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Old 05-03-2014, 07:53 PM   #85
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On the bright side, the exterior looks really nice.

Start out with the right mental attitude, look at the frame replacement as an opportunity to make your trailer better than stock,,,, and just do it.
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:38 PM   #86
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Yeah- looks great. New frame and subfloor and you've got something very desirable.
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Old 05-04-2014, 03:08 AM   #87
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Now there is a camper in the making! Awesome young one and the pups look cool to! Okay something that has helped me keep from being overwhelmed is to take it in stages like... 1. Remove the interior (not concerned with windows at this point) Just the removal of the interior. 2. Brace the shell and move the trailer where you want the shell to rest while you fix/replace the frame. Check to make sure the shell is braced well and (IMPORTANT) make a template for the floor at both ends with the shell on look at the 62overlander blog or post! The template will make it a whole lot less stressful going back together. Take those pictures! When you are not sure ask for advice many will help as you have seen. You can do this and when the frame is done the fun begins! Keep us posted and thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-04-2014, 03:10 AM   #88
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Oh and in your spare time look up and read the renovation threads! Lots of good info.
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:38 PM   #89
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Millertime's rear bathroom rot '76 Tradewind thread

Ahhh ok now.... Had a professional come by yesterday and look at the frame. Log story short he confirmed everyone's suspicions. Going to need a whole new frame, not salvageable. He is getting me a quote for the frame so I know what to expect. Also have a few other shops who can give me quotes.

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Here is a scary one, main frame right under the shower aft of rear axle. Anyone else think that nut that some squirrel or mouse hid up in there just really completes the 70s Airstream underbody experience? I think it's hilarious


So yeah... It's official... Frame off underway... Will start a new topic in the proper section soon.
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:03 AM   #90
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if it were I and I wanted a value based estimate I would remove the shell and clean all of the flooring and crap off of the frame and then get the estimate which sometimes but not always makes the price drop a little. do not forget to make your templates or at least the front template of the floor before you drill those buck rivets out!! yes I am nosey tell in a ish kinda way what the estimate is we may tell you to try again or cool which ever the case may be!
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:29 AM   #91
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if it were I and I wanted a value based estimate I would remove the shell and clean all of the flooring and crap off of the frame and then get the estimate which sometimes but not always makes the price drop a little. do not forget to make your templates or at least the front template of the floor before you drill those buck rivets out!! yes I am nosey tell in a ish kinda way what the estimate is we may tell you to try again or cool which ever the case may be!
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I agree. Get the frame isolated, then assess repair or replace solution.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:45 AM   #92
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That frame is 100% replace.
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:48 PM   #93
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Still always make the rebuild or repair job look as simple as possible! One of my many part time jobs in my 20's was demolition of houses and out buildings and an empty house was 6k (at the time) clean or 7.5 with stuff in it. If I had to pull anything extra you had a little extra to pay and if I could not see the whole job I raise the estimate for the unseen area.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:29 PM   #94
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Gotcha, I partially missed/forgot your point somewhere between reading your post and eventually getting around to answering it.

Distractions mess with me sorry!
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:16 PM   #95
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Me too. Huh! Oh yes I remember I think and we all have those moments your good!
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We are underway!

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Removing it all was strangely therapeutic. Anyone in need of 1976 Tradewind interior items? We will not be reusing very much of it. Anything I should definitely keep other than the wall curve templates? Definitely keeping all the upper storage, but everything else I am going to rebuild custom.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:13 PM   #97
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Until you rebuild it save it and sell what you do not reuse as my babe tells me you can sell extra later but try buying that stuff! You are doing great so far keep it going and remember when you get pissed take a break before you break something!
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:00 PM   #98
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Millertime's rear bathroom rot '76 Tradewind thread

I gave away all of the stuff I took out of my Sovereign last year, a couple weeks ago I bought a trailer that is going back stock........ (I was actually in the market when I asked about you selling the trailer earlier in the thread )

Yes, the regret has sunk in......

Sit on that stuff for a time just in case.

I found the fit of the old bulkheads for templates lacking. I saved a couple for this reason, but didn't use them.
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