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Old 12-07-2007, 04:42 PM   #41
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I used the overhead crane to lower the shell, then used once I had the right spot, marked the lower edge for trimming, raised it up again to cut the edge. I also had to cut an internal rib to fit the new spot for the wheel well. Then I lowered it down and rivetted.
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:44 PM   #42
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I can do this.
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:55 PM   #43
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Back in post #36 I dredged up a similar project I'd read about on the boards. Somehow I missed this one completely. And this new-found thread does mention Airstream's own Der Klein Prinz. Me? I wouldn't hesitate to see if Carlos would take on any project of mine. Can you say, "Pie in the sky?"
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:39 AM   #44
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Carlos,
Did you fold over the belly pan "tabs" into the channel, or just rivet it in place and trim?
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:53 AM   #45
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Pageant of Bands June 6-9 in Sherburne

Carlos,

I'm having a Pageant of Bands Boondocking Rally near Sherburne this June. You'll have to come on down!

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Old 12-29-2007, 07:10 PM   #46
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Carlos,
Did you fold over the belly pan "tabs" into the channel, or just rivet it in place and trim?
I just rivet and trim a bit. It helps to keep that tabs a little long so you can push them towards the inside of the trailer, then when you go to put the shell back on, it's like a built in shoe(shell)-horn. I'm not sure what the advantage of bending would be except it might hold it in place when you go to rivet. It would, however, make it impossible to remove the belly pan without taking off the top, I would think...


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Old 12-29-2007, 07:12 PM   #47
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Carlos,

I'm having a Pageant of Bands Boondocking Rally near Sherburne this June. You'll have to come on down!

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Sherburne in Vermont? Or is there one in New York too?
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:22 PM   #48
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It is New york.... you are also invited to the Cherry Blossom Rally in DC. You and your pod are more than welcome. You can film the final show down of the bathrooms and replay the expression on Robs face over and over.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:30 AM   #49
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Current State - parked in a snowdrift in Utica. I'll work on it in Burlington in a month or so.
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Can't wait for the thaw to see more of this interesting little project!
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:37 PM   #51
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Carlos,

35 miles south of you in Sherburne, NY. It's gonna be a boon docking Rally. We're going next month to Florida to get our 54 Safari. I'm down here working on my 58 SOTR for the bathroom throwdown. It's moving along SLOWLY. Where in Utica are you located? We're also doing a WDCU Rally up here in central NY in October next year too!

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Old 01-17-2008, 08:43 AM   #52
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Very cool, man! I can't wait to see how you do the rear door entry. I think it needs a port hole!



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Old 01-17-2008, 10:48 AM   #53
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Someone help me! What is the purpose of a "Viewpod" trailer? I have never heard the term.

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Old 01-17-2008, 03:01 PM   #54
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Someone help me! What is the purpose of a "Viewpod" trailer? I have never heard the term.

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Try this thread - post 411 and in this thread, post #2
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:30 AM   #55
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Thumbs up Just another guy picking up his jaw off the floor.

Carlos,

I read both threads with your '62 and this Viewpod. I'm a dentist and I like to think of myself as an artist. But you are incredible. I can't believe the painstaking detail you put into your work. I've read your threads for the past three hours and can't imagine how much work you put into your trailer. I wanted to ask what your educational background was. But I read that it was art. You learned how to fabricate trailers, paint on canvas, and do woodwork with an art degree?
I just purchased my first trailer a few weeks ago. It's a 1976 Overlander that I haven't taken delivery on. I wished I had the knowledge to just fix a few things on it and repair so all things were functional. Reading your threads and seeing all the pictures put my handyman dreams to shame.
Just to share with you my amazement. I did a residency in dental prosthodontics after completing dental school. We basically did oral rehabilitations on people of all sorts. We took before, during, lab photos, and final photographs of all our work. I remember all the residents showing off their work. I remember how amazing it was to see how someone begins a patient and finishes a patient with all the corresponding steps. Your photo log was like my residency. I loved seeing how you stripped everything and your clear photographs of how you did everything.
I have a couple questions for you, though. 1) Did you have much help in doing these projects? I mean, these parts are awfully heavy and I'm sure you needed someone to hold things while you screwed or fabricated. You had help, right? 2) I want to hear about your background. How/where did you learn to do all this stuff? Not only can you do all this stuff, but you are so neat and crisp with the details.
Thanks. Seeing how much work goes into an Airstream, I'm glad I didn't get a fixer upper. I wouldn't have the skill or the time to just plan out what had to be done.

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Old 01-29-2008, 09:19 AM   #56
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Hi Carlos:

You do beautiful inspirational work! Looking at the photo of your A-Pod, a nickname popped into my mind that I couldn't shake unless I wrote it down somewhere, so my suggestion is "Sweetpea". Keep up the excellent work!
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I am in utter amazement. Your work is impecable and continues to facinate and intrigue me beyond belief. I'm going to have to build that Airstream shop I've wanted since I got into this aluminum thing and maybe you can come and cristen it with me.

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Old 01-30-2008, 09:31 AM   #58
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I like weewind's nickname. So here are two peas in a pod.
Keep up the good work Carlos.
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IYou learned how to fabricate trailers, paint on canvas, and do woodwork with an art degree?
1) Did you have much help in doing these projects? I mean, these parts are awfully heavy and I'm sure you needed someone to hold things while you screwed or fabricated. You had help, right? 2) I want to hear about your background. How/where did you learn to do all this stuff? Not only can you do all this stuff, but you are so neat and crisp with the details.


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Thanks for the kind words David. Those art degrees really pay off, you learn how to draw, make trailers, and then can earn enough to LIVE in one.

My grandfather was a farmer and shop teacher and so I just learned all this stuff growing up... my father makes furniture as a hobby and I had a woodshop to play in as a kid.

I did most if it by myself. The parts are pretty light when taken apart, I can pull this baby around by hand no problem. To do rivetting, you need two people if you cant reach both sides of the panel. For the most part this is small enough I can reach both sides, but for a bit of the work, I hired a local artist to help out.

Sculpturespace.org has been very generous in allowing me to use tools and space - they are a great resource for sculptors. If can pull it off, I'll make a few of these (this is a prototype) get a crew of artists together and make something like a travelling circus.

Good luck with your trailer.

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You do beautiful inspirational work! Looking at the photo of your A-Pod, a nickname popped into my mind that I couldn't shake unless I wrote it down somewhere, so my suggestion is "Sweetpea". Keep up the excellent work!
That's good. Then the next one can be Rosebud.
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