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Old 10-03-2005, 06:46 AM   #29
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roger etal

other than your trailer, the only time i have seen another was when i was camped north of atlanta.

it was a late '60's 30 footer. they are rare birds indeed.

to bad it was in the pre digital camera days, would have loved to snapped some pics.

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Old 10-03-2005, 07:05 AM   #30
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John, very coincidentally, when we were negotiating for ours a couple of years ago, there were three other 34' two-door trailers for sale at the same time. They were all in Excella trim. It was an unusual time indeed! I have never seen another two door trailer in person tho...

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Old 10-20-2005, 10:03 AM   #31
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Thumbs up Aloha from Texas

Hi Bill
Just got back too Texas for the winter.
Gald too here you made it home. I will never forget comming up behind you and watching that beautiful old Airstream wiggle !! Great job getting it home.
I put 22,000 miles on this summer. Never again, I tried too see too many people in one summer. Next summer I will stop and smell the roses.

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Old 10-20-2005, 10:33 AM   #32
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Hi Bill
Just got back too Texas for the winter.
Gald too here you made it home. I will never forget comming up behind you and watching that beautiful old Airstream wiggle !! Great job getting it home.
I put 22,000 miles on this summer. Never again, I tried too see too many people in one summer. Next summer I will stop and smell the roses.

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Don,

It did move around when being passed, didn't it. I put on a sway control in Dallas and it helped some. Since coming home I have not towed with the Lincoln but used my Dodge PowerWagon to move it. I think that the sway was a combination of things: 1) long length and low weight, it was empty, 2) high pressure in the tires, 50PSI each for for tires on a trailer which weighed less than 4000 LBS and 3) soft suspension on the Lincoln.

You are right 22,000 miles in one summer is too much, we did 5600 miles in two weeks and it should have been a four week trip.

If you are out here next October, come to the Vintage Airstream Rally at the Newport Dunes. Your Argosy will be welcomed.

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Old 12-29-2005, 09:51 PM   #33
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Liner update

Well, we finally removed the 500 or so screws holding the front of the trailer to the belly wrap and floor. Replaced the springs which we were unable to replace in Tampa, only had to use the cutting torch on one bolt. We have now removed about nine feet of floor in the front and can now start some frame outrigger repair, repairing/rebuilding the step at the front door and then replacing the floor. Pictures attached.

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Old 10-09-2006, 10:27 PM   #34
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Liner Update

After being prodded by 66Overlander in Buttercup's thread on his new 1954 Cruiser, here is an update.

Since December, 2005, we have attended a few El Camino Real rallies and a couple of South Coast rallies along with a trip to Lake San Antonio with friends and the International Rally in Salem. Oh wait, you probably wanted to hear about the Liner.

The floor has been removed to within about three feet of the rear, The frame has been repaired to the back of the wheelwells (only needed to replace some outriggers). As of this last weekend, we have 16 feet of new floor. The water tank in in place just forward of the front axle. The drop down front step is repaired and a steel plate added to the front to secure the body to the frame. A spare tire mount fabricated which will be slung under the front of the trailer, similiar to a factory option. Part of the holding tanks supports are installed. The next step is to repair more outriggers, install more floor and compete the holding tank installation. I did not have the opportunity to take pictures, but I will on our next work day in about two weeks.

If anyone has a source for the strap hinges on the doors please let me know, I need four, two doors you know.

I have a happy 60th birthday party scheduled for my high school graduating class this weekend which makes the next available work weekend in two.

SYDTR

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Old 10-09-2006, 10:34 PM   #35
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wkerfoot, Wow it's nice that there is someone else out there that is attempting such a major restoration. I havent done much to the 55FC lately. Been doing some small jobs on the Bambi, Also upgrading several small projects on the 68 Ford pickup tow vehicle. I be looking forward to more pictures.
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:37 PM   #36
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Thanks for the update Bill. It saves me an email ;-)

Sounds like a lot of great work so far.

You know the sure way to put that liner on the fast track is to sell that Safari! lol
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Old 10-10-2006, 10:16 AM   #37
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Thanks for the update Bill. It saves me an email ;-)

Sounds like a lot of great work so far.

You know the sure way to put that liner on the fast track is to sell that Safari! lol
Tim,

Yeahbut, then we could not rally with our WBCCI friends or I would have to buy another one like Rob Baker just to go camping.

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Old 10-23-2006, 11:33 AM   #38
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Lake San Antonio

I am glad that you all had a great time at Lake San Antonio and I am sure that is was cooler than when we were there in June. My son and I spent yesterday traveling to Quartzsite, AZ to pick up this stove which I purchased for the Liner.

Think the color goes with the pink walls?

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Old 10-23-2006, 06:24 PM   #39
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I am totally in love with your oven!! Aaand your new 2-door ain't too shabby either . I can't wait to see the progress!!
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Progress

About a month ago, I realized that if there was any hope of taking the Liner to Bozeman next summer, I had better change the restoration plan. I was getting nowhere on the floor replacement and concerned about my skill level in replacing the floor and reattaching the shell. I decided to have this work done. Next question, by whom? In my fair city of Orange, there is a trailer restoration shop : Welcome to MEL Trailer I had previous conversations with one of the owners, Mike Keenan, when I brought the Liner home, now two years ago, and was impressed with his shop, partners and results. I have also heard good comments from other Airstream friends.

I spoke with Mike about the repairs I would like his team to perform and delivered the Liner to him on Monday, July 9. The work order was 1) replace floor, 2) make any necessary frame repairs, 3) replace the front lower exterior panel, severely dented and torn under one of the front reflectors, 4) replace the lower panel in front of the front door, torn at the door jamb under the serial number plate, 5) repair the front door jamb where broken, 6) repair the pins in the front door hinges and 6) install the belly wrap to just under the shell.

On Friday, July 20, Mike called me and told me that the work was complete and I picked the Liner up this afternoon. It looks fantastic. Mike has posted some pictures of the work on his flicker site (Flickr: Photos from MEL Trailer) which you can reach from his website Welcome to MEL Trailer I will post some additional pictures this weekend.

Now there is hope that I will be able to take the Liner to Bozeman and meet Colin, Rob, Tim (aka theVap.com) and all of our other VAC and WBCCI friends with a unique trailer.

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Old 07-23-2007, 10:06 PM   #41
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Wow, they do nice work. Enjoyed the pictures of the work being done. Now, with 10 months left to go, you still do have your work cut out for you but it is at least achievable. Keep the updates coming. It gives the rest of us motivation to keep our own projects moving forward.

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Old 09-30-2007, 08:12 PM   #42
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Today, I completed removing the inside skin. After partially disassembling the front cap, I finally realized that the end caps are buck riveted together and I could remove them in one piece. Which I did with the rear cap. Here are two pictures of the interior, sans interior skin and insulation.

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