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Old 02-22-2012, 04:52 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone! I just bought a 310 for restoration. Help needed!

Howdy!

I hope everyones silver dream machines are doing well. I just returned from driving it back from Collins Mississippi, to Portland Oregon. During the 3049 mile trip, I only had problems hot starting a couple times. Other then that I drove it back at 80mph! The reason we went so far out of our way to get this particular motorhome, is it has a 7.3 International diesel in it. I'll calculate milage tonight and post what my average was.

I'm helping a busy friend facilitate the restoration of this beast. The main themes are;
+Green
+Livability
+Utility

My friend is very sensitive to chemicals, so doing a green interior free of synthetics is very important. Secondly, we'll run on biodiesel, and have the biggest solar charging system we can fit.
Regarding livability, this RV will have 2 primary uses. In the summertime it'll be a festival mobile, as my friend is a promoter and organizer. During the winter, it'll mostly sit on rural property and act as a second home.
Utility is just a no brainer, right? We want to get the maximum use out of all 31 feet!!
I'm so happy that the airstream community remains strong today, and I'm looking forward to any help I can get from those of you who are more experienced! We plan on having RV Pro Service in Vancouver, Washington do most of the work. Any chance someone has experience with them?

Cheers!

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Old 02-22-2012, 04:53 PM   #2
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Some more pics of the trip home.
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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One of the first steps I'd like to accomplish is having a 3d model made for prototyping ideas. Does anyone have experience with this or know where I can find an existing model?

Thanks!
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:17 PM   #4
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I love this forum. Where else can you find things like (to paraphrase): I just drove a 310 from Mississippi to Oregon, over 3,000 miles, and drove 80 mph most of the time. My main interest is being green.

Sweet looking 310!

Good luck on finding a 3D model. In fact, it will probably be difficult to find a decent set of floor-plans other than the brochures on Airstream's site. Scroll down to the motorhome section. Not great, but certainly better than nothing.

Best of luck with your new project. Keep us updated. Good start with the photos, now we need more.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:14 PM   #5
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Nice One Dan!
Welcome to the Club, and awesome pics!
I can't wait to see how that Motor conversion looks and hear how the mileage and noise levels were!

Looks like the Clearcoat is on its last legs... you gonna polish?
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Congrats on the purchase and I'm glad to see that beauty has found a new home. She was in Collins for quite a while, I have been passing her on my travels.

Keep us posted with lots of photos.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:25 PM   #7
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@Keyair, We are definitely going to polish it, how could you not?? The noise wasn't too bad, (the rattling windows were louder) but extra cab insulation is on the list of to-do.
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Twice a year we make the trip from Kansas City to Mobile to visit relatives. While going down Highway 49 I have looked at that Airstream. I have passed it at least 8 times. If I didn't always have my wife with me I would have stopped and looked it over, but she always said, "keep on driving!" I am glad it went to a good home. Did you put new tires on it before going that far? I was intriqued that it had a diesel engine. You have made a great purchase. Congratulations.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:37 PM   #9
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Thanks QuietWater! The dualies were only a year old and had very few miles on them, but I swapped out the front tires for some Michelins, as the previous were crusty. I really wanted to put Goodyears on, but the nearest dealership only had Michelins. I'm really impressed with the diesels perfomance considering it's age. The previous owner claimed the swap, which is an International IDI 7.3 (pre powerstroke) and an Allison 4spd transmission, only had 30k on em.
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Is this the Airstream that I believe was on eBay or Craigslist for quite awhile? Looks like you got yourself a great Airstream. Pix of the engine bay would be what I'd like to see next. I'm almost certain that the 7.3 was in the Ford Super Duty??? If it was, I'm almost certain that it was turbo'd as well. I'll go looking. Can't wait to see what you do next.
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Is this the Airstream that I believe was on eBay or Craigslist for quite awhile? Looks like you got yourself a great Airstream. Pix of the engine bay would be what I'd like to see next. I'm almost certain that the 7.3 was in the Ford Super Duty??? If it was, I'm almost certain that it was turbo'd as well. I'll go looking. Can't wait to see what you do next.
Thanks, Derek

I'll snap engine pics tomorrow. Im sure that this particular one is NA, and is the indirect injection system, as opposed to the powerstroke with direct injection, some of which are turbo'd. I'm a diesel newbie otherwise, and am doing my best to educate myself. It was on ebay for quite awhile. My friend and I have been researching the optimal RV for retrofitting to his needs, and as ya'll already know, nothing beats an Airstream!
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I posted engine pics in my idi swap thread.
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nice pictures. Enjoy it!
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:14 PM   #14
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Here's a proposed list of modifications.


Airstream Modification list


Interior-
Cabinetry-
natural materials
Lighting-
Led
Seating-
natural materials
Windows
coverings
seals
weep hole covers
Inner skin
natural material, maybe painted cork (lightweight and sound absorbing)
Dash-
complete rebuild
Stereo
CD/DVD deck with backup screen, subwoofer. Separate bedroom system, outdoor system


Exterior-
Removable ladder to the roof
Custom grill and bumpers
Lighting-
Headlight upgrade (incorporated into custom grill)
LED running lights, signals, brakes
Fog Lights
Rear window removal
Seating-
Fold out on the outside?
Solar
Green water storage tank-
Stainless steel?
Mirrors-
Big ones!
Polish
AC removal/replacement
Roof storage design

Chassis-
Brake upgrade
Shocks and springs
Airbags
Batteries

Engine-
Turbo kit
Cruise control



Thoughts, comments and concerns welcome!
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