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Old 07-29-2015, 06:48 PM   #1
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1949 Liner restoration

So a while back I found a 1949 Airstream Liner online and purchased it, driving all the way to Kansas to pick it up and haul it home. When I got it home to my driveway, it was looking a little blue.
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Old 07-29-2015, 06:53 PM   #2
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The blues slowly went away, thanks to a lot of paint stripper, elbow grease, and sweat. Alas, what was found beneath was not shiny, though it seemed to glow in the afternoon sun.
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:04 PM   #3
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Welcome and congratulations . you got a nice little project there.. hope the aluminum can be polished out :-) how is the interior?

Our 48 liner was rough and came on a flat bed.. you could at least pull yours
have a look at our resurrection.. might give you some pointers :-)

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Thanks for the welcome, Submariner. I've already been mining your post for a while now. It's just recently I decided I wanted to share my own tale.

The interior was largely missing or replaced. There were a few nice surprises, though. Three overhead cabinets ("roof lockers" in the old Airstream sales literature) were still there, and the sink cabinet (not shown) was mostly intact.

There were also a couple less pleasant surprises. Why yes, that is "wheel tub" comprising 2x4's and a bit of plywood, partially obscured by disgusting carpeting. I knew about the dents and the exterior patches from the advertising, but that one came as a surprise. Not as much of a surprise as the three layers of flooring products and two layers of plywood (three in one place; a few additional metal patches in others) that I found when I started looking around the "wheel tub."
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:35 PM   #5
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looks at least better on the inside than ours did. do you plan a shell off and rebuild / re-inforce the frame? I bed most of the connection between the outriggers and the pipe are gone.. a way to check that is to see, you you can twist the pipe in either direction.. i could almost spin mine :-)
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It took only a short time to dispose of the interior. The original interior pieces that could be saved were. The curtains, carpet, disgusting bed, decrepit wooden thing at the front, and rusty furnace all went to the trash. Then came the hard part. Removing the layers of flooring and plywood. It took weeks of intermittent work, wearing a P100 mask and wetting down the flooring due to concerns about possible asbestos release, before I was down to the last layer of plywood alone.

It took me another couple of days, wearing the mask again, to complete cleanup afterwards. Then I could see the inner skins and the bottom layer of plywood floor quite nicely. It came as no great shock that the plywood was completely rotted along much of the perimeter. In some areas the rot extend over a half foot inward from the perimeter.
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Yep.... Looks familiar .. :-)


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Nice project but quiet a lot of work ! Thanks for sharing this !
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So a while back I found a 1949 Airstream Liner online and purchased it, driving all the way to Kansas to pick it up and haul it home. When I got it home to my driveway, it was looking a little blue.
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What about your project since 2015 ? Have you finished it ?
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