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Old 01-26-2007, 01:47 PM   #1
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Airstream Letter Logo restoration

Airstream lettering on '69 Globetrotter very shabby looking. Anyone know how the letters are attached and how they can be removed for restoration and then replaced?
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:00 PM   #2
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Greeting Dick-

On the 1969 Globetrotter the Airtream logo was a name plate with a royal blue background and silver letters. You have two options; one is to replace the plate which and be purchased either through Vintage Trailer or the Airstream shop at JC, or others have done a wonderful job of restoring the originals. Use the search function and you will find a few threads on how to do it yourself. Good luck and please post a few photos!
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:09 PM   #3
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Number on each end of a/s

I am a Newbee, Can anyone tell me what the numbers on each end of my a/s stand for and what does all the other number I see stand for? I have seen AIR#!!!!!!! and some other also.
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Which letters? Front? Back? These images belong to Vintage Airstream Home. Can you post some closeup digital pics?

[on edit: It looks like that may not be original to the model. Let me work a bit further...]
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Think Rick's talking about this style. Which do you have?
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:24 PM   #6
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I am a Newbee, Can anyone tell me what the numbers on each end of my a/s stand for and what does all the other number I see stand for? I have seen AIR#!!!!!!! and some other also.
The RED numbers are the WBCCI membership numbers of the previous owners. If you look in the WBCCI Forum, you'll find lots of info...mostly good but some bad too. We are members...and look to the club continuing on another 50 years!

If they are BLUE, they are the previous owner's AirstreamForum membership number (or Air#)...although that is a relatively new badge to be sporting...the forum is only 4 years old.

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Canoe- thank you for posting the photo! I should have thought of that. Thanks for the backup!
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Airstream Letter Logo

I have actual individual 3-D letters on a 69 Globetrotter. The name plate logo ended the year before in 68 and was simply riveted on. Trying to dtermine how to remove and then reinstall the actual letters.

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If they are like my '73, they have a threaded rod welded to the back of them (2 or 3 of these per letter). Inside the wall of the camper, there is a nut on the rod. All of this is covered in a heavy layer of Vulkem. I've got a picture or two in my Full Monte thread. Problem is that the only way to remove them is to to remove the inner skins, which means taking out a bunch of other stuff first.

If you simply want to "restore" them, you should be able to clean them very well and repaint them. Rustoleum "Royal Blue" is the color, IIRC. As small as mine are, I'm simply going to brush paint them (VERY carefully).

Hope this helps a bit.

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My PO hand painted mine - they turned out nice. I suppose it takes a steady hand though.
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Jim, you can actually access the back side of these without removing the inner skins...at least in '73. I would imagine '69 would be the same.
the inner part of the cabinet over the gaucho can be removed without removing the endcap; pull the insulation out, and you can access the back side of the marker lights, and the back side of the letters.

now...as to how to get them un-attached and re-attached...don't know about that. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere (service manual?) that the factory method is to just cut off the rivets by using a putty knife slipped behind the letters from the outside, then whack with a hammer to break them; then drill a big ugly hole in the face of the letter, pop-rivet them back in place, paint over the rivet, and hope nobody notices.

I'd opt for your method, first. I don't really know exactly what is holding them on from the back, because as you pointed out, each stem is covered with a big glob of vulkem.
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Thank for all the enfo. My numbers are red and are made of some kind of cloth. I will look futher in the forum.
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Thank for all the enfo. My numbers are red and are made of some kind of cloth. I will look futher in the forum.
Steve,
If you have any way to post a photo of this please do. I don't think we're all talking about the same numbers.
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Thank for all the enfo. My numbers are red and are made of some kind of cloth. I will look futher in the forum.
Those are old, decaying decals...the PO's wbcci membership number. You can remove them using a wet rag and a steam iron...and a plastic putty knife. works like a charm...

The original poster was talking about the airstream logo letters.
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