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Old 10-14-2014, 10:32 AM   #1
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Cool 10 things you should know about restoring a Vintage Airstream

Ten things you should know about restoring a Vintage Airstream

1. Aluminum hates you.
2. Old period interiors smell like really old period interiors
3. No human can fit into the shower, only certain parts get wet at any given time
4. No human can extend their legs in the bathtub and not get stuck
5. Buck rivets suck
6. Interior walls are made of an alien compound; they are sticky and remain – sticky.
7. The fold down stairs will eventually reach out and bite you
8. There is a huge difference between black and gray water
9. The bananas are always bruised (if you own an Airstream, no explanation is necessary)
10. When you are finished the hundred’s of hours required to polish an Airstream to a mirror finish it will only reveal that you are older, fatter and – surprise, have grey hair.

Bonus item:

It is impossible to poop in an Airstream and not feel like you are being watched; I don’t know why that is though. I'm just saying'

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Old 10-14-2014, 11:45 AM   #2
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great post.
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:58 AM   #3
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I just started a major on a '65 Overlander and I can attest
to the truth in your post.
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:13 PM   #4
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I agree, a wonderful post. I really like the part about the bruised bananas.

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Old 10-14-2014, 12:39 PM   #5
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Maybe it's because I own and drive an Airstream Interstate, rather than owning and towing a vintage Airstream trailer, but I don't get the bit about the bruised bananas.
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:41 PM   #6
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Banana wraps always get dinged up
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:20 PM   #7
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Very humorous post!
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:31 PM   #8
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Great Post Paul,
Having owned and restored a 73 overlander i can relate to 9 out of the 10
please correct me if I'm wrong, a 73 does Not have Grey water tank ??
What was it with those vinyl covered sticky wall, yuk !!!!

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Old 10-14-2014, 05:37 PM   #9
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Yes, yes, and yesssssss. I agree with all of the above. Buck rivets do indeed suck.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:35 PM   #10
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Fixing and changing old ones is possible but really restoring them to original is not. I read this in a previous thread and after 11 years of attempts can attest to its truth.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:57 PM   #11
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I politely disagree. You can get super close. Enough so a novice couldn't tell.

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Old 10-15-2014, 08:19 AM   #12
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Buck rivets don't "suck" they are easy. After shooting a million you finally get the hang of it.
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Old 10-15-2014, 01:27 PM   #13
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Great post! Working on a 1956 whale tail overlander.
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