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Old 11-23-2015, 08:54 AM   #141
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:25 PM   #142
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Hope's Log - December, 2015: Installing the bunks and walls

With the bunk's new gaucho function engineered, it was time to install them and build the overhead storage, which took another two weekends,
but came together much faster than the months required to engineer and build the bathroom with all its compound curves.

Working with long straight lines using lightweight Alder wood from Woodworkers Source and Wainscot from Lowe's
made creating the Nor'easter yacht look fairly easy and very enjoyable!
I will have more pictures next post as I move into the kitchen to create a new fresh water system and custom cabinets.
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Old 01-01-2016, 03:57 PM   #143
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Hope's Log: Building the Kitchen Cabinets

Wanting to continue the Nor'easter yacht theme, the kitchen cabinets are modified project cabinets from Lowe's with Wainscot enhancements.

Since we decided to keep the original Magic Chef stove for its four burners and oven, I had to buid a platform for it and a cabinet under it.

The cabinets back sides had to be cut to account for the new 25 gallon fresh water tank, which I placed in that location to take advantage of the old Suburban furnace's exhaust port by adding a new pressure regulated city water inlet.
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Old 01-01-2016, 04:03 PM   #144
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Hope's Log: The Kitchen Counter Top and Sink

To give "Hope" some of the new Airstream look to our project, we purchased an 18 inch round stainless steel sink and customized it to protrude from the front of the cabinets about 6 inches.

I love the look after painting everything white and look forward to creating the teak counter top.

Happy New Year!!!!
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Old 01-01-2016, 04:40 PM   #145
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Did I say WOW last time. Really nice work love the bump out sink area.
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Old 01-03-2016, 11:57 PM   #146
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Did I say WOW last time. Really nice work love the bump out sink area.
Thank you, Hittenstiehl. I wish I was able to finish the cabinets and travel to the New Year's Rally, but I will keep working on Hope in order to be ready to attend a rally later this year! I hope you enjoyed the rally!

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Hope's Log: New Year's Weekend: Making Teak Countertop

Knowing I could not work all weekend on Hope, I decided to just work in my garage cutting the teak into various widths for a custom kitchen counter top.

The big issue after cutting all the strips of wood was gluing them together in a way that will minimize the amount of sanding to make the surface even.

Luckily for me, my wife was not too upset when she woke up on New Year's Day to find I had glued the strips of wood together in our house on the kitchen island (It was the best large, flat surface I could find!).

This coming weekend I plan to finish the kitchen counter then figure out how to connect the fresh water tank to the new Shurflo water pump and to the new Atwood water heater...I hate doing plumbing... )
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Old 06-13-2016, 04:58 PM   #148
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Hope's Log - June, 2016...

Due to other life priorities, it has been nearly 5 months since I have been able to work on "Hope" and I was hoping to get more done before the Arizona heat prevented me from working inside the Airstream. To allow my family to go camping this Summer in the high country (Flagstaff and Prescott areas) I purchased a small Kenmore Freezer to allow us to freeze our meals before heading out in case there is no electricity and not have to rely on ice and coolers. I will eventually repair the original 1971 electric/propane refrigerator, but for now we can enjoy Lasagna, burgers and steaks while camping. Even without electricity I can get 3 days of camping before everything thaws out and a small generator can tied us over until I get the new solar panels and batteries installed. So much more to do, so little time to do it! In the meantime, I'm building the new cabinet above the stove and sink area and modified a fan unit for the stove's exhaust, which I hope to install this month. Unfortunately, the teak counter top that I custom made has shrunk in the heat and low humidity, which will now require me to do some maple or holly inlay to fill in the gaps, but that should make it look even more special.
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Hope's Log - June, 2016

This is the cabinet above the sink and stove. My next step is to build all the cabinet doors in the garage and install them in one day (or night when it is cooler...)
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Keith,
I "Hope" you don't mind me stealing some of your ideas. Everything looks great, even the countertop looks like a great start. It really will look even better with inlays.
Things take time is what my Dad use to say and I am way behind you on my resto-mod. When I get to the interior I will be looking back at your thread. Thanks again and keep up the good work. Stay in the shadows, it's cooler.
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Keith,
I "Hope" you don't mind me stealing some of your ideas. Everything looks great, even the countertop looks like a great start. It really will look even better with inlays.
Things take time is what my Dad use to say and I am way behind you on my resto-mod. When I get to the interior I will be looking back at your thread. Thanks again and keep up the good work. Stay in the shadows, it's cooler.
Be safe
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Hello Bullit,

Feel free to take advantage of any idea or knowledge that I post, which is the greatest benefit of this forum and I have learned so much from our fellow members that have posted informative techniques on repairing and improving our Airstreams! I hope to get a few hours in to finish the cabinets then try to go camping up north soon. I will post more pictures when I do...

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Just finished the thread and am very impressed. After many years of lusting for an airstream I just put down a deposit on a '71 Safari 23.

I will start a new thread on my journey but really enjoyed seeing the progress...amazing work!

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Just caught up on your restoration. Your moving right along.

I haven't been on the forum in a while but I'm finally getting around to plumbing my gas lines and doing the belly. Will keep up on your progress, keep up the good work.
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