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Forum: 1965 - 1969 Overlander 07-14-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 26,370
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Nomads Rule...

'59 Nomad with LS3...?? Sweet
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 07-08-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 373
Views: 50,279
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Looking Great

Eddie Bauer, Tommy Bahama, Pendleton, all pale in the light of Atomic's Orvis edition.
Forum: 1966-68 Caravel 06-23-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 887
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
'66 caravel is a nice trailer. I know no one in...

'66 caravel is a nice trailer. I know no one in NY, so no help.


Good Luck
Forum: 1965 - 1969 Overlander 05-02-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 321
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Hmmmmmm...

OK,



I looked in the Airstream's document floor plans for 1967. There could be a difference in the Twin vs Double. The '67/'68 bath came with either a closet, or an extended, wider sink...
Forum: 1965 - 1969 Overlander 05-02-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 26,370
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
louver envy

I home-made a louver punch. It made a reasonable 3/8" by 6" louver in .032 5056. Indexing the subsequent louvers was difficult with my hand-held, 4# hammer driven, hillbilly punch, but it worked. ...
Forum: 1965 - 1969 Overlander 05-02-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 321
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
'67/'68 GT thru Sovereign baths are similar. The...

'67/'68 GT thru Sovereign baths are similar. The '68GT pocket door simply butts up to the melamine face of the closet in the bath. There's no jamb, stop, or casing.

On the OverLander, there may...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 04-30-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 492
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
That'd be great if you can find original fit. ...

That'd be great if you can find original fit. It's often a game of search and wait to find just the right part.

My '68GT came with a 1967 Alsons brochure. Evidently, a touted feature is that you...
Forum: 1965 - 1969 Overlander 04-29-2019, 08:37 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 26,370
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Hi there, Your bath is looking great. ...

Hi there,


Your bath is looking great. The teal hue has personality. Hope you saved all the plastic that snaps onto the metal trim you've restored. I don't know if anyone has found...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 04-29-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 492
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
The original 1968 SeaLand Traveler is very...

The original 1968 SeaLand Traveler is very rebuildable, and about the best you can find. Dometic now owns SeaLand, and sells comparable models. If you wish the originality and convenience of the...
Forum: Doors & Locks 04-22-2019, 08:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,011
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
jig

1969 has a cast aluminum door frame and a cast door jamb, similar to other late sixties Airstreams. The doorframe and jamb are very frail without their riveted skins.

My 68GT cast door came...
Forum: General Repair Forum 04-17-2019, 08:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 497
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
1968 windows do fall out

Hello,
Over the years, there are dozens of threads pertinent to the 1968 Philips-Corning window.


Here's a recent one...
...
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 04-16-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,340
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Louvers

It's a troubling task to preserve the originality of the cover. I have a file with dozens of images of hideous water heater “installations” that proves its aesthetic difficulty.

I mimicked...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 04-10-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 575
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Maybe it's not 3/4"

"Oh, and your plywood is likely 5/8" if that helps."

Many of us have learned never to say never when comes to Airstream factory build specifications, year to year. While it is the norm for a 1968...
Forum: 1965 - 1969 Overlander 03-29-2019, 12:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 744
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
1965 Overlander is a good choice. I am a...

1965 Overlander is a good choice.

I am a Vintage snob, focused on the Pre-'69 late sixties five segment end-cap trailers. This era is a great candidate for a “Keeper”. With a handyman's pallet...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 03-20-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 777
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Like Robert, my WD hitch doesn't clunk, but my...

Like Robert, my WD hitch doesn't clunk, but my boat hitch does.


Us Hillbillies solve that with an 89cent muffler clamp.
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-19-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,287
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Are you saying that there are no screws in your...

Are you saying that there are no screws in your clamp-bar??
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-18-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,287
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
The airspace you see is because the gasket isn't...

The airspace you see is because the gasket isn't there. The gasket should be fitted all the way up to the top rail. The flat foam gasket from VTS fits up in there nicely. I'd expect that the...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 03-13-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 551
Views: 64,819
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Plastic welt, welting, piping. Boat...

Plastic welt, welting, piping.


Boat shops, RV shops, eBay

...
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 03-13-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 498
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Welcome

This thread has answers...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447/mystery-switch-167058.html


Duck reminder
Forum: Interior Restoration Forum 03-12-2019, 08:48 AM
Replies: 611
Views: 115,753
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Thanks Joe, Always appreciate your input....

Thanks Joe,


Always appreciate your input.


It's difficult to figure what was a Beatrice cost cut, what came from Marketing Dept, and what was actually an engineering innovation. I've...
Forum: Interior Restoration Forum 03-11-2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 611
Views: 115,753
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
It's going to depend on the alloy used. It might...

It's going to depend on the alloy used. It might bend back cold. If not, you could try to anneal it with some heat and massage it back into shape.


Those Gaucho extrusions look like...
Forum: 1974 - 1977 Overlander 03-11-2019, 05:51 AM
Replies: 515
Views: 63,241
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Yup, It slows you down when you're...

Yup,


It slows you down when you're running like an old 426 hemi and the transmission goes into “limp mode”. When it happens to me, during the day when on my feet, I wrap up in a spined back...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-09-2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,287
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Here's a picture of the street-side windows of my...

Here's a picture of the street-side windows of my 68GT. Gee, sorta hard to see eh? They sure do blend in with the body contour. That's the primary (perhaps only) reason to admire them. Of course,...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-09-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,287
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
The reason to use foam tape instead of silicone,...

The reason to use foam tape instead of silicone, silastic, butyl, etc to bed 1968 windows is that it's not only a clean and easy method, but the tape centers the glass within the clamp in the precise...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-09-2019, 07:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,287
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
The difference between the two piece and single...

The difference between the two piece and single piece glass bars


It's said that they are not interchangeable


In the 1968 owners manual the directions for glass replacement are copied...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-08-2019, 11:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,287
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Micro blinds and invisible screens for '66-'68

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454/66-67-68-windows-blinds-covering-treatment-111812.html
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-08-2019, 10:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,287
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Corning made the glass, Philips made the aluminum...

Corning made the glass, Philips made the aluminum frames. There were three types of Corning-Philips windows, noted as type I, II, and III. Generally speaking, '66,'67,'68… BUT there was some...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-08-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,287
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Everything inside the VTS replacement "winders"...

Everything inside the VTS replacement "winders" is an exact replacement for the original parts. You can keep the original Corning-Philips stainless covers, if you prefer not to have the shiny new...
Forum: 1974 - 1977 Overlander 03-06-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 515
Views: 63,241
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Sorry, David “Here's another fine mess...

Sorry, David


“Here's another fine mess you've gotten us into” .


Rest up, Go easy, Get well.
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 03-06-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 999
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
It's a “Braund Interceptor” made in Battle Creek, Michigan

That is a difficult part to find. It is an exclusive to 1967/68 antenna rotor. A rotor directional antenna is generally superior to omni-directional.

Yours is installed in the correct area,...
Forum: Interior Restoration Forum 03-04-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 611
Views: 115,753
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Hi There, Looking good, ...

Hi There,


Looking good,

“It's as easy as 1, 1, 2, 3” (5, 8, 13, 21, 34…) Always my first consideration when designing stuff. The ratio of phi, 1:1.618. I even have a “golden mean”...
Forum: 1969 - 1973 Safari 02-21-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,730
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Potential

1973 tandem Safari on eBay today.



334103

This one's "fixed up". I'd prefer an unmolested original condition.
Forum: 1969 - 1973 Safari 02-21-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,730
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
another "Restorer's" opinion

In Airstream's history, that's a special trailer.


Not all early Seventies Safaris came with tandem axle option. The 23' tandem axle trailer is very desirable. Looking at the trailer with a...
Forum: Doors & Locks 02-19-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,080
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
"I figure I could cut some wooden ribs to the...

"I figure I could cut some wooden ribs to the right curvature and fashion a door out of plywood with shellac or fiberglass as an ugly but functional barrier to weather and woodland creatures, but...
Forum: Doors & Locks 02-19-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,080
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Not an easy find...

The good news is that you have a '67 Overlander...


1965 thru 1968 door will fit the 1967 jamb. 1968 door has an “improved” hinge that could possibly be adapted to earlier jamb. 1964 and older...
Forum: 1974 - 1977 Overlander 02-18-2019, 09:26 AM
Replies: 515
Views: 63,241
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Genuine DuPont Corian It's about half &...

Genuine DuPont Corian

It's about half & half polymethyl methacrylate and alumina trihydrate… DuPont's secret formula of bullet-proof glass and clay. There are ballistic tests indicating...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 02-04-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 551
Views: 64,819
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Hi There, I'll agree with David on bath...

Hi There,

I'll agree with David on bath sink height. Relocating it aside and raising it above the window sash height seems a self inflicted design constraint. With the '67/'68 bath, the sink...
Forum: 1965 - 1969 Overlander 01-24-2019, 06:03 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 26,370
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Nice David, Your hand-drawn plan has...

Nice David,
Your hand-drawn plan has personality. I've noticed your handwriting is neater than mine.


In computer modeling programs you can find wine bottle, fruit bowl, flower vase, to...
Forum: 1965 - 1969 Overlander 01-23-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 26,370
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
My original 1968 cabinets were hanging together...

My original 1968 cabinets were hanging together by threads, poorly designed, sloppily installed, very low budget, but still mostly there after fifty years.


I didn't use any glue joins. My...
Forum: 1965 - 1969 Overlander 01-22-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 26,370
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
“We spent a fair amount of time with cardboard...

“We spent a fair amount of time with cardboard mockups and painters tape in the trailer to get the spacing and layout right for us. It was worth the effort.” Minno


CAD, Cardboard Aided...
Forum: Windows & Screens 01-22-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,935
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Having your Airstream "violated" is...

Having your Airstream "violated" is disheartening.



I don't know much about modern Airstreams, but the door of my 1968 was very easily removed. Will insurer agree if you remove door and ship...
Forum: 1950-1955 Flying Cloud 01-21-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 407
Views: 50,388
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
I wonder if color-sanding up to 3M Trizak 3000...

I wonder if color-sanding up to 3M Trizak 3000 would smooth it enough to buff out with a couple finer pads until it pleases the boss??



Is there possibly a stainless sink of acceptable...
Forum: Our Community 01-19-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,093
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Another ridiculous coffee person

A few years ago, Monta Verde Costa Rica received “Best Coffee in the World” Award. Coincidentally, we were touring Costa Rica. Decided to make the climb to this remote area to do some high jungle...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 01-16-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,038
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
I took a second look at Bambitex faucet and it's...

I took a second look at Bambitex faucet and it's different. Perhaps an International upgrade? That's definitely Airstream's copper flare elbow soldered in, with faucet spigot pointing down?? One...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 01-16-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,038
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
while you're at it

If the valve seat looks a little crusty, you can dress the seat with a seat resurfacing tool that you shouldn't pay more than two dollars for if you're not going pro.


There's probably quite a...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 01-16-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,038
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
DG, Not to worry, The packing is near the...

DG,
Not to worry,

The packing is near the tip-top of the stem. It's a different gasket than the rubber washer at the bottom of the stem.

The “packing” is a few inches of graphite string wound...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 01-16-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,038
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
I'd guess that there are things here and there,...

I'd guess that there are things here and there, in every trailer built, that Airstream's ungineers totally misconceived. One of the ignorances found in the '67/'68 bath is the tub faucet. It...
Forum: Member Introductions 01-15-2019, 09:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 501
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
Looks campable inside

I'd say that your interior appears very intact. Between eBay and Vintage Trailer Supply, you should find any missing interior bits. The wood is ash, coated with a thin veil of lacquer... Easy to...
Forum: Member Introductions 01-15-2019, 04:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 501
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
congratulation

1969 marks the significant transition from the antique-ish twinkie, droptail body to the sausage breadloaf bullet shape that prevailed thru the seventies. The '69 is wider, heavier, and longer than...
Forum: 1974 - 1977 Overlander 01-09-2019, 08:37 PM
Replies: 515
Views: 63,241
Posted By ALUMINUMINUM
David, Your "stack" is looking very sensible. ...

David,
Your "stack" is looking very sensible.
Keep on Keepin' on...
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