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Old 04-20-2017, 01:29 PM   #113
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Darn. I DO remember--it was on the driver side on a '56.....and the light flipped up quite high to get the fill nozzle in...

Plagued with a trivial memory...full of pointless trivia. I owned a '59.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:15 PM   #114
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In case anyone's interested. New Jersey & Oregon are the two states that do not allow self service gas stations. In NJ you may see self service for diesel only IF the pump is located on a separate island away from the gas pumps.

Yeah, I know. Something you really didn't know you needed to know. But now you know.
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:57 PM   #115
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You can legally pump your own diesel in Oregon but the attendant is usually there before you can get the door open. I get out and watch to make sure it's diesel going in.
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Old 05-21-2017, 09:52 AM   #116
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I try to keep Airstream and WBCCI history documented as correctly as possible and am learning new things all the time, so I need to correct a couple of my previous comments that I previously made in this thread, but have since learned were not exactly correct:
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The slightly longer answer is that Wally Byam started assigning numbers during his first caravan in 1951, and assigned #1 to himself. He actually reassigned numbers stating at #1 for each of his first 5 caravans before the club was formed, so when the club was formed in 1955, everyone that joined got to keep the number they had been assigned on one of the first 5 caravans.
Actually, I have now learned that numbers were only reassigned on caravans 3 & 4 and caravan 2 apparently did not use numbers on trailers. Starting on Caravan 5 (Mexico 1955), numbers were not reassigned. Caravanners with previous numbers were able to reuse their previously assigned number, but first time caravanners got new numbers higher than any previously assigned number.

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Wally's first caravan went to Central America in 1951-52 and he used a little 15' Airstream Cruisette on that one. I am unaware if that Airstream has been rediscovered.

I am aware of a story that on one of the early Mexico caravans, Wally had to cannibalize his Airstream for parts to repair others trailers and he apparently abandoned his trailer in Mexico, but I forget which trip that was, maybe the first to Central America that went thru Mexico, or maybe a later one.
I have since learned that the little 15' Cruisette was used on the first caravan by the advance scout, not Wally himself. Wally used a larger, but unidentified Airstream on that caravan. I have also confirmed that it was on that first caravan that Wally abandoned his Airstream during the caravan (unsure if that occurred in Mexico or some Central American country) after stripping it of parts to repairs the trailers of other caravanners along the way.
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Old 05-21-2017, 07:48 PM   #117
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Here is what I have, may not be the best but much better than nothing! Here are some pics wanting to show that there is a piece missing on both the plug & the receptacle. They were fully functional but I decided to upgrade to marine grade electrical.
If you want them just pay for shipping and they are both yours... send me an email.
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Old 05-21-2017, 09:49 PM   #118
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Thanks Steve!! Sent you an email!
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:18 PM   #119
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I understand! sorry but your "care package" has been delayed due to my needing to attend to my rental units!
Should be on their way this week....."heads up Mate"
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:28 PM   #120
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How far do I go? There are 3 compound curved end cap segments with damage plus the flat segment #4 that has the beads in it on both edges.

I've found a craftsman in Oregon that builds doors, airplane parts and is great with aluminum according to vintage trailer people around the region. He figures he can make me new caps, but of course I have to pull it all apart.

I had some orange stripper left over from another job and figured I'd clean it up some and get a better idea of the damage. Looks to be acid of some type. Many layers of paint remain but I'm going to need a few (a lot) of cans of aircraft stripper to remove all this.

The alclad is gone and it's paper thin with a couple holes. I'm worried that just taking it apart the caps will break.

So I'm wondering if I'm crazy or stupid, or maybe blindly optimistic.

Being that this was and presumably will forever be repainted I'm wondering if I can find a suitable epoxy product to layer on the back of the cap to build up strength then simple fill or patch the couple small holes then prep and paint.

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Old 06-11-2017, 06:12 PM   #121
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Bondo works on aluminum, but it's got to be stripped clean down to the metal and sanded or it won't stick.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:37 PM   #122
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My thought was they are making all sorts of seam sealers and epoxies for aluminum body repairs on the f-150's etc and I could build it up from behind. Other than the two holes (big one is not quite the size of a quarter) the panel is solid and not pitted enough to need filler.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:38 PM   #123
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But your right beyond the right product surface prep surface prep surface prep
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:30 AM   #124
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I'm going to visit the paint store this morning to pick some brains on what products might be appropriate for this (if any).

I'm excited that I've tracked down through awesome forums members the cooling unit for the refrigerator, the table base, and the stove but I am starting to panic that I haven't found the refrigerator I need. I've come across a dozen Marvel refrigerators but can't find the Kreft model. Wally debuted this refrigerator in our trailer and I feel it's a really important piece to find. If anyone has one or knows someone who does, I'll gladly buy it and pay to ship it freight to us working or not. I've had ads on the classifieds, facebook vintage trailer parts sites, the VAC facebook, and craigslist in major cities. Please spread the word as I really hope to find one before this winter when cabinet work hopefully starts.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:32 AM   #125
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Hi Scott, Being a painted trailer, I think the epoxy idea is very reasonable. Some might prefer it because it retains more originality than replacement panels. Either solution seems viable to me.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:01 PM   #126
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I did some aircraft stripper today and had some good results. You can see the dark areas where the alclad layer is gone. I spoke to the paint supply guys and they feel with good prep they have a panel adhesive and mesh to reinforce from the back that bonds to aluminum very well and doesn't harden like bondo or fiberglass.
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