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Old 11-05-2005, 07:24 PM   #1
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Lazarus, ARISE!!!! Restoration 1971 Sovereign

Okay, so it isn't 100% finished....darn rock guard is still on backorder from A/S, seams need to be sealed, trailer needs to be washed and Walbernized and the trim needs to be finished, but other than that, Lazarus is ready to rise from his deadly slumber. Here are some pics I took today. I helped Ron and Boota put on the 16' road-side awning, but I forgot to take pics of it....dummy me. Comments appreciated....by the way, this is what roughly $25,000 worth of restoration gets you.


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Old 11-05-2005, 07:29 PM   #2
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Here are the rest of the pics. And before anyone asks, yes, we did check the ride height...everything is well within specs...the trailer was on jackstands for over 25 years, so the axles still have plenty of life in them.


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Old 11-05-2005, 07:48 PM   #3
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thing looks 80 feet long inside
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Old 11-05-2005, 10:36 PM   #4
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Only one comment so far? Kid, it feels like 80 feet inside.

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Old 11-05-2005, 10:47 PM   #5
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Loooking Goooood Hoomes

Hey from what is was, it looks really nice.

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Old 11-05-2005, 10:59 PM   #6
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Thanks, Rick. My goal for this trailer was to keep it original "looking", which is why I bought the entire galley from a gent in TX who was gutting his 71 Sovereign. Between his and mine, we were able to make one galley that is really nice. Finding original aluminum wheels was nice too. The Worthington aluminum tanks look really nice too. The flooring made my jaw drop, when I saw it this morning. The pictures do not do it justice. The upholstery is awesome and looks like something that A/S would have used back then. The upholsterer was so good that he made mattress covers and wall pads (the originals were missing) to match the sofa. There are still a few things which need to be finished, such as painting the rear area of the frame, getting matching walnut formica for the front of the fridge and finishing up a few window seals, but other than that, it's ready to roll for the WBCCI Turkey Rally this coming Friday.....I'm psyched!

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Old 11-05-2005, 11:57 PM   #7
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Only one comment so far? Kid, it feels like 80 feet inside.

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So Frederic, when are you going to install the bowing alley? You know every Sovereign has one...
Seriously, it's looking good. Show us pics of the awning when you get some.
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:02 AM   #8
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:29 AM   #9
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Wow

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Only one comment so far? Kid, it feels like 80 feet inside.

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Thats amazing. Very nice!
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Thanks for the nice comments! I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas to come!!!! This week is going to go soooooooo slow for me, LOL.

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Old 11-06-2005, 04:52 PM   #11
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Bump....for everyone who was out of town this weekend, having fun. I did laundry and cleaned the house

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Old 11-06-2005, 05:11 PM   #12
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wow

It's looks wonderfull, we just picked up our new 75 would you like another project since you have almost finished yours.


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Old 11-06-2005, 05:25 PM   #13
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Becky,

HAHAHAHAHA, you mean do I have another 25K to spend? No, I don't. Right now, Lazarus is plenty big for the kids and me, but who knows? Maybe one day, when I actually have a single family home, and not a townhome, I might pick up a smaller A/S.

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Old 11-06-2005, 05:58 PM   #14
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What a dynamite looking trailer. You've done a wonderful job. $25,000.00 Oh my gosh. I don't feel so bad with my little $3,000.00 offering to the Argosy god. By the way, be thankful you just did mundane things this week-end. I took my sister, who is legally blind, on a trip and someone wrecked my new Tundra. I bought it to pull the Argosy, so can I add the damage to my restoration totals?
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Juel,

Jeez, I don't know what to say.....that totally sucks!!! I try to find a silver lining to every cloud, but you're gonna have to give me some time on this one. Believe me, I didn't intend on spending that much money, but what started out as, "I just want these things fixed" became, "Well, since it's apart, we might as well do it now, so it doesn't have to be done later" and, well, the rest is restoration history. I will say, though, that doing this was worth every penny; I just wish Sherri were here to see the end result. South Jersey RV has been phenominal; their craftsmen are indeed Masters of Airstream creations...everytime I think about the interior, I'm still blown away by all the work that went into it. I even got to work on it :-D ....I replaced the rusted phillips/flathead replacement screws on the screen door, with the original rivets that should have been there. While I was at it, I replaced the other rivets on the screen door, which were loose.

I do hope that all goes well with your insurance company, and that you get a new T/V.

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I sure hope those clamps on the drain hose are tight. You using a mascerator pump to pull from the tanks?
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What a ton of labor you put into the restoration. Looks great, you should be very proud. Very impressive.
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Frederic it looks great; clean and original. Is the wait truly over? Are you taking it out soon and where?
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