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Old 10-03-2013, 09:57 PM   #57
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My thermostat was on the roadside at end of bed about 5' above floor. If you have a twin layout, your trailer is identical to mine.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:58 PM   #58
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P.S. I will not be reusing much of my interior components including vents, etc. Let me know if you need anything.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:16 AM   #59
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I'll have to check when I get home tonight, i couldn't find it last night. I'm trying to determine what all needs done, I'm making a list. Last night I finally got the stair down after a fighting match. I sanded the surface and used a silver rust sealer on it. I started the tongue last night also, but wow, slow going trying to remove 43 year old bolts and nuts.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:39 AM   #60
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I'm wondering what is your long-term plan for your TT? Fix it up so it's useable, or a full restoration...and to keep and use for many coming years? If you are going to restore, take your time now (I know it's easy to get real excited and rush into things). You can easily get overwhelmed by the cost of replacing parts that are rusted and broken on these 70's Airstreams. And you'll want to preserve as many of the original parts that can't be replaced, or are very expensive (unless you have a BIG restoration budget).

For instance, simply overcoating areas of rust with a sealer/paint is probably a waste of your time and money. The Airstream frames were coated with an oily/tar-like protective coating. For the long term, that stuff needs to come off and the rust treated with something like POR15 to stop the rusting process.

Regarding the stairs.... if they are damaged or rusty....you would do well to get yourself a step stool to use right now...and leave the stairs alone (up and locked in place) until you decide the extent of rust damage. Or take them off and put them away to preserve until you are further along with the project. You don't want to have to replace them.

If you have a KT lock, you would do well to remove it and preserve/restore it. Again, very expensive to replace...and known for breaking.

In general...most parts (lock, stairs, dented panels, windows...have price tags of +/- $500 to replace (if you can find them).

All I'm saying is be careful, slow and methodical in your work. Take pics before and after you take anything apart, so you will be able to refer to your pics when it comes time to put things back together again.

And, of course, have fun! It is a labor of love...and can be very addicting.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:24 AM   #61
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Hi Arktos, I'll answer as soon as I get back to the house but I did have a quick question while I'm on the road. Is there any stores that sell aluminum large flang rivets that connect the exterior sheets together on the outside ? The PO had put had an accessory on the outside that left four holes in the exterior aluminum. On each side of the front street side window. I'd like to patch them so water cannot get inside. They look like screw holes.. Any suggestions or places I could pick up something that would work on the way home?
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:56 PM   #62
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I stopped at the house but I didn't see a switch for the AC, any suggestions?
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:02 PM   #63
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I stopped at the house but I didn't see a switch for the AC, any suggestions?
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:38 PM   #64
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There isn't a 'switch' for the air conditioner (except for the circuit breaker)...unless you have controls on the a/c head unit itself. You should have a thermostat on one of the bulkhead walls...maybe forward of the galley area? Looks very similar to an old house-type thermostat....probably says Honeywell on it. Then there should be another thermostat that controls your furnace. If you end up replacing furnace and a/c at some point, they would be controlled by one thermostat these days.

The rivets holding your exterior shell together should be 5/32" aluminum buck rivets. If the PO drilled them out larger than 5/32, then you will have to go to a larger size. If you are removing the interior skins, I would wait until you are able to gain access and buck the rivets. Otherwise, in an emergency, you could use Olympic rivets. But large flange rivets are usually only used on the belly pan. Ace Hardware usually carries some aluminum pop rivets in various sizes...but I think they are a little difficult to work with. You can order rivets from Vintage Trailer Supply or Aircraft Spruce or Inland RV. Inland, however, does not have an online ordering system....you would have to call them.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:55 PM   #65
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The guy before me ripped out the thermostat.. Just found out.. Left nothing but the loose wires.. crap..no wonder I couldn't locate it..

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Old 10-04-2013, 07:43 PM   #66
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Well, that sucks! Sorry to hear that! Hopefully someone will advise you on what to replace it with. I am not sure myself....I don't think newer thermostats work with these older units. I took mine out...replaced the a/c and furnace. If I find my thermostat, I will let you know.
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:28 PM   #67
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I think I tossed mine, but I will look in the pile of parts in the garage.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:41 AM   #68
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Hey Guys! it's Mmarstil, I wanted to get all my usernames to match on the forum sites! Wanted to thank everyone again for all your help so far! I installed 5 Red LEDs for the rear running lights, I had to cut out a panel in the bathroom cabinet to fix a short in the original wiring for the running lights. I sanded the tongue to bare metal and put 3 coats of Rustolem. Tonight I'm going to tear the carpet up to see how bad the floor is in the front end.

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Here is the tongue...

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here is the cut out in the bathroom

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