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Old 02-01-2019, 11:45 AM   #15
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Thank you rmkrum for your thoughts.
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:52 AM   #16
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Compound polish

After the windows were done I needed something to do that didnít cost money and I had already purchased the supplies to polish. I used Nuvite 9 and a dewalt polisher. It was worth the time now because it really lets you see all the scratches and pits.
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Old 02-01-2019, 01:25 PM   #17
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This is my redesigned floorplan. I will be adding a wet bath with 2 15 gallon grey tanks below the floor. 8gallon black and 30 gallons of fresh water above floor. I will need to move one window about 10Ē to make this layout work but Iím liking it. I havenít decided if the front will be convertible lounges like original or a full time bed. Convertible lounges will create new challenges for fresh water but doable.
Just wanted to share my experience with adding shallow gray water tanks to a 50's trailer. My goal was to keep everything inside the belly pan but I found the shallow tanks were not ideal in the real world. Even a tiny bit out of level reduced usable tank capacity dramatically and I was unable to get the tanks to empty completely unless I raised the tongue 6-8 inches. Not too convenient while camping. My drain pipe connected to the end (rather than the bottom) of the tank, which was the cause of the problem.
On my next trailer I had a custom tank made that was much deeper and had a bottom that sloped toward the curb side for complete emptying. YMMV.
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Old 02-01-2019, 06:26 PM   #18
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Thanks for the input Bambitex. I know itís not ideal but i didnít want anything below the belly pan. I used two tanks from tank-mart, 70H, that is premoulded to slope to the drain. The outlet/inlet is also moulded into the tank so it sounds like itís similar to what you had made. As to if it will actually work...well...time will tell!
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Old 02-02-2019, 03:14 PM   #19
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Lifting the shell

I built the Gantrys from a plan on this site. They worked great and my wife didnít blow a gasket when she saw them next to the house.

I supported the enterior with lumber and rigged up through the roof vent openings.

After putting some tension on the rigging I removed the front and rear bellypan rivets.

These trailers are built different, I think, than Airstream. The shell is not supported by the floor. It has 6 tabs sandwitched between floor outriggers. Those 6 tabs buck rivet to the main ribs and support the shell.
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Old 02-03-2019, 02:05 PM   #20
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Frame

Iíve decided to build an entirely new frame. After taking very carefull measurements and lots of pictures I had to demo the old to make room. I live in a subdivision with limited space so I couldnít keep until the new one was done. That would have been great.

After much thought I decided to stay with a leaf spring drop axle. I did considered straight axle and torsion suspension but the arguments seem to be split 50/50.

The only parts that will be kept are the leaf springs and axle cross members. Everything else goes.
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:16 PM   #21
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Frame

I ordered a 3500# 4Ēdrop Dexter axle and had a local sheet metal shop bend new out riggers. I will be using 16ga(1/16Ē) steel instead of the original aluminum. It will add a couple hundred pounds to the frame but I plan to save that weight on the interior.

I refurbished the leaf springs and painted everything with POR15. I pre painted certain areas before I started welding. Mainly The outriggers that are back to back.

The center tube is 4Ē x 1/8Ē x 24í
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:50 AM   #22
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Iíve decided to build an entirely new frame. After taking very carefull measurements and lots of pictures I had to demo the old to make room. I live in a subdivision with limited space so I couldnít keep until the new one was done. That would have been great.

After much thought I decided to stay with a leaf spring drop axle. I did considered straight axle and torsion suspension but the arguments seem to be split 50/50.

The only parts that will be kept are the leaf springs and axle cross members. Everything else goes.
Great pictures. I understand a new frame is necessary for your rig. The gantry set up is something I need to do. Where did you see how to build one? Would it be possible to show some more detailed photos of how you attached the gantry to the body? I wish it would warm up here in Southeastern Arizona. Thank you again for your help.
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Old 02-06-2019, 11:01 AM   #23
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The Dream of Renovating an Airstream...

Ive always loved the iconic Early Airstream design. The polished skin littered with rivets and curvilinear form. At the same time, I have always hated how most campers, not necessarily Airstream, appeared to be so cheaply made. When I think of the exterior form of an early Airstream I have always imagine the interior to be like a million dollar private jet or million dollar yaht. Beautifully rich veneer, curves and just overall quality.

I was lucky to find trailer near by house by accident. It set the dream I have always had in motion earlier than anticipated. What shocked me right away after starting the tear down was how my plan fell apart immediately. My intention was to just redo the interior. When I realized the frame had to be completely rebuild and I was basically going to disassemble the entire trailer I was a little overwhelmed.

With that said, I am about to reattach the shell and frame. It was not my original plan but I know I will have a better trailer in the end. Itís a good thing I have experience in metal fabrication or it may have been another story.

I will soon be moving on to the electrical which will be another daunting task but look forward to the challenge.

Here are a few pictures of the furniture Iíve built and will be the inspiration for my new interior.
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Old 02-06-2019, 11:05 AM   #24
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Dccywood,

Here is the link to the pdf. Post #14
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ml#post1411433

I will take a few pictures of the rigging soon.
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Welding the frame up

I welded the outriggers to the main pipe support. I left one out from the original design for future grey tanks.

I welded on the coupler the same way as original. The jack is a little different. I thought of installing an electric jack but decided against it. I did find a manual jack that I like. Itís called the Ultimate Jack and it has a quick release to raise and lower the jack once the pressure is off.

The original design had saddle reinforcements welded on to support the jack. I didnít like that look so I welded a saddle inside the center pipe.
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:13 AM   #26
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Dccywood,

Here is the link to the pdf. Post #14
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ml#post1411433

I will take a few pictures of the rigging soon.
Thank you for posting your gantry design for lifting your shell. My Silver Streak is only a 17 footer and I was intrigued by the posts SSSabre and the VanBeber Family made for lifting the shell off his Sabre. Both methods look like they would work for my shell. It is great to see such good care and craftsmanship going into restoring these vintage trailers. I hope I may be able to contribute to when ever my son and I can find the time and it warms up here in the high desert of Southeastern Arizona.
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:57 PM   #27
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Adding floor support and grey tanks

I added two 15 gallon grey tanks and extra floor sopports front and rear.

I had new wheel wells fabricated by a local sheet metal shop.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:13 AM   #28
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Thank you for posting your gantry design for lifting your shell. My Silver Streak is only a 17 footer and I was intrigued by the posts SSSabre and the VanBeber Family made for lifting the shell off his Sabre. Both methods look like they would work for my shell. It is great to see such good care and craftsmanship going into restoring these vintage trailers. I hope I may be able to contribute to when ever my son and I can find the time and it warms up here in the high desert of Southeastern Arizona.
this looks great
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