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Old 07-21-2008, 08:34 PM   #41
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I can't wait to see if the LP only Dometic fridge works. One problem, when I visually inspected the exterior LP line, I discovered a 1/2" long split about even with the front door.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:15 PM   #42
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Good thing you checked. You're too early into your restoration to "check out."

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Old 07-22-2008, 05:53 AM   #43
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The good news is that there is a factory connection not far from the split so I will be able to take the entire line off from the fitting forward and have a new one made.
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:21 AM   #44
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soapy water in a spray bottle... very important. Check every fitting when you put gas to it. I actually do it every time I go out, makes me feel safe about the propane. I will bet a buck once the gas line is fixed, your Dometic will fire right up. I love the fact that these 62 Internationals are totally functional on propane only. Do you still have the International furnace? Mine didn't fire up, but is was a rust bucket due to the salon windows leaking. Yeah, that is another spot to look into. Under the furnace....

The cool thing about these units is you get to learn a bunch of new skill sets in the process. Make sure to buy the tube bender as well as the flaring tool. Being able to make a bend without a kink is worth the small investment. I would also suggest you blow out the propane lines while you have the piece off. There was most likely water in the line and that caused the split. Disconnect the Humphrey's lamp and blow it out. It actually might be worth going from fixture to fixture. I know Tim Sheppard had some serious black goo come out of his lines when he did his 1960 Ambassador.

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LP Lines

Great advice. I will get the first and most obvious repair done but while the line is off I will blow out the lines, hook everything back up and check for leaks. I think the previous owner was under the impression that the fridge didn't work but I now think it was because the line was split.
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Send me a PM with your mailing address and I will mail you copy of the instructions for cleaning, adjusting and caring for the burner stones and klixson tongue. The information was sent to me as a gift, so I feel compelled to share it. I also have an extra door tray if you need it. Frank
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Old 07-26-2008, 06:15 PM   #47
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A Bit of Progress

Okay, I'm on vacation in the Black Hills but I have free wifi so I thought I would give an update of some progress this week. I took the front door lock apart and took it to a locksmith so the Gerti could be locked while away. I also got the seals on the front and inner front doors - nice and tight. A bunch of parts came in so next in line for repair are the two roof vents. Then the new glass for the front picture window gets cut and installed. I'm hoping to have the new front wiring harness put in by the end of the weekend.

Question for you all. I was able to get one of the cam locks out. Does it make more sense to have a key made - the key is missing - or just buy new locks? Is originality a big deal on this sort of detail?

A big thanks goes out to Louis for helping me out with some parts this week!!!
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Congrats on your progress. To me, it makes sense for all of your compartment door locks are all keyed the same. Keep a complete set of duplicate keys for everything on the trailer that another adult keeps in case one gets locked inside. Also include one of your TV on that key ring. Don't ask me why I think this is a good idea.

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Old 07-26-2008, 06:35 PM   #49
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I'm enjoying this thread

Barry,

I'm enjoying this thread as a bunch of my good Airstream buddies are particpants... check out my blog too, as the SOTR had a Shell On floor completed by GSM... and I documented with pictures when they did it and what they found.

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Hi Rob,
I look forward to reading your blog. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to replace the floors a half at a time. I don't want to start a restoration project that I plan to do well with a bad foundation. I'm going to camp in it a couple of times this year though to keep the family excited about it! I have no problem staying excited about aluminum. Brad says that I may have been infected with Aluminitus over the phone with him just prior to purchasing the camper.
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I'm not sure I understand your comment about a TV key!?
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Send me a PM with your mailing address and I will mail you copy of the instructions for cleaning, adjusting and caring for the burner stones and klixson tongue. The information was sent to me as a gift, so I feel compelled to share it. I also have an extra door tray if you need it. Frank
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Great to hear of your progress, enjoy your vacation and keep the updates coming!
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.....seems to move a bit slower than regular time. I started working on tackling the rear vent. Well, some of the parts are aluminum so I had to do some polishing. Then I figured I better paint the surrounding area because I had the lifters out of the way. Then I noticed that the item that looks like a giant transformer (I'm guessing to convert 12 volt to 110) looks like a fire hazard and also doesn't look original. Anyone have any ideas, please share. I'm including some of the pieces I polished and have ready to put back in place.
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put in a fantastic fan.... much more efficient.
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.....seems to move a bit slower than regular time. I started working on tackling the rear vent. Well, some of the parts are aluminum so I had to do some polishing. Then I figured I better paint the surrounding area because I had the lifters out of the way. Then I noticed that the item that looks like a giant transformer (I'm guessing to convert 12 volt to 110) looks like a fire hazard and also doesn't look original. Anyone have any ideas, please share. I'm including some of the pieces I polished and have ready to put back in place.
That transformer is original and is used for the city power selection on the switch next to the fan. You will find another one under the galley somewhere that controls the exhaust fan over the stove.
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Thanks Louis. That's what I was hoping to hear. Can you tell me why it looks so cobbled together? Can you shoot me a picture of what the transformer properly installed SHOULD look like?
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I hate to break it to you, but that is what it is supposed to look like. Think of it as industrial chic.

Mine looks the same, once you reinstall the fan bracket and the motor, then the screen, it isn't as bad. I have to agree with you there is a lot going on. Believe it or not, air still moves through there.

I can take a picture of ours if you like, but I won't be able to get over to the trailer (in storage) until Saturday or Sunday.

you should only have two lose wires. One goes to the small switch on the motor bracket and one to the motor. The motor should run on the city power selection when your trailer is connected to 110. Obviously the other is for the battery.

BTW the battery for your trailer should be a tractor battery size 3EE. Unless your battery box on the front has been changed to a standard size battery box.
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Thanks for the information Louis. I feel a little better knowing that it is supposed to look like that. I will throw a volt meter on it tomorrow before reassembly just to make sure it all works. No need for a picture if it is the same. The wiring looks to have been modified so I'll be careful and have the 110 unplugged while working on it.
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