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Old 11-28-2006, 06:24 PM   #1
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Um, where's my endcap aluminum? (57 SOTR)

Rosie the Riveted is at the Soda Blaster getting de-scummed. It is going well. Her old aluminum is so thick, and the guy is so talented, she isn't warping a bit. Her "undies" are very attractive.

However.

Rosie doesn't have *any* aluminum at either interior endcap: just very old, very brown, fiberglass.

We've done a lot of reading but haven't run across a trailer this old that has fiberglass endcaps (and no aluminum). Sooo... anyone else run across this?


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Old 11-28-2006, 06:38 PM   #2
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Rosie the Riveted is at the Soda Blaster getting de-scummed. It is going well. Her old aluminum is so thick, and the guy is so talented, she isn't warping a bit. Her "undies" are very attractive.

However.

Rosie doesn't have *any* aluminum at either interior endcap: just very old, very brown, fiberglass.

We've done a lot of reading but haven't run across a trailer this old that has fiberglass endcaps (and no aluminum). Sooo... anyone else run across this?


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Fiberglass end caps were used until about 1969.

Aluminum end caps were never used.

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Old 11-28-2006, 06:46 PM   #3
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Aluminum end caps were never used.

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What about the mid-50's & earlier segmented interior end caps? They were aluminum...right?

Semantics~ Look at any mid-50 & even a '65 Caravel to see what she means ~

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Old 11-28-2006, 06:49 PM   #4
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I had a '52 Cruiser with what looked like fiberglass end caps (it could have just been multiple layers of paint), and I was in a '48 Trailwind with aluminum end caps (definite), the paint had peeled off the aluminum, giving it a cool CCD-like look.
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Old 11-28-2006, 06:51 PM   #5
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I had a '52 Cruiser with what looked like fiberglass end caps (it could have just been multiple layers of paint),
Did it have rivets?

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Old 11-28-2006, 06:59 PM   #6
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my 59 traveller has aluminum interior endcaps. i just finished polishing the front one, in fact!

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ent-17197.html

one thing i did notice (noted in my post), is the panels are not all the same alloy of alumninum. there's one segment on each side (7 panel), that had considerably more compound curve in it. i remember seeing the stamp on teh back and it was something different than 2024 T3. the BAD news is it takes a considerable more amount of elbow grease to get it to shine like the 2024.

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Old 11-28-2006, 07:57 PM   #7
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i think my '56 flying cloud has aluminum endcaps. i'll have to check that out...
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Did it have rivets?

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It was hard to tell, without soda blasting the interior. If I had stripped the paint, it would have reduced the trailer weight by at least 50 pounds. It looked like they used a commercial car wash brush to paint the interior.
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:17 PM   #9
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My '57 Overlander I believe has aluminum. I recently sanded to do a repaint, and I think I hit aluminum. I presume by the end cap you are referring to the rounded frount and rear of the AS? What is soda washing? Thanks, Kim
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:19 PM   #10
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OMG, I take a short business trip to D.C. and look what my wife does....
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:29 PM   #11
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My end cap panels are definately aluminum. Tried to polish them and they were different grades or finishes of aluminum. Didn't polish up the same. Never took them out to see any writing on the back.

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Old 11-28-2006, 08:33 PM   #12
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So what do we do with the fiberglass endcaps that have no finish...suggestions?

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Sean you can gel coat with pigment or paint them, either way they will look great.
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Old 11-28-2006, 09:03 PM   #14
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So what do we do with the fiberglass endcaps that have no finish...suggestions?

Sean (still in D.C. BTW)
Three suggestions come to mind, only one to have to do with the end caps:
1- Return from DC pronto.
2- Hide the keys to the Airstream
3- Prep and apply either Zolatone or a matching straight color to match whatever color you are going with in the coach.
Here is a link to a thread discussing Zolatone:
http://www.airforums.com/forum...one-28265.html
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