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Old 11-27-2007, 04:49 PM   #15
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I make many promises to my wife that I have to keep. One is that I will not get anymore vintage toys until the current one is done. With my multi phase renovation, that could be awhile. Steve, That is my friend Jerry's 1949 something. She is the sexiest trailer I have ever seen. I happen to be hoping to be first in line if he parts with it.

So back to this thread... I was looking at Airstream Life Summer 2006. There is an article about Wallys gold trailer and it shows the side brackets that hold the hatch open. The amount of air and light that the astrodome will let in this way compared to just the lifters makes it a very good asset. I am going to pursue installing my astrodome this way.
Safari62 Thank you for the photos, I will be learning to weld aluminum.
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Old 11-27-2007, 06:14 PM   #16
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Steve, That is my friend Jerry's 1949 something. She is the sexiest trailer I have ever seen. I happen to be hoping to be first in line if he parts with it.
Ahh! those "friends" that taunt us with their cute little trailers... In my case it's my friend Lee and his '61 Globetrotter.

Regarding that Wally B hatch... I like how you think. All that history and functionality too.

I hope you're not planning on re-inacting that "Wally through the hatch scene" ... I think you wear you're hair a little longer than he did. LOL!

Super Cool idea!
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Old 11-27-2007, 08:17 PM   #17
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Steve, I wear my hair longer, but I put my pants on the same. I'm actually proud of how I put on my pants.
The hatch is going to be so cool and work so well. I just have to figure out how to make it work, and how to work well. Wally needs to be proud of what I change/improve. I might be putting this phase off until the bathroom is done. I have the new astrodome on hand, but the priority is to fix the rear rot this winter and get back on the road before the Cherry Blossom Rally in April. I can always do the Wally Hatch between rallies. We have a rally a month planned this coming year. You are coming out for the Cherry Blossom Rally, right? This is one of the best rallies in the entire country. It is held just a few minutes away from the Washington DC metro, and all the major sites can be seen. You get your shell put together by then and I will share my kitchen and bath with you... We'll have a blast. You come to the CBR and I'll come out to one of your units rallies. You can stop at the mother ship on the way and spend the night. Easy drive that way, or eat a bunch of legal speed and blast through non stop. I'm so glad you decided to come....
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:10 AM   #18
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You are coming out for the Cherry Blossom Rally, right? This is one of the best rallies in the entire country. It is held just a few minutes away from the Washington DC metro, and all the major sites can be seen. You get your shell put together by then and I will share my kitchen and bath with you... We'll have a blast. You come to the CBR and I'll come out to one of your units rallies. You can stop at the mother ship on the way and spend the night. Easy drive that way, or eat a bunch of legal speed and blast through non stop. I'm so glad you decided to come....
Rob is right, you are a tease. My list of "must attend" rallies is growing longer than my list of A/S projects. LOL!

I'll put the CBR on the top of my list of all time favorite rallies that I need to attend. My project has a mind (and a budget) of it's own right now... I just take it a day at a time. I guess you'll need to ask the trailer when it is going to be done ;-)

Seriously, the whole reason I am doing this project is for the purpose of traveling with my wife and kids to see great folks like yourself. I have lots of family just to the north of you in NJ, so the east coast is a definite early trek. I make sure to put Catonsville on my list of stops... and you can teach me how to put my pants on like Wally.

BTW, the 2009 International Rally is to be held 60 miles from my house... and 860 miles from yours You and Rob can do a Caravan... I'll even arrange for a group of "spear toting natives" for you to surrender to.
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Old 01-29-2008, 11:03 PM   #19
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Thats exactly what I am talking about. I can only imagine what that German skylight must cost...
Safari62, did you fabricate that frame yourself? That is what I was hoping to do with the new astrodome that came from Vintage Trailer Supply yesterday. I presently have this:
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The great thing about this skylight is that the morning sun cannot wake you. They need to come up with galvanized metal that you see through.
Where did you find the hardware? Is it all aluminum or did you use stainless? The way the cover mounts to the frame utilizes the reenforcement plates in the dome. Very cool !! Any more pictures would be great, Thank you. Frank
Hi Frank
I'm sure you are focused on the throw-Down challenge right now but with Chuck's help I was able to resize some photos for you.

Some more detail pix on the Wally retrofit. As I mentioned before, I made an aluminum frame that has a hinge welded into it.

I cannot find the name of the latches as of yet, but they are two part, stainless and adjustable. I do remember buying them at a marine store.The lower large part is mounted on a built up base so it can line up to the frame of the dome.
The top catches are notched out and the hardware is riveted to the frame.

This took way too long to do, but like so many thinks we do to our trailers, it was really worth it. If I was paid to do it, the German model would be less expensive. (except for that cutting the big hole in the roof part)
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Gary, You are the man. This is one of the projects I plan on taking on as soon as the throwdown is thrown to the ground.
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Gary, You are the man. This is one of the projects I plan on taking on as soon as the throwdown is thrown to the ground.
ditto!!!

...and for some inspiration
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ditto!!!

...and for some inspiration
Just found some more work in progress photos on the clamshell frame part for your fyi.
byamcaravanner, thanks for the Wally photo. That was all the inspiration I needed.
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Gary,

Thanks for the additional photos. This is a great mod with historical significance... I hope it will get you bonus points at the next VAC judging.

Thank you...Thank you!
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I see what is going on... Gary comes in with a project I am planing for Anna... Steve piles on with photos... Gary adds more. You guys are agents for Rob and Colin. You guys are trying to slow me down so I cannot finish my bathroom show down challenge. "Get him working on that hatch..., yeh that will slow him down..." I know you guys are working with them....
No seriously, excellent stuff. I had the same idea after I saw the very first picture of how you did it... great addition to an already great trailer. You do fine work Gary. Steve does fine work too.... when he is not letting the weather be his excuse.

Now one last thing, is that you in the ATF shirt? Because my still does not produce more than 100 gallons a year and I never sell it... just joking... I would never sell moonshine and how could I drink 100 gallons in a year? Its just a shirt someone gave you right? A friend from down the road?
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