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Old 11-30-2017, 10:01 PM   #113
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My last post actually skipped the project that has occupied the majority of my time over the last few weeks . . a "heart transplant". Actually, the installation of a modern Atwood Hydro-Flame 7920 furnace completely inside the original case of the recall and explosion prone International Oil Burner 1525 Furnace.

This will completely hide the new furnace behind the original interior (below the stove) and exterior covers (photos attached). However, it required quite a bit of thinking, test fitting dozens of times, and engineering to figure out how to make it work. This task is still in process.

First I had to disassemble the original furnace and figure out what could be reused and what needed to be modified. I will not outline all the steps, but I had to cut the old heat exchanger, so that I could reuse it's outer surface to seal the furnace to the trailer skin. I then had to make closeout panels to close off the old openings before cutting a new opening for the the new furnace exhaust.

I also had to fabricate a new duct that would go inside the old furnace case so that the forward facing outlet on the new furnace could exit the old furnace case using the original hole to align with the original duct.

To be continued in the next post.
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:09 PM   #114
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Continuing . . .
The rearward facing outlet of the new furnace could not be configured to use the existing rearward facing duct hole in the old furnace case, because there was only enough room for one internal duct, so the rear facing hole was converted to a fresh air return, aligning pretty well with the location specified in the Atwood Hydro-Flame installation instructions. A new exit hole will soon be cut and a new external duct will be fabricated to connect to the in-floor duct that runs to the rear of the trailer. I'll post photos of those steps when they are complete.

This thread is now "up to date". Signing off until next time.
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:37 PM   #115
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As a few of my AirForums friends know, I am overdue to make an announcement . . .

Last weekend I bought a surviving Airstream from the Around the World Caravan, #6768, a 1962 22’ Safari. I picked it up near St. Louis, MO and pulled it back home to Michigan.

This Airstream is in rough, but amazingly original condition. It seems it sat in the woods for about 10 years before being hauled out last year after trees were cut to extract it.

The skin has a few dents and scrapes, but not too bad overall. All of the original appliances are still there (although untested), as are all of the original cabinets (with some water damage near the floor, but not too bad). There is one hole through the floor and quite a bit of mouse poo to be cleaned out. The only modifications I have identified so far are:
  • One roof vent was missing and one was replaced by a galvanized steel cap
  • Replacement rectangular tail lamps were fitted to it a long time ago (they don’t work).
  • Carefree awnings had been added to the street side and rear window a long time ago. They are now “toast”.
Best of all, the trailer has a list of countries visited on the front curb side corner as well as stickers from some of the countries visited on the ATW caravan on the inside of the door within a door.

Here are a few photos taken before pulling it home . . .
I asked PeeWee (Dale) on facebooky if he knew of this trailer, he said he did some. He was in the Army during that tour though. " I have extensive documentation and letters regarding the tour. For individual trailers I have little knowledge, but I have some knowledge of this Airstream. I first saw the trailer in 2009 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Then my friend Joe P. purchased it from the person that had it at the Cape."
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:04 PM   #116
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I have extensive documentation and letters regarding the tour. For individual trailers I have little knowledge, but I have some knowledge of this Airstream. I first saw the trailer in 2009 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Then my friend Joe P. purchased it from the person that had it at the Cape."
This Around the World Airstream was not in Cape Girardeau in 2009. That was a different ATWC trailer, a 28' Ambassador bearing the WBCCI number 6472. The interesting tie in, though, was that the then owner of 6472, a guy named Bob, was the person that alerted me to the craigslist ad for this trailer. He was a big help in getting the deal completed, which took several weeks because of title issues. Bob eventually sold 6472, and it is now in Ohio being restored by it's current owner.

I too have a sizable collection of Around the World Caravan information, but would be interested to learn what you have in case you have something I don't.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:24 PM   #117
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Since I'm online tonight, I might as well post the latest photos of the furnace transplant. I worked out the internal bracing to secure the new furnace inside the old furnace case, then cut the new hole for the rear facing duct. I started to experiment with how to connect to the existing in-floor duct going to the rear of the trailer. The attached photo is just a first attempt mock-up in my garage. I really need to test fit the furnace back in the trailer to determine exactly how it'll all connect.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:40 PM   #118
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Hello from Colorado: I stumbled on to this thread thinking it might be about 66 Overlanders judging your user name. I used to own a 66 Trade Wind and now have a 75 Overlander. I enjoy the vintage Airstream hobby.

Thank you so much for building this restoration thread of "Cramer", the 62 Safari. It reflects all the trials and tribulations of rebuilding one of these old trailers, especially how life gets in the way. We often say reassembly takes multiple times longer than the disassembly.

My 75 Overlander has rear end separation and needs some frame repair and modifications requiring a mobile welder. I am installing new holding tanks causing a relocation of cross members. I hope my frame repair project goes as well as yours.

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Old 12-04-2017, 10:56 PM   #119
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Thanks David. Our first Airstream was a 1966 Overlander and I joined AirForums when we owned it.

Yes, reassembly goes slower, especially because I am reengineering things like tanks and electrical and water heater and furnace, etc, etc, etc. I probably spend more time studying and deciding what to do than the actual doing. I say everything takes me 10x longer than I initially think it should. That's ok, I only want to do it once.
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Old 12-19-2017, 06:57 PM   #120
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Time for another update. I have worked on a variety of things since the last post, but have focused mostly on electrical. I refinished five of the six original interior lamps, but the bath lamp was so rusted that I refinished a nearly identical lamp from a 1961 Airstream instead. I have attached the shore power cord and installed the four lamps that attach to the interior skin and fiberglass end caps. The two other lamps attach to divider walls or roof lockers and cannot be reinstalled until those items are installed.

Attached are a couple of photos showing the four installed lamps working on 120VAC using 60W equivalent (about 8W actual) LED bulbs, which seem plenty bright given that the original 12V bulbs were only 25W. I cannot test the 12VDC portions of the lamps until I install a battery and/or converter, but those items will not be installed until the front gaucho goes in so that I know how much space I have to work with.

Oh, and you can see one divider wall edge molding (for the tub wall) that has been stripped and is clecoed in place. Five more yet to be stripped.
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Looking nice, good light. It appears the overhead lights will be head bonkers. I guess they were original equipment.

Your water heater is in the same place where mine is going. Right behind the wheel well. That is under the street side bed in my twin bed layout.

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Old 12-20-2017, 06:41 PM   #122
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With the vanity and other cabinets in those lights will be out of bonkers territory unless you’re a basketball player. The lights look great though!
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Between Christmas and cold weather, there has not been a lot of progress recently. Quite a few hours over a few days have been spent trying to strip paint and varnish from the divider wall edge trims. It is slow going, but hope to finish that task tomorrow.

Changing subjects, I had registered the name "Cramer" for our ATWC Airstream many months ago on the Airstream Name Registry site at:
http://name.airstream.com/

I recently tried to find the page for our trailer on that site and found the Search function does not work, but by browsing and hitting "Show More" many, many times, I eventually found "Cramer". I was able to capture the attached screen shot.
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That is great, hope to see the Cramer in Salem.

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Between Christmas and cold weather, there has not been a lot of progress recently. Quite a few hours over a few days have been spent trying to strip paint and varnish from the divider wall edge trims. It is slow going, but hope to finish that task tomorrow.

Changing subjects, I had registered the name "Cramer" for our ATWC Airstream many months ago on the Airstream Name Registry site at:
http://name.airstream.com/

I recently tried to find the page for our trailer on that site and found the Search function does not work, but by browsing and hitting "Show More" many, many times, I eventually found "Cramer". I was able to capture the attached screen shot.
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Progress continues. Have worked on something trailer related most days (except for a couple of days around Christmas) since I last posted photos. Since it's been very cold with highs in the teens pretty much every day since about December 20th, so most of my work has been in my garage and basement, rather than in the unheated storage unit where the trailer resides.

The one thing I did get done at the trailer was to install a "gate pull" handle on the inside of the door, so that it can be pulled shut without stressing the vintage Bargman inside door handle. I went with a gate pull rather than something more flashy, so that this addition is "period correct". Photo attached.

I then spend several days stripping paint and varnish from the remaining 5 wall edge trims and the metal tub surround trim, but that task was not photo worthy.

I then moved on to cabinet work, which is easily done on my basement or garage, as the task dictates. And there is A LOT of it to be done. I'm just getting started. I sanded and painted the insides of the three roof locker to freshen them up. I then began to start dealing with delaminated wood. I glued the bottom of the Bed/Tub wall and am now in the process of doing the same on the Kitchen/Bed wall that had more significant delamination at the bottom. I chose these to start, because the bottoms are hidden by cabinets after installation, so they were perfect to practice on. Photos attached.

I am dreading the coming task of refinishing all of the wood items. Getting rid of the drippy varnish that was added later is NOT going to be fun and I have to do that on every cabinet, drawer front, cabinet door, and wall. I want to deal with that in my garage rather than basement due to fumes, but I really need it to get warmer so that I can reasonably heat my garage before starting.

This thread is once again up-to-date.
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A little progress every week results in .... COMPLETION

Stripping old finishes from thin, delaminated plywood is tough. That is craftsman work. I'm no good at finishes. But I'm sure your work will be spot on.

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