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Old 06-03-2011, 04:12 PM   #71
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I agree replace it with 1/8 " tempered glass. If you rebuild them ( which is a task) you might as well go with new safer glass. If you need pointers on rebuilding them PM me. Ed
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:48 PM   #72
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+1 on safer glass. I have done door and window work for 15+ years...when in doubt use tempered or lami.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:37 PM   #73
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It's also a good time to visit the idea of tinting. We tinted our 67 and love it. It adds privacy and cuts down on heat coming thru. And should the glass break, will hold it together some.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:39 PM   #74
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I don't know what most people do but we replaced the glass in our '59. When we tried removing the glass to clean up the windows we ended up breaking them. Now we have tempered glass with some UV protection. They look just like the old window glass with two (very small) exceptions:

1) The old glass was slightly wavy (like old glass can be)
2) There is faint window etching on the new glass in the corner. The window etching says that the glass is tempered. Our glass guy told us we couldn't get glass without etching.
Thank you for your input, I am definately leaning towards replacing the glass as I don't feel the glass to be the safest for my 3 little boys, etc. I really enjoyed reading your blog, sounds like you guys have bunches of fun like us! I'm inspired and will be starting a blog shortly to keep things updated more (video, pics, etc.) Thanks again!

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Old 06-04-2011, 11:44 PM   #75
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Definately replace your glass. I had a guy volunteer to help push my trailer into the garage, but he put his hand thru the front window and had a 2,000.00 doctor visit and a nice big scar. A large piece of glass went into his arm about 6 inches. glass is relatively cheap and all of yours is flat and easy to work with. Measure twice before you go to your glass shop.
Oh my gosh! Is this guy still your friend? After getting some feedback I am definately going to replace the glass. I have 3 little boys and I need the trailer to be as safe as it can be. I probably will measure more than twice!
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He was never my friend, but rather a friend of my uncles, they had been drinking quite a bit, and probably a little high on pot as well. Doesn't matter. My point is that you NEVER know what is going to happen, its a easy fix in case something does happen. And the windows will look super after you replace the glass. One less thing to worry about.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:48 PM   #77
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I agree replace it with 1/8 " tempered glass. If you rebuild them ( which is a task) you might as well go with new safer glass. If you need pointers on rebuilding them PM me. Ed
I am definately keeping you on my list. I should be on the windows here soon if the weather holds. I have a padded work bench all set to safely work on each window (pad wrapped around an old spare door laid on top of some saw horses). I will be in touch with you soon as I cross this river!
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:50 PM   #78
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+1 on safer glass. I have done door and window work for 15+ years...when in doubt use tempered or lami.
Thanks! I am definately going with new glass, no reason to risk injury especially when we have 3 little boys!
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:56 PM   #79
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He was never my friend, but rather a friend of my uncles, they had been drinking quite a bit, and probably a little high on pot as well. Doesn't matter. My point is that you NEVER know what is going to happen, its a easy fix in case something does happen. And the windows will look super after you replace the glass. One less thing to worry about.
LOL! He probably doesn't remember much then! Only the fact he got a $2K bill from the doctor and a scar with some sort of story. I look at the windows and they have a lot of scrapping and cleaning anyway to make them look half decent. Easier to replace and not to mention the ease it will put my wife and I with our little guys. I like the idea too of tinting the windows for sun and security.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:01 AM   #80
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Undercover Symbols

The camper continually tells me stories from years past. After applying the paint remover the paint will start to bubble or soften in about 5 minutes or so, but after applying it I got some symbols and letters that showed up immediately. I quickly took a picture before the rest of the paint bubbled and I lost the symbols and lettering. With the paint removed, I see I did not lose the image as the image was originally taped onto the camper like the original Airstream red numbers. The picture is of an animated tepee and the lettering says 'Fraioson Tepee' next to it. I'm assuming this was a previous owner. Last picture shows the paint removal progress so far on the lower right side.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:15 AM   #81
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Bathroom Removal

Saving the best for last, the remainder of the bathroom was removed. These were the last cabinets and interior pieces that needed to be taken out before I move onto the famous job of rivet removal and taking interior panels off.

I fully expected the flooring to be a mess under the shower. I was just amazed after removing the tub that the tiles underneath were in perfect condition. There was a plastic membrane that was under the tub that seemed to protect the floor all these years. These tiles were in the best condition out of the whole camper. I saved one for nostalgic purposes and will be sealing it in laminate to keep from touching the asbestos backing.
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Wasps and Rivets

Doing some more rivet removal. Wow, I can see how you guys really love rivets (cough, cough). Whether removing them or installing them, I can see the strong love that exists with this experience. My neck and hands are hating life right now but there has to be love on the other side. I can feel it.

As the rain storms subside and we finally have some nice weather I seem to battle the wasps flying in and around the trailer. I figure they are upset I am messing with their homes. As I get ready to remove my very first interior panel the vent screen needed removed. Hello Mr. Wasp nests! Good thing I sprayed you dead a couple days ago!

Woohoo, first panel is off!
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:40 AM   #83
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57 Buick and 58 Flying Cloud

Catching up all at once with my camper updates!

My oldest son just finished 1st grade yesterday. I thought it would be awesome to surprise him at school and pick him up in a 1957 Buick. Absolutely one of the finest restorations you will lay eyes on with every detail in place. So in true form here is a couple pictures to help capture this great day. If the car can look this good I know the camper will too!
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:54 AM   #84
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Wow, did you do that rest? Fabulous! Do you have a link to a blog detailing the journey you undertook with the Buick?
Thanks for sharing... love the color as well!
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