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Old 12-12-2010, 12:04 PM   #101
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I had my son take some pics using his cell phone. They are not the best quality, but they will show you where I am with the trailer. Front door floor has saw dust on the fiberglass laid on the plywood. I put the fiberglass down when it was pretty cold out. I read that saw dust or wood shavings would help it cure faster. They worked great and I am putting a floor over it anyway. The metal brace is in place and the floor is solid. The kitchen cabinet is refinished, the brass is polished and the handles are painted black. All the drawers are refinished, brass polished and handles painted black. The floor has all the old linoleum up and it has been sanded very smooth. I was not able to get all the black tar off. I am also sending you a pic of the new refrigerator. I also have a replacement coleman 15000 btu air conditioner. I just need some time off and good weather and I will start putting it back together.

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Old 12-12-2010, 12:05 PM   #102
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A couple more pics. My wife did all the refinishing and restoration of the hardware.

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Old 12-12-2010, 01:37 PM   #103
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LOOKING GOOD. Gotta love that wood.
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Old 12-12-2010, 01:59 PM   #104
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Nice work. I like the fridge and the refinished kitchen cabinet looks great.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:06 PM   #105
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Wow. You guys are putting together and i'm still takin apart!

Great thread, y'all might just keep me motivated.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:47 AM   #106
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Looking great! I sure wish my Dad had as much Airstream resto experience as you do and could help me with mine, but I AM lucky that my mom is an excellent seamstress and has redone all of my cushions for me.

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Old 12-13-2010, 07:57 AM   #107
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I did my very first one a few years ago. I had no clue what I was doing. This forum is what got me through it all. Almost every challenge I met was solved by using this forum. The one thing I learned is cheap tools was the way for me to go. You run into so many situations that need a speciall tool. I just bought cheap because it was cheaper then renting.

I found working on the RV was a great stress reliever from my job. It is my therapy from work.

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Old 12-13-2010, 08:01 AM   #108
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when we started this forum there were a handful of us 5-10 chatting about helping each other with issues. Even then it was a big aid. I remember having my laptop outside while i was working so i could message someone who could help me figure out a problem.
Now years later and many thousands of posts, we have pretty much seen it all.
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:24 PM   #109
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I painted the wheel wells today and I am getting ready to stain the floor. I also took paint off the aluminum windows. Somebody painted the interior and painted the aluminium window trim.

I have some questions for those who know the answers.

1. I have the brass dump valve. Should that be replaced? If it needs to be replaced does anybody have pictures how to do it?

2. The bath tub drain looks weak. I was thinking of taking it out but was wondering if I can get some tips how to get it out. My 73 I just opened the back and cut the pipe and then repaired it later.

3. I am putting aluminum over the two holes that held the old hot water heater and the old furnace. Both holes are about the same size. How far do I space the rivets apart and what size rivet would you recomend?

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Old 12-21-2010, 04:25 AM   #110
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I have decided to go with this hot water heater door. Check out example three. What size rivets would you recommend. I am using pop rivets.

Restoration Topics - HW Heater Covers

Lewis (whale Tale) is coming over today and I hope he can show me what I am doing wrong with my polishing. It might be the weather.

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Old 12-21-2010, 08:40 AM   #111
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Colder weather and polish don't go together well. The warm days that aren't sunny seem to do the best.
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:08 PM   #112
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Right, sunny and hot is just as bad for polishing as cold weather. Relatively warm days (65-75 degrees) with no sun are perfect. Problem is, we don't get many of those around here, it rains too little and it's just about always sunny.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:29 PM   #113
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I am off for the holidays and it has been below 50 most of the time. Not much I can do until it warms up.

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Old 12-21-2010, 05:54 PM   #114
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I know what you are feeling I have been a little frustrated myself trying to get some of the outdoors repairs done while I have the time. Managed to squeeze in a few small things in between rain and freezing.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:50 AM   #115
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I took the light over the sink off and got all the rust off of it. My wife primed it and she is going to paint it with a brass colored paint. She did a couple of others and they look great.

I am not fooling with the electrical. I am putting it all back together like it was. I may try to replace the 12V sockets with newer lights. I was wondering if all the 12 volts are running off of one line? I have a converter to install and I would like to break up the lines so I don't have to much on one 12 volt line.

I am Painting the floor today and getting it ready for the engineered wood I bought. I might put the new refrigerator in today.

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This might be helpful

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... I was wondering if all the 12 volts are running off of one line? I have a converter to install and I would like to break up the lines so I don't have to much on one 12 volt line...
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I can tell you that my '63, basically unmodified, has only 1 circuit for the entire electrical system.
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My 12 volt was originally on two fuses that were located at the front curbside under the gaucho very close to the water pump. Splitting it further would require pulling some panels and cutting in a new home run to your fuse panel.
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My 12V lighting was all on one circuit. The water pump is on a separate circuit but it appears that was added in when my PO installed a converter and small modern(ish) fuse panel.

As Norm pointed out, it would probably be fairly involved to break it up any further than that, since you'd have to trace the wiring behind the panels, cut the lines, and install new home runs.

I left both my 12VDC and my 110VAC power systems intact, the wiring is all copper and in very good shape.

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My 12V lighting was all on one circuit. The water pump is on a separate circuit but it appears that was added in when my PO installed a converter and small modern(ish) fuse panel.
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Actually, now that you mention it, I think my second 12v fuse might have been for the water pump. So, my lighting was probably all on one circuit.
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