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Old 10-11-2014, 08:14 PM   #71
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Shell Back On!

We have been doing a few small things here and there. Two weeks ago a dear friend passed away from advanced stages of Lyme Disease and Parkinsons. RIP Mark! His passing slowed progress.

Today we were finally able to flip the completed frame and drop the shell. Well, it wasn't quite that quick. We flipped the frame and Mr. C trimmed the excess aluminum from the banana wrap and belly pan to the same length as the C channel. While he was doing that, I cleared out all of the things we had stored in the shell. We then decided we should clean off all of the old sealant on the shell prior to dropping it on the frame. That was a very slow task. Let's just say acetone didn't work as well as xylene. There were a few other things that we tried as well. Mr. C used a wire wheel on the areas with corrosion. The aluminum was then cleaned with xylene and sprayed with a primer. At last we dropped the shell into place. It required a little tweaking here and there. We couldn't get the back corner to drop all of the way. Mr. C decided to give a couple of cranks on the corner jack and it dropped right in.

Once the frame was in place we removed all of the interior cribbing. So nice to be able to walk freely from one end of the trailer to the other. Tomorrow we are hoping to drill the holes for rivets. Once that is done we will lift the shell slightly in order to add some sealant between the shell, banana wrap and belly pan. Lower the shell again and rivet.
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Old 10-12-2014, 06:28 AM   #72
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Our condolences on the loss of your friend. Never easy.

You can celebrate the recreation of an Airstream. All new frame, subfloor, insulation, tanks, belly pan, wheel wells, axle, etc, etc. It will have "good bones" to support the shell and the new interior.

I trust the riveting will go well. You guys will be like Airstream employees. Rosie the Rivetor? Someone has to hold the bucking bar while the other bangs the rivets tight. Two person job. I'm sure all the work involved in making the shell is one of the reasons why Airstreams are so expensive.

Thanks for the update. Congratulations on the all important, newly fabricated "bottom end" of your Globetrotter. Now on to all the wiring, fresh water plumbing, seem sealing, window repairs, cabinet making, and on and on. It's a huge project.

Maybe next summer you'll be camping on the shore of your favorite lake in your "new" Airstream. Others will stop by and ask to take a picture of your trailer.

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Old 03-15-2015, 10:21 PM   #73
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At last we are working on the AS again. Before winter hit we got the the shell attached and three exterior panels replaced. We had a nice weekend in January when we removed the ceiling panels and end caps.

This weekend it was warm enough to open the windows and tackle the tar sealant. Citristrip seemed to work the best. However, as the sun was shining the chemicals were baking onto the shell. A little more Citristrip to keep it working. We got most of the seams sealed. The other seams will be sealed as we work on the windows and overhead vents. We might have rain tomorrow to test things out. Not too worried as the leaks were previously noted in association with the front and rear windows. Hopefully, Spring is really here and we can keep working.

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Old 03-16-2015, 06:09 AM   #74
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Hi cncampers! We are emerging from another Minnesota winter. This unusual "heat wave" makes us think spring is here, but we all know Minnesota weather can turn on a dime.

I'm glad to see you folks back at it. Working on our Airstreams in the Minnesota outdoors is quite constrained due to the weather. I was lucky to find a garage for the winter and made some progress on my Trade Wind. But my project is much less involved than yours.

I came across some Airsteamers from Iowa that are rebuilding a 59 Trade Wind. Their project is similar to yours. Body off and frame rebuild. You might enjoy reviewing their thread.

Keep up your excellent posts. I enjoy watching you work from the comforts of home. Much easier than actually doing the work!

David

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Old 03-18-2015, 06:18 PM   #75
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David - thanks for sharing the link. We were sure to check it out. Nancy


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David is the best. So helpful and always offering a positive word.
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