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Old 06-18-2009, 09:16 AM   #1
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CL Smoothie 300 Classic Family Project

Ok, finally got it home. Yes, I paid a transport to do it. You guys were right. I will post all our progress here unless someone tells me this is the wrong place. Here are the photos of it like I got it. Last night we pulled the sofa & carpet. Also, I recieved a complete service manual with this for 82' - 83' motorhomes. It looks like it covers 28' & 31' models so if anyone needs some info from that, just ask.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:21 AM   #2
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First couple of questions, I need a new headliner that goes over the driver & passenger. Can this be bought? Also, some of my overhead storage bins are cracked. Can these be bought or fixed? Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:08 PM   #3
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Fun for you--congratulations!

We just got a 1982 28' that looks extremely similar. I think we have every manual so if yours is not complete and you need anything, let me know and I"ll see if it's included in one of the four giant binders. Good luck and please keep updating.
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:00 PM   #4
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Those Classic motor homes were something else. No other motor home I've seen can compare to the sleek look. Congratulations and good luck. Keep us in the loop.

BTW, if you posted on the wrong board, the moderator will move it and you will never know the difference so just keep posting and keep us up to speed with the restoration.

You might PM Inland Andy with your questions. He is an expert at Airstream restorations and he probably has any part you may need.
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:26 PM   #5
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Always good to see some fool (oops, I meant fan) buy a Classic. As restoration continues, take her to a shop that specializes in springs and alignment; looks like yours is ready. Those front coil springs were not heavy enough. You'll want to have a look at the air bags and the compressor for the stern, also. Congrats!
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:43 PM   #6
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Yep, I already had thoughts of suspension redos. I guess I need heaver front springs?
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:26 PM   #7
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I don't know if you need new springs but you should have functioning air bags in the front springs. Relatively cheap but a bit of a pain to install.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:33 PM   #8
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Yea I saw those, or whats left of them.
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First couple of questions, I need a new headliner that goes over the driver & passenger. Can this be bought? Also, some of my overhead storage bins are cracked. Can these be bought or fixed? Thanks for the help.
I don't think the front headliner is available and have no suggestions on how to fix yours I guess it depends on how bad it is.

The storage bins are also problematic. You can get new tambour if that is messed up and should be straight forward to fix. I think the bins can be strengthened with epoxy and glass on the inside but the crack really cannot be fixed. Again I think the bins are not available.

Someone told be to drill a small hole at the end of any cracks to relieve the stress and perhaps keep the crack from growing, I have not tried this to see how well it works though.
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The headliner is bad. I think I'll try heating it up and pushing it back. Its trash now so maybe I'll get lucky. I've seen some wood overhead bins in newer models, thought I'd explore having some built.
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:27 PM   #11
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What is this? ICC Blink
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Old 06-20-2009, 06:47 AM   #12
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Wow, that headliner is bad, good luck with that, maybe you can find a salvaged one.

ICC blink is the switch used to blink your orange running lights. Used to be a common courtesy for truckers to thank one another for making room or signaling it was okay to move back into their lane. A casualty of the general lack of common courtesy in the modern world.
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Any ideas where to look for a salvaged one?
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The headliner is bad. I think I'll try heating it up and pushing it back. Its trash now so maybe I'll get lucky. I've seen some wood overhead bins in newer models, thought I'd explore having some built.
Is that fiberglass? If it is, you might be able to patch it with a fiberglass repair kit. I had good luck on our fiberglass end cap. It is sand-able, and then you can paint it to make it blend in more.
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