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Old 07-27-2016, 01:14 PM   #1
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Hello there, I'm new to the forums and just wanted to do a quick introduction. I live in the metro Detroit area and just recently embarked upon our first Airstream project!!! I definitely feel in over my head, but every time I read the forums I feel more and more at ease. I am just an average individual and a DIY-lite type of guy... you know, the type of guy who thinks he could build a house if he had the time, but takes 6 hours to replace a light fixture (true story). Anyways, I'm looking forward to learning more from everyone here!

A little about my project:
I bought a 1962 Tradewind Land Yacht 24' that was completely gutted. The PO got rid of the entire interior and replaced the subfloor and had aspirations of renovating it, but the gut job completely drained all of his energy and will. I get to collect on all of his sweat equity and pick up where he left off! It has brand new running gear (axle, tires, breaks), new marine-grade subfloor, and about $800 worth of parts (astrodome, fantastic fans, fixtures, etc.). Biggest issue (at least that I've read about) is that the trailer comes with no interior skins. So I've read that to be one of the toughest things to replicate, is the end cap interior skins.

Anyways... where there is a will there's a way. I will take it a step at a time and document all my successes and failures here as things progress. First step in AA (Airstreams Anonymous) is to admit you have an addiction, and I'm here to admit it. Now the next step, for me at least, is to water tight the outer shell from the inside.

OH.... And on top of all of this, I have to get the interior ready for remodeling by December, which seems like a lot of time right? Except I can only work on this when the wife isn't home or off sight somewhere because she won't know about this until her birthday in December. So wish me luck!
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:32 PM   #2
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Good Luck!

Ok, I will be the first to wish you luck. I assume you are storing it at a friend's house or similar secret location. I grew up in Grosse Pointe Park and graduated from GPSHS so you are in my old stomping grounds.
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Old 07-27-2016, 02:00 PM   #3
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Inovr,

That sounds fantastic. She will be so excited to finish it with you.

The great thing about no inner skins is you can seal all the seams and rivets, easily check for leaks and run wires.

You will likely not be done by December but that doesn't mean you can't do a birthday driveway overnight.

A futon or bed, little table, chairs and some lanterns and youve got a great birthday gift.

Welcome to aa.
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Best wishes!

I hope your wife doesn't think the worst of all of your absent hours!
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Old 07-27-2016, 04:09 PM   #5
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Ok, I will be the first to wish you luck. I assume you are storing it at a friend's house or similar secret location. I grew up in Grosse Pointe Park and graduated from GPSHS so you are in my old stomping grounds.
Wow!!!! What a small world!!!! What year did you graduate south?!?! I too grew up in the park and graduated from the good old GPS! I assume you also went to Pierce (PMS Trojans!!!)
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Old 07-27-2016, 04:13 PM   #6
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Hit, thanks for the warm welcome! I hope I'm at least close by December since it's just putting flooring in and the skins and electrical. But nonetheless, you are right, it will be a great gift as is!

Thiss, thanks for the welcome as well! Yes I thought of that issue lol. Don't really have a work around other than using my gym time to do the work. I'll have an hour here and there I guess and those will add up to a lot of hours right?!?
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Old 07-27-2016, 04:21 PM   #7
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A couple of folks here on the forum have built their own 13 panel endcaps. I wouldn't hesitate to give it a go. The rest of the interior panels are super easy. Take the time now to see if the new floor was installed properly, bolts thru the C channel and the plywood and the outriggers with nuts on the bottom. It's tempting to use self tapping screws but in my experience that is a shortcut and stands a chance of failing.
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Since you are planning to finish in about six months, I am assuming that you are retired or unemployed? Most complete redo projects take between 1,000 and 2,000 hours to complete - that's working time, not elapsed time!

I would suggest that you first take the artificial time pressure of a December completion off the table or you risk getting frustrated and then we will see yet another "restoration ready" Airstream for sale in metro-Detroit.
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Old 07-27-2016, 05:50 PM   #9
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HiHo, the 13 panel idea was my plan. Thanks for the encouragement! Great idea on checking the c channels. I did find some area where the outter shell wasn't attached to the c channel and caused a gap that I will need to address.

Bob, I am neither retired or unemployed. Quite far away from both. A very ambitious 30 year old that essentially works beyond full time and has 2 kids (perhaps a little too ambitious). Let me clarify, I just want the outside sealed, insulated, inner skins up and electrical by December. I don't plan on doing the electrical myself and hiring it out, but everything else will be me. Then doing the rest of the interior by May or June. Is that a more achievable goal? I sure hope so lol
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Wow!!!! What a small world!!!! What year did you graduate south?!?! I too grew up in the park and graduated from the good old GPS! I assume you also went to Pierce (PMS Trojans!!!)
I am a 1984 South grad. Still have family in the Park...
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I am a 1984 South grad. Still have family in the Park...
I graduated exactly 20 years later. Such a small world we live in. I even moved down to Texas for 3 years but the Grosse Pointe bubble dragged me back home. It's actually possible you graduated with my dad or uncle, I think one of them graduated in 1984.
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Good use of gym time!

That is a really cool project you have. If giving a woman a cool vintage Airstream ain't love, then I don't know what it is!
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Glad to see another Michigan Airstreamer.
Good luck with your project!
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Good use of gym time!

That is a really cool project you have. If giving a woman a cool vintage Airstream ain't love, then I don't know what it is!
LOL Right?!?!?
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