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Old 01-20-2010, 07:43 PM   #15
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moving along

Back at it again.I am lucky to have 3 and 4 day AS workdays for a few weeks.I do about 6 hours a day and believe I am more tired carrying all the interior to the barn alone than working on the tear out.

Most has been straight forward and learning about the construction of the coach as I go.Rivets have been pretty easy,but the 45 yr.old wood screws holding down the cabinets have been the big time eater.Put WD40 on the night before but not much help.I had to use a screw extractor(easyout) on most.The drains and vent pipes all were glued with no threaded joints.Sawzall to the rescue!Carefully.

I noticed I was able to get most out with no damage other than the few rotted areas from previous leaks.

I will do the last back cabinets and start on the bath tomorrow to get to the floor.
Wiring looks good.It is all solid not stranded.
This is probably boring to most,but a good look for a first timer in what to expect.

Looking forward to getting the floor out.Belly is in excellent shape so maybe the frame will look good too.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:50 PM   #16
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:10 PM   #17
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Not sure yet.Will know more when I get into the floor.I need to replace front and rear so I might as well do the whole thing and clean up the frame.
At any rate, I will still go to see all the rigs as I have to be in San Antonio for a reception for an International Poster for Yamaha I shot in Dec.on Fri.night.
I am here though Sat.if you are over this way.Steve
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:12 PM   #18
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Boy its had a few layers of flooring over the years! Good work!
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:59 AM   #19
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This is probably boring to most,but a good look for a first timer in what to expect.
I'm hanging on your every word!

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Old 01-21-2010, 06:50 PM   #20
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Day 3 Eureka! I found the bathroom.Trying very hard to not damage the beautiful mahogany.Found some rot and will replace.
I find the screw extractor and a Sawsall are my favorite tools.I have rehabed 4 houses over the years so this is like a mini tear out with care to not damage vintage parts.
A new hole in floor by Bowen hw heater.Noticed the IOB furnace sits at an angle.Is this normal? The bracket is slanted so I guess so.

I tried to take a level pic of the toilet and noticed the area is about 1 1/2 in. lower than the rest of the floor.Slopes downward.May be the repair by PO.
Old Univolt there .No Battery or water pump.Really just bought for shell and interior so no big deal.

I understand gluing all the vent pipe and plumbing is the best way to go,but had to cut everything to remove cabinets.

By the way when does the process become REAL fun?
Still working on removing bath shell.Is the top of the sink attached to the surround?I see no rivets.
I need a bigger compressor!The saga continues.Heading to the floor soon!Steve
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:38 PM   #21
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It gets fun for me when the demo is done and reconstruction is far enough along that it looks better than it did the day it came home... which sometimes takes awhile. It goes way uphill for me after the rotten wood, and the associated smells and "discoveries" go away too.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:50 PM   #22
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I'm still staring at my frame.. wondering how to proceed with the rust repair...
THEN fun should start in my opinion.. Nice work!
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:50 PM   #23
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Fun

Scotts' right. The fun is in the building. Definitely plan well -- it will help minimize frustration. Nothing worse than changing something that's been installed already.

Take good care of that mahogany. Four quarter genuine honduran is $13.00 per board foot. You can't buy mahogany plywood anymore -- it's all sapele.

That '65 mahogany interior is one of the sweetest that Airstream made, IMHO.

Good thread.

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Old 01-22-2010, 09:05 PM   #24
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Got all the old tile up swept dirt to see what I have.Next is removing the Bowen hw tank and the furnace.Does anyone know what is invlved in these two items? Can they be removed without drilling out exterior rivets?
I also found where my bad floor rotter leak by the front door is.The Ambassador emblem is attached with 5 pins and speed clips(all leaking).I want to restore this emblem,what is the material(looks like plastic with a chrome overlay) not sure.
Will post more pics as panels come off.Steve
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:10 PM   #25
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Next is removing the Bowen hw tank and the furnace.Does anyone know what is invlved in these two items? Can they be removed without drilling out exterior rivets?
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My Bowen came out by unscrewing all the exterior screws, removing the shroud, and with the water and gas lines disconnected, it slides right out to the outside. It was really easy.
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:38 PM   #26
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Got the bath surround out.Door filiform. Pics of windows.Does all this vulkem need come out and be resealed? What is this seam in the side skin?
Nice PO rear floor repair!
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:11 PM   #27
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I envy your metal wheel wells... My 73 has flexy vinyl that are sagging, cracked and nearing their molecular disintegration.

Those lap joints you pictured - somewhere deep in there is still soft vulkem, using ingenuity w/ standard vulkem caulk or one of the near-liquid seam sealers to wick sealant in the voids is all that is required.

Going after ANY old caulk with standard tools will leave marks on the aluminum - if you can protect the glass a heat gun will vastly ease removing it, and solvents and brass or plastic tools can get it looking fresh and clean. I used a thin brass wheel brush in a Dremel rotary tool to clean ALL the panel and window frame seam edges, getting the overlap joint bright and then used Alcoa seal to run a quick bead across it... I have not tried the Sikaflex, the Alcoa seal you get once chance to lay the 1/8" wide bead in as it skims over immediately and you need to wait for it to completely dry before patching voids, drop-outs, bubbles etc...
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:48 PM   #28
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"I want to restore this emblem,what is the material(looks like plastic with a chrome overlay) not sure."

I'm not sure about the Overlander emblem, but our '65 Caravel insignia was pot metal. I brought it to a local guy that does Chrome plating and restoration for cars. He replated it and it looks great. Not cheap, but worth it.

BTW- every hole behind it leaked.
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