Thanks for encouragement!
I have been putting together a very detailed website cataloging the renovation which is my way of putting some knowledge back into the Airstream community. I will prominently post the URL when it is ready for viewing.
The most help and inspiration I have had is from a set of pictures from Wayne, http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/wam52/my_photos
this is in addition to the countless helpful messages I have had from folk on this forum, the VAC and general Yahoo Airstream list.
There are a bunch of gotchas and vital tricks to know when attempting a major job like this, some unique to each project and which I have had to find out myself. as time goes on more trailer will need this to be done.
Although from the outside this little trailer will look like a perfectly preserved and polished 50s Airstream, the inside will not be like this at all...
We will initially be polishing the interior too, and will be fitting the rear with a high end restauant style booth seat and table that wraps around the whole of the interior. We want it to look like one of those high stylin LA or NY bars. Seat about 10 folk.
There will be a wet bar and fridge at the front of the trailer built into a unit that will stretch across where the dinette was.
Yep, we will be making ourselves a private portable dining room/party pod! A bit more to it than this too actually; we are artists and we will be using the trailer for art showings and other events such as Burning Man.
The frame and shell renovation has been done to a high standard so we have the option later on to use the shell for a full standard interior restoration.
Best wishes to all - we hope to be bringing her to the next VAC rally.
Will and Naomi Henshall