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Old 02-19-2011, 01:28 PM   #1
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is it as bad as it looks?

This looks like it needs to be addressed before towing any significant distances. This is the area right behind the rear tires and one picture behind the steps.
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:47 PM   #2
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This looks like it needs to be addressed before towing any significant distances. This is the area right behind the rear tires and one picture behind the steps.
Your photo shows major frame damage.

I would suggest that you remove the "entire" underbelly and check for even more frame damage.

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Old 02-19-2011, 02:04 PM   #3
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If the firtst three photos are of the same area, it appears to me that is the axle mounting plate. It is as bad as it looks and significantly reduces the function of that plate. You may or may not have significant damage at other areas of the frame, but the deterioration of the plate suggests you most probably do. You won't know the extent of the damage until you expose the remainder of the frame. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:07 PM   #4
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That was what I was leaning toward. The good news is that the body does not seam to have shifted yet.
at the bottom of the body where the wall meets bottom curved pieces, do you know if that is removable? That would make the frame repair a lot easier. I'm thinking that there are rivettes under the bottom blue stripe trim.
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:15 PM   #5
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Dude, don't even play around. Do what Andy said.
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:23 PM   #6
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I was talking about pulling the belly pan and the bottom curve, I definatly don't want it to come apart on me on the road. Not wanting to wind up taking the whole shell off because I'm afraid I'll never get it back on right. If the curve will come off then it will be a lot easier to repair/reinforce the bad spots in the frame.
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:27 PM   #7
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There are a lot of threads under the restoration topic for belly pans and banana wraps. This one may give you some guidance:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f476...pan-58333.html

Now if I could just figure out how to link to a thread without the entire address I would consider today successful.....
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:43 PM   #8
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Thanks again guys. If I did not have access to this wealth of knowledge, I would be much worse off. The more I think about it and get myself ready, it doesn't seem so depressing. Looks like it's going to be a big project at best, but when I am done she will be good n solid. It may take a while, but we will get years of use out of it.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:35 PM   #9
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That's the spirit!

And the project itself is educational and satisfying, in my experience.
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To answer your question...."Is it as bad as it looks?" The answer is No....it is most probably much worse. I grew up in the South and have been stationed there many times while I was in the military. We used to have a term for vehicles that are in the the condition that your Airstream frame is.... it is called "deep fried". Vehicles that sit around in the South look like they were dropped into a deep fryer....giving them that dark golden brown look. Like Neil Young says...Rust Never Sleeps...

Andy is spot on with his assessment and recommendation. Doubtful anyone on the planet has seen as many frames as he has. I would heed his advice.

Right now you are dealing with unknowns and assumptions.... get up under there and turn them into assessments and facts. My son and I are doing a shell off right now and if were not for this forum and the members....there would be no way we would undertake it. All the information you need is here...if you have a question....I promise you there is a thread here that answers it....and if for some
reason you can't find it.....the members are here for you....trust me.

We have turned our daunting task into a family project....and are having fun with it... Isn't that what Airstreams are for? Having family fun.. You will not ever find a member who has done a shell off or restoration that says they regret it....the opposite is true... Hang in there.... your answers are only a few clicks of the keyboard away..
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:49 AM   #11
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Baseman,

I remember bringing a car back from Florida to Virginia one time when I was not sure if it would make it. The buddy with me said "Just sign the title and put it in the glovebox, that way if you don't make it back you can leave it on the side of the road when then next guys picks it up, it becomes his project "free and clear"".

Since you don't have a glovebox, you can always tape the title to an inside wall.


Do what Andy said unless you like living on the edge, if not, "Let'r Roll"
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:03 AM   #12
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I'm going to go ahead and remove the belly pan on Weds and thurs, then I'll be able to stop guesing and figure out a plan.
Thanks again for the encouragement and links.
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Baseman your rear belly pan will be sandwiched between the axle brackets and the frame rail. It will be nearly impossible to remove without cutting it around the axle brackets. To properly reinstall it you will need to drop the axles down a couple of inches to get it back up between the axles and the frame.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:38 PM   #14
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Yes, that is certainly the case. It's in there pretty tight.
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