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Old 04-20-2019, 07:22 PM   #351
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Blue Jay's Light Fixture!

We received the light fixture fabricated by Blue Jay (joyflea) and got it installed without delay today.

We wired it using 2 candelabra sockets from Ace Hardware, but regular sized sockets would work as well. It really illuminates the work surface around the sink. We modified the base so that it would sit far enough away from the metal for a bulb and riveted it to the top center of the fixture.
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Instead of a twist style switch, we used a push button switch (Latching Push Button Switch, URTONE UR193 from Amazon).
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The photos show the fixture with a small 1watt 12volt LED Bulb (same we used on the Humphrey light) which is fine, but we have ordered brighter candelabra style 12v bulbs for comparison. The sockets were laid out in the fixture to accommodate both sizes.

I wish we knew more history of this fixture. Blue Jay's fixture is a great replica of the original and we really appreciate the effort and workmanship. It's perfect. If you're interested in a vintage replica, contact joyflea!
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Old 04-21-2019, 07:31 PM   #352
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Wow, that fixture sure adds an interesting detail to your 55. joyflea will likely get more orders for them. I like it.

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Old 04-21-2019, 08:34 PM   #353
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Wow, that fixture sure adds an interesting detail to your 55. joyflea will likely get more orders for them. I like it.

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Thanks David. Iím not a true perfectionist, but Blue sure is when it comes to metal work.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:04 AM   #354
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So you didnít say- what was the trailers weight- before and after? BTW nice job on the light
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:32 AM   #355
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So you didnít say- what was the trailers weight- before and after? BTW nice job on the light
Barry, the 1955 brochure listed the weight at 2710 lbs. the PO had added some 3/4Ē plywood and other things that increased the weight, but didnít weigh it. Our current weight is right at 3540 lbs. which is 530 lbs more than original. More than I wanted, but we beefed up the frame a bit and added all the modern items.
By the way, the advice on polishing you gave Stephanie seems to be working well. Now she wants to re-polish the entire trailer. Youíve created a monster. Thanks
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:40 AM   #356
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Barry, the 1955 brochure listed the weight at 2710 lbs. the PO had added some 3/4Ē plywood and other things that increased the weight, but didnít weigh it. Our current weight is right at 3540 lbs. which is 530 lbs more than original. More than I wanted, but we beefed up the frame a bit and added all the modern items.

By the way, the advice on polishing you gave Stephanie seems to be working well. Now she wants to re-polish the entire trailer. Youíve created a monster. Thanks


Wow I am surprised! I wouldnít have thought that either. Thatís what 20+% over original. Did you get a tongue weight?

We go camping Thurs for 4 days, and will be going by our local elevator , if I remember I plan on weighing our 54 Globetrotter now that itís done, it will be loaded so that will be interesting.

Tell Stephanie, go slow and keep it clean. And no I didnít create the monster, I just nudged her on Ďhow to tame the dragoní🤙
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Got them , they are great , have a good time this weekend. Thanks , Blue
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Old 04-27-2019, 08:12 AM   #358
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Got them , they are great , have a good time this weekend. Thanks , Blue
You are more than welcome. All Iíve ever heard those things called is ďdoor thingys ď. Take care.
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Old 04-27-2019, 06:49 PM   #359
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That's all joyflea needs is a bunch of "door thingys" to distract him from the job at hand.

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Just a side note- weighed the 54 Globetrotter on the way camping- fully loaded including water 2640 lbs. So glad still a little weight👍
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:27 PM   #361
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Inaugural Trip & Thingy

We took a quick 2 night trip to a local TX State Park to test the integrated systems. We found a few minor bugs that will be addressed and had a great time finally relaxing.
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Regarding the "Thingy", in post #228 I discussed how others have made gadgets to ensure their suicide doors stayed closed en route and showed different versions I made for our '66 and '55. Once I got the gasket on our '55 door, I had to modify the design as follows:
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What a beautiful looking vintage Airstream, both inside and out. Your baby is worth big bucks in my view. Happy you got to spend a couple of nights in it to see how it all worked out.

Ahhh, the door thingy. Now I know what it is. Thanks. We should have a contest to see how many different designs Airstreamers have come up with to prevent a door flying open on the highway. It happened to me in the Limited as I forget to lock the deadbolt. My Overlander has a little aluminum stop on the drip rail toward the top of the door. You just twist it down to prevent the door from opening. My son uses a bungee cord. Well, to each his own. I installed a deadbolt lock on his trailer to eliminate the bungee cord.

Joyflea will be infatuated with his new door thingy.

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Old 04-30-2019, 08:44 PM   #363
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What a beautiful looking vintage Airstream, both inside and out. Your baby is worth big bucks in my view. Happy you got to spend a couple of nights in it to see how it all worked out.

Ahhh, the door thingy. Now I know what it is. Thanks. We should have a contest to see how many different designs Airstreamers have come up with to prevent a door flying open on the highway. It happened to me in the Limited as I forget to lock the deadbolt. My Overlander has a little aluminum stop on the drip rail toward the top of the door. You just twist it down to prevent the door from opening. My son uses a bungee cord. Well, to each his own. I installed a deadbolt lock on his trailer to eliminate the bungee cord.

Joyflea will be infatuated with his new door thingy.

David
Thanks David. I think a short trial run was important. Found some simple issues that need correcting. As far as the thingy, whatever it takes to keep the door from blowing open and causing damage. I think itís a great idea for those who have customized thingies that work share the information and their design. Thereís never been a mousetrap that wasnít made better.
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:16 PM   #364
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Incredible work!! I love the reproduction light. You should put those into production! Your version of the door safety latch too! Congrats on the inaugural trip and a beautiful build!
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