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Old 03-04-2014, 07:13 PM   #521
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Aerowood...You are the man! And an perfect example of why I love this forum!!!
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I don't think that it was a polarity problem, but if it was it's gone know, because I completly removed all the wiring to do a complete rewire. Yes I do know what I,m doing. I completly wired the weather research bus on our C130. We can supply scientists with 100 amps of 115vac 60 hz single phase, 200 amps of 28vdc. I took the power from the number 4 engine which supplies 60 KVA 115vac 400hz 3 phase. I use phase A to power the 8 frequecy converters, Phase B I run thru 2 100amp transformer rectifiers for the 28vdc and phase C is used for 28vac and 12vdc.
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:52 PM   #523
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Stringer/Rib stock for FF

Kip,
I have removed my escape hatch to put in a new FF.
I will make a patch to install the new FF into, but am wondering about getting some Stinger/Rib pieces with contoured shape for the For and Aft portions.
I want to help tie that boxed area together without building a box.
Do you know where I may acquire some?

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Old 03-19-2014, 09:41 PM   #524
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...am wondering about getting some Stinger/Rib pieces with contoured shape for the For and Aft portions. ...
Tim, if you have a shrinker/stretcher pair of tools (decent versions are available at Harbor Freight and are on sale now and then for less than $200), you can make them. All you do is take two "L" channel pieces, imagine joining them together into a "C", and then shrink/stretch the joining flanges to get the curve you want. Then rivet them together.

Alternatively, you can cut 2x4 hardwood into the desired curve (pay attention to the grain and make sure it runs the length of the piece, not he width) and use #10 sheet metal screws to attach them to the shell. Sounds awful but works great, provides a lot of strength and stiffness. Cut the pieces to to have the proper depth (1-1/4" or 1-1/2", depending on how your shell is put together) and you can also screw the interior skin to them.

[Kip will now fill in the required technical detail...]

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Old 03-20-2014, 07:56 AM   #525
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I would like to help you out, but I'm really maxed out right now, working all weekend on the Gulfstream on an Oxygen STC, and then a trip next week, then home for a short period brfore I'm on the road again. I was was able to make the Resto rally but just barely and then on to New Zealand then flying a summer project with the Herc. I won't have any Airstream time until the end of August.

The shrinker stretcher that Zep made reference to above would be your best bet. Just buy some extruded 1/16th thick angle. I used 3/4" X 3/4"
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:06 PM   #526
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If you subscribe to Harbor Freight, they send you 20% off coupons by email. I got the shrinker stretcher set for less than $120. The shrinker is really useful. Stretching can be done with a hammer pretty easily.
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...The shrinker is really useful. Stretching can be done with a hammer pretty easily.
It's easy to crack the flange when stretching. You have to be real patient. Not so much with the shrinker, just flail away at it.
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:19 PM   #528
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Rib Stock

Kip, No sweat, that's great info.

Now is that the same size/type "L" shaped stock that I could use like you did to tie your verticle ribs to your horizontal?
I like how you fastened the cross sections of your stringers.

How about 3/4"x3/4" x 1/8 channel 6063-T52? Would this be maleable enough? I guess it wouldn't fit in the shrinker/stretcher though...
Is 1/8 too thick?

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Old 03-21-2014, 05:05 PM   #529
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1/8 would be a push for a manual shrinker.

I made the stringer to frame clips from .063 2024-T3, but you could use 1 x 1 x 1/16 extruded with no problem. 1/8 is really overkill.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:02 PM   #530
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71 Globetrotter Full Monte Axle alignment thread #176

I have read your threads on your Full Monte and picked up several solutions that I was pondering on and thanks for the reply about my corrosion problem earlier. If you have time could you respond to this question. I noticed in Thread #176 you referenced aligning your new axles and was trying to figure out where to measure from and too to ensure my axles are square, Andy at Inland had referenced measuring to the tongue jack in a reply I had posted. Want to make sure they are correct. The rear holes lined up but the front needed a little drilling for the bolts. The 5" C channel on each side is not exactly the same length, so I am a little confused where to measure.
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A perfect measurement would be from the center of the ball in the receiver. In practice, however, the tongue jack or the front tip of the hitch receiver works just fine (Luke [AirstreaminColorado] in Ft Collins is the axle expert and he uses the front tip of the receiver). It is more important to pick a point that is centered than it is to get a perfect spot front to back. This may seem counter intuitive, since the dimension you want is front to back.

It's not uncommon for the original axles to be skewed a little. Here's a link to my Overlander axle installation, which was originally off by 3/8". I am surprised that one of your axles is off from the other. Usually one of the axle mounting plates is off a little (so the axles aren't 90 degrees to the centerline), but the axles are parallel to each other.

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Great Read...Looking forward to the next chapter...

Hello Aerowood,

I have just finished reading all 38 pages of your blog and have learned so much from you and the other folks that have posted helpful information and links to various products to use.

God speed and safe travels to you. I look forward to reading the next chapter in your Airstream adventure and also in your professional work.

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I'm new to this forum, but not to Airstream. A former GF and I towed a "sistership" - a '71 Caravel 18 - once around the planet back in the 90's. I just retired as a marine surveyor after 30 years in the yacht repair biz. I was in the midst of a similar full monte on a '72 Unifite 28 Sallty Dog sport fishing boat when I met my current wife. We have since moved on to a somewhat newer '81 Uniflite cruiser that didn't need that much work. Plenty, yes, but not that much.

My spouse mentioned to me, after my numerous exclamations over reading Aerowood's ongoing litany of perfection, "He can't be married!"



I explained that you were, and mentioned the white paint spots in the driveway...

I'm back in the AS world with a recently purchased slightly used '12 Flying Cloud 27FB. It obviously cost more than the $1800 you paid for your project. Having gone through all the stages of angst, revelation and satisfaction with the old Salty Dog, I can appreciate what you're doing, what you're accomplishing, and I can truly say, "I'm so glad that ain't me!"

At the end of 6 years with the Dog, I was about half done. The mechanicals were 100%, but she was just as ugly as the day I got her. (the boat! Come on, you guys!) I'm sure I will have my share of issues with our almost-new Cloud, but I will *never again* have the energy (or desire) to go through the process you're still "enjoying."

This thread was started in 2007. Got a target date for completion? I thought not.
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I came in from working on my 1970 GT to check the forum for an answer to my problem and got hijacked to this thread and have burnt up an hour and a half at least following Aerowood's restore. While Im here may I ask if anyone has removed a streetside rear shower with toilet inside? Im working by myself and cant seem to slide it out. I have left the top and bottom unriveted but together as there is no head room to lift the top off. All the obvious rivets, screws, toilet and shower flange have been removed. Anything below to snag this?
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This thread was started in 2007. Got a target date for completion? I thought not.
I have no time frame as of yet. I am currently working here


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I came in from working on my 1970 GT to check the forum for an answer to my problem and got hijacked to this thread and have burnt up an hour and a half at least following Aerowood's restore. While Im here may I ask if anyone has removed a streetside rear shower with toilet inside? Im working by myself and cant seem to slide it out. I have left the top and bottom unriveted but together as there is no head room to lift the top off. All the obvious rivets, screws, toilet and shower flange have been removed. Anything below to snag this?
As the interior of mine was in rough shape I did not preform a surgical removal of the remaining interior
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1. which is street side and which is curb side in New Zealand?
2. Assuming all of your "work" is being done at the Hagley Golf course (43.5300 S, 172.6203 E), can you let the northern hemispherians know if the ball circles the cup clock-wise or counter-clock-wise as it goes in the hole.

OK 3 questions (and most important): Is the beer served in pints or liters at the 19th hole?


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Actually I'm here, Christchurch Accommodation New Zealand | Peppers Clearwater Resort and its cold and wet out. Nobody is playing golf right now, and this place is close to the airport and the US Antarctic Polar Programs flight line. The asphalt on this ramp looks the same as all the other flight lines I've been on. The beer here is "quite lovely", and I'm making sure that I am contributing to the local pubs economy.
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Holy Toledo sir, you are either a craftsman or a magician.

I am reading like a madman but only on page 18. Thank you for posting your hinge repair in my "sloppy hinge" thread and directing me here.

This thread is *ahem* RIVETING.
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Thank you.

I wish I had more time to finish, I'm still in NZ and will be for another week.

There are campers here every where you look and I've been meaning to stop off at a dealer lot and have a look see. I have seen one Airstream here but as it was pushed far back into a driveway I could only tell that it was a later model.
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