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Old 11-05-2017, 01:29 PM   #295
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I got this photo of Helen's front kitchen from the same trip from Pee Wee, I'm trying to track down this stove top. I'm beginning to think there's no room for an oven.

Anyone know where I can find one?
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Old 11-05-2017, 01:40 PM   #296
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You are doing AMAZING work. Such nice attention to detail and history.

Nice vintage picture. Would be fun to hang a few of those in the trailer or make a book of some.
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Old 11-05-2017, 03:01 PM   #297
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Love logging in and seeing your progress, keep up the great work
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Old 11-05-2017, 04:14 PM   #298
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Thanks you guys! Facebook friends help me figure out it's a Preway brand. A Preway Counterchef.

Here's another angle
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:58 PM   #299
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What a great picture!

I hope you can find that Stove Top- really beautiful.

Took a while to find the electric heating element for my (only) 44 year old Dometic Fridge. There are still a lot of my model out there- but when they break, people just buy a new Fridge- so not much supply OR demand for the old parts.

Been logging in from the beginning; your thread and progress are amazing. Thank you!

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Old 11-06-2017, 01:25 PM   #300
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Me too! So far the hunt is discouraging. Thanks, doing our best to do this trailer right
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:41 PM   #301
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That's awesome. Do you get to officially put the "1" back on it?
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Old 11-06-2017, 07:03 PM   #302
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Inside and out the plan is as an extract restoration as possible and in some cases practical. Yes the outside will be put back as exact as I can including lettering
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:29 PM   #303
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DDickeyís box arrived today. What a beauty!! Thank you!

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Old 11-15-2017, 09:08 PM   #304
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I recently purchased a very rare Caravanner newsletter from October 1955 that outlines the Mexico and European Caravan. Iíll have to work on getting access to a large scanner but thought Iíd share. Cool article by a teenage Pee Wee, info about Jackson Center and the new California plant, an article outlining the creation of the WBCCI among other thingsClick image for larger version

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On the 55, nearly half the interior skin is finish sanded, I hope to complete that by the end of the weekend and start metal prep and masking (and cleaning).

I found a stove, I needs major porcelain work but can be redone or at least do until I find a better one.

I also have leads on a few other missing pieces but wonít share until they are for sure
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Very cool newsletter. I have read several of Wally's books and the feats they were able to accomplish during their travels are quite remarkable. It is always fun to visit with Pee Wee when he comes to the 4cu gatherings.

I been meaning to ask do you work full time on the Airstream. And if you are retired what type of profession we're you in. (If you mentioned this in the beginning I have forgotten)

Your pace, skill set and learning curve seem incredible. It seems like you were MEANT to do this.
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Wow well thank you!

This summer I worked 6 days a week on it, seemingly 8+ hours a day. Progress slowed this fall. My wife and I are both music teachers, we have 2 kids. My almost 11 year old son has come to be good with a bucking bar, and my wife is good at it too. I've had a lot of help from a different Wally who collects Airstreams (I call him Wally Buys-em). Lately I work weekends from about 5:30-AM until 10 or so and spend the rest of the day being dad, some days my son comes out and works with me while my wife and daughter do ladies day activities. Mixed in with lots of baseball and other stuff too. It's a big learning curve. I couldn't do it without the knowledge and assistance from many others, mostly here on the forums and some of the facebook groups as well. It's a whole lot of a work, and a whole lot of being in the right place a the right time, asking the right questions and getting help from the right people!
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Well even more impressed to know you are still working, being a husband and dad with a full life in addition to The Airstream.

Keep up the good work. This thread and it's good documentation will serve many well in future endeavors.
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:27 PM   #308
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Well thank you!

Iíve been sanding every evening after school before the kids get home and last weekend. It isnít pretty but itís smooth!

The kitchen and living/dining area is ready for final cleaning and masking so the hippies have left that area (no offense). No more birds butterfies, sun, moon, stars, stickers, puff paint artwork etc. I have about 2/3rds of the bedroom to sand yet, then the rear endcap and upper cabinets.

I canít say enough good about the Diablo brand sanding screens for my random orbital sander. $19 for 10 screen material discs. Last 10 times longer or more than sand paper and donít clog up even with thick latex paint, tape residue, sticker gunk, puff paint and other crud Iíve sanded. Another 4-5 hours and I can start wiping everything down and get ready to epoxy prime the inside.

Just an fyi, negative test result for lead, still wearing an OSHA approved commercial style double canister respirator for particulates when sanding.

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