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Old 07-15-2008, 04:55 PM   #1
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The PO was going to turn it into a shed!

Hi Airstreamers,

As a newbee to this group I thought I would post a quick introduction. We, picked up our first AS project two weeks back. We have been looking for the right ship for some time and one reared it's head. Our goal was to find one that we could do a few mods and enjoy. Well, some how we found it...or it found us. After talking with the owner we found out that he was ready to turn the beauty into a tool shed. It was at that time my wife and I looked at each other and said..."no way, how could anyone do something like that to an icon." I look forward to chatting with some of you in the very near future as I will be need your expertise in getting our beauty back in working order. Thanks to all that make this site a very valuable tool!!!

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Old 07-15-2008, 05:02 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. Post some pictures of your new toy, please. I can't quite figure out the new format here, so post pictures to this thread so I can see what you found.

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Old 07-15-2008, 06:40 PM   #3
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Your homework, right now: Study up, here on the forums, on the Torsion Axles system. Some learning, but not that terrible. There will be a test on the shape of your axles. Next, study up on brakes, again here on the forums. Do you have disc (better) or do you have drums. If disc, how are you going to push the hydraulic lines. Again, tough learning, but not that bad. There will be a test on what brakes you have, and how you gonna activate them.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:47 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by kenthelen View Post
Hi Airstreamers,

... picked up our first AS project ...
The qualification of 'first' is an interesting choice as if the will be more.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:51 PM   #5
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Restoring the older units is not done overnight.
Plan on 6 to 9 months, not including polishing time.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:24 PM   #6
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For you who like pics, as I do, I loaded some pics after I posted my intro. This being our first AS we are learning and doing. We have worked on PUPs in the past and have had good success so we thought "why not let's tackle something that BIG. Now that we have gutted her we will repair some roof leaks, relocate plumbing, fix floor rot, new seal around windows, tackle the axles and start the interior upfit. We are going to be putting in some bunks, upgrade the galley, open up the living area and re-design the bathroom. We don't expect to get to the rear bathroom until early next year, however we should have most of the other areas camp worthy (local trips) by late August. Working on the axles is my next objective in addition to adding a Hensley Hitch to our team.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:29 PM   #7
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Welcome to the Airforums and congrats on your new baby! You're in the right place to get the help, information and encouragement you'll want...

See you down the road!
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:10 PM   #8
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Congratulations on your new 'Stream. We just bought our first one a week ago. I can't believe someone would think of turning an AS into a tool shed. Good luck on the restoration!
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:25 PM   #9
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Enjoy your purchase. In noticed your comment on the Hensley. I recently purchased a used one on Ebay for a third of new and it is GREAT!! Good luck on your project.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:57 PM   #10
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Welcome to the Forums. There are plenty of helpful people in this group and also in (NC) to help you and bounce questions off of.

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