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Old 04-27-2005, 10:32 AM   #57
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Cool Wow, it's been a while- but here's some update...

Well, i know it's been a while but... Here's the update, it has been very hard to find time to work on the trailer, but since last year it's come a long way. I am preparing to re-wire it all soon, but we have a few yard projects that have taken priority. The shell is back on the frame and partially riveted on... it has been very dificult to get things to line up... i think this is due to my fathers decision for us to put down a layer of fiberglass on top of the wood... just throws it off a little bit all the way around. here's some photos.


















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Old 04-27-2005, 11:03 AM   #58
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Man, that thing looks great. Nice work
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Old 04-27-2005, 11:09 AM   #59
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That frame looks great! Did you use POR 15 on it? I'm going to attempt to wire brush and paint mine without removing the shell. Most of the rust on mine is surface rust. Only a few of the outriggers forward of the wheels on mine need serious work, and that's mostly on the bottom rail where the steel meets the aluminum (all due to leaking water). I love the design of the '68 Tradewind. It was the very first 'Stream we looked at and immediately fell in love with aluminum!

I know exactly what you mean about finding time to work on them. We didn't get started on our remodel until New Year's and we don't even have everything apart yet. Hopefully in the week or two, we can start to rebuild things.

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Old 04-27-2005, 01:52 PM   #60
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Man, that thing looks great. Nice work
Thanks; It took me long enought to post the updated information...

Jim & Susan: Yes, it's POR 15... i was really impressed with the stuff, i'm going to do a second coat on the hitch area and other exposed areas, then top it off the the Sterling Silver Top Coat...
Good luck with your restoration stuff... i'll have to get a few pics of our modified frame up on here.
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Old 06-20-2008, 07:12 PM   #61
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WOW, It's been a long time but I don't feel like I have made it very far...haha
I will be breathing new life back into this thread, I am compiling my build photos and plan to make them viewable through a link to my Google Picasa Web album... If you care the see, please check back... I know all the previous pictures in the thread are gone, so I will work on getting the eye-candy back soon!!!
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Old 06-20-2008, 07:30 PM   #62
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Here's the Album- watch for updates, over the next few hours or maybe days I will be adding all the necessary photos to this album until I run out of allowed space in the free web album!

Picasa Web Albums - Chad - Chad and Tova...
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Old 06-20-2008, 07:31 PM   #63
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You better start tearing out the bathroom tonight. Get 1/8th drill bits. I would suggest you buy packs of twenty for 6 bucks. I got two packs from an airplane magazine and they cut through rivets like butter. They have drill bits on both ends. When a bit goes bad you pull it out and turn it upside down. I did not mess with taking the inner skin out. I took a grinder cut about 4 inches off the inner skin in the bathroom to get to the channel bolts. I will put what I cut out back using a piece of aluminum to connect the part I cut out. It will be painted and artistically reconstructed. There are other people who have done renovations on this the forum. I followed Jim and Susan, Pizza Chop, Zepplium, Aerowood and many other geat airstream renovators.

Many of bolts and screws were rusted together. I used a grinder and a dremel and cut them out. I used the old floor as a template and pink board to do a fit before I cut my new floor.

I had some small rot spots where I used a product that is recommended by historcial societies. It takes the rot and turns in hard again. It worked fine for me. I used this in a couple of places in the front living area. Can't even tell there was rot. here is my project http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ion-38204.html

This is my project. I started in November and I am going to be ready to rock on roll on a trip by July 13th (Fingers crossed).
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:01 PM   #64
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HMMMM, well maybe I should start a NEW thread based on that reply. I started this project about 4 years ago, so I am pretty damn far along now. I have done the whole shell off process, replaced the floor with marine grade plywood, after cleaning and por-15ing the frame and making a new structure for two 35 gallon holding tanks in the rear(one gray, one black tank)

My whole shell is back on, rewired with copper wiring, added cat5e, and other low voltage wires for ammenities, XM/Sirius antenna on the roof, outdoor speaker and tv jacks, hard insulation inside the walls, inner skin has been reinstalled, and I painted it with a plastic friendly paint that has proven to be VERY worthy of the job. There is a new tile floot in the trailer and I am refinishing the fiberglass parts for the bathroom. All the bedding has gotten new foam, and been re-upholstered. The Bedroom was installed for a short camping trip and I have gone through and used sikaflex on all of the panels, windows, etc. There are also new rubber seals in most of the window jams. Ummm, yeah I will update as I think of things...

I have not been able to work on the trailer for over a year...I moved away from where the trailer is stored, and am waiting to be able to get back to my poor trailer!!!
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:08 PM   #65
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Check out the Link!! Let me know if you are able to see the album, I would like to make sure people are able to get in and view the album!

Picasa Web Albums - Chad - Chad and Tova...

****EDIT: WOW, I didn't realize just how many photos would fit on the web album so I am loading just about every photo I have taken of the process so far, sorry it it takes a while to look through them, there is a lot of detail that is documented!!!*****
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:11 PM   #66
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You better start...

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Just looked through your thread, looks great- You have done a good job- these projects can be quite daunting!
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:09 PM   #67
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:36 PM   #68
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This is the ceiling one side painted, the other showing the discoloration in the vinyl that I was covering up... Check out the albums, all my pictures are there since 2004 when I started... about 700 photos!!!

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Old 06-20-2008, 09:43 PM   #69
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Yikes I thought when I saw your posting you were just starting your project. Apparently I wasn't paying attention. You have done a whole lot more then me. Wow! you are doing some amazing work.

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Old 06-20-2008, 10:47 PM   #70
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It looks like it is coming along very nicely. I still have a ways to go on my unit and it has been about as long for me. It is good to see someone still hanging in there.

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