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Old 01-10-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
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Laws of Airstream Restoration

I thought it would be helpful and informative to capture the governing principles of Airstream restoration that others could consider when deciding to purchase that gem in the rough in the field out behind the barn...


Alumaholic's Laws of Airstream Restoration:

1. Everything on the old Airstream you just purchased is worthless, and everything you need is priceless.
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:06 PM   #2
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When you go to rewire it you will find everything has been carefully color coded BLUE
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:08 PM   #3
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Best case: It will take three times as long and cost three times as much as you estimated.
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:20 PM   #4
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:33 PM   #5
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All of the above are essentially true.


Here is one absolute that has not been mentioned:

Fix the frame, floor, and running gear (the entire underbelly) BEFORE making anything pretty on the topsides.

Anything you do on the surface prior to attacking the bottom will probably have to be undone when working below the floor level.

Do yourself a favor - do the bottom first.
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:44 PM   #6
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It's much easier to replace those "barely used", ten-year-old tires in the shop than it is to wait and replace them on the shoulder 40 miles east of Cline's Corners.
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:48 PM   #7
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I agree with all the posts so far, and want to add the following...

1. Airstreams never leak.
2. Rust is NOT your friend, and it never sleeps.
3. "Yep, looks like you need new axles."
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:53 PM   #8
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Rule 1.
Corollary: Your Univolt is worthless, and it must be replaced with something very expensive.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:04 PM   #9
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:13 PM   #11
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airstream rebuild law:

No permits required: you can create your own governing authority when it comes to material and workmanship.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:48 PM   #13
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Reflections of the world in the shiny aluminum will be remembered by you forever, but impacting the world on the aluminum will be remembered by the metal forever. Luckily panels can be replaced, but missed memories can't.
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Reflections of the world in the shiny aluminum will be remembered by you forever, but impacting the world on the aluminum will be remembered by the metal forever. Luckily panels can be replaced, but missed memories can't.
That's pretty nice.

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