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Hittenstiehl 08-16-2013 04:12 PM

Thanks and what a Thread (yours)
 
World in Chaos

Just read your entire thread (and subscribed). You have both done a very nice job on the restoration and the thread with both your explanations and the photo's. Appreciated some particulars like the original Marvel Fridge in a early post, the door that opens (in my opinion) the correct way against the wind. The curves and quality of your wood craft, the Bargman Gravity Water Fill Door, Magazine rack w/Vintage Trailer Life and Wine Storage.

I'm learning that aside from the plethora of good advice and how to the forum provides enthusiasm, inspiration and motivation.

Is really a forum faux-pas to multi post to oneself. Oops. I think I will keep on since I'm more getting my documentation caught up for the thread than anything else.

Hittenstiehl 08-16-2013 06:45 PM

65 TW Original (?) Interior Lamps/Lighting
 
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Here are the interior lamps in varying stages of upkeep. They do work and the current plan may be to keep them, service them and replace the plastic covers. The Gaucho area pendants appear to be broken at their hinges so we'll see if they remain. Although we would like to keep as much as possible it is also tempting to add something new especially when you look at the renovation threads
The lamps shown are:
Pendant Lights curbside gaucho (matching ones streetside)
Forward overhead Lamp (by astrodome) without shade
Vanity overhead Lamp across from double bed
Bathroom Lamp with improvised shade (over the great tilting bath mirror)

worldinchaos 08-17-2013 10:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Hittenstiehl (Post 1341384)
World in Chaos

Just read your entire thread (and subscribed). You have both done a very nice job on the restoration and the thread with both your explanations and the photo's. Appreciated some particulars like the original Marvel Fridge in a early post, the door that opens (in my opinion) the correct way against the wind. The curves and quality of your wood craft, the Bargman Gravity Water Fill Door, Magazine rack w/Vintage Trailer Life and Wine Storage.

I'm learning that aside from the plethora of good advice and how to the forum provides enthusiasm, inspiration and motivation.

Is really a forum faux-pas to multi post to oneself. Oops. I think I will keep on since I'm more getting my documentation caught up for the thread than anything else.

Ha! You are too kind. It's all about making it up as you go. Basically everything I did was from another thread here on the forums with only a few exceptions like the water heater, pull out catalytic heater drawer, etc.

All of those famous threads have so many great walkthroughs that really helped me understand how to take things apart and more securely put them back together. I took a lot of pictures of the end-products, but not enough of the building process.

Anyway, keep up the work!

Hittenstiehl 08-28-2013 10:05 PM

65 TW Belly Shot's
 
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So Henrietta is 6 feet up in the air and enjoying the view. The belly skin is off and we can see underneath. She is getting ready for a new black tank, Thank You Inland RV, 2 new gray tanks, Thank You VTS and some P trappy things, also VTS.
What you are seeing is:
Henrietta practicing her Tradewind maneuver (I know a poor pun attempt)
Two images of New Black Tank in dry fit w/braces holding it up
Old Heater Ducting in Insulation
Curbside area's with drip port (for what)
New Gray's on deck
Old Shower P Trap
Fun Stuff!!

Hittenstiehl 08-28-2013 10:19 PM

65TW Still Underneath
 
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Once the insulation and heater ducting got removed you get a clear picture of the under floor, electric and room for gray tanks. After much back and forth we decided to remove the ducting for the squirrel cage heater and will likely go with another source for heat later on. The ducting was taking up 6 inches or more underneath and we chose to use that space to fit the gray tanks into.
Now you can see:
Two images of the under floor without insulation, staples and treated with Flexseal and a gaggle of wiring.
Still Fun Stuff and money

Hittenstiehl 08-28-2013 10:52 PM

65 TW Battery Box and Stretched Metal
 
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So while she is up the air may as well do some other things also.

Pictured are a new handy dandy electric Bulldog Jack, Thanks E Trailer
Stretched metal on the tongue
Repositioned the propane tanks to fit the batteries (2 6V golf cart) on the tongue instead of under our heads in bed
Had a battery box made at air conditioner shop, Thanks Ranch Sheet Metal Welded the cranky things for the WD bars
Welded a broken hinge on door (before and after, the lower hinge)
Had a new spare tire handle fabricated and lots of silver spray paint to make it all look shiny, Thanks Ace,

Hittenstiehl 09-08-2013 07:35 PM

65 TWIND Black Tanks and Bumper
 
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Time for an update, progress is very slow but we are dealing with the issues of time, money and the ever learning curve. Can't store at home and we are working with a friend who fits us in between his real jobs. The black tank is in and they 2 greys are next. You can see where the metal cross bars under the floor have been cut flush to better fit the 2 grey tanks across the bottom. The back (stinky slinky area) storage has some new diamond plate metal for the top lid and a nice black piece for underneath.

You are looking at:
Black Tank installed and painted black.
The subfloor from underneath with the center supports cut flush.
Back storage area has a new top diamond plate and bottom.

worldinchaos 09-13-2013 08:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hittenstiehl (Post 1347139)
So Henrietta is 6 feet up in the air and enjoying the view. The belly skin is off and we can see underneath. She is getting ready for a new black tank, Thank You Inland RV, 2 new gray tanks, Thank You VTS and some P trappy things, also VTS.
What you are seeing is:
Henrietta practicing her Tradewind maneuver (I know a poor pun attempt)
Two images of New Black Tank in dry fit w/braces holding it up
Old Heater Ducting in Insulation
Curbside area's with drip port (for what)
New Gray's on deck
Old Shower P Trap
Fun Stuff!!

I'm surprised that this first picture isn't getting more love and attention. Awesome. I love seeing the trailer like that, it seems like a good way to show the apparent simplicity of the Airstream design (despite being rather complex)

Hittenstiehl 09-14-2013 07:33 PM

Flying High
 
Thanks for the comments World in Chaos.
She is still up there looking over a neighborhood kind of cute and kind of venerable. Aside from being eager in general for her to get down from there so we can get to the next projects. We are waiting for her to come down so I can double check my ghost numbers. I had reported them for an inquiry and the checker had a question but as of now I can't see the numbers (6ft up in the air) until she puts her feet back on the ground. Maybe some day I can use that photo on one of the monthly photo contests.

Regards,

Hittenstiehl 10-04-2013 02:29 PM

Let there be Grey/Gray Tanks
 
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Update on Henrietta's under belly progress:

The underneath portion of the plumbing ie, black/grey/hep-vo seems to be almost done. The grey tanks fit very well, Thanks Steve/VTS.

You are seeing the Black Tank with pull handle, the routing (photo's may not be in correct order) the Hep-Vo, grey tank with temporary holding straps (wood slats) and the drainage plugs. The trailer framing, where the black pipes goes in and the cuts are, will be re-supported with new welded metal and the straps (now wood slats) across the tanks will also be welded metal straps to support the weight of the water. The drainage plugs are sideways to give us a little bit more clearance as they were a big long initially for off roading comfort.

We also got our new propane tank regulator installed w/a before and after.

It's slow but its progress.

dbj216 10-04-2013 03:26 PM

I am learning a lot from your thread. The photos are great. I wish you good luck on your renovation. I have a 66 Trade Wind that needs a lot of the same stuff as yours. Keep up the good work.

Will you mount a new toilet on top of your black tank? Will you remove any of the big fiberglass bathroom parts? My wife says the Trade Wind bathroom looks like an outhouse. I thought the padded toilet cover was a nifty design, especially considering the bathroom door is usually open in a small trailer. Who wants to sit on the gaucho and admire the toilet at the other end of the trailer? The padded cover makes it look like a window seat.

David

Hittenstiehl 10-04-2013 05:32 PM

Thanks and new Toilet coming
 
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DBJ216, thanks for your comments. I am not exaggerating when I say we could not do this without the forum. We previously considered ourselves handy around the house but the people here have skill sets beyond belief and they share. They also answer questions they have answered 100 times before for other new overwhelmed owners.

In reference to the bath ours is not in real bad of shape, has the tub and sink but was missing the toilet. Not quite sure it was the attached version but from other pics I think it had to have been but the fiberglass edge of the tub is in good shape and nothing looks like it was cut off or removed. So a new Dometic 320 awaits in the guest room closet. Waiting to decide if it will be put on a riser to give it the right height for a comfortable sit. (And I will pose that question to the forum for feedback when its time).

The plastic bi-foldy doors (sorry forgot what they are really called) were in bad shape and both of them have been removed and we will likely put a curtain on a rod for privacy between the bedroom and bath.

thanks

Hittenstiehl 12-13-2013 07:14 AM

Progress Update
 
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Time to do a couple of posts to catch up on Henrietta's progress.

Installation of the grey tanks was completed and the fit is excellent. Drainage plugs have been installed on the street side of each tank to assist with drainage when needed.

Photos show: placement of tank (s), the dry fitting of the pipes, wooden temporary strapping, the welded on strapping and the drainage pipes which were changed from straight down to a bend as they were a little long and we imagined them hitting something as we went down a forest road.

Insulation was installed between the subfloor and tanks, the tanks and belly pan and wrapped around all the piping.

Water test was completed without any leaks. Onward!!!

Hittenstiehl 12-13-2013 07:36 AM

Progress Post
 
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Tanks are done so belly pan goes back on. We are reusing the pan sections that are good and adding a little bit of new where needed.

Why not do it all new? We asked ourselves that also and the answer is: to recycle when possible, to watch the ever busting budget, we are paying to have some of this work done due to HOA restrictions at home etc.etc. Maybe next time.

Photos show:
old pan pieces reinstalled
new additions
drainage plug poking out
the transition piece between flat belly and new black tank area
the valve area

"the only thing constant in life is change"


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