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Old 04-01-2011, 02:30 PM   #1
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Introduction: The suspense is killing us...

Well, first off let me say "hello" to any and all airstreamers reading this. My girlfriend and I have been looking for an Airstream since early January, and ended up purchasing one a couple weeks ago in Texas. We paid the seller to drive it out here to Los Angeles and we are leaving from work to pick it up in 2 hours!!!

We haven't even seen our new baby yet aside from TONS and TONS of pictures, so the suspense is killing us.

Anyway, back to my introduction... we are the proud new owners of a 1959 Pacer 18 (Ohio model), and plan to use it for all our camping trips and adventures. We currently go camping/hiking/backpacking/offroading/kayaking/sailing every other weekend. Last year we logged 14 trips under the car-camping category that will now be utilizing the Airstream, and this year we are on track to beat that number.

We will be personally doing a complete overhaul on her, modernizing and styling the interior (don't worry, there's not much interior currently in it, so we aren't ruining a possible restoration-piece, and we will keep the Princess stove-top that is there). I maintain a website blog documenting all our offroad travels in the FJ cruiser, our sailing trips in a Coronado 25, our hiking/backpacking trips, and of course now I'll have to add on a section for the Pacer. I'll post the link when I get a build going.

Anyway, that's my "hello", and if you are anywhere near Redondo Beach and want to come say Hi, let me know (if we're around )

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Old 04-01-2011, 02:35 PM   #2
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Congrats!!! I met someone on Airforums who has become a dear friend...she just brought home her 1959 Pacer yesterday!! (I'll point her to this thread). and I just bought a 1959 16' Bubble...never thought I would own two AS!

We just renovated a '69 Tradewind ...lots of pics on my thread...feel free to reach out with any questions-there are tons of knowledgeable & helpful people on AF
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:44 PM   #3
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Congratulations on your new baby. We need to see some pictures of her.
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Welcome to he Forums and the wacky world of Airstreaming! You sound very enthusiastic and very excited...and well you should be! Have a blast with your new toy! And keep us posted on progress...
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:26 PM   #5
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It's better than we expected!

Well, we ended up getting the trailer on Friday afternoon with much less driving than expected. The seller went the extra mile (actually around 75 extra) and drove the trailer all the way into the city-- he had been avoiding LA-- and saved us a 4 hour round trip with the traffic in our direction.

Anyway, we spent the evening with giant grins on our faces walking inside and outside of the trailer, crawling under it, etc. I then went right to work and started with a couple screwdrivers and wrench carefully pulling apart all the interior hardware and fasteners until around 10pm, using camping headlights...

Saturday all day and Sunday morning we pulled out every bit of wood interior down to the subfloor. We knew in advance that the wood was pretty well destroyed and that was confirmed when we found entire parts of the kitchen cabinets rotted away. We saved everything we feasibly could, but only for others who might need it, since we plan to reorganize the layout some and do a complete renovation over the next 8-12 months. The really good flip-side to this is that the subfloor is much better than we expected. I was expecting complete rot all the way through on the step or by the sink where the cabinet damage was worst, but there was actually a layer of 1/4" particle board on top of the VAT, on top of the subfloor. This particle board seemed to absorb most of the moisture. Very strange installation by the PO, but it's a good sign to us regarding what we are fearing we might find in the frame in a few weeks.

Finally, I spent a couple hours experimenting with methods of stripping the zolatone and house paint off the interior. I like the effectiveness of Talstrip aircraft stripper the most and have used it before on other projects (don't worry, I work in a refinery and am aware of the appropriate PPE and respiratory protection required for such chemicals).

Sunday was also spent researching all the items needed on the TV, including a Airlift airbag installation (ordered), and wiring the 4pin to 7pin conversion (which I'll do later on in the renovation when I'm closer to towing long distances).

Through mid-May my progress will be relatively slow since I am applying for business school and then working 12 hr night shifts for a few weeks. Plus, throw in a trip to Death Valley this weekend and a few sailing trips to Catalina before I sell my previous project, "Ship Happens", and I'm pretty busy for a couple months.

Thanks for the advice and info everyone,

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Welcome.. Sounds like a great find. Here on the forums we all want to see pictures. So please post them when you get a chance.
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:39 PM   #7
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"Before" Photos

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Welcome.. Sounds like a great find. Here on the forums we all want to see pictures. So please post them when you get a chance.
Ah, good point! These are all the original sale photos. After 2.5 months of searching pretty aggressively on Craigslist and other places, we ended up finding her on Mark at Airstreamguy.com's FSBO page! Here they are:
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:53 PM   #8
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I think you bought the one we were looking at. I really wanted that little Pacer!! I guess things work out for a reason because we found one in New Jeresy a couple weeks later. Tiny is a 1958 California 18 footer in about the same condition your is in. We plan to have her ready by June 2012. I also need lots of parts and pieces including a Princess stove. Can anyone help me find one??? Good luck and please post pictures.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:04 PM   #9
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Neat!

Well I'm glad it worked out for both of us then! We really wanted this one from the beginning because of the large windows. Everywhere we stop has such beautiful views and its already going to be awkward moving from a tent to inside a nice comfortable home on wheels while in national parks and such, so we at least wanted to be able to see as much of the outside as possible.

On another note, it is kind of ironic that the California Pacer is now in Tennessee while the Ohio Pacer is now in California. But of course its good since Airstreams love to travel!

We are likely going to keep our Princess stove as the one major throwback and are vacillating on the Marvel fridge decision, but if my other changes her mind (the kitchen choices are apparently hers to make ), then you'll be the first one to know.
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Congrats on your April Fool's day new addition . We drove down to long beach to get ours somewhat close to you . Maybe down the road we will meet at a rally or a function and introduce our new additions to each other.
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I think you bought the one we were looking at. I really wanted that little Pacer!! I guess things work out for a reason because we found one in New Jeresy a couple weeks later. Tiny is a 1958 California 18 footer in about the same condition your is in. We plan to have her ready by June 2012. I also need lots of parts and pieces including a Princess stove. Can anyone help me find one??? Good luck and please post pictures.
Now that's funny... the west-coasters found an Ohio model near then in CA. The east coaster finds a California trailer in NJ. These things get around!
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That's one really cooool looking little guy.

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Old 04-05-2011, 08:41 PM   #13
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Now that's funny... the west-coasters found an Ohio model near then in CA. The east coaster finds a California trailer in NJ. These things get around!
Ours did a little zig zag across the states, too. It was made in Ohio, used for camping most of its life in Colorado, and then purchased and moved to Texas, where I purchased it from and had it moved to California. Actually, I kind of like that for a name: Zig-Zag. I'll run it by Marie....
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:03 PM   #14
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Build Thread started

Well everyone, now that I have finally finished up all those things I talked about, I have time to start working on the trailer and sharing my experiences hopefully for the benefit of others. I have started the thread here

So far it is mostly the same as this intro, but will have more details soon enough. I like documenting and sharing....
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