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Old 12-20-2007, 09:57 PM   #85
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i've been working on stripping the end caps. i found a system that works great but the shell is required to be removed because of all the water that is generated. i used kleen strip and scraped 95% of it off. then i pressure washed the whole end cap to get the remaining crud off around the rivets which it did with ease. probably not the best thing for the grass, but it's already dead underneath the airstream. i have the rear one completed and will get the front one done this weekend. i also received the dewalt polisher, nuvite F7 and several polishing pads this week.

on the trailer frame front, i decided to sign up for a welding class at los angeles trade technical school. it's a month long class beginning january 2 for 4 hours a day, three days a week. the price is ridiculous...$29. that's a 48 hour welding class for .60 an hour

it's all about stick welding so i'm excited for that. even though it's going to be a small delay on the trailer frame, i'm excited to finally learn how to weld and apply it to the airstream.

and finally, this is my 500th post . not sure why that is so exciting, but it is
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Old 12-20-2007, 11:10 PM   #86
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First - congrats on hitting the big Five zero zero. I too wondered if it meant I was hitting a good milestone or perhaps spending way too much time on the Forum instead of working on the 'Cloud. I realized that the Forums and working on the 'Cloud were tied together, each providing more motivation to do the other. So it's all good news on that count.

Good news on the polishing supplies, and that price for the welding course is almost embarrassing. By the end of that you'll be raring to tackle that frame. With all this happening, and the great weather you folks enjoy 99% of the year, you should be out testing that trailer by summer . Oh sure, it may not be completely done, but it is fun even when it's part way done to check out how it works so far.

Merry Christmas, and don't hurt yourself polishing end caps over the holidays.

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Old 12-21-2007, 09:25 AM   #87
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i've been working on stripping the end caps. i found a system that works great but the shell is required to be removed because of all the water that is generated. i used kleen strip and scraped 95% of it off. then i pressure washed the whole end cap to get the remaining crud off around the rivets which it did with ease. ...

on the trailer frame front, i decided to sign up for a welding class at los angeles trade technical school. it's a month long class beginning january 2 for 4 hours a day, three days a week. the price is ridiculous...$29. that's a 48 hour welding class for .60 an hour ...
Can I come park in your driveway and take the welding course with you? Wow!

I don't understand the "...shell is required to be removed..." comment. Washing the outside of the shell ought to keep all the water outside, I'd think.

Congrats on your 500th post! I know you are walking around with a new sense of confidence and accomplishment. The only things that matter are:

1. Progress on all Airstream Projects and
2. Active participation and sharing on the Forums.

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Old 12-21-2007, 04:30 PM   #88
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I don't understand the "...shell is required to be removed..." comment. Washing the outside of the shell ought to keep all the water outside, I'd think.
it's on the interior of the endcaps

i'll post a pix later of the progress.
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Old 12-21-2007, 05:04 PM   #89
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i've been working on stripping the end caps. i found a system that works great but the shell is required to be removed because of all the water that is generated. i used kleen strip and scraped 95% of it off. then i pressure washed the whole end cap to get the remaining crud off around the rivets which it did with ease.
Sounds like what we did...but the shell was on. The wood floor was gone so no worries about getting things wet.

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Old 12-21-2007, 05:18 PM   #90
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Sounds like what we did...but the shell was on. The wood floor was gone so no worries about getting things wet.

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i stand corrected, it can be done with the shell on.

shari, how did you get that link to work and just show the single post. there was no thread attached and i couldn't scroll up or down, it was just your post. i kind of like that, do tell.
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shari, how did you get that link to work and just show the single post. there was no thread attached and i couldn't scroll up or down, it was just your post. i kind of like that, do tell.
See the underlined post number in the blue bar on the top right of every post? Click that and it'll take you to just that post. Then copy the path from your browser and paste it into the link reference (instead of the whole thread path).

If you want to go to look at the whole thread when viewing a single post, click on the thread name which will appear in the top right above where the number is. Make sense?

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Old 01-19-2008, 10:59 PM   #92
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finally progress again...
i also had greg install a spare tire carrier which is what is on the newer airstreams.
Hi David,

We are getting ready to mount our spare tire on our '67 Safari and I was wondering if you could tell me - does the belly pan have to be modified with this type of spare tire mount? Or, does it just fit flush to the underside [front] of the trailer?

Thanks, and keep up the great work!
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great information

Howdy David, Great information! I haven't looked at your thread for some time. You've got a lot done. Our 55 FC has finally moved back up on the list of todo's. I've downloaded several of your graphics and will be studing them. It's sure is nice to have someone else do the work first. I'd like to pick your mind and ideas as get going again, If you don't mind. I've found that it's hard to stay on track when you have one Airstream that is siting there waiting to go camping. Camping, work, Camping, work. Thanks again for your great thread.
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:10 PM   #94
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Hi David,

We are getting ready to mount our spare tire on our '67 Safari and I was wondering if you could tell me - does the belly pan have to be modified with this type of spare tire mount? Or, does it just fit flush to the underside [front] of the trailer?

Thanks, and keep up the great work!
Meredith:
You will have to cut out your bellypan between the frame rails in a triangular/ trapezoidal configuration. The tire lies flat to the underside of the floor.
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Thanks

Hi Murray,

Thanks for the information. That's what I thought, but I needed affirmation from the experts.

Hope you and that beauty of a trailer are doing well. Happy New Year!
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Meredith:
You will have to cut out your bellypan between the frame rails in a triangular/ trapezoidal configuration. The tire lies flat to the underside of the floor.
Maybe. My observation of my Caravel (which doesn't have the tire holder installed--see posts #5 and #7 in this thread) http://www.airforums.com/forums/f476...air-24690.html
and my Sovereign (which does have it installed) tells me that there was a thin layer of solid foam insulation below the floor and above the tire. I also noticed that the insulation was protected with sheet aluminum, pretty thin, like .025". I haven't measured it, but I think it's wise to have as much insulation as the tire width and support arms allow--maybe only 1/2", but I would hope more. Some members have reported that their spare tire had space above it, which was bad, since the tire could bounce up and down and create very big stress on the support arms. Collective member wisdom says the tire ought to be snug up against the floor/insulation, so add as much insulation thickness as necessary to make this happen.

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Old 01-30-2008, 09:20 AM   #97
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Jim,

One thought is to go on Google and type flying cloud. I happened to be doing that yesterday and several came up. Some were for sale but I did not check to see how old the ads were or if they were still available. We've found our last two on Craig's list. You have to go in and check each city. I know there's an ad from a guy called Airsstreamguy or something like that who has a very early 1950 flying cloud for sale. There's also one in the Spokane Craig's list, I think a 1951, that will need a total restoration.

The other thing to consider is to put a wanted ad in the classifieds here and RV trader.com

We also post to the thread here titled "Interesting Craig's list finds" anything we happen to see in the various Craig's lists when trolling them so keep an eye on that thread. Matter of fact, you might want to post to that thread letting folks know that you are looking as well. You'll want to put some clarity to what it is you are actually looking for such as a project, an original untouched, or a restored unit.

Good luck,
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