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Old 09-14-2003, 03:31 PM   #1
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Ok, we vintage streamers all have found out the hard way that the cost of replacement parts for our treasured trailers and MH's usually cost only slightly less than the national budget deficit. What have YOU done to replace broken or missing stuff to maintain pseudo-originality without dooming yourself to the poorhouse?
Since confession is good for the soul, I'll go first. I once replaced a burnt out exhaust vent fan with a fan motor from a 12" GE box fan.. The devil made me do it.
Now I feel better. Next?
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Old 09-14-2003, 03:47 PM   #2
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When I was fixing up the 1965 Safari for my sister in law it needed a water tank. The old tank came out in itty bitty blue pieces.

I used a 35 gallon marine water bladder that is designed to fit between the floor riggers in a boat. It was in a mounting sling that protects it from rubbing, etc. It also had 4 grommetted corners, so I fastened it in place to the inner front skin and the inside of the cabinet it is in. It hols 25 gallons and expands to fill the space. Replacement OEM style 250.00, marine tank 50.00. BTW they rarely tow with water in it, but I tested it and it is solid.
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Old 09-14-2003, 08:26 PM   #3
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Here is a fix the PO (my father-in-law) made to the toilet.


Yep that's expanding foam.
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Old 09-14-2003, 08:33 PM   #4
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What have YOU done to replace broken or missing stuff to maintain pseudo-originality without dooming yourself to the poorhouse?
I replaced the motorized tongue jack with one made for "SOB." It felt good; I saved a lot of money!
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Old 09-14-2003, 08:49 PM   #5
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Forgive me father.....

I think I am in big trouble. I have replaced windows with aluminum, completely redid the front end, and am working on a new interior, none of it Argosy original parts. Am I headed for Airstream He!!?

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Old 09-15-2003, 05:33 AM   #6
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Tables and chairs...

Original equipment tables and chairs are very rare anymore...

We found this period drop-leaf table and matching folding chairs for our '57 Overlander at an antique shop for $50. They undoubtedly were from a trailer of the mid-to-late 50s vintage. The chairs still had labels under the seats showing illustrations of the well-heeled lady in her skirt and apron demonstrating the operation of the folding chairs.

BTW, the photo shows the original equipment folding couch in all of it's burgundy upholstered glory.

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Front motorized power Jack electric motor quit. Removed motor and welded a peice of flat steel to a 1/2" drive socket. Now it uses any 1/2" ratchet, pull handle, or speed handle.
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I replaced missing/busted tambour kitchen doors with 3/8" birch wood cut as regular cabinet doors that just swing open instead of rolling up....

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Old 09-15-2003, 01:18 PM   #9
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Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?

Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
I have to get this off my conscience. I covered the hole where a PO had removed the furnace in a '57 Custom with a mirror from Walmart. The new owner didn't mind since I sold him the whole trailer for just $2k, but I probably earned a spot in the Airstream Restoration Hall of Shame.

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Old 09-15-2003, 06:35 PM   #10
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I guess I am in Airstream Purgatory!

Is it sacrilege to modernize a 31 year old trailer? White laminates, stainless steel and aluminum edging. I can feel the flames now!


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Old 09-15-2003, 07:23 PM   #12
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Re: I guess I am in Airstream Purgatory!

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Is it sacrilege to modernize a 31 year old trailer? White laminates, stainless steel and aluminum edging. I can feel the flames now!


http://www.airstreamphotos.com/photo...er=435&thumb=1
I felt a great disturbance in the Force! It was as though a million people cried out in pain at once!

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Is it sacrilege to modernize a 31 year old trailer? White laminates, stainless steel and aluminum edging. I can feel the flames now!
Great Job!
..reminds me of "2001 A Space Odyssey".

Where are you going to put Hal's big red eye?

The stainless steel surface is beautiful...got me thinking for mine

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Ohhhh!!!!! Such desecration and horror!!!!
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