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Old 05-21-2007, 02:42 PM   #29
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How about the plastic cabinet latches for the lower cabinets on a '68, and the upper plastic closures (for the overheads)??? Mine are snapping off at an alarming rate!!

I know inland has the lowers on his site but, they are a little pricey (for how many I need)- and in truth, they are a bit ugly to spend money on- but they really work!!
They are the same exact uglyness as the original latches.

We have the original Airstream molds for those parts.

The colors. brown and white, are also exactly the same.

Injection type plastic molds, normally, run about $20,000.00 (twenty thousand) dollars each to create.

That in itself, stops us from having some other molds made as well.

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Old 12-30-2007, 06:20 AM   #30
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outstanding idea!

I teach at a vocational high school where we teach the trades. Do to lack of enrollment we closed our machine shop, and next year we will close construction, computer technologies plus horticulture. If you follow the news you can see that this country does not produce or have people to fill some very important trade positions. Hands on real world projects is what many students like and need. Theory can only take you so far. When students can use theory and application they learn how the world turns.

I would think Airstream could benefit from this type of project as long as it does not take away from their business. This would supply them and the other industries with trained professionals. These are our children we are talking about training. The employees at airstream have children also that they want to see become successful.

I have spent my life working with youth and I am alarmed at how so many are not signing up to take programs related to the trades. Career and Technical education is very important for our future. We just can't keep out sourcing work.

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Old 12-30-2007, 08:55 AM   #31
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So no one knows how to make jack anymore.... that is great for me. I have worked with my hands my entire life. As fewer people learn how to make and fix things, the demand for my skills will only increase. Who knows, maybe someday carpenters will be payed as much as lawyers. Electricians and plumbers are almost there now. If I could just make $450/ hour like the Anesthesiologist that did my wife's epidermal, well I would be set. I know, I know,.. chime in with the medical school costs and insurance. I spent 75k on my education and have spent close to 35k on my shop and equipment. I own it out right and owe no one a dime.
I recently went through a long and difficult search for a very hard to find 46" drip cap. I got very lucky and was able to find one that another forums member had purchased and not used yet. During the search I spoke with at least a dozen RV salvage companies. One of the things I found is that there are very few parts trailers out there. If you are looking for a vintage one, well forget it. During my search I contacted Airstream first, for they advertise in the Blue Beret that they service the vintage fleet. I received an email telling me that no parts were stocked for pre 1969 models and I should contact Inland RV( that sentence is almost a direct quote from the email and was the full extent of it, I think it began with thank you for your interest). I found that to be a sad email. It is my personal opinion, there is nothing that promotes Airstream like the vintage fleet.
I do not see any reason that one could not reproduce obsolete part. The only issue I see is the definition. Obsolete means no longer of use or no longer needed. Someone obviously needs it, or we would not be talking about reproducing it. I am hoping to begin producing an item this spring for the vintage market. I want to be certain that I can produce a high quality product that will fit and work well,before I offer it for sale. My shop is in the research and development stage right now. I hope others will do the same.
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:09 AM   #32
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Yes, I see the problem with obsolete parts with our tractor (1948 Ford 8N) and the MGB, too. All too often, whatever parts I get for the tractor are made in some country with miserably low wages, and the parts are VERY poorly made. At least with the MG, the outfit I do most of my business with usually gives me a choice: Either higher quality European or North American product for a higher price, or lower quality part for a lower price. It ALWAYS pays off in the end to choose the higher price.

Meanwhile, I think I'm going to have to shave off some metal from the brand-spanking new brake shoes I put on the tractor last week. Nothing like brake shoes that won't retract properly.


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Old 12-30-2007, 09:27 AM   #33
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You are valuble person to this society. I once went back packing with an engineer who worked for a company who built all kinds of machinery. He told me back in the early 80's his career story. When he was a boy he learned the hands on building and fixing of machines. He continued on by getting a degree in engineering and has a complete understanding in his field. He was concerned about all the engineers coming out of school who never ever used a wrench or screw driver growing up. He explained that some of their designs looked great on paper but never were workable out in the field because of their lack of understanding of hands on maintenance and repair.

I have been doing research on the drop out rate of boys in school and the failure of boys in school (it is very alarming). Georgia has a 20% drop out rate of boys and girls. Boys much higher then girls. We have 168,000 special educations students in this state. 134,000 are boys. We have just added more core subjects to their curriculum which will take away from career and technical education. Where are we going to get our future trained and certified plumbers, machinist, welders, electricians, carpenters, auto technicians etc. This should be taught in all the high schools as well as post secondary schools.

I hope you can get your company to start to make vintage parts. I would think you would have a market for it. The auto industry already has this going on in their world. I am new to the airstream life because I thought I bought a trailer that just needed little things done to it. Now I have the floor removed, rails and stringers, wired brushed and grinded, plus por-15 over everything. All my advice and knowledge has come from airstream forums and the technical teachers at my school. I love it. My wife says I am becoming obsessed with the renovation.

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Old 12-30-2007, 09:34 AM   #34
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we had these poeple Z Corp. Homepage come demostrate their product where i work (a 2 yr community college). they took a cad file and printed a model from it. took about 4 hours to print a two inch model, about 4,000 layers. works similar to your deskjet printer. the demonstration material was 50% porus but they have other materials that use stronger plastics, rubber and for making casts to pour metal in.

yours for a mere $25,000 !

issues/ questions about weapon making and self duplication did crop up
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:36 AM   #35
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Did I miss the post with the completed Land Yacht logo? I have a 71 Ambassador where the lock is integrated into the door handle and could definitely use a new one but haven't been able to locate one.

I agree with having the students contact various vendors, they'd know what parts they get the most inquiries about but that they don't have today.

Good Luck and I think a partnership would be very beneficial. I know the company I work for is looking for aircraft sheet metal and fiberglass folks and there just aren't enough of them.
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Old 12-30-2007, 12:30 PM   #36
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Did I miss the post with the completed Land Yacht logo? I have a 71 Ambassador where the lock is integrated into the door handle and could definitely use a new one but haven't been able to locate one.

I agree with having the students contact various vendors, they'd know what parts they get the most inquiries about but that they don't have today.

Good Luck and I think a partnership would be very beneficial. I know the company I work for is looking for aircraft sheet metal and fiberglass folks and there just aren't enough of them.
Any Airstream dealer that stocks parts for the vintage trailers can help you.

New locks are available, but extremely expensive. Repair parts are available, or you can have the lock repaired.

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Old 12-30-2007, 02:20 PM   #37
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How about baby moons?

Have them create a good pair of baby moons - all of the ones out there now are so cheap they dent when you touch them....you could sell a lot of them.
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Tom,

Have you had any response from the factory about your efforts? I am in need of 2 cast aluminum script Airstream emblems and was getting ready to find a local person to cast them. I have the old parts, but they are in multiple pieces.
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:55 PM   #39
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I just called the instructor at the community college for an update. He says system wide computer issues are causing them grief at the community college (Lansing Community College, instructor Clint Jones) so they have not done much with it recently. Clint hopes to have better news in a couple months. He is planning to 'showcase' the items and enter them into some school/student competitions once they are completed. In the meantime, it is still 'the waiting game'. I'll let you know as soon as I hear something; I am anxious to get mine on my trailer!

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Old 01-29-2008, 04:17 PM   #40
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Please start with this.............

Please start with front window for a 1955 Safari window, will pay $200.00 plus...........thanks
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Old 01-29-2008, 04:56 PM   #41
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Please start with front window for a 1955 Safari window, will pay $200.00 plus...........thanks
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Do you have picts of the parts you need?
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Have them create a good pair of baby moons - all of the ones out there now are so cheap they dent when you touch them....you could sell a lot of them.
I was going to say the same thing...Baby moons!! I have an orginal off of my '56 I would be will to part with as a design sample. The originals are stamped and formed but I beleive "spun metal" would work great too.
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