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Old 11-25-2011, 05:03 PM   #15
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I would KILL to be your neighbor Darkspeed Imagine being able to just drop by... LOL

Seriously, after reading Uwe's restoration thread (he subsequently started an Airstream business) and then Frank Y's restoration thread (he also subsequently started an Airstream business) .... Hmmmm, I'm wondering if I am predicting your future???? Keep it up, you rock! I read these forums to "copy" those who go before me and you are bookmarked so many times on my computer it's crazy.

I realize as an inventor that you are a "think outside of the box" kinda guy and I'm curious about what type of stuff you actually invent? My dad was creative also and held a couple of patents for Sturm Rugers & Co (of course they benefited far more than he ) . Just curious.....you can be as vague on the answer as you want !!!

Just keep posting the pictures ...
Wow thanks.. Think I am blushing..

Anyone actually make money with an airstream repair/resto business?
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:48 PM   #16
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Sounds like it's time for Darkspeed to start wearing a gopro video camera so the rest of us can watch him work his Airstream magic! Gopro.com/videos/
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:03 PM   #17
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Wow thanks.. Think I am blushing..

Anyone actually make money with an airstream repair/resto business?

Well, the person who is doing my frame/floor and ???.... restoration https://sites.google.com/a/colinhyde...ions.com/home/ is booked more than a year in advance, so yeah I'd say there is money to be made! Especially with your skill set.

A complete restoration can be easily $50,000 and thats's lowball with the owner pitching in to do whatever... IMHO. The labor costs are huge! Bad for the average joe, but that's where the restorer's make $$$.

Fact of the matter is that there just aren't that many people qualified and competent to work with Airstreams. I feel very lucky to have a good one!
Quite frankly, keep blushing if you want, but on the basis of what you've accomplished with your trailer so far, hang your shingle tomorrow and you'd have people lining up from...say... ND.... in a minute LOL
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:20 PM   #18
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Sounds like it's time for Darkspeed to start wearing a gopro video camera so the rest of us can watch him work his Airstream magic! Gopro.com/videos/
We'd need slow motion so we could follow the changes; otherwise it's dizzying .

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Old 11-26-2011, 05:42 AM   #19
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I have used a similar method to shrink sheet metal, however, with sheet metal you can see how hot the material is getting. Aluminum does not change color as it gets hot, it just all of a sudden melts.

Be very careful.
Paint it with dish soap and let it dry. When the dried soap turns black under the flame, it is the perfect temp.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:49 AM   #20
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You can remove door dings on cars with dry ice. I would guess it would work on auminum as well. Do a search on YouTube , it is there.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:45 PM   #21
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I have a few hail and rock dents this might be worth trying. I wonder if you could use LN2 instead of dry ice. I have access to LN2. It works great for removing moles. Soak a q-tip in the stuff till it stops bubbling and then hold it on the mole till the mole turns white. I wonder if the same process would work and not kill the clear coat. We use the stuff in cold traps for vacuum systems. It is fun stuff to play with.

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Old 11-30-2011, 04:36 PM   #22
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Dont do this if you dont know what you are doing.
Glad you prefaced the technique with the above caution. I gave that some thought, for my dent, but realized I wouldn't know what to do with a huge glob of melted aluminum and some unrecognizable trailer parts. :-) I am working on the slow and careful and gentle method of slowly pushing the dent out from the inside and using a laminators roller to complete the job. I hope my ineptness does not cause permanent damage when done that way.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:01 PM   #23
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a pictures worth a thousand words. Heres 3000 words.

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Old 11-30-2011, 05:08 PM   #24
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Cool! Did the same on my front street side segment.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:18 PM   #25
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Frank, is that all pullin', or did you do some rollin' from the inside?
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:03 PM   #26
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Frank, is that all pullin', or did you do some rollin' from the inside?
I was at FTW today and saw first hand of the pulling of this dent. There was no inside access. It took a few pulls. And BAM! it was gone. Then you know Frank had a big smile on his face and Wayne had to eat crow. I brought them lunch and we enjoyed it in Frank's vintage Fan canned ham trailer. Great day at The Work's.

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Old 11-30-2011, 06:07 PM   #27
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So give us details on how it was done. Looks like you glued some pegs onto it?

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Old 11-30-2011, 06:16 PM   #28
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So give us details on how it was done. Looks like you glued some pegs onto it?

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Frank will have to fill you in. Not sure if there was any trade secrets being used.

Just joking!

I'm sure Frank will tell.

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