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Old 05-08-2009, 09:18 AM   #127
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Hope this doen't give you chills

I made some sculpture some years ago in a similar way but used corricated cardboard instead of wood etc. It worked really well. So I'm going to use the glue and stitch method but use cardboard. I will design them similar to regular cardboard boxes and then fiberglass. For the fresh water tank I might use a rubber or plastic bladder for the inside to protect form the fiberglass taste. Similar to the way they make aircraft fuel tanks.
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:07 AM   #128
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I think it would work fine, Don. My wife and I built a homebuilt airplane years ago with a foam core: foam by itself isn't very strong, but we're still here.
Maybe just particular emphasis on good layups and well sealed.

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Old 05-12-2009, 09:58 PM   #129
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Foam sounds like a good idea...

Just a thought...

It occurs to me that the extra insulation provided by foam as a base for a fiberglass tank could help keep the tank contents from freezing.

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Old 05-13-2009, 12:42 AM   #130
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Malcom, This is a good thought.
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Just a thought...

It occurs to me that the extra insulation provided by foam as a base for a fiberglass tank could help keep the tank contents from freezing.

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Old 05-14-2009, 09:39 PM   #131
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I will be interested to see how this tank building develops. I still need new tanks on my unit and had thought about buying some when the time comes but might be willing to make some. I have almost zero fiberglassing experience to date though. I did use a fiberglass body repair kit to make some repairs on my AC shroud (from the inside) but that is it. Lots of details would be appreciated as the work progesses.

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Old 05-17-2009, 09:46 AM   #132
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In the garage again

Well the frame is in the garage. It's time to go to work. Here are some pics of the frame. The frame had a sag. When I put it up on three jack stands it went flat. The weight of the axle etc. was enough to pull it flat. Also a picture of where a PO cut a hole in the frame to run a shower drain through. They must of thought that the trailer would never be moved again. The stair area needs repair. I've noticed when talking to others that the right side of the step brace is what brakes most ofter. I wonder it that's because most Airstreamers are right handed and right footed. Step in with the right foot first. Just a thought. It sure is great to get started on this project.
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Well, I guess the good news is that the PO's shower drain wasn't any bigger or he would have cut the frame in two. Unbelievable, but I believe it.

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Old 05-19-2009, 09:42 AM   #134
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I bought this trailer because it was a shell and a frame with wheels. I wanted it so I could do my own thing. So I'm sure there will be lots of surprises. Besides the hole in the frame maybe there is a hole in my head.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:28 PM   #135
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Frame work

The hole in the frame created by the PO has been repaired. Also the stair was strengthened and repaired. I'm pleased with the repair. When the stair is released it slides into place and locks.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:30 PM   #136
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Clean and Paint

The frame has been cleaned and treated and painted. What a difference. It was nice to get one step completed.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:35 PM   #137
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extensions

I'm in the process of extending the frame. The bumper was bent. I had to remove and take it to the local Machine Shop to have it straightened. So I decided to extend the frame to put one of those neat little storage compartments just inside of the bumper for storage of the stinky Slinky. I really like the idea of those storage units. I don't think they were stock in 55. Maybe someone could let me know if they were.
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Plywood for floor

I also have cut the basic shapes for the floor. Right now I'm rebuilding the fenders. After I get them placed I'm continue on the floor. You may have noticed that I'm using a engine crane to lift and turn the frame as I work on the top and bottom. The balance is very critical. So I suggest If you try this be very careful.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:46 PM   #139
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WaHoo! Progress! Compared to the Bambi, it sure looks BIG! Hopefully by Fall the shell will be back on! It is great to see Don working on the FC, he really enjoys it!
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Where is Rudy?

Where is Rudy? I've found the name Rudy written on the frame of our Flying Cloud in Welder's marker. My Guess is the Rudy put it there in 1955. The belly pan that was wrapped around this area was original. So the question is did Rudy work at the Airstream Factory in California in 1955? Does anyone know who he was? Is he still around? Does anyone have a picture of Rudy? Sure would like to put a picture of Rudy in the trailer after it's restored. I was in my freshman sophomore years of high school in the 55 years. Rudy where are you?
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