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Old 04-05-2010, 11:06 AM   #295
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work continues after a brief interlude

With nearly all the snow gone it's time to get back at it...

This weekend we traipsed the 2 hours to the trailer and did a couple of short days on polishing. It was a little chilly but I still got some decent sunburn off the shiny end caps.

Included is a snap of the work frame my girlfriends father built to get us up to the roof level ready for the next trip.

Anyhow it's good to be back on the project.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:20 AM   #296
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:44 AM   #297
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Whoo hoo! Glad to see you are back at it.
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:03 PM   #298
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Alright, winter is now officially over and Truck is back!

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Old 04-05-2010, 10:31 PM   #299
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So along with getting back at it goes the endless parts and materials ordering. I'm going to pick up a second 7" variable polisher and buffing wheels to speed us along but I'm still a little stuck on the window parts.

Attached is a picture of one of my '61 window cranks but neither of the Vintage Supply options looks identical. I don't mind a lack of authenticity but I do want a quality product, especially as I need all twelve! (I guess 6 left- 6 right). So I thought I'd ask what everyone has tried out and recommends.....

I'll try and attach a shot of the window seals as I'm finding that confusing too.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:29 PM   #300
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Hi truck! So this is the big year, huh? 2010 or bust?

Could I ask if you would please post a bit more detail or photos about the work frame my girlfriends' dad made for you?

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Old 04-06-2010, 02:35 AM   #301
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Truck if you want quality cranks do not use the originals. They suck... The gears strip and wear quickly. VTS has replacements that work much better...
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Old 04-06-2010, 07:21 AM   #302
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Aage the frame gizmo is just some saw horses that I made last year spaced about 4 feet apart, then on top of these we made some 35" tall square frames with one braced corner each and then these are braced to each other. On top we added three 2 x 6's and screwed it all down. It looks sketchy but is oddly stable.

Frank do you know which VTS cranks you have on your overlander? There seem to be two on VTS that are similar.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:59 AM   #303
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Aage the frame gizmo is just some saw horses that I made last year spaced about 4 feet apart, then on top of these we made some 35" tall square frames with one braced corner each and then these are braced to each other. On top we added three 2 x 6's and screwed it all down. It looks sketchy but is oddly stable.

Frank do you know which VTS cranks you have on your overlander? There seem to be two on VTS that are similar.
Hey Truck, just call VTS and Steve will get you set up with the right ones. Like you said, the two options are similar, and as I recall, from the descriptions on the website, the WRONG ones sound like they're the right ones. I almost ordered the wrong ones until I called and straightened it out.

Steve knows your trailer and will be able to get you the correct ones. They're pricey when you have to replace them all, but they're also much higher-quality than the originals and will last the remaining lifetime of your trailer most likely.

Good to see you back at it.

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Hey Truck, just call VTS and Steve will get you set up with the right ones. Like you said, the two options are similar, and as I recall, from the descriptions on the website, the WRONG ones sound like they're the right ones. I almost ordered the wrong ones until I called and straightened it out.

Steve knows your trailer and will be able to get you the correct ones. They're pricey when you have to replace them all, but they're also much higher-quality than the originals and will last the remaining lifetime of your trailer most likely.

Good to see you back at it.

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Old 04-07-2010, 09:09 PM   #305
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New toys

We'll see how this works out but the GF asked for her own polisher! so I got this variable speed one today. (Normally I'd pass on this grade of tool but we have the Makita already and my SNAP-on discount wasn't that good). Jestco is shipping out more adapters, buffing wheels etc so a couple of weeks and progress should get more rapid.

I'm also stockpiling Scotchbrite pads ready for corrosion removal on the windows, another task which can't be over fast enough.... Still, I've been listening to the last few VAP podcasts and they're very motivational
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:23 PM   #306
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I know the feeling bout getting back at it. Man is it a long road. Wanting to take er south this winter. Well, we'll see.
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:47 PM   #307
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Dreaded wiring

Well a trip to sunny England took preference over project Airstream but the polishing is going to continue for a while (feels like forever) so I thought I should stock up on parts for the next few stages.

Pics of non original taillights , angled fresh water fill and a back up number plate light. (I'd like to clean up the original and get it chromed but we'll see).

Winging their way to us are a Marinco 30 Amp inlet, window channel stuff, city water inlet and window latches etc from VintageTrailerSupply.

My question of the day is about the wiring which I'll be getting stuck into soon. Given that I have a blank slate would the WFCO 8935 ANP 35 Amp from BestConverter WFCO 8935 ANP 35 Amp be a good choice for a non-AC Airstream? And what else should be on the shopping list, battery isolating switch etc?

I gather 12G/2 NMD is good for the 12V and 14G/2 NMD for the 120V, and something much heavier for the actual battery connections but I'm at a loss finding rubber grommets or stand-offs for running the wire and was wondering what everyone was using? Anyone use aluminum armored cable?
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:57 PM   #308
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My recent experience has been BAD with the WFCO. I have been thru two of them that I got from Best....I spoke with Randy about those failures and a follow up converter...the decision was to go with an IOTA. I like that converter. Its great and has all the functions you want. The company is in Arizona and the folks there, like Randy at Best, really will talk with you. Go IOTA is my suggestion.
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