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Old 10-10-2014, 11:19 AM   #57
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oh god, vacuuming...This is where you will find out just how much rot you really have. I made the mistake of keeping a clean worksite by vacuuming regularly. My what I thought was solid floor shrank by half ;-)
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Old 10-10-2014, 11:29 AM   #58
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That is one strong vacuum... Careful where you point that thing.😜

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Old 10-11-2014, 08:23 PM   #59
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Old 10-13-2014, 03:11 PM   #60
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Hey guys,

It looks like the 57 Caravanner will be up for sale within the next few days, I ran into a lady that had a 76 Sovereign that is in excellent condition. If you know anyone looking for a 57, let me know, I'm make them a good deal on it, Have them PM me for details, I wanted to give the forum first dibs for all the help you've given me thanks again!
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:14 PM   #61
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Hold that thought, looks like one of my friends said he would let me use space in his commercial garage just to store it and work on it as I go, I may pursue that path.. I mean, its better than sitting open in that field right?
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:43 PM   #62
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Definitely.
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:13 PM   #63
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My advice, hang onto it! That's a sweet trailer. They are only getting rarer as time goes by. Stored under cover, even if you do nothing to it , it will appreciate in value. Trust me, you let this go now ....you will kick yourself in the future.
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Old 10-14-2014, 01:15 AM   #64
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First off, if you haven't already done so, give him the 1000 dollars. Second, Do not tow it put it on a trailer and carry it to wherever you plan on doing the restoration. The axle is probably fine but the brakes, being so old probably are all resting at the bottom of the wheels. New tires too, don't try to pump up the flats the rubber is so old they won't hold air. Buy it, put it on a flat bed and tow it home and enjoy. By the way, we have a 56 that I drove home from Ventura CA with no brakes and a defective dead man's switch. We still have it and just had it restored and we love ours.
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Old 10-14-2014, 09:09 AM   #65
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First off, if you haven't already done so, give him the 1000 dollars. Second, Do not tow it put it on a trailer and carry it to wherever you plan on doing the restoration. The axle is probably fine but the brakes, being so old probably are all resting at the bottom of the wheels. New tires too, don't try to pump up the flats the rubber is so old they won't hold air. Buy it, put it on a flat bed and tow it home and enjoy. By the way, we have a 56 that I drove home from Ventura CA with no brakes and a defective dead man's switch. We still have it and just had it restored and we love ours.
He already towed it home.....previous posts......
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Old 10-14-2014, 01:59 PM   #66
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Quick question guys, where do you get aluminum sheets for fixing panels? And also what types of rivets do you use? Where do you buy supplies? I know I can get my plywood and sealants from out local builders supply store but what about the more airstream related things?
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Old 10-14-2014, 03:06 PM   #67
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Vintage Trailer Supply is a great source for all things Airstream related. There are three kinds of rivets that are used in restoration work. Bucked rivets (that's what are all over the outside of your trailer), pop rivets (that's what are used inside, generally) and Olympic rivets. They are used when you can't get to the back side of a rivet to buck rivet it, but still want the appearance of a bucked rivet. They are not as structurally sound as a bucked rivet, since they are thinner on the back side. Use the google search button on the top bar of the site & google all three. You will find examples of all three. I got some aluminum for my trailer from Aircraft Spruce, but there are other suppliers that others may chime in about. Where do you need to replace a sheet? Inside, or outside....it makes a difference.
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Inside and outside, it's not really necessarily that it's needed but I would like to use a few pieces on the belly to overlap some holes and I would like to maybe do the interior with a 1/2 aluminum modern look and the other half a thin wood look.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:09 PM   #69
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If you're just covering up holes in the belly pan, it doesn't really matter much what grade of aluminum you use....I got mine from an RV surplus store...it was extra from the exterior of a white box trailer (except it was grey, not white!). The new pieces I used on the interior were from Aircraft Spruce. It's more $, but you want it nice for your interior panels :-)
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:21 AM   #70
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Thanks for the info! I removed the front floor last night after carefully removing the couch to ensure it didn't break, and guess what, found and old squirrels nest and a nest of carpenter ants,.. Bug bombed the Airstream hopefully. that will take care of them.
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