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Old 05-24-2013, 06:20 PM   #15
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50.00 maybe in 1966! Labor hour 125.00 + added fees trailers are land yachts witch = hole on land you throw money into. Check the price of parts lately? Rear upper panel for airstream 1400.00 30 cent window clip for 5.00 if you can find them. No bust on Andy or Colin they gotta make some too and they don't get it for cheap, i for one am glad they are there so we can get parts and advice. It is the cost of inflation and that is why we do so much ourselves and besides its fun! Jason you are good but then you do most of your own work but there are just a few places where you can get quality work at low prices and those guys will never be rich just honest! Okay I have run my mouth and put in my two cents worth and I am sorry if I offended any one it was not intentional.
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Ps I live on the coast where a stainless steel screw cost 1.59 at lowes or 2.79 at west marine.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:22 PM   #16
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Pardon the spelling errors my spelling is bad but auto correct changes the meaning and I look at the keyboard not the screen.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:22 PM   #17
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Not offended..

Youre right.. most places $50 doesn't get the guy on his knees to tell you its $300.. But, there are exceptions, like you mentioned.. Just 2 days ago, I took my old Jeep down to a local shop as the front of the frame where the steering box mounts to was cracked.. They welded it.. ground down the weld and welded a patch over that for $30.. Took them 20-30 minutes. So, I would say it depends on the place, your attitude and how well prepped the area is.. Anything you can do to make it quicker for them will save you. I really think you need to do more clean up work.. take a 4" grinder with a wire wheel on it and appropriate protection, and clean that area up.. Tough saying what the condition is of that metal by that crusty pic. Regardless, its nothing to be getting your panties in wad over. Be pumped that the wood sub-floor looks so good!! And congrats on your purchase of a very desireable Airstream!
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:10 PM   #18
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Thanks jason, we have the same kinda shop here and others that want a credit score before a tune up. The more you do and the better your attitude the better off you'll be. I will be putting in braces on sat to take the shell off our caravel (outrigger, rotted floor amongst other things). Had a very good fabricator tell me to bring him the outrigger and he will make me one for a case of beer. $14. For an outrigger is not bad and he said that he would weld it on if time permits. So there are good people out there just gotta find them and not forget them when they need a favor.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:42 PM   #19
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I am happy to report that I removed the drain flange with no disasters. My little pea brain tells me to use silicone to seal it however I would like to know what you all recommend. As far as the crossmember is concerned I think that the sandwich job will work however I am minutes from a trailer place and it would be easy to let them have a look. Attached is drawing of my proposed fix. Thanks to everyone for your help.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:46 PM   #20
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:50 PM   #21
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