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Old 04-02-2009, 12:51 PM   #15
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I don't think you even need an ice-pick, I'd assume that it needs a rear floor replacement at the least. It's been in a pretty dry climate, so perhaps the rest of the flooring is okay, but the leaks from within are always a real big problem on the rear-bath models.

Other than that, I'd say go for it. You clearly understand the amount of work it takes to perform a major restoration. Those big dents on the endcap are a concern, they are compound curves and would be extremely difficult to replace. But, there are people on this forum who have had success with pushing dents like that out from the inside. To do that, you'd need to remove the interior endcap-piece, which I believe is ABS on that year-model.

Take a look around the forums to see the kind of work you'll be signing up for. There are a huge number of threads on renovations, I'd start with the ones linked below. The threads are lengthy, but extremely informative. Pay attention to the date stamps on the posts-- full renovations are usually measured in years rather than months or weeks.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ons-35399.html

Read through the first several of those threads like homework, and then you will be able to make an informed decision regarding whether or not you want to do the work.

I hope you decide to go for it, and if you do, please be sure to post a lot of pictures as you work through the restoration. You should have an amazing time working on this with your daughter-- I have an 18-month old daughter of my own, and I'd love to someday work on a project like this with her.

Good luck!
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:39 AM   #16
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Well, I believe we have a deal!!!! The owner, who I know is out of town but I made him an offer. I believe the trailer is in good over all shape as far as the main portin, but it does need the dents repaired and some missing items, like the rear panel and windows. I will start checking into each forum for particular advise.

I do think is may have some sag as when I had my wife and daughter stand on the back bumper and move up and down, it did flex a bit, so that will have to be addressed.

And, I kind of wanted something a bit smaller, but after having my wife check it out, ( see below pics) and seeing how excited she was, we decided to make a go of it. My intent is to make is kind of a resto mod. Meaning that I want to update the applinces and functionality, and keep most of the original type of look, however with new paint and some restoration form a hot rod type of family. I will update the cabinets as far as function and do a new counter top or counter tops with a new laminate and one way or another it will be very cool and have out touches. I am looking forward to posting a lot and feel I need a new user name. This one is for my drag police car. So I will have to think about that too.

I am always open to advise on where to buy new appliances and converter and many parts to make this nice and safe.

Thanks for the advise. Once my new website is up and running, I will post the restoration either on their or here.

Dave, Linda and Danni Brown.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:53 AM   #17
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Well, I believe we have a deal!!!! The owner, who I know is out of town but I made him an offer. I believe the trailer is in good over all shape as far as the main portin, but it does need the dents repaired and some missing items, like the rear panel and windows. I will start checking into each forum for particular advise.
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I am looking forward to posting a lot and feel I need a new user name. This one is for my drag police car. So I will have to think about that too.

I am always open to advise on where to buy new appliances and converter and many parts to make this nice and safe.

Thanks for the advise. Once my new website is up and running, I will post the restoration either on their or here.
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Congratulations. You certainly seem far more prepared to do a restoration than a lot of people who buy vintage trailers, so I think this will work out well for you.

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Thanks for the recent replies and letting me know how to change the user name, if/when we pick one, it will be a family thing. My other is for a drag car that I raced and its not catchy for this site, but the user name needs to match the project and if you dont have one, well----.

I have been on here a while, lerking and trying to learn, but I do know how to build a home and a hot rod, so I figure this combination is perfect. I someday will also find a small older Bambi to tow with a 38 Plymouth business coupe I am also building. It has a 5.7 HEMI from a 2005 truck going into it and should tow something small. That is yet another dream. But, we have been in love with the Airstream idea for years, and now at 47 after amassing too much stuff, including mortgage, I am yearning for an easier life. Its obvious to us, its not a trailer----ITS A WAY OF LIFE!!!! And I a am very lucky to have a wife who is up for antyhing and willing to work on this rig with me and my daughter. I retired last year with 25 years of service from the Sheriff's office and rossed right over the line into California and work there as an officer now until I can sell this home and then, we are gone!!!!!!! But while I live here and have this very nice large shop, I must get this beast ont he road.

Thanks again

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