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Old 12-02-2018, 06:53 PM   #85
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You should invent an Airstream interior ceiling sheet panel holder. I think it would look like a drywall ceiling jack, but different. I don't know how the factory installs interior ceiling panels. Maybe they have some type of jig or fixture.

Heck, I have enough trouble trying to bet belly pan aluminum installed. And it's flat, not curved.

400 1/8" dia pop rivets! You will have the strongest grip in Texas.

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Old 12-05-2018, 09:28 AM   #86
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You should invent an Airstream interior ceiling sheet panel holder. I think it would look like a drywall ceiling jack, but different. I don't know how the factory installs interior ceiling panels. Maybe they have some type of jig or fixture.

Heck, I have enough trouble trying to bet belly pan aluminum installed. And it's flat, not curved.

400 1/8" dia pop rivets! You will have the strongest grip in Texas.

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David , a lift would be nice . For my belly pan , I put a 1” piece of pink rigid insulation under the pan and put it on a floor jack and lift it up , center any holes that will work and go from there .

As for as a strong grip it’s more like a pumped finger . For the 1/8 rivets I use a cheap HF gun . It’s not strong enough to do 3/16” SS rivets or bigger . For those I use my Huck gun . I used it on the wheel wells.Click image for larger version

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Old 12-05-2018, 07:06 PM   #87
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Hi blue: Maybe you are enjoying the cold, ice and snow we sent your way. I wanted you to get in the Christmas spirit. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells.

I too admit I have an air riveter for pulling pop rivets. If I had milked cows by hand for a living, I would need one. I don't have an air hammer for bucking solid rivets. I haven't had a need yet, but I bet I will someday.

And I too rig a "helper" for holding belly aluminum sheets in place while drilling and riveting.

One tool I purchased was a "Strong Arm" since I don't have one. It is generally an upside down drill press. Sits on the floor and a 1/2" drill mounts to the thing. Pull down on the handle and the drill goes up and drills my rivet hole for belly aluminum. My shoulder got a good dose of tendinitis the last time I installed new belly aluminum. No more. I'll bet there are a 100 rivet holes to drill for a belly pan on a 27' Airstream.

A geezer like me needs help.

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Old 12-11-2018, 04:51 PM   #88
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Painting

I can paint a car or truck with a spray gun pretty good . This rolling paint on in latex is not as easy . Did the first coat of primer with an 8” roller with 1/4 nap . Not the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen . Did the next with 3/8 , much nicer . The front cap didn’t turn out as good , as the 8” is too big . Will get a 4” or 3” and try that on the eggshell paint . Got two heaters going in the AS and got the temp up to 75 . Have a fan going also , but I have to keep closed up to keep temperature up . Pretty nasty breathing . Going to be to cold tomorrow and will OOT till Monday and it going to be a little warmer then . The paint is to be above 50 for 24 hours .
What nap and roller size is every one else using .
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I've used 3-4 inch trim rollers from the big box home improvement stores with a very thick nap, probably 1/2 inch, to do tight curves and trim painting.
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We used 8 inch on the "straight" sections, and 3 - 4 inch on the curved ones. I don't recall nap... Wasn't real thick....
We did 2 coats of exterior grade latex for our top coats.

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Old 12-17-2018, 01:56 PM   #91
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Primed , now first coat rolled on . Spots without paint will get cut in after next coat . They will be painted but not seen . All those spots will be covered up and never seen in my life .LOLClick image for larger version

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That looks like just a lot of hard work. I was admiring some trailers for sale on Airstream Forums Classified that had very modern interiors. They had painted walls, fancy kitchens and baths, and the like. Some of them forgot beds and closets. Party trailers I guess. I have a feeling your will be very nice indeed.

My 75 Overlander is not getting such a major remodel. All I did was clean most of the mold and mildew off the vinyl walls. Easier than stripping and painting. And I'm replacing rotted wood parts. You should see the old mattress support plywood. Rotten to the core. At least the trailer smells better now.

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Old 12-18-2018, 06:27 AM   #93
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David , yes it’s been a lot of work . Since we found almost all the wood to be soft , it had to come out . We had to strip the lower sheets out to get to the bolts and opened a can of worms since someone had painted Over the original walls with some paint that had to go . I hope mine turns out as nice as yours . The twin beds just weren’t long enough to be comfortable enough to have a good night sleep . And the front was empty . Remodel is in the cards . Blue
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Old 12-18-2018, 07:36 PM   #94
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Ya but, you like hard work.

Actually working on my old Airstreams is enjoyable for me. Same with traveling in them. My Overlander had rear end separation due to a rotted subfloor in the very rear like most of them. I also had a soft spot behind the street side wheel well. This damage didn't justify a shell off for me. I scabbed in patches.

My Overlander's interior has survived its 43 years without much damage. It isn't the most beautiful interior in the campground, but it is what it is. I will remake the fridge cabinet as I want a microwave on top of a smaller fridge. I'm going to close that silly "shelf" space between the overheads and the top of the fridge. It will gain me about 6" more storage height.

I think the 67 Overlander interiors were made from wood for the most part. My 75 Overlander is made with aluminum extrusions, melamine laminates, plastic moldings and tambour doors. Much different construction techniques.

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Got the paint finished up yesterday. Also got my new tires mounted on the rims and they are ready for mounting on the Airstream. Going to keep the interior of the Airstream headed for the next 2 or 3 days to bake the paint good .
Will pull the drums off the ew axel to make sure they have the bearings packed good , then mount the tires and have her back to rolling.

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Interesting. Don't you have confidence in the factory to grease pack tapered roller bearings correctly? I bet they have a machine that does it.

The only sure jobs are the ones you do yourself.

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Shore power fixed

Mounted my shore power receiver and cut a panel out of some scrap . Has a 3” hole on both sides . Used my punch press with a dimple die on the inside so there are no sharp edges. Got almost all the holes drilled for the rivets befor my drill motor battery died . I will finish in morn . This is behind a cabinet and will not be painted . Made the inside hole big enough to use a nut driver without being disassembled . Blue


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