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Old 03-18-2024, 04:48 PM   #121
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Looks amazing Ben! You and Lynn have done a terrific job on this project. Don't lose your focus, just keep that June trip in mind!
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Thanks, Ed! About to post about some more progress. It is fun to see it finally taking shape! We'll be sure to bring it out to your place when it is ready to roll.
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Old 03-18-2024, 05:00 PM   #122
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Progress: things are getting pretty!

A few before and after photos of the (green) fiberglass rock guard as found and now repaired! I used modern, clear greenhouse plastic sheet for the main panel. This was bought at a local Amish building material supply place. As found, the rock guard was missing its adjustable arms and catch to keep it closed. It was secured with electrical wire...but that got us home. I used a new-bought set of stainless steel adjustable arms and the spring loaded catches off another pair of rock guard arms from the junk yard in tandem to make the new assembly work.


Also, before and after photos of the tongue plaque describing the antiquated car to trailer wiring! Note how the cam hangers used to go right over this plaque, which of course had been painted over with several layers of paint!


Also, the newly painted wheels/hubcaps (the spring tabs make it nearly impossible to snap the hubcaps on!) and LP tank rack. All wheels, hubcaps, and the LP rack are original.


Next up to become shiny silver...the original Reese equalizer bar hangers!
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Old 03-25-2024, 07:19 PM   #123
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This evening I installed the custom aluminum bumper box. I had this box made to the correct specifications and had welded angle iron brackets to the underside of the rear frame rails in order to bolt it in place. This is reminiscent of the one we had made and installed on our Bambi II and will house the sewer hose and related items.


Also, a shot of the stainless steel Airstream cutout we had plasma cut to cover the large holes under the the original two-way (12/120 volt) sconces. We changed to a different vintage sconce, and it did not require such a large hole. The Airstream cutout covers the old hole in style!
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Old 03-26-2024, 03:40 PM   #124
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Looks great Ben! I really liked the plate behind the sconce. Very clever!
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Old 03-26-2024, 06:12 PM   #125
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Where did you source those vintage sconces?
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Old 03-26-2024, 06:20 PM   #126
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By the way, here's my plasma cut state outline I used to cover the old tv antennae holes.
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Old 03-27-2024, 10:45 AM   #127
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Where did you source those vintage sconces?
It's been a few years, but I got them (3 doubles) either on the classifieds here on the Airforums, or on another online vintage trailer parts-for-sale group.
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Old 03-27-2024, 10:46 AM   #128
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By the way, here's my plasma cut state outline I used to cover the old tv antennae holes.
Nice. I like to use stuff like this inside, but for my outside patches, I try to make them blend in as well as possible. I make them as small circles or rounded off shapes that aren't particularly decorative.
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Old 03-29-2024, 06:05 PM   #129
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Hi there: You are making nice progress on your vintage 61 Trade Wind. You will be hitching up for your maiden voyage soon I suspect. I make exterior skin patches for my vintage Airstreams looking like the state of Colorado. A nice rectangle. Easy, peasy.

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Old 04-01-2024, 05:29 PM   #130
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A gloomy day in PA, so I decided to get my girls involved in helping me finish out the battery box. We learned about proper layout for a successful project, how to drill pilot holes, what we mean when we say "1/4-20 bolt," and practiced how to tighten something down with a wrench.


And we did it all in the warmth of an extra room in the house. Can't wait to have them help me install it!
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Fun to see your daughters involved in a Trade Wind. They will also enjoy traveling as a family maybe all over the country. Several renovation threads have the whole family evolved.

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Old 04-01-2024, 08:09 PM   #132
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Ben, itís a great thing for the younger generation to get exposed to fun things. Georgetown, Tx high school has a funded STEM program where the shop students are building a small aluminum airplane. They are learning about rivets and aluminum and how to put them together. After the plane is complete, they will sell it and use the funds for another project. Those are great pictures.
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I was in line at Dollar General one day. A woman and her ten year old daughter were ahead of me. The girl was begging her mother to buy her a toy battery powered drill. Her mother grew weary of it, telling her she didn't have the money for it and asking her what she was going to do with it anyway. Politely as I could, I butted in and offered to buy the drill for the girl. The sense of joy I got when the mother said yes remains with me to this day.
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Slats, great story. Glad to hear of people doing good for others. Things of this sort could start an interest for the future.
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