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Old 06-12-2008, 11:47 PM   #211
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why does everything have to be a science project on vintage Airstreams?

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Old 06-13-2008, 04:51 AM   #212
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'cause you have to start from scratch on just about everything, 'cause hardly anything that was original is made anymore; most of the good stuff lasts, but some of it doesn't; what's made now is intended to become obsolete and thrown away rather than renewed from time to time; like these hinges -- they don't make 'em like this anymore -- on purpose! Ever tried to get anything done at the factory? With a few exceptions, they don't want to fix up, they want to sell you a new one.

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Old 06-13-2008, 05:05 AM   #213
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wait a minute... you did a scientific study of I think it was insulation. You built some kind of mini wall section I recall and shined lights or something... wish I could remember (lose of memory is due to some not so scientific experimentation) but anyhow, I remember it was you... oh lookie here... http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...sts-40442.html You want to talk about a science experiment. I remember reading that thread and wondering and thinking "that dude is serious about this airstream stuff, he is freakin testing insullation of all things"

To each his own Zep. Many drums, many beats, many feets, and sometimes some super feats.
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Old 06-13-2008, 05:10 AM   #214
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So, are you just cranky or are you yankin' Kip's chain?


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Old 06-13-2008, 07:54 AM   #215
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I don't think Zep was attacking Kip, I think he was lamenting and commiserating...

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Old 06-13-2008, 08:32 AM   #216
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Sorry Zep...It was I asking all the silly questions! Kip was keeping it simple. But then I like science projects! Especially on these old trailers. Just wish I were more of a scientist...than a pirate.
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:55 AM   #217
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Just curious but is that a rivet gun I see sitting there?
No that is a 1/2" drive pneumatic drill motor. When I first started the lapping process the pin was so tight in the bushings that I needed a little more horsepower to get it to spin. After I did the initial lapping I switched over to the drill seen in the picture to finish it up. I had the lapping done and cleaned up when I took the picture because it makes a big mess and I didn't dare touch my camera with lapping compound all over my hands. For those that don't know what lapping compound is, it is basically fine abrasive paste.
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Goodmorning Zep. sure seems like it sometimes
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Old 06-13-2008, 11:20 AM   #219
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Ahem! I love science projects. Did I forget to say "amazing" science projects? Did I forget to say "damn, why didn't I think of that?" Did I forget to say "boy, am I impressed with the skills of the members of this community?" Did I forget to say "man, I sure am humbled every time I get on the forums?" Did I forget to say "geez, wish I had that tool!"? Did I forget to say "buddy, I commiserate with you--why does everthing have to be a science project?"

Now, just to be clear, I intend to happily subject the community to many more science projects. We will delve into arcane topics, debating even the inconsequential nuances.

But, why can't the occasional repair just be simple, easy, straightforward, just like you planned it, quick? Why does the "correct" repair require an in-depth understanding of metalurgy, fatigue, fastener mechanics, humidity, vapor condensation, compatibility of elastomers, adhesion and durability of paint, strenght of materials, stress risers, color variations in aluminum alloys, proper esthetics of repair appearance, axle spring rates, vibration induced failure in electrical harnesses, blah blah blah?

One day I'd like to just take a piece of aluminum and screw it to the shell and say "ha, problem solved!"

I love learning, but once in a while I'd like a quickie, thank you very much.

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You left out "man of great humor".

I'm with you, but I actually had a simple one last weekend. I hooked up the 35 year air conditioner and it actually worked without the excess use of oversized hand tools, exotic fasteners, farming implements or extreme language. I waited for the other show to fall for two days. Still working. Unbelievably.

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I had two very easy projects that went beyond easy. The first was this Grotelite reflector. They are not original, but I like the bling. I sandblasted them, eastwood rust encapselator, then silver encaplalator paint, and BAMMM.
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Number 2 was this TV antenna mount. Stripped the wire, new end rings, vulkum, and stainless screws. Didn't even finish a rum and coke in the time it took.
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You used the wrong screws on the TV antenna mount.
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You used the wrong screws on the TV antenna mount.
Did you wish to elaborate or am I to wait on a PM with the answer? There is a problem with stainless? I am going to do a scientific experiment on this.

Kip, sorry for the highjacking. I know Zep is usually the one that highjacks, but I can only say sorry. Extra karma coming your way. by the way, Hows that number stacking up Aerowood?
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That was a very poor attempt at humor. I guess I'm going to stop even trying to make jokes any longer. Almost got my keester in a real sling in another thread last week.

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