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Old 07-08-2008, 05:09 PM   #15
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Wonderful restoration Boatdoc and Kay.

Are the steps original? I seem to be missing the lower step on my ‘76.


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Old 07-08-2008, 07:32 PM   #16
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Holy cow!...I'm speechless...that's beautiful. When can I drop off the '76 I just picked up for a similar treatment? Great job BoatDoc.
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:42 AM   #17
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Hi Wayne and Sam; In order not to disturb person sleeping I have installed marine type night pilot house light which emits infra red light. This light will not cause one to wake up when turned on, but it is enough light to see at night even to get dressed up by. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:17 AM   #18
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Wonderful restoration Boatdoc and Kay.

Are the steps original? I seem to be missing the lower step on my ‘76.


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Hi Sergei;
Yes, the steps are original with exception of the step plates. In order to reduce weight I have replaced them with Aluminum plates which were form duplicated. The aluminum plate I have used, is 3/16" thick. This got rid of almost 4 lbs of unwanted weight. My Arg came with double folding step, however the storage lock was not functional and the guide rails were worn out. Using 3/4 square SS tubing I have cut one of the four walls open so that pins can travel inside the tubing. The bend in the tubing rails was simply achieved by cutting it and re-welding it at a proper angle. At the outside end, a half of 3/4" piece of round SS tubing was welded to provide a positive lock for the guide pins when steps are extended. The lock which secures the steps while stored, was made by welding a 1/4" ID SS tube 3/4" long, across a very hard 5/16" SS rod, to serve as a pivot point. A small SS lock washer was welded to the lock rod as a attaching point for SS spring to keep steps secured in place. In the future I may look into figuring out how I can attach a piece of belly skin to close off the steps when stowed away. Because of the demands placed on me by my business, at this time I just want to go camping. In the fall and the winter when the business slows down I will fine tune things including installing the Fantastic Fan.


PS: I found out from Airstream of OHIO that Camper Repair has purchased a remaining stock of vintage Airstream parts. I am not sure if they have a web site, but the phone number is 205-665-2531. Good luck and thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:46 AM   #19
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Sweet,
The mega coats of varnish really show off the Okoume grain. Like the seafoam green and the wraparound is quite nice.

All in all I say

WICKED NICE !!

Looks like the lower outside Red has a little USMC influence going on there.

Now enjoy that rig. DG
Hi Doorgunner:

It has been a long drawn out process and I cannot believe myself That I did it all. It is a shame however that this trailer will not only out live me, but possibly many more generations. I sure could use another hundred years to enjoy it.

We are planning the shakedown trip this weekend to Promised Land State Park in Pa, providing they accept our reservation.

Dry, my Arg weighted in at 4680 lbs. My hitch hook-up is set up as well as the 600 lbs weight distribution bars brought the truck down within a 1/8". Front truck fender squatted down 1/8" more than the rear, but my trailers front mounted water tank is empty, and truck bed was not loaded with the necessary camping stuff. With added weight I should be on the money. I will post after the shakedown run. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:57 AM   #20
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Holy cow!...I'm speechless...that's beautiful. When can I drop off the '76 I just picked up for a similar treatment? Great job BoatDoc.
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Hi Duff: I am not sure that I will ever be ready to undertake such an restoration. Heck, with my work schedule and at age of 63 I rather watch and supervise young guys going at it. The 1800 hundred work hours commitment was the result of my love and appreciation of what my lovely wife Kay does for me. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:02 AM   #21
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Boatdoc:
Congratulations!
Only one thing missing... you now need to update your avatar to reflect the new look of the trailer...!!! :-)
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:54 AM   #22
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Truly fantastic
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:32 AM   #23
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What a great looking trailer! Thanks for sharing the photos - keep 'em coming!
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Super nice job. I really enjoyed the photo's.
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:48 AM   #25
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BD,

Absolutely fantastic work!!!! I hope you enjoy the heck out or your efforts!!

BTW, you might look into adding a MaxxFan with remote control and thermostat instead of the Fantastic. The integral cover (which lays flatto the roof when not in use) allows you to use it in the rain......something that FF does not.
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:39 PM   #26
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Absolutely fantastic work!!!! I hope you enjoy the heck out or your efforts!!

BTW, you might look into adding a MaxxFan with remote control and thermostat instead of the Fantastic. The integral cover (which lays flatto the roof when not in use) allows you to use it in the rain......something that FF does not.
Hi Lew; I apologize for mis-quote. I have a Maxx Fan model 5200 not FF which was given to me as gift by my distributor from whom I purchase most of my marine supplies. Thanks for heads up Lew. "Boatdoc"
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Only one thing missing... you now need to update your avatar to reflect the new look of the trailer...!!! :-)
Hi adore; New avatar is in the working, maybe as early as tommorow. Thanks for prompting me. "Boatdoc"
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