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Old 09-22-2013, 01:07 AM   #1
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Naddy's Renovation thread (second attempt)

Ooops - posted this in teh 1956 Overlander forum but I think it should go here

Naddy is our 1957 Overlander and I will use this thread to update you on the rehabilitation effort.
Actually, Naddy is the second last Ohio-built Overlander in 1956 but, acording to her serial number but I think it is fair to assume that she is a 1957 model, right? I have a also a full blog on the renovation on blogspot. So here we go. I will ask specific questions (of which I have A LOT) in the specific repair sub-fora.
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:12 AM   #2
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Endpanel dent removal

When we got Naddy, we thought that we would have to live with the dents in the endpanels. I do not have the $ to pay an Airstream Service Center repair and made peace with the fact that this is how Naddy looks.
Then last week, I put in my first order to Harborfreight Tools and I see this pneumatic suction cup dent remover. Cost $69 or so. Well, I got it and what it did today is shown in the pair of images below. I am very very happy. The dents are 90% out and the last one came out but popped back in. So that one I fix with styrofoam as insulation once the inside skin is off (as one of the wizards recommended). Although there are 2 mild creases, 2 of the dents popped out after one minute. It is a great tool IMHO.
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:22 AM   #3
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Naddy is loosing weight

Another thing I did today is taking some of that excessive weight of Naddy's extended rear bumper. The frame was extended 7" and there was a 3" diameter steel-tube attached, maybe as storage for the sewage pipe. Also, Naddy had some very heave homemade stabilizer jacks (mentioned in a post elsewhere) and a steel bracket for the spare wheel. Well, I cut out more than 120 pounds of steel and now the rear bumper looks much more like I think it is supposed to look like (still needs to be welded back on the frame).

I wonder where the spare wheel is supposed to be stored. Though the front tongue on Naddy is 38" long and I think that is where I will mount it (will post on that at a later point).
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:57 AM   #4
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I put my comment on the other thread.
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Great work on removing those dents!!!
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:13 AM   #6
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Contact Kip, Aerowood on the forums, if you want to make those end cap segments look even better. Kip knows aluminum repair as well as anyone and makes a roller to help remove the residual effects of such damage. Great work on the bumper. Keep asking questions. It's amazing how helpful people are when you ask. It sure has helped me.
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