Help to restore 1952 Airstream Flying Cloud in SF bay area
Hi! I am brand new to this forum and pretty darn new to the whole concept of Airstreams as a way of life. But now I'm obsessed and plan to restore a 1952 Flying Cloud to be used as a camping trailer and mobile office.
The problem is that I'm not a skilled mechanic/carpenter/electrician or any other relevant trade and don't have a garage or tons of tools and equipment. I'd like to complete a lot of the work myself, but probably don't have what it takes to do it on my own. At the same time, I don't want to just drop this beauty off at a shop. I want to learn and do as much as possible myself.
Do any of you know of a shop or person who might be interested in working with me on this project? Basically, I'd like to pay someone who is skilled at this type of restoration to help me complete my project. Not to do it, but to teach me how to do it. Maybe this would be someone also working on a project, and I could "look over their shoulder"? My funds are limited, but I'm a hard worker, enthusiastic and easy to work with (if I do say so myself.)
Although I've been studying this forum to learn as much as possible, when it comes down to is, I am going to need more help. I am really seeking a place to do the restoration and a face-to-face relationship with an Airstream mentor/expert.
The trailer is in good camping-ready, but not perfect, condition. This is what I would like to do:
Install wall and floor insulation
Install water heater
Install a small bathroom with sink/shower and composting toilet
Install solar panels and hook them up so that they provide any needed electrical power
Polish exterior aluminum panels
I can do these projects myself after the above is complete:
Install cork flooring
(I know, the easy part)
Look forward to joining the community! ~J