:02 PM   #1362
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There is a lot going on outside of the Airstream...
I have been working (with help), on the Alfa... and I know its not Airstream progress, but will maybe explain my distraction....


More work completed.
Drivers side seat retrimmed.



Pass side seat back is next.
But you can see how much work it took to get to the above pic when I show you the start point...



Its a mess under there.



After grinding off the top layer of the original foam, started by adding a section of denser foam(yellow) to rebuild/mod the original foam edge to fit the new covers.
Then added the 3/8" pink foam over that.



My test fit of the cover tells me another layer is needed in some areas.
The passenger side seat base needed some TLC.

Rough paint and some surface rust.



Into the sandblaster it went... and an hour or so later...




I treated the pitted areas, with rust converter to be sure, and then sprayed a rust converting primer to seal it.




After a day to cure, I went ahead with the topcoat.
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:12 PM   #1363
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Other stuff completed...
Parking Brake and Shift gaiters done with custom thread highlight to match the trim.






Interior floor underlay fitted.



Carpets cut and fitted, edged and highlight stitched.




Door trims...




Seat back trim before and after...
All completely new, wood and vinyl..

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Old 04-07-2014, 03:12 PM   #1364
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Man you do wonderful work! Good on ya.
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:24 PM   #1365
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Thanks!
Truth is, the Alfa is good practice for the real fun stuff to come on the AS!
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:30 PM   #1366
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Very nice! Wish I had 1/10th your skills!
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:35 PM   #1367
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Very nice! Wish I had 1/10th your skills!
Thanks Dave, but the truth is you do!
What you are doing to your MH is testimony of the skillset you already have, with more to come.
Some of the things I have done, and will do, are new to me... I just have, sometimes foolishly, a no fear attitude!
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:19 PM   #1368
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Steve,

I have a question for you…...

Is there anything that you don't know how to do???

You could well be among the last of the great Renaissance Men. Beautiful work!

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Old 04-08-2014, 12:04 AM   #1369
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Steve,

I have a question for you…...

Is there anything that you don't know how to do???

You could well be among the last of the great Renaissance Men. Beautiful work!

Charly


Charly,
Its a compliment coming from you.
For the record, I can't sing and I can't dance.
Everything else, I will take a shot at!
There are a LOT of talented and driven people here on the Airforums.
Its amazing what a little drive can do!
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Have you got a pattern for the steering wheel cover replacement it looks great. Mine has a spot on the top covered with tape, I would like to attempt to do the same on my wheel.
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Amazing work Steve. IS that an Awl that you have used to stick the steering wheel?
Asked you a question about gearboxes in my post
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Thanks!
I used my sewing machine to punch the holes. By folding the cover across itself and running it thru the machine, the holes were punched evenly and symmetrically so the lacing holes line up.


Yes, I will post the dimensions when I get a min, but the diameter will depend on you leather stretchiness... if that is a word!


Seat #2 is done... Lot of foam work on this one to get it right...
Glue foam, cut, shape, test... repeat 3 times...
End result looks good tho!
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