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Old 11-09-2006, 08:16 AM   #1
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'56 Caravanner - Remod

I thought I would start a new thread on my project. It is a continuation of this thread but I thought I would start fresh.

http://www.airforums.com/forum...a-26102-2.html

I'm also running a blog on the side to chronicle, in more detail, my re-mod of our 56 Caravanner. I'm not sure at this point if I will be putting the original interior back in or doing someting new or different. I have all the pieces....

Here are a couple pictures
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Old 11-09-2006, 08:26 AM   #2
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She is truly a diamond in the rough! Did you do the frame work yourself-? I need to go check out the beginning of your thread...
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Old 11-09-2006, 08:31 AM   #3
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framework

I'm having the framework done at GSM vehicles in NY. These guys have done it before and rather than running around for 8 months or having some welder experiment with my frame, I brought it to Colin Hydes' shop.

He's doing the heavy part of my restore and more or less making sure the platform is solid before I start on the other work, which is pretty substantial by itself.

I want to make sure that I don't become a vintage restore casualty. Do what I'm comfortable with, farm out the rest.

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Old 11-09-2006, 08:33 AM   #4
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I'm looking forward to following along with your project. Glad you are farming out what you can't/won't do - that'll help prevent burnout. Thanks for the pics, and good luck!
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POST BIGGER PICS!!!!



so's I don't have to go like this to see them!
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From the gut level feeling dept...

I have a fear that I will have to do some frame work up front. Do I see correctly that you have replaced the tounge? If so, I would love any detail you can provide espically more pics.

On a second note, do you just drop the pan on the bottom of the trailer to access the frame or what? thanks!
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Cutting off your tongue

Yep the tonge was cut back about 12" under the front. The whole A frame and coupler were replaced. Here's a picture of the ugly tongue before work was done on it.
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I have a fear that I will have to do some frame work up front. Do I see correctly that you have replaced the tounge? If so, I would love any detail you can provide espically more pics.

On a second note, do you just drop the pan on the bottom of the trailer to access the frame or what? thanks!
Do you still have those frame cracks that you posted a few months ago?
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Do you still have those frame cracks that you posted a few months ago?
I do, and some rust that is making me suspscious.....
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you guys are gonna look just like this:


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Learning to Bend

When I bought the caravanner the interior was in fair condition and this opinion has changed since I took it apart prior to sending it to Colin & company. The bottoms have water damage and most of the parts have general wear and tear, but for 50 years old it was in pretty fair condition. I've decided to use the original parts as templates and remake the interior. This is not an easy task since Airstream used a number of techniques that is hard for the enthusiast to replicate, such as bent birch cabinets. Rather than zolatone covered cabinets I would like natural wood cabinets, so off I go to learn how to bend.

I started with baltic birch ply 1/8th inch. I tried dry bending the material around a form but it would not take the form no mater how much glue I used. After reading about steam bending I decided I would give it a try. I have a 70s era solar hot air collector which I took apart and used the carcas to make a steam box. See pictures attached.

I steamed a test piece in it today and then put it on my cabinet form. I'm pretty pleased with the progress but it's clear I need loads more clamps!

The funny part is that I only need a couple cabinets, but after all this work I'll be set-up for production!

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You guys did noticed didn't you that that vintage photo of the trailer that they are towing that trailer with an International Travelall .


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Looks like your havin too much fun!
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