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Old 02-17-2011, 08:58 PM   #71
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That finish job looks really nice. any thoughts to how to hide the bolts at the cross members? I still think a decorative plug would be really cool, but I am sure you have something planned already.

Glad to see you back on mission. Hope the tank company didn't give you a bunch of crappy excuses about your tank issue.

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Old 02-18-2011, 03:57 PM   #72
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lookin good top!!! you gonna make it in time for canyon of the eagles?? i'm trying t6o get my 20 footer ready in time. it will be close.


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Old 02-18-2011, 07:03 PM   #73
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Crackin'!

Thanks Steve and Bruce. I think the plug idea is still an option. Not sure if I can pull it off though. I may just go with the countersunk screws covered with the epoxy. I do worry that they may flex and pop the coating off.
I think I can get sixteen work days in before the 11th. I'll make it to Canyon of the Eagles. My new axles are set to be built next Friday. I hope to have them by the 3rd of March. I doubt I'll have the belly pan all buttoned up, but It'll be close. I have all the parts I need on hand for the moment. Just need to get a crackin'!
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:57 PM   #74
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No work on Abby today. We went to my oldest son's first high school track meet. He ran the 3200m for the JV team. He ran it in 11:31. We then went to the state Capitol in Austin. Had a fun day with the family. Now it's time to have a beer!
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Is that beer? Looks interesting.... Its always good to take a day off with the family.
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:46 PM   #76
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That beer looks good. But just getting over a bout of gout. So I guess Ill pass. Unless my wife goes shopping or something. Sal.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:18 PM   #77
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Men like Beer. Women like Chocolate.

Why yes, Rex. That is a fine Dunkel Weiss (dark wheat). It is in the German style by New Belgium Brewing, but not as good as a real German Paulaner DunkelWeiss. Hope your gout is better Sal.
We had a great day yesterday. Today I'm back at it. I cut the last floor piece. I fit it under the trailer to check that it would fit correctly. I did a little test fit with the new black tank and took measurements to make the hanger brackets for it. Yanked it back out, sanded it down and now I'm getting ready to apply the West epoxy.
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Its getting a lot better. Can get boots on. Almost time for a cold one. Sal.
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Hey there Top. I have looked and looked at your holding tanks. For the life of me I can't figure out how you're gonna drain them. Are you going under the frame and exposed?

I've got a 75 TW as you've read. I want to increase my tanks too. I've come up with a preliminary floor plan and am trying to figure out how I will connect the tanks and drain them. I figure I can put 1 grey in the bay above one axle and a black behind that and another grey in the original rear most location. I'd like to get one of the greys to flush through the back or at least I will plum a fill spout for use as a flush.

I'll upload some pics to your stream of some sketches. Any help or advice you have would be awesome.

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Slow progress but progress none the less.

Today was the first day I've worked on Abby all week. It seems that the Army wanted to occupy my time the last few days. I got a few things accomplished today. Today was the "Build day for my new Axis axles from Colin Hyde Trailer Restorations. Hopefully they got built today and will be on a truck headed to Texas soon. I got the black tank hanger completed. It looks like it would be very simple to make one of these. This was my second try. The second one was much easier than the first.
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I primed it and painted it with two coats of Eastwood Rust encapsulator. After it cures, I'll top coat it with Eastwood Extreme Chassis Black. One tank hanger down, two to go...
I also did a little work on my "International" emblems. I stripped them and they cleaned up pretty well so I decided not to have them re-plated. I took them to a chrome place in San Antonio and the guy there didn't think that they would look much better than they did already. He also said it would take two weeks to get them re done. Here they are with the white spayed on. I coated the chromed letter surfaces with petrolatum to keep the paint from sticking.
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I had a discussion on another thread about what shocks are the "correct" ones to use on Airstreams. The shocks I took off Abby were the original shocks installed in 1972. Here is what they have stamped on them;
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What is interesting to me is these shocks are supposed to be for horizontal applications. So riddle me this, Batman. Why would it be stamped with "BOTTOM" if it's for a "horizontal application"? Colin Hyde told me that he installs Monroe P/N 555003. The "Official" Airstream shock is around $29 from Out of Doors Mart. I think I'll install two of the Airstream shocks and two of the Monroe shocks and see which one starts leaking first.
I got the rearmost section of floor cut and coated on both sides with three coats of West System Epoxy. I have the first of three coats of Defthane on the underside of the last sheet. Two more coats on the underside and three coats on the top side to go.
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I also was going to repair my wheel wells but decided to order new ones instead. The old ones had too many cuts and cracks. Track meets tomorrow. Hopefully the weather stays nice. It was about 65 degrees here today in central Texas.
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Jealous of the weather that you and Amy are getting down there....heck..it's only a month from today that I'll be flying down for 10 days of Texas food, fun, family, and friends.

Everything is looking good Top. I am glad to see you are working so quickly and diligently ahead. At this rate, I won't get to help you with anything on your rebuild...which is something I really was hoping to share in!

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Looking good Top! Im amazed at how much some people get done in a day.
You talking about the Texas weather temps sure has me eager to get back home so I can work on the Excella some more.
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Thanks guys. I feel like I'm spinning my wheels most of the time.
When I get the gray tank hangers built then it'll be time to put the new floor in and bolt everything together. I need to get some plumbing supplies on hand soon. The weather here has been just wonderful these last few weeks. I can't imagine being somewhere like Minnesota or upstate New York.
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:54 AM   #84
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Two weeks until CoE. You're gonna have to hurry!! Tell the army you have things to do I'm hurrying myself to try and get the 20 ready. gonna be close- i have to go out of town next week. Yours is looking good though!!
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