Well I just got the picture of the coach I had some interest in because it should have many parts I need for our coach. Normaly I'm really against parting out a coch but I'm at a end. The only place I'm seeing the parts I need are in coaches that need restoration. There is simply nobody parting them.
I'm not sure what I found is going to work as well as what I had hoped to build a "wee wind" out of. Actually it would be closer to a 50's Cruiesette The Owner didn't know the length and so I was thinking he had a different coach then he does. The length he listed lead me to beileve he had a FC , Safari or possibly a trade wind. I was hoping for a tradewind. It is also in a little better condition then I was expecting and not sure I could part it out. It's not much worse then what we started with and are restoring.
It is infact a 61 Overlander 26ft. It has most of the parts including the windows I need BUT it has a tandem axle. The Tandem axle is going to be a big monkey wrench in shortening it.
If it had a single axle I could simply take the caps free. Cut of a couple ribs off and few feet of frame. Then put the caps back on. It would be a nice clean easy to do job that a Flying Cloud in particular would lend itself to. The aluminum left over could be sold as patches to others doing restoration. The coach had minimal side windows and the placement was excelent for my idea and would not require I have to move them.
Trade Wind would of also been easy to do as well but have to remount the door. It would end up about 17ft long with either of those. Stripped down interrior and rebuid the frame and it would be right at 1500lb. On both I could retain the gouch or dinette in the front. Both I could salvage the wardrobe and main galley cabinetry to retain the vintage look with real vintage parts.
Well the Overlander with double axle means I am going to have a REALLY big issue with were to cut it. One axle has to go and since the wheel openings cut up into the main coach skin to make it look right I would have to make a new wheel well. I would have to cut it before or after the existing wheel well. Window, acess door placement, is not leaving me with a place to cut in a wheel well.
The goal I would have if I did this would be to end up with a Coach that looked like it did come from Airstream. If it came from Airstream there would be NO vertical seams between the caps. If I cut it ceter of the wheel opening I would end up with a seam that NEVER would have been on a product from the factory. I would want folks to look at it and go "What the hell is it...never saw one and till you told them think it was factory.
This is what I want to end up with. This shows a Gouch in front. 2 persons dinnet could also be done.
Thats a 51 Cuset with Goucho.
Here is a 52 Cruisette with a dinnette.
The cabinetry would be wood not aluminum as those have. Look at the 61 stuff.
A big part of pulling that off is retaining the factory pannels so the patina matches up. The Aluminum used is insanely expensive.
and is available BUT it still wouldn't look 100% original. Also the pre 64 coaches NEVER had clear coat. They are the ones that really polish up with a lot less effort then the 64 up. They used T2024 T3 Alcad. Thats a true aircraft grade material.
Let me do a little more looking around for a good coach to start with. This coach I have some concern about getting it home. It's a little rough in the floor. Body is good where it counts. But more wheels then I can come up with to get it home.
As for what I have done to Airstreams.
That has some pictures of what I'm doing. A few of us have that post going on sharing info. The hard part of what it would tak to make a small coach out of a big one I have done or have a pretty clear idea on how to do it. I already have the body back on the frame. Pulling new wiring. I need to update that post and start a new one on the electrical side.