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Old 06-21-2016, 10:14 AM   #71
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I'm sure you are already aware that you will need to support the shell/ frame when pulling the top skin. I remember a crew opened up to much of a 727 crown skin doing a skin lap AD, and the fuselage bowed. We had to remove the engines, put a special jacking fixture in the #2 position, remove the nose landing gear and install another jack fixture, crib on both side of the wing, and then do some creative jacking to line everything back up. I think the whole procedure took about a week.
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Old 06-21-2016, 12:33 PM   #72
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Yup that would be bad. I'm thinking I'll place six jacks, L, R, front, axle and rear and see what happens. It would be nice to run temp strapping inside on the bows but without a shear I might have to brainstorm some more. I'm still mulling over the front BP and might try again as much as a I dread it.
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Old 07-02-2016, 08:54 AM   #73
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Airstream Compulsive Disorder

OCD kicked in. I couldn't look at the weird belly pan taper without trying to make it right. I released the forward side skins to get the front three panels off to get the belly pan free. We're replacing all the skin so it just accelerated the schedule a bit. I'll replace the three panels up front with a one piece skin like my Overlander had; it just seems more sleek and logical.
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:08 PM   #74
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take II

It came out way better this time :-) A nice smooth transition from the side belly pan to the tongue.

I'm glad I didn't settle.

Next weekend it'll be time to start on the skin.
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Old 07-04-2016, 09:36 AM   #75
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Nice work. Significant improvement.
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That does look better. Unfortunately I won't be working on my small GT again this summer as my brothers and sister and I are renovating our family cabin (much needed) this summer.
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That's a shame. But you'll still be around for advice? ��
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Old 07-17-2016, 08:42 PM   #79
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I squeaked a couple of half days in this weekend so most of the rivets are out. I even put her on the street just to get a visual and I quite like the look. She dropped the tundra 1 1 1/4" at the bumper which I feel is good.

I roughed the wheel well cut-out layout up to switch up to Ohio style and did a little photo retouching just to get a feel for the shape. It's hard to balance some of these changes but when I get bigger tires and rims on I think it'll work.

I'd still like to see it with the bumper on but I don't fancy buying or having one made up just yet. (I also can't settle on narrow body new aluminum 5", profiled 1960's steel 4" or custom bent made channel, 6").

I took a few measurements and I'm pretty pleased with 14 1/4" of clearance under the frame especially as that's front to back between the suspension arms.
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I think that this remains my all time favorite thread. Dream big, right? Only you are actually doing it! Yay for you!!

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Old 07-24-2016, 04:14 PM   #81
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scaffold

It's getting closer to shiny time. Today I clambered all over the 20' of scaffold I rented, drilling off the last of the rivets. Now were just left with the end cap segments solid.

I also made an RV grade repair splice and fillers for the bow that Airstream hacked through for a furnace vent to fit. I don't have access to heavy duty sheet metal machinery anymore so used some .032" and a basic shrinker stretcher tool.

As an aside my 3 yr old daughter chose the trailers name which we used to join the new Airstream virtual caravan; Lightning.

http://name.airstream.com/caravan/lightning
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a step in the right direction

Weirdly the craftsman who built this trailer thought it was a great idea to splice the roof sheets together 2 inches short from a rib. Stranger still when the joint failed no amount of caulking applied like cake batter with a mop fixed the problem.

I took a shot through some grubby poly on the aft window which I think is kind of cool.
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With only one thunderstorm and high winds we got the roof and upper street side on for a first fit. I've gone a bit minimalist with the holes and just marked for possible roof vents, 4 side windows and a few holes to locate ribs.

All in all it went pretty well and I even remembered to prep and prime the bows and take out the pop rivets holding the end segments in place. I need to pull the segments later for some tic and a thorough sealing :-)

I did find some wicked corrosion on one bow at countertop height so I'll need to come back and splice in about 6" of extrusion there, but other than that everything is now like new again.

I will say the 22' sheets are a bit of a handful but seamless beats seams hands down.
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