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Old 01-29-2006, 03:51 PM   #15
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it possible don said alodined, irridized, vulcanized, homogenized or any word ending in ized....and i translated into annodized....

i agree the imron didn't or doesn't have an under coating. 17 years ago i had my moho stripped and repainted with imron paint. i was living in seattle and the guy who did the work also painted jets for boeing.....it has held up well except on the steel endcaps. as i recall watching part of the work.....there was a chemical treatment before the pigmented layers...to help with bonding to the aluminum....and the imron paints are flexible, a good thing on big sheets of skin....

stella..........
as cosmos' pictures show, it is pretty scarred looking now.....up close the surface has an etched/scuffed appearance without any pattern to suggest it was machined......looked like an acid etching.... and the section under the curbside window was in so better color shape, to suggest that ohio rain had leached much of the color, but even the bleached areas have this etched look....

so cosmotini.....

was the terra port open? were folks camped there in freezing weather?

wahoonc......
i agree anodizing is better in theory than application...
my limited understanding suggests the process also changes some of the physical characteristics of the surface layer....like heat transfer, plasticity and so on.

here's to shinny silver aluminum over gold 'tones anytime...

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Old 01-29-2006, 07:08 PM   #16
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so cosmotini.....

was the terra port open? were folks camped there in freezing weather?

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Yes, it was open and people were staying there. The snow was from December 5th.

I'm sure it was below freezing at night but the daytime temps weren't that bad.

Passed up the factory tour because of the weather. More snow was in the forcast later in the day. I beat it home but we got about 6" the following day.

I guess I'll have to go back to JC just for the tour.

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Old 01-29-2006, 07:37 PM   #17
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I still can't believe that this trailer isn't in a museum or at least indoors out of the elements. This bit of history is going to disapear if it is not looked after.

Hey. how about a museaum of RV's. I think there is one already, but can't remember where.

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Old 01-29-2006, 07:43 PM   #18
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I've been slowly stripping my Argosy over the last several years . . . by washing it a couple of times a year. The paint flecks that fall off don't make me think that the Argosy had any undercoating on it at all, even if it is Emron.

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Heh Heh - I know what you mean. I stripped our Argosy - funny, the aluminum just shed the paint, no problemo. The steel, which actually looked the worse (peeling paint, rust, etc) on the endcaps, is STILL giving me fits. It had a greenish undercoat that is holding on for dear life. It's finally almost all gone.
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:00 PM   #19
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Hey. how about a museaum of RV's. I think there is one already, but can't remember where.
Museum is in Mishiwaka, Indiana. In fact, they are breaking ground on a much larger building to house thier exhibits.

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It looks like there are no jack stands under those trailers. That's not very good.
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That is so cool, thanks for the pics. I got there on Dec 28, they must have moved them just before the factory went on Xmas break. I dropped off my trailer for repair just after Xmas and missed them.
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Wally & Stella's Gold Trailer was on diplay at International Rally in Springfield, Mo in '05. Wasn't expecting to see that! A bonus...
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Here is a picture of the trailer from the 75th year video. I am not sure of the year the photo was taken.
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Howdy folks

I was at the factory a couple weeks ago and didn't see the gold trailer parked out front. I was going to ask them about it, but forgot. Anyone know what happened to it? It sure was a unique looking trailer.
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Stella's Gold Trailer

Actually this floor plan was requested by Stel on the 1956 European Caravan. I have a rough sketch Wally did.

There are three pictures.

One on the road with tire troubles, one in Oregon and one with the Gold Trailer in my Mother's driveway.

I owned the trailer for 7 years.
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While I was at the factory a couple of weeks ago we took the plant tour. The tour leader noted that the gold annodized color was fading so the trailer was not on display. My memory fails me if he said it had just been moved indoors to halt the fading or if it was being reannodized to brighten the color. Guess I wasn;t totally paying attention. In any case, Airstream still has the trailer.
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While I was at the factory a couple of weeks ago we took the plant tour. The tour leader noted that the gold annodized color was fading so the trailer was not on display. My memory fails me if he said it had just been moved indoors to halt the fading or if it was being reannodized to brighten the color. Guess I wasn;t totally paying attention. In any case, Airstream still has the trailer.
When I sold the trailer in 1977, the clever buyer tore out the enterior, put metal extrusion on the side, and just destroyed the trailer. Airstream bought the trailer back. I have furnished them with interior pictures to assist them with restoration. Also it must be noted the finish as it fades will either need to be painted or all of the aluminum replaced with newly annodized metal.
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I can't remember where, but I once saw photo's of the Gold Trailer from it's "destroyed" period, likely in the 1980's with late model door, windows, and body side moldings, before Airstream restored it to it's former condition. Hard to beleive that anyone would ever make those kinds of modifications to such a historic trailer. Luckily it has been put back the way is was when Wally had it.
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