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Old 04-27-2019, 06:45 PM   #239
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Welcome back. So many of us vintage Airstream enthusiasts end up having to put the Airstream on hold to address higher priority items. Except for us retired geezers who have nothing better to do. : )

A little bit at a time, and it eventually will get done.

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Old 04-28-2019, 10:45 AM   #240
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Hi Colorado David,
Thanks. I appreciate the feedback! I hope my brother and I will be able to slide the subfloor in. It sounds much easier with 2 people working on it...


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Old 04-28-2019, 04:29 PM   #241
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Here's to ongoing progress for you. I started restoring my first car, a '65 VW bug, 20 years ago. Still working on it.
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Old 04-28-2019, 08:04 PM   #242
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A friend of mine in college had a 64 VW with some aftermarket modifications. It was such a fun car to drive; tight, responsive, pretty good handling, and lacking power and heat in the winter.

I have a soft spot for the VW beetle.

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good to hear from you again dave. keep plugging away and you will finish. almost 3 yrs in and only 95% done. like you. i have had issues keeping me from doing more.hope to hear of more done in the near future. kurt
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:33 PM   #244
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Hi Guys, All,
Well, maybe it was the mentions of old VWs (I have had at least 7 Ghias or buses), but progress was actually made today!

Below are two pics. My brother helped me get the plywood in place. It went in a lot easier that I had feared, and I used a step ladder inside, a 4 by 6 beam and a 4 by 4 post on the floor jack. I am pretty sure that I have a little trimming to do... :-)

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Old 04-30-2019, 07:42 PM   #245
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I'm pretty sure you will be trimming too. Many folks who have replaced a big section of plywood this way usually have to trim a bit. It is hard to get that odd curve of the end cap just right.

Maybe you can mark it well, and then using your lifting device, pull the plywood back out and trim it to the mark.

I've used my belt sander with a medium grade grit successfully to trim rather accurately. Just a thought.

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Cannot get rear window back in...

Hi All,
In my zeal to replace the floor I removed the rear window (to allow a beam to pass through). Now I cannot get the window to re-attach...
Any tricks or tips? I can get the "hook" on the top of the frame into the groove, but it will not stay as i close the window...



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Hi All,
In my zeal to replace the floor I removed the rear window (to allow a beam to pass through). Now I cannot get the window to re-attach...
Any tricks or tips? I can get the "hook" on the top of the frame into the groove, but it will not stay as i close the window...



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Yeah, it's a pain. I suggest getting a second person to hold the window and slowly lower it so you can use both hands to keep the hook in the groove. Start with the window above 90 degrees and take your time. It looks like it should be way easier than it actually is, especially for the wider windows.
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Thanks -- that is "Greatley" appreciated! My brother and I have been attempting this, but so far, no joy. Maybe I am swinging the window up too high to start. My arms get tired as I lower the window, and failure ensues...

Another thing I came up with is to perhaps try two "sticks" that will fit inside the frame and press the lip up into the channel (taking some of the weight off of my arms). I haven't tried it yet, though...


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Agree with David. 2 persons are helpful, and a lot of luck. If you find a helpful trick, please do share. Otherwise I have found you have to be seated perfectly in that channel to get it latched. A bit off and it gets hung up or just falls off when lowering.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:26 PM   #250
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My son's 69 Globetrotter has those goofy hinges. The cargo doors on my 75 Overlander has them too. I plan on installing hinges if I can.

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Hi Guys',
We have been getting dumped upon, rain-wise. I have not even attempted to do this yet, but will post after it is back in -- hopefully, with a helpful hint.

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Those hinges...

Two things that helped me finish my windows, after nearly ruining the hinge on the first one:

Thoroughly clean each hinge, then wipe silicone spray on the interfacing surfaces with a rag. Wiping keeps you from having to clean the overspray, which is a pain.

Start at a fairly high angle, with a helper as mentioned. While lowering the window, apply upward pressure on the hinge ends with your hands and, on the middle of the hinge, use the edge of a piece of 2x4 to apply firm inward pressure.

Making these changes, the rest of my windows went on without a hitch on the first try.

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