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Old 01-26-2010, 02:56 PM   #21
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Those plates are really just a bad band-aid to cover access holes they had to make to do the repair on rear seperated trailers. When you have the back end apart you can reinforce the floor-to-frame-to-shell connections without adding those elephant-ears(they are a dead-giveaway that a poor repair was made). If the Harley is riding back there you need to make it stronger than it originally was. 1 harley=~4 rear bathrooms.

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No, not just toyhauler. Toyhauling will be secondary and only for my bike as Ridley bikes are very light (Bo will ride the Harley). The front half will be as original floorplan but with benches and table up front instead of couch (can,t remember what correct name is). We plan on goin lightweight with all we can. Bonnie has no rear end separation as far as we can tell but we plan on welding brackets to frame and the moon shape plates we saw in a thread to prevent it. No bathroom just larger closet over front half of wheelwell on curbside for porta-potty.(large enough and plumbed should a bathroom be added later). Jump in anytime (Please!) with pros and cons. Susan
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:16 PM   #22
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Thanks! Hope its as much fun doing as watching. Saw your pics a few days ago and all the blue outside looks really good with the airstream. Hope you don,t mind but showed it to Bo and he agreed we should copy lol. Your pretty close to us. Susan
Thanks. We ordered that awning direct from Zip Dee (www.zipdeeinc.com) few years ago. We tried to match the turquoise in the interior-it had tourquoise in the original floor tile and the original Zolatone. Yeah, we're close to each other, ya'll over there in Alabama, #1 College football, & we're 70 miles from New Orleans, Saints headed to the Superbowl-both in the same year!!
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:50 PM   #23
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I sure hope you are planning to seriousy beef up the frame. As a 62 ohio built overlander owner and someone who works on these things professionally, I can tell you the frame will not hold up to what you are planning on using it for. At a minimum you should plan on boxing the entire frame and even at that you are probably still too weak. When you cut out the rest of the rear you are also changing the entire dynamic of the monoquet structure and you will most likely have issues there too. And those axles "if"... well, for sure they need to be replaced.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:28 PM   #24
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Yes we do intend to strenthen the rear frame. Ridleys weigh 440lbs. Thats a whole lot less than a Harley. Doing away with the bathroom, the tanks (maybe a small grey water tank) the twin beds, both rear closets, both overhead side storage and a little frame strenthening, we hope will more than off set 440lbs. Keeping in mind the po hauled a 9' long 4'high 3' wide oven that weighed over 600lbs around from site to site, in several different states and all he had removed was the twin beds. The back door he had cut out we intend to widen to the rivets but we also intend on framing it which he had not. We are a little concerned about the monoquet structure, but believe as long as we stay within the flat of the back, and frame the door sound, the strenth of the monoquet won,t be compromised. Your blog that shows the (Bambi?) with the vender opening in the side lessened our fears on the monoquet structure been affected as that I would have thought for sure would have affected it more than staying within the back flat. This by no means is the largest project we have ever done but seems as though it will turn out to be one of the most challenging. Oh well! Good stress and all that! Thanks for post. Susan
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:18 PM   #25
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Day 5

Spent today cleaning walls. Spent this evening stripping layers of tile, linoleum and vinyl off the floor so we can see joints. Tomorrow we hope to remove lower interior. Hopefully by this weekend we will be ready to start removing the floor. Looks so bare now its empty, makes me feel like a small fish inside a bit bigger fish lol. Still no signs of mice, maybe in the belly. Susan.
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:14 PM   #26
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Got the lower skin off the front interior and did more cleaning. The installation looks like it was just put in last week, couldn,t believe it. Still no signs of mice. We wish we knew the history on this Airstream. The wiring that is now exposed at this point is super clean and in good condition. The metal arrived today to start welding any repairs that the frame may need plus we intend strenthening the rear frame. Can,t wait to start tearing the floor up tomorrow. We also bought the paint for the frame today.Pictures soon. When we have a minute LOL. Susan.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:36 AM   #27
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Got front 2 pieces of front flooring out today. Yea! not anything like we expected couple of spots up front to weld, main frame looks great so will clean the frame better in the morning then weld those spots, paint frame and move backwards. The middle sheets look great but we are going to replace them anyway as we want to clean and paint the whole frame. Got lucky with the metal got a load from a friend who has his own shop for $20. New plywood is been delivered tomorrow. We decided to go with 5/8 exterior plywood as we don,t want the extra weight that 3/4 would add. More tomorrow. Susan
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What?? No pictures? Progress reports are suppose to be accompanied with pictures.

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Got front 2 pieces of front flooring out today. Yea! not anything like we expected couple of spots up front to weld, main frame looks great so will clean the frame better in the morning then weld those spots, paint frame and move backwards. The middle sheets look great but we are going to replace them anyway as we want to clean and paint the whole frame. Got lucky with the metal got a load from a friend who has his own shop for $20. New plywood is been delivered tomorrow. We decided to go with 5/8 exterior plywood as we don,t want the extra weight that 3/4 would add. More tomorrow. Susan
That is quite an undertaking. We have the same year trailer just two feet longer. If you are gutting the thing, I would be interested in purchasing any of the white cabinet latches and related hardware if you do not intend to use them. we are missing one and our interior will be complete and original. The 62's are great trailers, built like tanks.
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Yes, we definitely require pictures, especially for such a unique and interesting project!

And please add me to the list of folks interested in parts you might not be re-using-- specifically, the external TV antenna if yours has one and you don't want to use it. Mine has nothing left of the original one, aside from patched holes in the skin where it was ripped off.

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Old 01-30-2010, 12:41 PM   #31
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Pictures.

Your right, we have been taking pictures to post. Just haven,t taken time out to download on to comp. Since Bonnie arrived everything seems to have taken a backseat. I,ll do better lol. Susan.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:48 PM   #32
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Yes, we definitely require pictures, especially for such a unique and interesting project!

And please add me to the list of folks interested in parts you might not be re-using-- specifically, the external TV antenna if yours has one and you don't want to use it. Mine has nothing left of the original one, aside from patched holes in the skin where it was ripped off.

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Yes we do have one, Looks perfect. We don,t know yet but your name is on it should we decide we don,t need it. Susan
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:06 PM   #33
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That is quite an undertaking. We have the same year trailer just two feet longer. If you are gutting the thing, I would be interested in purchasing any of the white cabinet latches and related hardware if you do not intend to use them. we are missing one and our interior will be complete and original. The 62's are great trailers, built like tanks.
Thanks! and yes we have gutted and stripped it of everything this week. Is it a overhead cabinet handle and hardware you need? Please post picture so I know its the right piece. Susan
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Susan when I got this trailer all the windows had been removed and the door had been sold. There were a few very rusty window pulls that they couldn't get off or decided weren't worth salvaging.


Bo&Susan could use the window frames that are riveted to the shell ... theirs are all chopped up!
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Susan when I got this trailer all the windows had been removed and the door had been sold. There were a few very rusty window pulls that they couldn't get off or decided weren't worth salvaging.


Bo&Susan could use the window frames that are riveted to the shell ... theirs are all chopped up!
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Got the lower skin off the front interior and did more cleaning. The installation looks like it was just put in last week, couldn,t believe it. Still no signs of mice. We wish we knew the history on this Airstream. The wiring that is now exposed at this point is super clean and in good condition. The metal arrived today to start welding any repairs that the frame may need plus we intend strenthening the rear frame. Can,t wait to start tearing the floor up tomorrow. We also bought the paint for the frame today.Pictures soon. When we have a minute LOL. Susan.
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Got one piece of flooring up from the rear, MY...MY...MY... what a mess. We have some serious frame work to do. Its about what we expected so no worries. Still plan on new floor being in by next weekend. Finally signs of life, still no mice but obvious signs of a squirrel. Susan
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Rot, Rot and more rear rot.

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Boy that brings back memories, but will feel great once you have solid wood under your feet!
We are at the point that we would be happy if these pictures were OLD memories lol. Yes it will feel great to have that solid floor feel, plus we feel this is the major part of the restore and the rest will be the fun. Bo has worked all day with metal for 20 plus years but wood is what he really enjoys, so we are looking forward to building all the new interior. Susan
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