Hi all, I am going to make an attempt to document our repairs to our new found classic.
We got bit by the MoHo bug last summer after while camping in Yellowstone with our 77 Argosy trailer. So as soon as we got back from our 2 week trip with the kids, the wife and I started looking around for a 345. Like all Airstreams I knew they would be expensive but I just could not justify the prices I was seeing on the net so we kinda dropped the idea.
Well, I'm pretty sure the Airstream found us. One day the wife and I were driving nowhere and there it was sitting in a yard, the wife says "pull in there and see if they will sell that Airstream" so we turn around and pull in the drive. The for sale sign was faded and half hanging on the tag bracket but there it was, so the first part was done.
The second part went smooth too. The 85 year old couple had owned the 345 since '92. I bought it with out driving it but it started right up, perfect interior, the outside has the usual sunburn look. Also the generator would not start but at $6500 i think we got a good deal.
They bought it with less then 20k on the odo and had kept amazing records for the next 60k miles. Every oil change, repair, he even kept a log of every fill up down to the price of gas, gallons and miles on odo and what town the gas was bought. Its pretty cool going back and looking at the gas prices over the years.
Several repairs have been done while in the previous owners hands, new tag axle in '02, front roof air conditioner in '03, upgraded radiator in '00 and numerous smaller items replaced over the years. He did knock out a back corner window but instead of replacing the window he riveted in two sheets of aluminum in place. Being a airplane mechanic for the Navy he did an excellent job in side and out, I wish the other side matched but I do have the replacement window if I ever get the money or the skill to put it back original.
The enterior is absolutely perfect. The only thing inside that is not working is the instant hot water faucet. After putting a couple hundred miles on it a couple small issues have turned up but it has been sitting since '08 so it is to be expected.
We are planning on towing an enclosed trailer with our motor bikes from Virginia to Utah with our new ride this summer so I have some work to do. I figure why not share the experience with you guys so here is my stab at it.
If you guys have any suggestions please speak up!!
Here is a pic or two and thanks for reading!