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Old 03-31-2014, 10:15 AM   #99
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Matt,

Go to the Vintage Airstream website and review R J Dial's blog. He used Rustoeum "Royal Blue". You can buy nice reproduction nameplates from Vintage Trailer Supply.

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Old 03-31-2014, 06:42 PM   #100
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Matt, I'm soon to receive an axle from Colin and am wondering if 2 people can lift it? I'm picking it up at a Freight Terminal and am thinking I want to remove it from the pallet and slide it into the bed of my pick up, and want to know if it's going to be possible.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:44 PM   #101
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Two strong guys could do it, but be careful..THEY ARE HEAVY!!!
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:49 PM   #102
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...You can buy nice reproduction nameplates from Vintage Trailer Supply.

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Unfortunately they are out of stock right now.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:57 PM   #103
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Matt, I'm soon to receive an axle from Colin and am wondering if 2 people can lift it? I'm picking it up at a Freight Terminal and am thinking I want to remove it from the pallet and slide it into the bed of my pick up, and want to know if it's going to be possible.
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Yeah, its doable with two people, & yes they are heavy.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:44 PM   #104
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Yes and yes I loaded and unloaded mine by myself.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:47 PM   #105
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Colin beat me to the punch. But truthfully I would not have known if I had not gone only to check. Colin shipped it straight to the welder, and the driver unloaded it. .

BTW, thanks for the tip on the nameplate article! I'll pick IP a bottle next time I go to the hardware store along with the other pile of stuff that I need.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:50 PM   #106
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Last question for today: does anyone know the exact blue shade for the original 50ís art deco style sign? Mine is completely faded, and I took it off last night, hoping to restore it to its former glory.
I did mine (a little different lettering) but see here ; post 44

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A little later in the thread are a bunch of pictures on how Colin redid my frame axles floor......
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Welding and Frameword

Frame work goings on. Excited to see it come together. The welder installed the axle and has the work about 90% complete. I have attached the list of improvements to the frame, but also added a new Bulldog 5000lb. hitch coupler, because the old one was getting mighty thin. It also adds about 4Ē of length to the front of the A-frame without looking odd. As many of you know the A frames are short on those 50s trailers.

Many of the photos were of mocking up the tanks to ensure we could make them work, and many more were provided by my son playing with the phone. Needed to make some modifications to accommodate the shocks and wheel wells. And the welder seemed to come up with some clever ways to mount the tanks and hold them in place. I extended the frame down two inches in depth to accommodate a deeper black tank, the axles, and to add a bit of strength

I will finally add a word of caution, this is not the final version, and there will be some changes in the final product that we figured out today.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:29 PM   #108
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Looks great!
Are you adding a spare tire holder?
And do you have a front hold down plate?
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:40 AM   #109
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Re:

Kathy,

The spare tire holder is one of the last things being attached to the trailer, either yesterday or today by the welder. I am planning on putting it in the same place as the ones on the modern trailers right underneath the front of the trailer. We need to work out the last bit of engineering for the front edge of the belly pan, but I think that we have it. My frame did not require modification to accommodate the spare tire up there.

I am adding a front hold down plate as well. Small item, and so it was also one of the last items to go on as well. I picked up a majority of the holding tank plumbing today, so after we finish the painting hopefully Wednesday and Thursday, we can begin fitting it in and order the plywood for the floor as well as the split A/C unit. It will be nice to see things going back together.
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:03 AM   #110
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Window Work 6

The last window for disassembly, repair, and initial polishing is the front window. As I take it apart I realize that it has been replaced before. This also the only window frame that has any real damage. Generally it is cosmetic, but I still donít like it. Does anyone have any ideas on ways to fix it? Maybe hit it with some aluminum weld to fill in the holes and then sand it off smooth again?

One of the previous owners improvised his own window gasket when replacing the glass, and made the spacing work by adding in another thin, sticky, foam gasket. It seemed to work.

Itís all apart now, and almost done polishing the initial cut on the windows. Time to get the glass cut. I am thinking that I will get it 3/32Ē thick, with safety glass in the front and rear, and tinted glass for the rest, save for the kitchen area. Any lessons learned here?
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:17 AM   #111
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Looking at the first pic the metal doesn't look great and I can't really tell but it looks like the crack extends beyond the stop drill relief hole. I don't have the same style of windows but wondered if you could do a flush skin repair there? Add a landing doubler behind the skin (1 gauge thicker) cut our the damage and replace with the exact same material, dimple and flush rivet with 3/32's. Once polished up you would only see the .030" gap around the repair but I don't know how it would work for the back of the frame; anyhow just thinking out load in case it helps.
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:25 AM   #112
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Windows, rear storage door, and wheel wells

A few shots of the last of the window frames, rear storage door, and wheel wells.

The rear storage door will get a new locking mechanism, already ordered from VTS, and a new interior panel, built from some leftover 2024T3 that I have.

I will polish the rear sign and repaint it. Thanks for the tip on the Royal Blue paint!

The wheel wells are still in great shape, minus one minor crack, but the galvanized sheeting that it is made from is otherwise as good as new, though the original sealant is not. I have removed about half of the old black gunk, and will Vulkem and re-seal with automotive undercoating for re-installation.
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