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Old 04-18-2019, 12:47 PM   #21
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the Norcold electric heater works...but not much cooling effect in the ice box.
The temperature did not significantly drop after several hours.

Next steps
I plan to do paint stripping of the inside panels before removing the old flooring.
There appears to be at least two coats of paint over the original Zolotone paint.
I am going to start with Citrus Strip.
Is there any way to conserve the original Zolotone paint? It seems a shame to strip it all off.

Then on to panel removal.
I plan to only remove the bottom panels at this point.
I think I can access critical wiring without stripping all internal panels, replace the 120 V wiring system and install a 12 V system too.
There are two colors of Zolotone - mostly green, but some blue in lower sections.
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Old 04-18-2019, 02:13 PM   #22
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When I tested Citristrip on my '62 Safari I found it took off the Zolatone as well as the layer of latex on top of the Zolatone. I wish it had worked on only the Zolatone. Maybe if you wash it off quickly you might be able to save the Zolatone, but left on long enough it will get you to bare aluminum.
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:04 PM   #23
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I tried some Citristrip...that stuff works pretty well but I cannot see stripping the whole inside down to bare metal. Way too much work for me.
I will be using stripper on some of the really rough areas but I am now thinking I will leave most of the existing paint and paint over the old paint with Zolatone.
I have ordered some Por Cleaner Degreaser to clean/prep the old paint for a new coat of Zolatone

I am thinking about using Zolatone Flex paint which may be applied by roller over existing paint.
The Flex Pearl looks interesting.
However the Flex Pure Color has twice the coverage rating as the Pearl.

Has anyone used one of the Zolatone Flex paints on the inside of their Airstream?
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:20 PM   #24
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We stripped the walls in our 66, primed with Kilz Adhesion and used Zolatone Flex. Itís a tough coating. It does not have the pronounced flakes in it that the spray Zolatone has, but does have some subtle speckles.
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Old 04-21-2019, 12:39 PM   #25
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Looks like a great project, and well underway! I agree with some of the posts above, you might really want to take out all of the inside shell and redo all of the wiring... more work, but you will be safer in the long run.... while you are "there" fix anything that could possibly be in need! We completely restored (shell off) our 1963 Bambi about 14 years ago, and it only had the original zolotone on the walls... we scrubbed it really well, and it was a great surface to repaint over. Hubby used zolotone to repaint, and it has been great, still looks perfect after 14 years! We were able to clean and use all our original appliances and items (except the electrical which was completely redone)... even the old Bowman hot water heater. Even though ours works just fine after 50+ years... it is big, and if we had to do it again, I would use an on demand hot water heater or something that wouldn't take up so much space. Another square foot somewhere seems like a huge storage space when you have a trailer!

Good luck on your project! We just bought a super project of the 1962 Safari, that will need everything, but the shell is in good shape. Probably won't start until later in the year as the mountains are calling...
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Old 04-21-2019, 09:22 PM   #26
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I have a 1970 Safari and had some serious rot in the back. I had a similar issue with the floor extending under the wall. I jammed some some smaller chunks of wood under there and the filled the space with Great Stuff. I cut the replacement to slightly slide under the wall as far as possible.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:28 AM   #27
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:57 AM   #28
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All the encouragement is wonderful.
And the advice is superb!
More progress pictures coming soon...
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:27 AM   #29
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Here are a few more pictures of my 55 Safari...

The fold down bunk bed is attached with a piano type hinge to the side wall.
Flat link chain connected to the bed board and brackets mounted in the ceiling hold the bunk bed upright in the sleeper position.
Anyone have a guess on the weight capacity of the bunk bed?
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:30 AM   #30
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The wheel well covers seem sound.
What is the recommended way to remove the old plywood floor from around the wheel wells?
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:39 AM   #31
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This 55 Safari originally had the standard front end kitchenette/bathroom setup.
It was modified at some date(?) with an eight foot long counter top/sink under the wonderful panoramic (over 10 feet long) side windows, and a bathroom in the rear of the Safari.
The bathroom modification left a drain pipe partially blocking the rear access panel. I plan a bathroom redo that will eliminate that pipe so I can have complete access to the access
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:52 AM   #32
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If yours is similar to mine, there should be an inner and outer wheel house. The inner one is screwed into the top of the sub-floor. The outer is under the sub-floor. Both were galvanized sheet metal; very thin gauge. There was a 1" thick piece of insulation just laying between them.

As I got ready to reinstall I lined the exterior side of the outer wheel house with a layer of 20 gauge galvanized sheet metal (just the arch, not the sides) to provide more stiffness and make it stronger. Added several coats of undercoat to weather proof.

Thought I'd taken pictures during tear down, but couldn't find.
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:53 AM   #33
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I tried a light coat of paint stripper to see how easily the several coats of paint would come off the original Zolotone paint.

There are areas where the paint is chipped, flaking. or bubbled.
The pictures show a before & after for a test paint strip area and some of the chipped/bubbled paint areas.

You can make out the old partition marks from the front bathroom that was removed at some point.
A previous owner had the vent pipe holes sealed but failed to seal multiple holes in the belly pan form the front kitchen/bath area.

I am not going to attempt to strip paint. I plan to sand feather and clean/degrease the existing surface for paint prep.
What is the recommended method to prep the walls for a new coat of Zolatone Flex?
Strip?...Feather sand?...Wire brush?...

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Old 04-22-2019, 02:31 PM   #34
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Messy (sorry) sketch of my 55 Safari layout...
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Layout is nice with having all those windows in the kitchen. I might suggest moving the water tank to the curb side or under the floor and centered. You've got all your appliances (except frig), heaters and water tank on one side. You might want to give some thought to balancing the load not only front to back, but also side to side.
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Congratulations, it's a real gem. Thanks for posting all of the pictures. Looking forward to following your progress.
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OK now I'm curious about the bunk weight rating. It's probably built to hold a much bigger person than would actually get up there....
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I tried a light coat of paint stripper to see how easily the several coats of paint would come off the original Zolotone paint.

There are areas where the paint is chipped, flaking. or bubbled.
The pictures show a before & after for a test paint strip area and some of the chipped/bubbled paint areas.

You can make out the old partition marks from the front bathroom that was removed at some point.
A previous owner had the vent pipe holes sealed but failed to seal multiple holes in the belly pan form the front kitchen/bath area.

I am not going to attempt to strip paint. I plan to sand feather and clean/degrease the existing surface for paint prep.
What is the recommended method to prep the walls for a new coat of Zolatone Flex?
Strip?...Feather sand?...Wire brush?...
After the Citristrip did all it could, I used a palm sander with 220 discs and smoothed the surface. I did not get all the original Zolatone primer off, but the Kilz Adhesion bonded well. Are you planning on removing all the interior skin?
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:45 PM   #39
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A couple of replies...

57Vintage - I was thinking of moving the water tank to the front center under the future bed.
I may have read somewhere that was the original location of the tank, but I am not sure.

Bubba L - I am in process of removing the bottom run of the inside panelling.
Then I will have access to floor attachments, wiring, and insulation.

CaddyGrn - In case the Bowen doesn't respond to servicing, I was thinking about an instant on demand tank as a replacement.

To Everyone -thanks!
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A couple of replies...

57Vintage - I was thinking of moving the water tank to the front center under the future bed.
I may have read somewhere that was the original location of the tank, but I am not sure.

Bubba L - I am in process of removing the bottom run of the inside panelling.
Then I will have access to floor attachments, wiring, and insulation.

CaddyGrn - In case the Bowen doesn't respond to servicing, I was thinking about an instant on demand tank as a replacement.

To Everyone -thanks!
Many but not all 1950s and 1960 Airstreams had their fresh water tank across the front under a gaucho or dinette, but a 1955 Safari was not one of them. The 1955 Safari original fresh tank location was under the front bench of the side dinette across from the door. Of course that was all changed on your trailer when some prior owner radically modified the floorplan. Not sure where that owner relocated the tank.
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