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Old 01-11-2016, 08:59 PM   #15
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Full shell off Restoration

That was a stressful but extremely thrilling day! I can honestly say I was beaming with excitement after actually pulling this off... Now it's time to work on the frame! Click image for larger version

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Old 01-11-2016, 09:03 PM   #16
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I admire your enthusiasm and look forward to this thread! Just want to make sure you have the shell tied down securely to the ground! One gust of wind and these shells can roll and crumple . Not good!
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:06 PM   #17
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Rusty Frame

So here is exactly why I decided to lift the shell. To repair this much steel and do so much repair to the frame with the shell on would just be even more work. I need eight new outriggers at the fron step. It's like the water just never stopped coming in the front door. They step outriggers are all but gone. So lots of work to be done! Click image for larger version

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Working with a local welder who has a CNC machine and a metal brake to make replica outriggers. Those are in the works right now. Should be fun to FINALLY put something back ON to my airstream rather than ripping it off!
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:12 PM   #18
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Sanding and grinding away the rusty bones. Trying to decide between A lot more sanding and grinding with an angle grinder, or just biting the bullet on having someone sandblast the entire frame. A local guy also happens to have a 30' oven to cook it with powder coat! What's everyone's thoughts on frame finishing??

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Old 01-12-2016, 10:06 PM   #19
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Tying down separated shell for the winter?

After seeing the forecast and reading reinergirl's comment last night, I went over tonight to "tie down the shell" for the winter until it's ready to be remounted. I'm not really sure the best way to do it. I have 2x4 braces running across the base of the shell, so I strapped them to a dozen cinder blocks. Hoping that is enough weight to hold it down, but afraid the braces will just rip off from the wall studs in a strong enough wind gust... What would you do??Click image for larger version

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Old 01-14-2016, 10:49 PM   #20
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Nice. Sounds just like my story. The wife wanted an old airstream, probably because she was tired of tent camping in the everglades. We have the same camper and it needs the same work, so i will be following tou closely. Im going to start on mine in the next couple of weeks. We have a year to get it back together and roadworthy.
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Old 01-15-2016, 07:34 AM   #21
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Nice work brother. I admire your tenacity and ability. Luckily for me my 66 had little frame rot, and a decent floor. it did leak around the vent pipes which messed up the wood wall in one area, and of course behind the refrigerator, which is where the floor damage happened.
I really like the Overlanders and we have enjoyed ours for 4 years now.
Good luck! Can't wait to see what you do inside.
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Old 01-16-2016, 12:17 AM   #22
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After our suprisingly mild winter suddenly turned bitter cold, I felt the need to say "old man winter won't stop me!" And I cleaned out my side of the garage. I had 48 bags of 60 lbs concrete in there left over from a misinformed fence post calculation (the bag called for 3 bags per post when it only took 1.5!) so do the math... That's how sore I am today from lifting them into my truck and hauling them back to HD. They took them all back though. I think I will spend the store credit to build some temporary walls since the 26' trailer frame doesn't entirely fit in the 24' garage! Oh and to add to the muscle ache, my truck couldn't make the turn to get it in there, so my wife and I had to push it in by hand!! Click image for larger version

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Old 01-20-2016, 07:57 PM   #23
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New outriggers!

So my neighborhood welder came through with an almost mirror image replica prototype of the rusted out outriggers that I need replaced! His mentor has a CNC plasma cutter and a big metal break, so these are going to be perfect. They will be solid since we can't really reproduce the factory stamped bevel. I'm not running any plumbing or electric through them, so it doesn't matterClick image for larger version

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ID:	256019. It only adds a few ounces each. He is working on the rusted out step outrigger with the notch too... Should price out less then $15 each! And no shipping! Sure am glad I walked my dog over there and said hello to those guys.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:42 PM   #24
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Good find. Those should work great.
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:37 PM   #25
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Winter is coming... All at once... In one weekend!

This really slows things down! Not only is my shell buried, there is also a 6' pile of snow now blocking my frame in the garage. I can't even drag it across the street to the welder if the new outriggers were finished... At least the shell didn't blow away or crush from the snowmagedon!!Click image for larger version

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I feel like "little miss doom and gloom" on your thread but also do your best to keep snow off the roof of that shell. Without interior supports and the bottom to provide stucture, I know of at least two instances where the shell has collapsed from snow load!
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I feel like "little miss doom and gloom" on your thread but also do your best to keep snow off the roof of that shell. Without interior supports and the bottom to provide stucture, I know of at least two instances where the shell has collapsed from snow load!
Ditto Dat! There's a thread on these forums, w/ a photo that is so hard to look at, that I won't include a link, but I'm sure everyone thought how cool it looked w/ all that snow on the roof, right up until it no longer could support it . . . which I'm sure was a lot more snow than what is shown in your picture - just making sure you were aware.
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