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Old 03-30-2009, 11:29 AM   #71
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interior pics

Marc I will post some interior pics tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for the advice on the roof vents. It does have a porch light in good external shape. Wish the interior could be fixed easy like the outside?? My next step is to strip the interior and remove the belly pan.
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Old 03-30-2009, 12:05 PM   #72
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David, you may want to go to vintageairstream. com to get an idea of the interior layouts for that year. Here's the link:

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Old 03-30-2009, 12:34 PM   #73
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Ken you were right, I was surprised on how the overlander cleaned up. I looked at the pics of yours. Did you put tandem axles on it. I thought that was not an option till the 60's. Great looking interior. Only differs from mine in the stove placement. Mine is forward not with the drawers against the bulkhead. Can you post a pic of yours forward. Mine did not have a gaucho and would like to see what was in it orginally. Regards david
If you looked at the pictures under my name, those are very old - check out these... http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ion-12320.html these will show the front gaucho (start from the last page) - mine came without a gaucho also, but someone gave me one so I put it in. Funny you think that interior is great - pictures don't show what its really like - it was horrible - when I took it out, it just fell apart, so I built all new.

Duel axle's were an option that year.

I should update my pictures someday....

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Old 03-31-2009, 07:21 AM   #74
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Ken what a great job you did on that trailer. Love your cabinet work. I am going to have to rebuild all of my interior. I want to pay particular attention to weight as i love the way my trailer tows now. I think I will replicate the frame work on my cabinets and if possible even lighten them up from stock. I know from dealing with airplanes ounces really add up. I am already going to add a gray tank to the weight. My guess was two years on my restoration and see you took 3.5, may be more realistic for me. My goal is to have a finished frame by the end of the summer with tanks and floor in. I am going to modify my front with a wrap around couch and use the street side end to act as a seat for a desk using the fold down from the kitchen counter as a computer table. Will post pics of my interior. I sure wish I could hit your seminar in april. I could use all that info. I would fly out there and just attend the lectures. david
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:28 AM   #75
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I sure wish I could hit your seminar in april. I could use all that info. I would fly out there and just attend the lectures. david
No kidding-- having both Ken and Uwe there, as well as all of their other teachers and exhibitors, makes this one of the best rallies around. I wish I could make it as well!

David,

Eugene is already looking so much better. This is a great trailer, and you're going to make some amazing memories during this restoration, and the camping to come afterward.

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Old 03-31-2009, 08:28 AM   #76
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Welp - just jump on a big bird and come on out! The rally itself is cheap and the knowledge you will get is priceless! We have several staying in motels... We have folks coming from as far away as Vermont - very easy to get in/out of Albuq

Thank you for the kind words on my trailer - you hit the nail on the head - think lite weight - I've seen some restorations using 3/4 in cabinets and laminate floors that weigh a ton - especially being single axle - the frame is plenty as orginally built, but not much more.

Your pictures look very familier - mine looked just like yours when I got it.

Good luck - keep the questions coming! TONS of knowledge here..

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Old 03-31-2009, 11:11 AM   #77
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Ken do you still have some openings for the FCU. Can you tell me the time schedule for the seminars? I am thinking about changing my schedule around and flying out there. david
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:27 AM   #78
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:06 PM   #79
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Ken do you still have some openings for the FCU. Can you tell me the time schedule for the seminars? I am thinking about changing my schedule around and flying out there. david
The rally is going to be fantastic this year. Uwe and I are going to be doing a demo that will most likely help you out. This is my project below. My wife and I are going to be using it again as an aluminum tent this year.

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Kip I went through your thread a few weeks ago on your restoration. You were the final straw on coming to New Mexico. I cancelled a meeting I had for that weekend and signed up. My check to Ken is in the mail. I cant wait to meet you guys and see your work first hand. regards david
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:42 PM   #82
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Kip, What are the dates?

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Old 04-04-2009, 06:55 AM   #83
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Tearout interior

Started the tearout yesterday afternoon. Got about three hours in and got the stove out some of the cabinets and working my way back. None of the long screws holding the frames in will budge. Havent had much luck drilling either, wood so soft, bit drifts away from screw. Will try a larger bit today. Most of my cabinets are going to have to be rebuilt anyway. I see they really allow for the flexing of the shell in their securing the frames. Very good design. The joinery is not great but by present day standards beats anything being built today. Got some pics, and any advice on getting these frame securing screws out would be appreciated. Also have a pic of a mystery trailer. can anyone tell me the year and length? It is called a 27 but looks a bit longer. I am so glad I have my wife for without her I would have three airstreams to work on now. Your thoughts on the model and year airstream in the last two pics would be appreciated.
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I wish I had some better news for you, but those screws that hold the frames into the floor are just a real bear to get out. Mine were all flat-head (slotted) screws, and after 45 years of flexing and torquing, they were so firmly embedded that I just couldn't get enough leverage on most of them to get them out. I knew I'd be replacing the floor, so ultimately, I just used a big pry-bar and lifted the frames to rip the screws out of the floor. This damaged the veneer on some of the cabinetry, but I had planned to redo that anyway. I can tell you that I will not be using a single slotted screw when I reinstall the cabinetry!


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