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Old 06-19-2011, 07:43 AM   #1
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Hindenburger frame & floor

The objective is to take a 59 Ambassador and build it from the ground up into a mobile food vending attraction. The project started 4 May with a gutted trailer. Working through heat and rain we have made good progress in 45 days. Stage 1 was the prep and seperation.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:00 AM   #2
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Frame-a-saurous Rex

The frame was rotted out (big surprise) and was rebuilt to support a modern commercial kitchen. Weight was increased by 40% over the original frame. Choice of frame steel was solid and heavy. It's a critical trade off for strength that we had to make for the kitchen. (static or short tow trips)
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:04 AM   #3
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Frame sandblast prep prime and paint

In keeping with the retro look of the American Icon Airstream we went with bold with the color...
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:19 AM   #4
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Lady in Red

What's great about America? Airstreams.... and the freedom to push the envelop of conventional comformity. We are having fun with the design....... with the intent for her to be rock solid...yet elegant.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:24 AM   #5
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Hillbilly Rotisserie

After reading the threads and blogs regarding belly pan replacement we knew that flipping her over was the only solution. Our technique is as old as the pyramids.....substitute John Deere...
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:32 AM   #6
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John Deere

Need a strong frame to pull this off
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:39 AM   #7
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Custom belly pan mods

In order to access the bottom of the trailer easier we modified the belly pan a bit. This way we can access systems with a full off beely pan removal. We also built strong custom wheel wells for inside of the kitchen.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:52 AM   #8
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Back upright with floor covering and C channel

All hands were busy rotating her back over....so there were none available to take pics.....it was essentially the same as originally flipping her over....just more delicate due to belly pan. Floor covering choice was in keeping with the retro look.. C channel was custom fabricated in our shop from stock.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:52 AM   #9
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:05 AM   #10
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Time to get the shell back on

She was braced pretty solid so the chasis fit back beneath her very well. With the typical fudging and squeezing we dropped her back on....no worries... well...a few.. We used straps to tighten and hold her down while we clecko'd and riveted her back together. With the shell back on..we are ready to........
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:09 AM   #11
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Sweat

Ohhhhhh...is it hot inside an aluminum can in Mobile Alabama in June. Thank goodness we have our hillbilly air conditioner window unit.....necessity is the mother of invention.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:45 AM   #12
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Fabulous project

I love what you are doing, looks great!

But what calculations did you do that makes you fee the single axle will support all the weight you have added, as well as the weight of the equipment that you will add to it in order to have your mobile restaurant?

Perhaps there was another thread where you discussed that, but I didn't see it, if there is.

Shorter trailers than that, ones that are only destined to be campers, have two axles today...
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:49 AM   #13
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Picture seven of post two clearly shows mounting for two axles...
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:57 AM   #14
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running gear

It's a 2 axle rig. Each axle is rated at 5100lbs.... suspension springs heavy duty.....wheels are rated at 2600lbs each.....tires will be 15s rated at 2800lbs + each

She will be beefy..... so we will have the heavy running gear to support her...
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