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Old 11-21-2007, 06:54 PM   #1
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I did a search... really I did a search and it got me no where in answering my question. Has anyone out there ever done this with their astrodome? In the Capetown to Cairo movie, Wally does a staged thing with spear toting natives in which he is surrendering. He is standing in his Wally Hatch... does anyone know of this and how to make it function? Does anyone have any photos that detail the mechanism?
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You can see a discussion about the original Wally Byam hatch and the very similar but contemporary German made version from SEITZ that I installed in my 1976 ARGOSY here:


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Old 11-21-2007, 09:43 PM   #3
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I retrofitted my replacement Astrodome with a clamshell frame. Lets see if the photos appear.
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Old 11-22-2007, 05:28 AM   #5
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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
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Safari62, Great choice in years... 58- 63 are my favorite years...
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Fabricated Replacement astrodome

Mine was shot and so I fabricated one out aluminum and corregated Lexan Polycarbonate sheet from the hardware store. The hinged hatch would be easier than trying to find those hard to get elevator jacks (if you did not have them) The corregated Lexan has better insulating qualities and is almost bullet proof. It gives a nice dispersed light.
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Hello 62 Overlander,
Sorry for the slow reply, Holidays and all.
I did make up an aluminum frame with angle stock on the lower (trailer side) and flat on the astrodome part each connected by the long side aluminum hinge. This was TIG welded together at the corners and then stainless steel bolted to the trailer and the hatch.
Latches were stainless steel spring type and are adjustable for tension. I had to fabricate mountings so the latches could match where the hooks connect with the top lid.
Between the trailer box I used vulem and between the opening surfaces used bubble weatherstripping.
Lock open device is same used on the tops of roll around tool boxes. (Snap-On)
Thirty thousand miles and it is still there. I will look for some more photos. The newer photos will not upload because they are too big. .will try to figure that out.
Thanks...Gary
You are right. Early 60's are the best.
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Sorry - disagree

Hate to say it, but late 50s are the best. Our latest show on Welcome to the Frontpage - The Vintage Airstream Podcast is all about the 60s decade of Airstreams - give it a listen. Wait until you see this at a Rally:
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I did a search... really I did a search and it got me no where in answering my question. Has anyone out there ever done this with their astrodome? In the Capetown to Cairo movie, Wally does a staged thing with spear toting natives in which he is surrendering. He is standing in his Wally Hatch... does anyone know of this and how to make it function? Does anyone have any photos that detail the mechanism?
I am familar with the trailer. I traveled in Africa with Wally and later on in the early 70's owned the gold trailer.

It was on rocker arms and latched in the insides. That's all I remember.
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First: Rob, I said 58 -63... does that not include your beloved Sovereign of the road? The trailers of that period have a look that is just classic. This is my opinion, I know others will disagree, but so what...
Second: Safari62, I had a lot of photo problems too. Do you use Mac? If so it is easy. Click on your I photo, click on the picture, go to the file bar at the top, export photo, custom size to 600 x 480, save to desktop, then you can upload to the forum as an attachment. If you have PC... well maybe Mr. Gates will explain it.
Third: PeeWee, your photo did not come though, could you do it again. I am very interested.
Fourth: what do you all think of this? Got your tongue wagging Rob? Still won't tell you where it is... until it is in Catonsville.
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Love it Frank!

Next time through, I'm bringing my aluminum sniffing truck - she won't let me down since you gave me a 6 mile radius of where that trailer is currently setting.... mistake - big mistake.... Just kidding.

So, what do you think of my light?
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Fourth: what do you all think of this? Got your tongue wagging Rob? Still won't tell you where it is... until it is in Catonsville.
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Frank,

I'm beginning to see you are quite a "sly dog"

Are you telling us folks that aren't "in the know" that you now have a trailer for both sides of that mulch pile?
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A tease!

No - he's teasing me - he knows where this one is sitting and he's a trying to ACQUIRE.... very nice..... I too know of one that is very much like this... up here in NY that I'm after as well.
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