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Old 09-09-2014, 06:33 AM   #267
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Looks great. One thought. If your water tank goes where mine went, you may not have enough room between it and the insulation. I ended up pulling one layer out and it was a very tight fit with the original 1" plywood panel going back in.

You will also need to cut an access opening for the plumbing and for the tank sensor wires. On mine, the hole was not over that section of the tank, so I connected the wires before I slid the lower plywood panel back in. If you dont want such a large hole, then you can probably run some leads off the tank sensors and then connect them up when the shell goes back on.
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:12 PM   #268
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Most excellent! You are munching away. It's a big elephant.

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Old 09-10-2014, 06:32 PM   #269
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Gray and fresh tanks in! The new steel pan fit and looks great! Drilling into that 1/4 inch main rail tube is quite a task though. Highly recommend a corded 1/2 drill and lots of bits

Front belly pan in up to tank just too dark for photos. Need to finish up the belly pan tomorrow then it's time to flip her back over and get that C channel in place!




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Old 09-11-2014, 06:25 PM   #270
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Whew these long days in the fl heat are taking a toll, I am beat!

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Bellyskin almost complete, my dad here cutting some angle iron.

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Coming back down!

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Installed all the straight sections of
C channel. Added in a few extra 1/4 in bolts in lieu of all the sheet metal screws that AS originally used. I went with 1/4-20 1.5 in hot dipped bolts with a flat washer on the bolt side and a lock washer on the nut side. Like original, I put the bolt going upwards with the threads and nut in the c channel.

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Wheel wells were pretty easy to reinstall. I laid down a nice bed of trempro and then set the wells in place. I used Treks self tapping hex head screws which worked great going through the channel underneath and into the wood.


Gantries are in place on the frame and we start early tomorrow to lift the shell and get her dropped in place. Prayers for a smooth and safe operation tomorrow requested! All the c channel went in and fit really nicely so by all accounts the new frame is a very accurate reproduction




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Old 09-11-2014, 06:47 PM   #271
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Looks great and yes I like the natural look of YOUR yard! Lol shell back on takes a lot of patients so take your time! You have done great so far I am still not sure about the particle board floor! Good luck.
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:14 PM   #272
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Millertime it's Millertime. You deserve a break. You have completed a lot so far. Keep us posted on the "wedding" of your new frame and subfloor to the old body. Hopefully it will come together with fewer cuss words than normal.

Then you can practice your buck riveting skills.

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Old 09-13-2014, 11:59 AM   #273
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Millertime's rear bathroom rot '76 Tradewind thread

Frame and shell are reunited

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Back in place! It took some patience and a couple of fittings to find the tight spots.

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This little sliver of wood made the front skin really tight fit, which in turn pulled everything behind it forward enough that our original rivet holes wouldn't line up. Given the new frame and floor I did not have the original holes in the frame to align the c channels on the frame. Perhaps expecting my rivet holes to line up again is too optimistic. In any case once we got it in position we first secured the rear with 1/4 in galvanized bolts every 4 inches throughout the curved section and rear. Then with the help of a 3 in strap we pulled down the rear sides and riveted one small section behind the wheel well. The buck rivets went in nicely and I was able to use the original rivet holes. I had to move my c channel about 1/16 of an inch to get them to align perfectly.

Still need to get the front secured with bolts then complete the riveting. Seems like each section needs little adjustments. I suspect after I secure a few more sections that the shell will be much more resistant to manipulation and I will have to abandon using all the original rivet holes. Time will tell.

It's a great feeling to get the shell back on. The idea of working on the trailer and not emerging covered in grime is nice We purchased our 1976 Tradewind about 5 months ago, the first few weeks after we realized what we had gotten ourselves into was pretty stressful. Now that it is towable a lot of pressure is off and we can slow down, actually BUDGET for future improvements, and enjoy the process. The goal is still for a complete aluminum tent prior to January. That means all the electrical, insulation, interior skins, painting, lighting, vents, and exterior trim need to be complete. Plenty to accomplish by then.

Thanks to all for their support, encouragement, and know-how. Couldn't have done it without Airforums.




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Old 09-13-2014, 12:13 PM   #274
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Well done!!! Way to set a goal and stay with it is spite of the Florida heat!

I am impressed.
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:17 PM   #275
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Great job. I don't think I have seen a shell off go this fast especially since you had a complete new frame build.

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Old 09-13-2014, 04:12 PM   #276
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Yea! Clap, clap, clap! Very well done. You have earned a very nice Airstream merit badge. Not many of us have done what you have just done.

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Old 09-13-2014, 04:37 PM   #277
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Old 09-13-2014, 09:16 PM   #278
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I am looking forward to getting that completed on ours. Congratulations!

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Old 09-13-2014, 10:37 PM   #279
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Really impressive, Matt! Such a very long way you've come in a short time.

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You're my hero! Very nice work.
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