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Old 03-16-2016, 12:06 PM   #15
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Get creative? Grab a Sawzall and remove the first 6-8 feet and replace ti with whatever comes to mind, even wood! Why bother trying to restore it to original? It would just be another Airstream at best.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:51 PM   #16
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Look up Colin Hyde airstream restorations and contact Colin for a estimate...he is somewhat close to you.
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:10 PM   #17
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For what the replacement panels would cost you could buy a good running surplus Army 6X6 truck! Extend the truck frame and graft the trailer onto the truck and have a super cool motorhome! Your welcome.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:14 PM   #18
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Why did you buy it? Was this something you thought you would hire someone to fix? Was it something that you wanted to fix? It can be fixed. AirStream built it and possibly with folks that were no more skilled than you are. But do you have the time and inclination? Maybe it would make an adventure wing on one of your vacation rentals.

Good luck with what ever choice is right for you. Pat
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:48 PM   #19
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Call Colin Hyde and see what the cost might run to convert the front end to a porch. All aluminum exterior sealed well with access door to interior and A/S blue porch railing. Perhaps a window or two and a retractable awning for shade. This could be a really cool adapted trailer from a wreck and would surely be a conversation piece any where you parked it. The cost to do this would be well less than a repair. I think you could get an aluminum all weather bench and cooler to mount on the deck and create an outdoor living space that would add to the value for your use. That way the repair cost would be less than trying to "restore it"! As long as you make it useful to you who cares that it isn't original. No one says you need a Propane tank cover or segment covers. Getting the same style windows as are used on the side of the trailer for each side of the door would be fairly easy. Check Rv salvage yards for two smaller windows. It can be done. You already have money expended on it, so just spend as little to make it useable as possible and then go camping! Ed
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Bluestar99, Post 8, is right. I once put two halves of an aluminum airplane, each damaged by a tornado together. So far as I know it is still flying. The only catch is finding a close model match so every thing will line up.
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