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Old 12-01-2013, 07:44 PM   #43
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Here are a few photos of how everything is tied together through the c-channel. This should give you an idea of what you need to access in order to get the old floor out and put some new flooring in. To remove the old flooring, you need to access the c-channel and remove all the screws and such holding the c-channel down - some of which extend through framing outriggers. The new sheets of plywood need to extend all the way to the edge of the trailer and the c-channel will need to be screwed down to the new plywood.

You can also see in a couple of these pictures how the belly pan is slid up between the exterior skins and the c-channel and is wrapped over the c-channel in some areas.

Norm
You have gone above and beyond, thanks.
I will now be able to make educated decisions along the way. Hard to admit to myself the mountain ahead of me. It looks like there is only one way to do it, and that is right. What I need to do is get all the terms, or vocabulary so I can speak the language.

I am keen to see how terrible it is, and I guess the main thing really is to have a sound frame, but the floor is indeed part of the structure as the shell rests bolted to it....ah ha..!

I can see why people take the whole shell off now.
More research is needed....
Thanks again for your experience.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:25 PM   #44
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The rescue mission finally happened! Got a dude with his 1/2 ton to tow her out of about a foot of snow, put some temp lights on her and she towed without a problem. Got it into the barn where she now awaits my proper inexperienced inspection. I will look into the floor issues, and see what I can do about the removal of the Belly Pan. Any suggestions are welcome. I was thinking of cutting it down the middle/ Or take off completely?
If anybody has any experience replacing the innards of the tongue jack, I have open ears...what model to buy etc.

Either way I finally have her inside away from this harsh winter. Amazing how nervous I was, but she rolled beautifully. Will update.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:27 PM   #45
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She arrived as the sun was setting... Timing was perfect.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:20 AM   #46
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Congratulations. Glad to hear she is home safe and sound!

It will be really cool someday to take that same shot after she's finished and polished.

Hitch? Sorry, mine wasn't original. Shouldn't be hard to find a replacement unless you are looking for the exact bolt pattern.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:57 AM   #47
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Awesome picture, looks like it came right out of a magazine or off a calendar. Congrats on getting her home.

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Old 12-31-2013, 07:06 AM   #48
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Here is a before and after shot of our 1959 Tradewind. It is a lot of work, but I am putting the finishing touches on it, and hope to be done in a month! Good luck
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Here is a before and after shot of our 1959 Tradewind. It is a lot of work, but I am putting the finishing touches on it, and hope to be done in a month! Good luck
How did you get from single axle to double axle?
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It was a shell off restoration. At that point, it was just a matter of determining where I wanted the axles, and then moving the outriggers. We did go with torsion axles, so I had to build a bracket for the axles to go into.
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I had the same question.

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Before pic also looks like a Call model and after pic looks like an OH model.

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The first time my wife and I walked to the back of the Tradewind it turned into a seesaw. She didn't want to get in it after that. When we decided on taking the shell off, we decided to go with the double axle. Airstream started putting double axles on Tradewinds some time in the early sixties, so it didn't look too odd.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:13 AM   #55
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Here is a before and after shot of our 1959 Tradewind. It is a lot of work, but I am putting the finishing touches on it, and hope to be done in a month! Good luck
Hey Thanks!
One question:
Are the torsion axles worth it? Did your leaf springs need to be replaced, or did you do it for cautious reasons?
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I haven't pulled it enough to know whether the torsion axles are better or not. I have heard different opinions on both. One friend says the original leaf springs are just as good. I was not sure where to find the leaf springs for a tandem, so I went with torsion.
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