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Old 12-23-2015, 05:55 AM   #15
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Hey Gang:

Newbie here with some images of my gut job over the past three weeks.

This is what I started with: a badly neglected project, but the price was pretty damn good and I felt the shell was surprisingly good. But I found out why it was during my gut job!

Top image is at PO house.
Hello Brek,

Love the pictures, and keep up the good work. Our 64 Trade Wind is moving along like yours. After sitting in an AZ desert for 20+ years, we had and have much work to do. We've cleaned out pack rat droppings and all the trash and filth left behind as it was used as a transition flop-house for illegals coming across our border - absolutely disgusting work and had to wear a respirator, heavy rubber boots and gloves.

So far we've;

1. Took out two layers of carpeting, plus the original tile underneath it all.
2. Removed the frig and stove.
3. In the process of removing all doors and cabinets, which should be done today.

Like you, I'll keep the plumbing in-tack and all electrical (for now) until I map everything out. With ours, there wasn't much to salvage per the wood cabinets and doors, as the pack-rats had chewed holes in pretty much everything.

Our shop-vac has earned its keep and will be bronzed when we're done with this project. Every morning I'd find fresh "droppings". We believe that a single pack-rat still called our AS home, and no doubt was a residual resident when we rescued our trailer from the desert. I set an electric shock trap in "Annie" to see if we could catch it (kill). Yesterday morning I checked the trap and found a very large tail hanging out the back. It's now dead. Later that evening while taking out more cabinets, I found its nest - in the rear next to the water heater. At least I know where all my insulation went. Hopefully "it" was the only one.

As soon as I complete the gutting, we'll then start the process of removing the interior skins and the flooring. Can't wait to see what we find hidden away behind these panels.

Cheers,

Dave in Tucson
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Old 01-03-2016, 10:06 PM   #16
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Hey Guys:

Project update:

All the belly pan AL is now removed. Luckily?? for me my fresh water tank fell out towing on the way home, which had the added benefit of removing that portion of my belly pan. Why is the good? Because I could stand on the ground and not be under my AS to remove the belly pan.

My advice:

- A good cold chisel (thin) and or a good strong metal putty knife are way faster than a drill.

The underneath was a variety of hardened putties, jagged holes, serious oxidation, and even though I'd vacuumed everything pretty well after I removed my subfloor, when your underneath hammering' - you can't help but get that junk in your lungs and eyes - even wearing goggles and a mask!

So being above it for me was the difference in working on an interesting project and being absolutely miserable!

The good news is it's all rolled up and bound with bungee chords. No, I can't re-use them, but I can use them for patterns!

I also removed the four original levelers. Which turned out to be a huge Pain, because every bolt was a different size. I must have crawled out and back in and out and back in 15 times. Who does this??

Lastly, the PO graciously used steel rivets when he did his hack repair jobs. Took forever to drill those out because the drill wanted to keep wandering and would bite, like it does in AL.

Take your time, and don't let this S job break you. Soon enough we'll be standing on firm flooring, that's clean and satisfying....

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Old 01-03-2016, 11:52 PM   #17
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Just a thought.........
When you get around to painting the interior skin panels might I suggest using Krylon Fusion spray paint. It is made to adhere to vinyl and plastic and goes on beautifully without filling in the texture of the vinyl, so the interior will look very close to original. I've used it on my vinyl and it is fantastic.

Fusion for Plastic¬ģ - | Krylon
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Old 01-05-2016, 06:40 AM   #18
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Our 64 is slowing being gutting - she appears not to be a willing patient.
Windows are out, appliances out, cabinets out, hot water heater out - today it'll be the furnace. What my next task will be is to take a section of the flooring out to see how the bottom end looks and hopefully I'll be pleased with my findings.

All in all, we believe that the rescue and the restoration of Annie will be well worth our efforts. We're looking forward to the day when we finish the "gutting" process and start the actual part of the project where we're rebuilding.
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Old 01-05-2016, 04:06 PM   #19
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Hi Planteman61:

Me too! Stay on it, you'll get there!
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Old 01-06-2016, 05:27 AM   #20
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Hi Planteman61:

Me too! Stay on it, you'll get there!
I've enjoyed looking at your progress pictures. I've tried to attach some of ours, but have yet to figure it out. Yesterday was a down day, visiting RV salvage yards to see what I could find. But later in the day, was able to remove the outside Bargman running lights - all 10 need to be replaced. These projects take time, and I've found it's not a race.
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:46 AM   #21
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Hi Planetman61:

Your rig is looking good. Looks nice and solid, and your right the joy in in the journey.
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:48 AM   #22
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Shell Is Off.

Here are a few more pics of my continuing work:

Upper Image is my interior rib/shell lifting assembly. I made sure it had 3 ribs to spread the load over. It's WAY over-engineered and was probably the most difficult aspect of lifting the shell off - it's way to heavy and borderline unsafe to work with due to being so top heavy. I think 2x4's would have worked just fine. Live and learn. I used a 4 ton floor jack, the kind you'd use for a car or truck. Easy Peasy.

Watch out for rusty outriggers! Sliced myself up fairly well.

My blocks are holding well.

I used 2x10's @ 10 foot lengths. I have to say they worked beautifully. I used small 2x4 blocks where the C Channel bottom flange does not exist so I didn't crimp the outer skins.

Once I got going it really on took a couple hours to lift the shell. I have no way of precisely knowing, but I' guessing with my 4 zip dee's still mounted, the whole thing doesn't weigh much more that 500 pounds.

Next step : Sandblasting then welding and repair. I'm farming that out...

Pretty damn happy to have this rough part done. I might eve have a little toast!




Cheers guys.
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Old 01-07-2016, 11:05 AM   #23
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More Shell Lift images

A little more detail of how I lifted the shell. Worked well and easy easy.
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Old 01-07-2016, 11:36 PM   #24
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Wow! You DA MAN AND I'll raise a glass to that. I'm empowered and encouraged.

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming...

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Old 01-08-2016, 05:43 AM   #25
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Most excellent work...! Gotta bust some knuckles and shed some blood if it's a project done right. I've seen many different approaches to lifting the shell off of an Airstream, no two are identical. If we find that we end up lifting our shell, we'll revisit many previous posts to see if a combination of several ideas will work for us.

The one thing that we did was to build a shop for "these" projects, allowing us to work under cover, in a controlled setting. With an 18' ceiling with massive glulam beams, we might be able to rig a hoist allowing for the removal of our shell, leaving us lots of room to work beneath.

Yesterday I ordered the rivet removal tool from Vintage Trailer Supply, hoping that I won't go through 6 drill bits each day.
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