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Old 12-23-2011, 05:12 PM   #267
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You're living right! So you have nothing to worry about!
I'm getting ready to drop the Spartan I bought off at my mom and my step dad's farm. They aren't vintage trailer people, but I think they will be as soon as they get a glimpse of this elegant lady. OR they could call me crazy...ra
SO you see..it can work both ways
Eric,
No one can resist the pull of aluminum for long. It starts innocently enough and soon progresses to full out addiction marked by crazy thoughts of trying to get another one, working on the one(s) you have, buying more parts, looking at other people's aluminum and so on. I say good luck to them if they can resist vintage trailers. They would be so much stronger than I am. I think they are all beautiful and would like to park them all in my yard .
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:18 PM   #268
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Daughter, son in law, and two little granddaughters are going to get their second look tomorrow at the Albatross since they first viewed it in September 2010. All my daughter could say then was "This is quite the project." and "Are you guys sure you want to tackle such a big project?"
That was back before we had any idea of what we were getting ourselves into.

I have been telling my daughter over the phone since the first visit to the smelly mouse ridden, dirty old AS, it is going to be quite different today. I know we aren't very far along but compared to where we started, we are moving along. I will report comments on the up close and personal responses tomorrow. I would like them to fall in love with aluminum the way we have. Hopefully they don't attempt to get us committed to the insane asylum for putting this much time, detail, effort, and money spent on big shiny trailers.
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My granddaughters loved the little campers and can't wait to go camping. They wanted to sleep in the Pacer but their mom said no. It is warm here for December and we have no snow so I am not sure of her objection.
My daughter said she can't believe how much better it looks and smells than the last time she saw the Albatross. I think she is closer to thinking it might have been a good move.

Husband has the bathroom window out and ready for me to clean up. I spent the day fixing turkey and all the trimmings and we have some games we are going to play this evening so the window will have to wait for now. We are hoping to take the Albatross on its maiden voyage with everyone in August to Duluth. Should be a really fun trip and something to look forward to.
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:32 PM   #269
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More progress...slow and steady wins the race

Here are some photos of our progress over the long weekend: the refnishing of the bathtub, some brake light work, and the running lights are working! It seems like we stay busy working but don't seem to make tons of progress. Slow and steady I guess.

We are replacing all of the wiring in the Albatross because I fear a fire from old wiring. Maybe too conservative but safe. We have some of the wiring now but need to purchase a lot more before we will have it all ready to go. I am wondering if someone had a central vac system in this trailer because there is a wire for a vacuum. Hmmm...that gives me a great idea! A central vac-Yippee.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:34 AM   #270
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Love the purple table cloth covered by plastic and newspaper. Such a trend setter in restoration glam.......

Looking good. Progress is progress - every little bit is a move in the right direction. New wiring is a very good move.
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:07 PM   #271
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Love the purple table cloth covered by plastic and newspaper. Such a trend setter in restoration glam.......

Looking good. Progress is progress - every little bit is a move in the right direction. New wiring is a very good move.
I had to take a look back at the pictures to see the purple tablecloth. A hold over from a birthday party that we ended up using for our project table cover up. Looks pretty stylish now that I look at it.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:25 AM   #272
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Mig welding is Okay but stick welding is better!!
While working in the body shop ( city buses) . The best bodyman I know, recommended Stick welding over mig welding especially frame members.
The stick welds are more flexable, thus they don't crack as easily.
Mig welding works good but the welds are more rigid.
I used to mig weld quite a bit. But would stick weld frame members.
The mig welder I used was a 600volt Miller commercial duty that would allow you to weld 1/2 inch plating. But when welding steel frames ,stick welding is the the way to go in my opinion!!!
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:15 AM   #273
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What matters here is weld penetration and cooling rates.... Airstream frames are amazingly thin; even a small 240V MIG welder will provide 100% penetration welds on these frames.

Yes, for structural stuff I usually use a stick welder - and definitely for all pressure stuff. But MIG works well enough for thin sections...

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Old 01-05-2012, 08:28 PM   #274
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More welding in our future? No...no...hopefully no

I am sure hoping that we don't end up having to go to the level of frame repair on the Pacer as we did on this one. At least now my husband has the welding skills and the equipment to do so if need be. Let's keep our fingers crossed that we don't have to head down that road again.

We are moving slowly towards our first outing with the Albatross in late July and we are going to need every day to get ready to be on the road. Tonight I put the second coat of primer on the interior skins in preparation for reinstallation. My husband is wiring and my next job is to cut strips of foam insulation and put them up as spacers so we can put foil insulation up. I am wondering how people put the foam strips up on the walls....double sticky tape, spray adhesive, foil tape? Please weigh in with your methods before I get started and have to redo anything. Thanks in advance of help.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:41 PM   #275
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Never say never....Fun Times!

I am getting a unique opportunity to take a Rosie the Riveter Boot Camp class at the Technical Center where I work. We started with an introduction to Auto Body, moved to HVAC, on to Auto Tech, and now in Welding. I spent two days trying to cut with a plasma cutter and I like it. I need a lot more practice but it was a blast. Gives a person even more respect for people that do this well.

We are going to start our actual welding next week and then back to Auto Body. The Auto Body intro was fun too with trying to pound out dents and use filler. I would need a couple of more years of practice on that part alone to be passable. So much to learn and so little time. It is too bad these opportunities weren't available when I was in high school.

I am going to see if we can do some work on the Pacer Marvel fridge in HVAC. Never too late to learn something new and find new tools you haven't used yet. I am having FUN!
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