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Old 03-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #61
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When she gets home, I need to remove the interior skins; strip them and then polish. After that I'll have to wash down the inside areas of both the interior and exterior skins with something to neutralize the mouse poo and urine, I'll be glad to have that nasty job completed.
You might be better off not using bleach since the urine contains ammonia and someone reported a nasty reaction between the two.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:45 PM   #62
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Thanks so much for letting us know, I hadn't read that before! That could have been terrible. Do you know what most people are using?

Thanks again for possibly being a life saver!

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Old 03-01-2013, 02:41 PM   #63
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I use Simple Green or Kaboom. Smells OK and cleans it up very well. I also use TSP.
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Thank you, Robin, for the info on cleaners; years ago I tried to use Simple Green and found I was allergic to it, so I stay away from it since, but the Kaboom and TSP (I don't know what this is, haven't heard of it before) I will definitely try to find and give a try.

Sooooo happy to say that her shell is back down where it belongs!! Yeah!! We went over to our friend's shop to get that job done, and when we walked in we discovered he had lowered it down onto the new frame on Friday all by himself, wow, what a great friend!! We are so indebted to him.

There was a tad bit of a problem of getting all of the shell down squarely, a few of the rear ribs weren't wanting to allow the exterior skin(s) back there to slip over the outside of the "C" channel, but they managed to get it where it belonged. In the end, the shell fit perfectly back down onto the new frame/subfloor/"C" channel! Isn't it amazing that if you take the time to do it right; reinforce the shell with framing, etc., that in the end it makes the job so much easier to turn out right!? Our friend and my DH have been doing a super job!

They removed the first of the exterior skins which will be replaced due to the buckshot that some, I assume, children shot into her years ago. I think there are three or four exterior panels which we will be replacing.

We removed the door, the door latch to hold it back, and one of the running lights. Does anyone know if there are any stainless steel door latches available to buy? I may not be calling them by the correct name, but I am referring to the piece which holds the door open, against the shell when you want the door open.

We're also looking for new running lights. The covers of our existing running lights look as though they've been really hot and melted somewhat. Does anyone know if we can get these and rear lights in LED, or will we have to search for LED inside "guts" for old style?

Thanks so much for any info you have to share on the latch and LED running lights.

I want to share with you all that we are a little disappointed with the shell ribs -- when we removed the one curbside front bottom skin, one of the ribs just fell off too. It wasn't full length, and we don't think it was attached to anything other than the skin -- the skin was holding it in place, this doesn't seem very good to us.

Since my DH used to be a welder, and our friend a machinist, when they work on things, they tend to make whatever it is extra heavy duty, thus our frame, they said, is about three times as strong as the original and that we won't ever have to worry about rear-end separation with this one. That sounds so good to me!

I'm attaching some pics of how she looked when we arrived to the shop today and then of some of the work they did today. I'm hoping DH gets some more pics as they work along today and brings that camera home -- if so, I'll post more pics then.

Well, I'm having issues with connectivity again today, so I'll have to post these in separate posts, I suppose.

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Old 03-03-2013, 01:08 PM   #65
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More pic(s), hopefully.

In one of these, I've centered on a plaque from what I believe may be the original Airstream dealer -- does anyone know anything about this dealer? And if this plaque looks familiar, do you know how it looked originally, perhaps know where I can see a pic of these plaques from years ago? I'd like to restore the plaque if I knew how it looked back then.

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Last two pics for now. In one you can see the buckshot. Also, the wheel/tires and look funny in all of these pics are the frame is up on jack stands.

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Old 03-03-2013, 01:31 PM   #67
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One other thing, if memory serves me, I believe the old WBCCI numbers are: 4235, does anyone know the past history of her?

Thanks so much.

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Are these the stainless latches you are looking for?
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OMG, Doug, yes those are exactly what we are looking for! Thank you so much.

Do you remember meeting my DH and me at the non-rally at Pennwood last Fall? He enjoyed talking with both you and "Big Al" there, among others. I think I saw where he will be coming to the Ohio Amish Rally in April, are you, by any chance, coming?

Thanks again for pointing those out.................and the price is so right!

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OMG, Doug, yes those are exactly what we are looking for! Thank you so much.

Do you remember meeting my DH and me at the non-rally at Pennwood last Fall? He enjoyed talking with both you and "Big Al" there, among others. I think I saw where he will be coming to the Ohio Amish Rally in April, are you, by any chance, coming?

Thanks again for pointing those out.................and the price is so right!

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We are hoping to get to the April rally again this year. I have been working on our 62 Bambi for 2 years and hope to have it ready for it's first trip out.
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Where ie Somewhere, Ohio? If not too far from Wooster we would like to come over to see your Bubble
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Doug, can't wait to see your Bambi!

We have a few more pics of first exterior skin to go on and of the wheel wells, which I think show a little better how much additional space is there.

A couple of questions:

I think it's the second pic which is of the street side wheel well, there is corrosion.........does anyone know when there is too much corrosion. I'll say that it is not through (meaning no hole(s)). If we don't need to replace due to the corrosion, how do we remove the corrosion?

Does anyone know if someone sells new trim, or wrap which goes around the bottom edge and covers up the bottom of the skins? DH said what we have is about 2 1/4" high, but he'd like to have 2 1/2" to 3", I don't recall seeing any for sale anywhere.

Thanks to all for your interest, information sharing, and following us.

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I start my Bubble project today...in the rain. (I love the rain, by the way.) Keep the pictures coming and stay in touch. Between you, Becky, and all the other Bubble Folks I have some great guidance here. Are your frame builders up for a job?
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:40 PM   #74
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Hi All.

This weekend has turned out to be one which other things are going on, so work on Lily has had to be squeezed in, which is fine -- it all adds up to being completed later.

I've attached more pics. One is of skin damage done by PO having a tarp on her while she was outside (she also spent some time inside a barn, don't know how much time each). DH said it looked as though the heat on the tarp made it sort of "melt" into the skin. Our friend wanted to see how it would clean up, so I think it's the second pic which shows how it shined up after a little polishing.

As you can see, exterior skin replacement is going on still, and I think the last remaining exterior skin to be replaced, street side rear, should go on tomorrow.....the pic shows where the old one had been.

Also, in the pic of the curb side showing how she looks with the new skins on for that side, I believe you can see a nasty dent up on the curve high. They have decided to try to pound it out from inside after the interior skins have been removed.

I'm going to ask again in case someone who didn't see it before is reading this.............does anyone know where we can buy new banana wrap? I haven't yet asked VTS, which I know I should, but I also thought I'd try here again.

We still have our windows to install. Anyone looking for replacement Hehr windows may want to check ours out after we install them; I'll try to get close ups so you can see them. I think our friend did a fantastic job fabricating new ones for us.

Robin, we asked our friend about building a frame for you, but he said he has to pass as he has a couple of his projects which have been waiting for him. I also asked my DH (he's the welder -- the two of them worked together on ours), and I believe he's thinking on it. Hopefully for you, your frame will turn out to be repairable.

We're thinking of what's going overhead -- ac unit and Fantastic Vent, that is if there's room for both. We know we will have to reinforce the overhead ribs for the ac unit. Does anyone have updated info on the newer ac unit which is 8" in height? If so, does it run ok, and is it quiet?

Hopefully I'll have a few more pics tomorrow.

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Hey Deb....I think this is what you mean by "Banana wrap." The Bubble does not have what is commonly called that......a preformed curved piece at the corner bottom.
So.....if thats the case....you owe me ....VintageCampers.com :: Vintage Campers, Vintage Trailers, Vintage Parts, Vintage Restorations.
Stay on DHs' case for me. That frame/belly pan and floor would save me a ton of time and effort.....besides being better than I could crank out.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:01 PM   #76
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Robin, I must be really tired tonight; I submitted that long post without telling you thank you for your kind words, but you have already completed one Bubble, so you are the one we should be watching -- and watch we certainly will. You and we have much to share and compare and we are looking forward to it all.

Becky is a wealth of information, and has been very kind to share info with us too. As I told her, I'm sorry to see her resto come to completion, which is very selfish of me to say, but I really looked forward to logging on to see what she was doing each day.

I need to go into the Bubble forum and read the threads from everyone who has worked on one. Can't wait to see what turns up!

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Old 03-09-2013, 10:02 PM   #77
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Looks like your polishing job just got a lot easier!!! Lucky you! Great progress!
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Oh Robin, you've made my day!! That is exactly what we're looking for, I can't believe it! I do owe you, big time.

Hey Becky, you are so right, that's just what I said to my DH about it saving on my polishing time. That one on the street side rear (only replaced one on the street side), was because of a dent we hadn't really noticed before, it was fairly bad and I don't know how we missed it. The ones on the curb side were mostly because of the buck shot.

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I have five more pictures to load, but it is so overcast today/rain that the clouds are very dense and I'm having trouble loading them, so here's two of them, I think.

Over the weekend "the guys" got quite a bit done, but some of it was "a little of this and a little of that" which is difficult for others to see, but small items which needed to be completed, etc.

To update, more which have been competed are: all of the shell is riveted back on (Yeah!!); some of the rub rail is on (we need to add some screws on the curved areas); there were some bolts here and there which needed to be added. We had noticed some time ago that one skin which we weren't planning to replace had Olympic rivets, and I wasn't going for that. DH told me they took the time to drill those out and replace all of those this weekend too. Thanks to them! We feel that side must have had damage at some time and the skin replaced, thus the Olympic rivets used (they should have removed the interior skin so they could have been buck riveted on instead of Olympics). Also, our friend had the new hitch welded on when DH arrived! Thank goodness for friends!

Besides the rub rail coming from Vintage Campers, our new wheel well trim came from VTS, but it hasn't been installed yet. Our friend did fabricate and install the two small skin sections which go on just before and just after the wheel wells, thanks to him.

I've been searching, reading, and asking lots of questions about the new Coleman Mach 8 low profile AC unit (8" high) -- hoping to hear some feedback (any feedback) so we can make a decision about that on top. We're planning to reinforce the aluminum skins like someone else did on the Forums, I hope I can find that thread again. We don't have a lot of faith in our ribs as they are, we're finding that they aren't really attached very well.

I ordered a polishing kit today from Jestco, so I'll be starting in polishing, hopefully the end of this week, starting with the rear compartment door so they can put it back on. I also need to redo the Airstream plaque which goes on the compartment door and by the walk-in door, so I'll be reading how others went about that and what they used.

We ordered our door-in-a-door gasket, but when it came it looked different than the original gasket which was riveted on; new one has self-adhesive. Melody Ranch says the new one is correct, but also told me of another gasket to add to it, which I am searching for. Need to get her sealed up tightly before starting the trip home -- don't want to damage the new floor.

Hopefully this weekend coming up we'll start putting the reworked (2) and new (2) windows back on, can't wait to see those in place.

Can't think of much more; thanks for following.

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Trying to post the other three pics.

It should be the last photo which shows the corrosion which I am concerned about. I think I read how to handle this is to buff it out and polish to seal it. This picture was taken on the inside of the trailer. I had them check to see if the corrosion was through but they said not -- if it was it would have been replaced. (I really wanted it replaced anyway, but was vetoed. )

Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, the other two on this post are very similar.

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