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Old 07-30-2014, 10:38 AM   #15
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Great work! You're making this Airstream restoration business look easy. I can't wait to get back to work on mine tomorrow.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:31 PM   #16
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Wow, that is sure bucketfuls of dust and dirt... I wonder how many times it got buried or dragged to the axles in some SW desert mud slough after a rain

Using the slots in the spars to run plumbing is okay right up to the point of also being able to include a continuous slope to the drain run, using one spar 'lightening hole' as a short cut should be considered pure luck if the pipe size, feed and following slopes allow it...

Now might be the time to mention not getting too aggressive removing the rust scale - there is good metal lost along with the rust using sharp grit sandblasting or abrasive wheel strippers - on those sections not being replaced, if* any. (*thatta isa one tired frame!)

A product like POR-15 (paint-over-rust 15) uses the well-fused bottom layer of rust to make a near molecular bond once it's been prepared by removing loose or weak bonded scale. Be wary about leaving pin-holes from air bubbles on the 2nd/3rd coats when the time comes, the only way rust will wake back up with POR...
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:08 PM   #17
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The welder was dusted off and tested. Today we made a trip to the steel yard. Returned home and dropped the old axle. Off we went to a local shop to order a new axle. It should arrive the week of the 18th. Home again and started removing pieces from the frame. Well, let's just say as the cookie crumbles, so does the frame. RIP. The plan is to head back to the steel yard on Monday to get the rest of the pieces to make a new frame. Looks like I will have to mow the lawn this weekend.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:53 PM   #18
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We made some progress this weekend. The new out riggers are all cut and ready to go. The cross members are all cut and ready to go. Today Mr. C did some welding on the A frame. He didn't want to get too carried away until he picks up the rails tomorrow.

We have done a lot of measuring and re-measuring. We need to place an order for gray tanks and steps before we get too far along. We are also working on placement of the spare tire and a box on the back to hold jacks, hoses, etc.

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Old 08-09-2014, 07:38 PM   #19
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Frame Construction

At last we were able to get to some welding today. Mr. C started tack welding from back to front. Once we got to the A frame we needed to cut the cross members. These were tack welded and then fully welded. Unfortunately rain showers kept forcing us to pick up. After the 3rd go around of picking everything up we called it a day. The photo shows how we are constructing the new frame on top of the old frame.
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:42 PM   #20
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Welding Continues

Mr. C keeps plugging away at the welding. Over the weekend we had a few sprinkles. Monday he took the day off from his paying job and the rain wouldn't stop. We aren't going to complain because we needed the 1/2" of rain we got. It finally cleared off about 2 PM. Some welding and then a flip of the frame. Unfortunately, a few stray black clouds dropped more rain later in the afternoon.

Today the gray tanks and new step arrived. Mr. C welded the bottom of the battery box, and added some support to the outriggers. Next step is drill holes in the frame to connect the to gray tanks. Not sure when we will fit that in.
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:19 PM   #21
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I just found your thread and marvel at the first class approach you folks are taking in rebuilding your old Globetrotter. You certainly have the mechanical skills to do the job. The gantry looks great. The roll over fixture for the frame using the gantry was the first I'd seen. Not many of us go to the steel yard and by the right frame steel and then weld one up.

My son has a 69 GT, but it is a different animal from yours. It is the first of the new body style and lever operated windows.

You are creating a "new" old Airstream. I am interested in following along if you don't mind.

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Old 08-13-2014, 08:35 AM   #22
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David,

Thanks for your kind words and support. We took on this project knowing we had the skill set and tools to get it done. We are also fortunate to have friends and family that can help us out in various ways. We must give credit where credit is due. The gantry system is taken from the forum by others who tackled this before us. The forum is filled with tips and tricks that have saved us a lot of struggles.

Living in MN we need to keep moving so we can get the lid on by snowfall. It is also important to remember that you don't know what your true issues are until you expose them. We were hoping to salvage part of the frame and use an axel that we have. Unfortunately, that was not feasible and resulted in additional costs. Given that I am currently unemployed, it is a little nerve racking. However, we are committed to moving the project forward and are confident it will all work out.

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Old 08-13-2014, 01:36 PM   #23
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Well, you only have another few weeks before the snow season! Just kidding! But we Minnesotans are ether getting ready for winter or enduring winter.

Hopefully you will find the income stream you want soon. Gotta fund that Airstream renovation! Wouldn't be fun to get paid to work on old Airstreams?

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Old 08-13-2014, 01:58 PM   #24
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Awesome mr. C has talent which makes you lucky we can do the light welding but thicker parts require outsourcing! Keep those pictures coming and we have had rain everyday for the past 2 and a half weeks! Great job!
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:24 PM   #25
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Wow, great pictures , and a great project!

We're getting ready to lift the frame off our '72, and have a question: did you leave the C channel attached to the old floor, or did you lift it off with the shell?
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:43 PM   #26
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Great thread.

I like the additional triangular support in the outriggers -- second pic in post 20.

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Old 08-13-2014, 07:57 PM   #27
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Those are nice looking welds. Someone we may know might weld for a living.

Your trailer must be one of the first ones with the Dura Torque axles. Be glad you're not messing with the leaf springs and shackles.

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Old 08-14-2014, 08:30 AM   #28
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We're getting ready to lift the frame off our '72, and have a question: did you leave the C channel attached to the old floor, or did you lift it off with the shell?
We left the C channel on the old floor. We will be replacing most of it. Some of it was broken, some of it is corroded. The motto around here is, "if we're doing it, might as well . . ." I must also note that this trailer was used. A lot! This is not a trailer that sat in a field or barn. It was on the road and off the road.

Yes, our trailer is from the era when AS started using the Dura torque axels. Got the call yesterday that our axle is in. We will go pick it up this afternoon.
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