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Old 07-12-2017, 02:21 PM   #1
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Renovation almost complete

Just a few more finishing touches and system test and my '67 will be ready for the maiden Voyage. Major upgrades/changes include:

Polar Cub AC
new converter (Boondocker 45amp 4-stage)
Battery Monitor and disco switch
Granite counter top in bath and next to entry door
SS Galley countertop
Delete Gallery overhead cabinet
Paint all walls and woodwork
Waterless toilet (deleted gray tank).
Cooper walls in bath
Single Stage automotive paint on bath fiberglass
New custom design gauchos on Hafele slides (will be power actuated in future)
Micro blinds (not yet installed)
Linen cushions
LED lighting throughout
Custom exhaust fan
Wood refrigerator chimney

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Old 07-12-2017, 03:09 PM   #2
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Another photo (edit time limit got me).


Sorry for blurry photo...TV will go on the countertop. Wood brace is holding granite in place while adhesive sets.


12v distribution, battery monitor and disco switch, LP/CO sensor. PEX water pipe now has wood cover installed (also houses coax TV cable).
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:51 AM   #3
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Great job, looks awesome!
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Old 07-14-2017, 01:56 PM   #4
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Really nice, good job.
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Old 07-14-2017, 02:08 PM   #5
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Renovation almost complete

Looks great. Please share more pics!
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Old 07-14-2017, 02:17 PM   #6
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Can you share more details about the exhaust fan?
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Old 07-14-2017, 02:26 PM   #7
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Very nice
Congrats on getting close
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:58 AM   #8
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Just need to add micro blind window treatment and a cabinet door or two. Plastic still on cushion to protect them from me while finishing up. The plastic will be removed after I receive and install window treatment...

Cannot use Photobucket any longer, so trying Igmur...cannot get image embedment to work, so here is link.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:51 PM   #9
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Can you share more details about the exhaust fan?
Here is the sketch I drew for the exhaust fan. Used original fan motor, purchased grille online somewhere and had the sleeve made. Damper was cut from mill grade heave gauge stainless.

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I figured out how to post from Igmur hosting...







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Old 07-18-2019, 05:29 AM   #11
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David F - I recently became the owner of a 1966 Caravel, and so I am a latecomer to this thread...the work you have done on your Caravel is masterful and very thoughtfully done. I am particularly interested in the wood cover you fashioned for the refrigerator chimney. Any chance you did a drawing for that too? Mine is in fair to rough shape -but I don't want to replace it since the new ones that are available are 4 inches too short...

I have decided to try to preserve the original wood, and so I have hand-sanded all of the cabinetry and have waxed them. I plan to go back over them when it cools down and add a Monocoat finish. Having seen how calming your painted cabinets look, I am thinking I must be a bit nutty...though I am beginning to think you need to be.

The TV -- what system did you use to bring the trailer into the 21st Century? [I actually still have the original antennae!]

I am wondering if you did this work yourself, or whether you took it to an Airstream specialist? I look forward to hearing from you. LakeMaiden
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:52 AM   #12
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I installed the same cooktop in my 55 Safari. Looks and works great. Any idea how much weight you have added?
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Lake Maiden: You can do some rebuilding of the refrigerator scoop using fiberglass. It takes time and patience but the result will fit and paint can hide some problems. If the scoop is too far gone, you can make one from wood and aluminum sheet. It is a "cut and fit" task to get the sides right so they seal to the wall, but it can be done. Whatever you do, the scoop has to act as a chimney that keeps carbon monoxide from the living space.

Kudos on the work to keep the wood in your Caravel. It keeps that period look.
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