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Old 05-06-2013, 08:46 PM   #57
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My biggest advice at this point, based on our refurb, is to take lots of pictures as you take things apart. It's really frustrating months down the road, when you're trying to reinstall something and can't remember how it goes. We're doing all new, and still refer to pictures we took at the beginning. I am doing a scrapbook (on book 2 now) with pictures and descriptions. It's amazing to look back and see where we started, and where we are now. Not to mention, referencing those pictures on "how did that look originally?". It's my winter project every year. Keep that camera handy!

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I am taking lots of pics and posting as I go. :-). Thanks!
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:39 PM   #58
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I am really impressed with your ability to just take one step at a time, even though sometimes you are not sure where you are going, to make the progress to just get the job done. You may not have the best background, but you have what it takes.

When I was in college, over 40 years ago, the most important word to me was motivation. I believed that if I were motivated that I could do anything that I wanted to.

Well, you really have three things going for you- motivation, your positive attitude and the help of this forum.

Great job so far!

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Old 05-07-2013, 06:01 AM   #59
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Clecos are important for holding aluminum while installing or taking apart bucking bar and rivet bit for the skin rivets. They are available through many sources including VTS.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:55 AM   #60
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I got my Clecos from Summit Racing.

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Old 05-07-2013, 01:50 PM   #61
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I have this obsession that says if I have a few bucks I must order something for the airstream! Must be an that one tract mind thing! I have daughters and have always pushed that there is nothing a male can do that a girl can not do just as well and an airstream rebuild is one of them! You all keep up awesome work safetly besides look at all the neat tools you get to buy and SHARE with us men!
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:52 PM   #62
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Oh yes plenty of solid cinder blocks! We in the south have them wonderful summer storms!
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #63
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I will get clecos, but I am not exactly sure when and how to use them. I know what the next big step is for me, but I am not REALLY sure how to do it. I am trying to do small little things to let me rest from Saturday and Sunday. Today, I took my original owner's manual that is falling apart to be rebound. I also took window screen frames to be powder coated. I will get those back next week. I scrubbed and lightly sanded the tub today and I will do it again tomorrow. I also plan on pressure washing the outside tomorrow then it is back to the BIG stuff for me. I appreciate all the encouragement because I feel so in over my head. Now, I have to get back to all my other responsibilities.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:28 PM   #64
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Oh yes plenty of solid cinder blocks! We in the south have them wonderful summer storms!
Ahh, yes, cinder blocks. I hoping to keep it in the work garage so the summer storms won't mess with it too much. I also plan on someone else doing the frame work for me, so maybe the shell won't be off long. I am going to give me a deadline for how long the shell should be off.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:30 PM   #65
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I have this obsession that says if I have a few bucks I must order something for the airstream! Must be an that one tract mind thing! I have daughters and have always pushed that there is nothing a male can do that a girl can not do just as well and an airstream rebuild is one of them! You all keep up awesome work safetly besides look at all the neat tools you get to buy and SHARE with us men!
I understand. I place my first big order today from VTS. Mostly, POR 15 stuff and clecos and cleco pliers. Here we go...
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:32 PM   #66
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I am really impressed with your ability to just take one step at a time, even though sometimes you are not sure where you are going, to make the progress to just get the job done. You may not have the best background, but you have what it takes.

When I was in college, over 40 years ago, the most important word to me was motivation. I believed that if I were motivated that I could do anything that I wanted to.

Well, you really have three things going for you- motivation, your positive attitude and the help of this forum.

Great job so far!

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Great encouragement! I used to say it wasn't intelligence that got me a college degree, it was endurance. I COULD NOT do it without the forum and the help of the great people on here! What a blessing!
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:58 PM   #67
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For Cleco's and other Aluminium stuff you may want to check outAircraft Spruce ans Specialty here in Peachtree City, GA. They also carry two part epoxy for sealing your floor. Sometimes they also offer classes which may be worth the trip when it comes time to rivit the inside back together
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I am using thompsons because the wood still has to breath and if water does penetrate through a screw or nail it has to be able to dry.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:36 PM   #69
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When you are removing the inside skins put the clecos in to keep the skin from falling while you are drilling other rivets. Outside as you remove the bucked rivets (spring loaded center punch to pit or mark rivets) you can also use the spring loaded center punch in the car for emer escape will shatter the door windows with no effort. Put at least 1 cleco in every other hole as drill the buck rivets so no surprise with tension relief on the frame. And the cinder blocks are to support the shell while the frame is out! Love your fun loving energy filled younguns? Don't use sawhorses!!besides once the frame is out you will need a couple of blocks to support the jack while lowering the shell!
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Go girl, you are so impressive! My aunt had your spirit and can do attitude.

Upon his retirement, they got the bug to do Alaska from California with the truck camper she rebuilt for the occasion. Eighteen months of prepping the decrepit shell she found into a cozy mobile haven surmounted many of the same challenges you face; from shell to mechanicals to sewing new fabrics.

All the family still tell tales of her fixing an electrical issue on my uncle's dead truck beside the roadway in Yukon Territories with her newly acquired electrical prowess. He loved saying he took his own builder/mechanic/technician along for the trip since he didn't know a screwdriver from a can opener.
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