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Old 12-28-2012, 10:34 AM   #15
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stopped at cracker barrel for lunch/late breakfast. Posted the other pic that didn't make it yesterday. stopped after about an hour and filled up. wanted to get a better gauge of how it was doing in the mountains with out the snow. even with the bad wind from the day before. I got 13.9mpg! and i was not taking it easy. i actually had to ease off since i found myself doing 70 up the grades! my wife is now in front in the crv and not following to keep me in line LOL!
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:59 AM   #16
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The first morning I stepped out of our 'new' rig and looked, I felt a thrill and awed sense of ownership...THIS IS REALLY OURS>>>THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING>>>
Sometimes, now, I forget that feeling when I'm up to my elbows inside the learning curve, but newer arrivals remind me that it WAS a conscious choice, it WAS the right choice, and I wouldn't trade that feeling for anything...Thanks, Dave and Felicia, for another spark...m
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:12 PM   #17
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I think the spotlamp on the roof tipped up like that is hurting the aerodynamic performance of the MH, Dave...
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:35 PM   #18
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...i actually had to ease off since i found myself doing 70 up the grades! my wife is now in front in the crv and not following to keep me in line LOL!
Now that certainly got a laugh out of me!

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Old 12-28-2012, 06:46 PM   #19
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Last 497 miles done...

Finally got home today! Very tired and sore from all the driving, but with a great sense of pride and accomplishment.

So a quick look back:

1050 miles with no issues what so ever!

Only things I had to do was open the drain on the fuel filter for a few seconds when the "water in fuel" light cam on this morning. Took 2 minutes. And put air in the front air shocks (thanks Key!)

It isn't pretty to look at yet (but will be), but it is mechanically in great shape. Cosmetically it is a 4, mechanically it is a 9+

There is even the fancy adjustable heated mirrors that work! Although I definitely have a case of mirror envy from Key and bkahler... I can't find any option that the original owner didn't get... If he was still alive, I would send him a fruit basket for getting the turbo diesel!

Have re-racked my priority ; list of things to do; first on the list is a camera pointed out the passenger window with a remote shutter switch on the steering wheel. I would have paid anything to get a picture of the guy's face driving the sissy white hummer as I passed him doing 70+ going up a very long steep grade. It was a combination of shock and emasculation... Almost like my face when the wife called and told me to slow down going up the steep hills! Suffering from low -T? Get an Airstream!!

We have moved from 20% thrill 80% terror of what have we done to 90% thrill and 10% now what are we going to do!

Tomorrow, we are taking it to the camp ground on base to give it a good field day and clean off any road chemicals. Will post a few better shots after she has had a bath.

The guard coming onto base summed it up for us. Since we live on a secure military installation, they are very anal retentive about new vehicles coming on base. It is about 5 minutes of going over registration, proof of insurance, etc. If it is not all perfect, they turn you around.... So I roll up, ready with all the paper work, my id and what ever else they need. I stop, slide open the drivers window (I had to figure out how to open it at the last rest stop!LOL!). With the diesel thrumming away he just stares blankly up and down the beast. Finally he and the other guard look at me and say "Where on earth did you get this? I said: I just drove back from New Jersey. He looks at me and ask "where are you going with it?" So I reply; To the storage lot to park it and start the restoration. He just stares at me, grins and say "Enjoy" and waved me through. No paper check, no nuthin! They watched me the whole way up the street!

We need to have a classic rally!! We are so stoked right now.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:00 PM   #20
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Congratulations, Dave and Felicia! That is one fine looking vehicle. And from what you have said, it sounds like it's in really good shape as well; what a bonus that is!

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Wow, that was a great story. Congratulations, I know you made the right decision on this being the one. I wish my 91 could go up hills like yours. Might have something wrong with mine? Thank you for the Christmas gift. Let me know if you ever need help while you sort everything out. Steve
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:43 AM   #22
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Steve,

I am sure I will be darkening your doorstep with all kinds of stupid questions! The only time I have spent in it was 20+ hours in the drivers seat over 3 days.

I am sure yours is just fine, I got a bit carried away driving... after 2 days of the worst weather I have ever driven in (snow, sleet, rain, ice pellets, high winds) going very slow and steady so when it finally cleared I just wanted to open it up a bit. Also it is completely empty, only thing in it that didn't come off the factory floor was me! The ideal cruising speed was 63mph (2190 rpms). It just seemed to "flow" at this speed. around 70 (2350 rpms) it had a vibration. Don't know if it was the tire balance or the resonance that is so common in diesels at a particular rpm. We see it on the boats all the time. There is a 50 to 100 rpm range that just doesn't feel right. So you operate above or below it. I won't obviously be going above it! And after a few glasses of cab and a good nights sleep I realize it was childish to even do it the first time. Not to mention it took my mpg down to 10 mpg for that stretch! But it was a new toy and if I was going to break it... better to do it before I got attached and dumped even more money into it...

So should I start a new thread with the work I will be doing, or just continue with this one?
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I know if I were king of this website I would want a different thread for every project or problem. Dadstoy thread is full of fantastic problem solving ideas but you need to read hundreds of pages to find what you need. It is a good read though, just takes a while. There are a couple of these gigantic threads like that and for me the search function just takes me to the start of the thread. I do know that as you proceed, if you post a lot of pictures, you will be very popular. Everybody here loves pictures. Did you find the hidden safe yet? That was a fun treasure hunt on mine. Only took four months for me. I found a quarter in it. Woohoo. Steve
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Steve,

Not yet... gave a quick look previous owner (who bought it from the original owners estate in April) said there wasn't one. But there is the right "key" in all the stuff he gave me. There is still a bunch of stuff from the original owner. I doubt he spent much time going through anything. So today, I am washing it outside and underside. Than inside to go through everything with a fine tooth comb to see what is what and where while I put the heaters to the test. Will drop you a PM if I can't/don't find it. I have an idea where to look though. I also need to get some picks of inside so we can start renovating it on paper and come up with a list and order of what to do.

Yeah, I have read dadstoy, Keys and a bunch of other threads before even starting this adventure! What a world of knowledge. I actually started putting stuff into a word document that I knew I would need in the future! I also need to go back to yours about the welding cables and AGM batteries. One of the "stress points" during the trip was in the morning (very cold) it didn't seem to have the CCA needed right off. It only took about a second or two of the no to slow turning before it really cranked over. No issues what so ever when it was warm. I pulled out the cummins manual for the 6BTA and saw I need a minimum of 950 CCA for this model and more in very cold weather. So off to check the batts and see what I actually have. It looked like the typical run of the mill interstate. With all that was going on over the holiday's and being under the weather health wise and literally, I didn't spend sufficient time looking into the fine details. I also figured that since we would be parking it at night and sleeping in a hotel and had a second car it would be no issue to run and get a new one when needed! I am glad it made it all the way back since I didn't want to buy another cheap lead acid batt unless I absolutely had to.

I think to deal with the thread issues I am going to just continue this one as other have. But will also do a separate blog so each subsystem can have it's own page(s) just directly copied over.

I also need to figure out what the best method of polishing will be.... one of the problems with these long threads is that so many things are tried during it, you are kind of left with no definitive direction... Nuvite vs buffing compound vs buffing compounds dissolved in mineral spirits vs ??? I also need to strip some of the clear coat/paint to see the grade of aluminum..... I would like to polish down to the black and red strip. The clear coat, black around the windows and silver paint look like crap.
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I replaced my tired batteries with Lifeline AGM and they have served me well. They cost more than others but they are beasts and keep me with power for almost a week since I changed almost all of the lights with led's. The dark grey paint around the windows is available. I think if I ever need to restore the outside of mine I would just strip the clear coat, repaint the grey and clear coat again with out polishing. The red and grey lower decal is still available as well. I'm a fan of polished vintage Airstream trailers but I'm not sure of polished Moho. I really haven't seen one to know if I like it or not. Look forward to your posts. Steve
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I was going to put a lifeline AGM in for the starting battery right away since the other one appears to be struggling. Will check CCA and date today to see if it is underrated or not. I am going to hold off on the coach batts till I am done with the interior and LED replacement. We won't be boon-docking anytime soon so the added $$ for new AGMs isn't necessary now. But will be replacing current ones with them eventually.

Do you have a source of supply for the paint and decals? I like the red and black, but the silver and dark grey paint I am not to sure of. It will also make it easy to go back to original if the shinning doesn't look good.
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Awesome job on keeping us entertained with your maiden voyage!
I read the whole thing to my GF(she didnt have her contacts in... same as when she met me..), and we both giggled all the way thru.
We get it, grins and all!

As has been stated by so many owners, there is something VERY special about Airstreams... and Classic style MH's are even rarer.
And now you know too!
Even in our storage, I get comments and notes left on our girl regularly, and always super positive and complementory.
I was talking to a guy recently at storage who just bought a '88 Bounder... he was so pissed when he saw mine(warts'n'all)... He wished he had known about them! His Bounder is on a P30 chassis and showing plenty of signs of wall delamination... yuk!

Our journey into the wonderful world of Airstream Classic MH ownership started with an introduction and a bunch of newbie questions... and now its a monster thread/blog to document our slow journey toward a restoration. I know its way out of control, but its a good place to post both small and large steps forward as well as ask questions without clogging up the rest of the forum.
I suggest you keep posting here Dave, your first journey is a blast, and its nice to keep your next steps in progression!
I do however agree with Steve about good info being buried within a thread.
In cases where a gem of knowledge is discovered or a specific topic or item is concerned, its good to start a new thread, such as Dadstoy did with the "454" thread in the mechanical section.
A recent example which I think deserves a seperate thread would be the whole replacement mirror issue.

We are also working on continually updating the Sticky thread to enable anyone to find major topics at a glance... and I am happy to post a link to a thread and a post number if anyone finds something worthwhile!

On the subject of polishing...
It is not an exact sience... I have tried a bunch of methods, and each has its merits and place in the process...
The biggest issue you face is doing a part strip and polish... Its gonna be tough!

I suggest you first step, and priority is to make sure the beast is watertight...
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I believe out of doors mart and inland Rv both have the decal. Just for fun I add a picture from the 1991 brochure cover of your motorhome.


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