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Old 07-09-2009, 07:30 AM   #141
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Where in the world is Rudy?

No response on this the first time. Any body have thoughts on how I might research who and where Rudy might be?
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:40 AM   #142
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The only thing that comes to mind is if PeeWee sees this. There may be an off chance he knew Rudy or knew of him. He may even have photos of the employees at the factory, hopefully with names. Just a guess though.

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Old 07-09-2009, 07:59 AM   #143
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Thanks Brad

Brad, Thanks I've sent a note to PeeWee to see if he has any information.
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The Hunt for Rudy

You know, I got to thinking in one of my Airstream related books, there was a picture of the factory workers. This image is from the Bryan Burkhart book and was taken in 1956 at the CA plant. Good chance one of these is Rudy. While going through the Wanderlust book, I remembered there was a list of all of the AS employees in the back. I looked for anyone with the first name of Rudy or Rudolph as well as the last name of Rudolph but to no avail. Rudy might have been a nickname or a middle name.

Good luck in your search.

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Old 07-09-2009, 09:48 AM   #145
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Brad thanks

Brad, thanks for the great picture. And the resurch on the name Rudy. I'm sure it's an original signature because it was on the side of the frame toward the outside on the street side. It was under the belly pan section. When I removed the belly pan I would way it was the original installation.
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Old 07-09-2009, 01:33 PM   #146
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Really great progress Don and quality workmanship as well. I'm sure I'll be PMing you with questions from time to time if you don't mind
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Old 07-09-2009, 01:47 PM   #147
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62-lander, If you didn't get the sight for the information. This is it -http://www.vintageairstream.com/archives/index.html
I'd like to see some pictures of your trailer. Willing to share info at any time.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:30 PM   #148
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update

Yesterday evening I did get the bumper welded in place. And the machine shop did a great job. Cut out the places for the fenders and rebuilt the fenders. Drilled out some rivets. Many to go.
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:30 PM   #149
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Can it be saved?

I've been working on gluing and elevator bolting down the new floor pieces. Also using Penetrating Epoxy on the end grain of the plywood. What a mess! Removing rivets from the shell and salvaging the "U" channel on the front and back of the trailer. The fronts were perfect. The backs not so good. I think some PO had backed into stuff more than once. The bent bumper is not the only challenge. The pictures are the rounded corner "U" channel from the back street side of the trailer.
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:22 AM   #150
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Rubber glue

I've found this product at Ace Hardware. It's similar to Valcum in the fact it is of the same chemical structure. It's also a light brown in color rather that the silver gray of Valcum. I've used it to "seal/glue the floor and fenders to the frame. It's as messy as Valcum and takes about 12 hours to set up. This is my second restoration and in both trailers I've noticed that water must sit between the wooden floor and the metal frame. This causes quite a bit of rust on the top of the frame. So I have used this product as an attempt to prevent further damage. The product seems to set up a little harder that Valcum but is still somewhat flexable. Wonder if anyone else has used this product?
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I used it on my GT for the exact application. I also know that it is a bear to break loose the wheel well to reposition if the front corner is not in the correct position. I discovered this when changing the curbside lower skin and had to adjust it some. Post 137 of my Thread

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Aerowood, I was thinking about what repairs would be like after gluing thing together with the Ace Hardware material. I looked at your thread. Lots of great information. I'm not an A and P mechanic, but I worked on my 59 Bonanza with my mechanic for several years. And I agree with Door Gunner Airstream builders are of a different level. The work I'm doing on reshaping the curved "C" channnel would never be done on an aircraft. I've stressed that piece of metal beyond belief. But as you or someone else said, " I'll be staying in the dust". Thanks for your input.
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Well I've worked the Aluminum to reshape it. It's not beautiful but it will work for a ground based machine. I did decide to make one cut to get the final shape. The metal was getting a lot of stress and I didn't want to bend it any further. I'll be making all the straight "C" channel with new metal. I'm planning on making the belly pan out of more pieces that the original. Frame to "C" channel will be one set of pieces leaving the center section as separate pieces.
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Don,
This looks fantastic. Great job! Just so it isn't confusing, I changed my profile name to BarryIowa from 62-Lander since I sold it. Also, in case I buy any more Airstreams I won't have to keep changing my name

You have posted on my thread before I think but if you would like to see pics of my progress, here is the link:

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