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Old 04-06-2008, 02:04 PM   #81
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This is just fabulous work Carlos, once again. I have no idea what you'll do next, but there's no doubt you'll push the envelope even further.

Are you planning on putting a bathroom/shower in this one? I know you decided against the pop-up stow-away shower on your last one, so is there a chance it will make its appearance now?

Keep up the great work, we'll all be watching with tremendous interest.

-Marcus
I am trying to figure that out... either a tinier version of what is in my other trailer (shower/toilet in same space) or a beneath-the-counter toilet with a bath in another location? An out the window shower?
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:08 PM   #82
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Doors

I worked on the second door - right now they look like armored car doors - I think they will look a bit better when I get the windows in.

I added more reinforcing metal where the hinges attach to the doors and made a little catch out of aluminum angle. The two doors close flat to the body of the trailer so I made a little piece of metal that attaches to the doorknob-door that will overlay the other by an inch or so, room for weather stripping.
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:33 PM   #83
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First I looked at the photo and thought........they look like armored car doors...
And then I read that you discribed them as that. I am sure the windows will change that look.
Thanks for the updates.
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:07 PM   #84
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Hi Carlos I haven't been on the forum in awhile and WOW what a shock, a second very very cool project. You've inspired me again! Keep up the fine work.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:19 PM   #85
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rear window

I made some new rear windows for the back doors out of the leftover windows from the original trailer. The backs of the windows were filled with sealing goop, so I removed it all with a torch and screwdriver and then cut them down to size with a chop-saw and then brazed them together with some aluminum brazing rod. I put a drip cap over both windows when I installed them.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:26 PM   #86
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Unique and well done, Carlos, as usual... just curious, are you bucking all those exterior rivets or using Olympics/Bulb-Tites?
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:28 PM   #87
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Bumper

The bumper was missing from the trailer so I had to make one... fortunately my studio-mate works on decorative metal-work and showed me how to pound the metal into shape. I started with 3"x2" metal, the same as the frame, and some 12 gauge plate. The square tube was cut to length (58", outside edge of frame rail to rail). Then I made some 3" x 15" in pieces and whacked them in this whacking thing that has a french name. I cut some curves on a bandsaw for the top and bottom, welded it all together, ground off the welds, clamped it to the trailer and welded it on. The hole in the bumper is so I can access my long storage tube.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:31 PM   #88
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plate light

The plate is going on the left rear door. I am using a "magnum shooter" to get the electric to the light. It is a couple of spring loaded brass contacts that connect when the door is shut.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:33 PM   #89
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Unique and well done, Carlos, as usual... just curious, are you bucking all those exterior rivets or using Olympics/Bulb-Tites?
They are all bucked. The trailer is small enough that I can reach both sides almost everywhere... so I can do it myself.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:40 PM   #90
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Carlos,

Very cool project, can you tell us what inspired you to do it?
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:48 PM   #91
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Exquisite.... there are no other words...

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Old 04-13-2008, 11:12 PM   #92
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Carlos, My wife just passed this thread on to me. I'd wondered what you have been doing. WOW now I know. Nothing like setting a new standard in Airstream design and restoration.
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Old 04-17-2008, 09:39 PM   #93
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First I looked at the photo and thought........they look like armored car doors...
And then I read that you discribed them as that. I am sure the windows will change that look.
Thanks for the updates.
OK, with the windows in it still looks like an armored car. So I say go with it and add a few gun ports.

I checked out an Armored car and it has the same windows (smaller) and this little feature could come in handy for night time security and tail gater's.

I know it sound a little crazy but if nothing else you can run your extension cords out of them.

You realize that I am going to keep offering rediculious advice and commentary until you get the ups guy to snap a few action photos of the buck riveting tools, rivets in progress!
Thanks.
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:11 AM   #94
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Tiny Circus and Another Airstream

This particular tiny airstream project is part of a larger plan - a group of smallified 'streams to house a crew of travelling artists. Here, another, picked up in Arkansas. 28 Feet, soon to be 12.

Details of the project are here, and from now on I will post progress pictures and news to the blog link at this url:

Tiny Circus

It's a community oriented project, consider a tiny donation - there is a donate link on the web page as well!
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:15 PM   #95
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I sure am glad I got the bug Monday night of this week to read "the major renovation threads". I had no idea what I'd been missing! Carlos, the level of confidence your writing evinces is impressive. I'll probably never attempt much (zero as a woodworker or fabricator), so I've lived the good life reading your journal of efforts. Like a symphony in rehearsal, so much talent being thrown off that the end result is foreordained somehow, but never foregone.
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:40 AM   #96
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Carlos, how's the Tiny Circus going? We haven't seen you much on the forums lately.

I'm thinking of doing a similar shortening, as soon as I make some reasonable progress on the Safari. I don't know whether I want a two-axle 17' or a truck bed camper (made from an otherwise disabled Airstream).

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Old 10-06-2009, 08:49 AM   #97
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Hi Zep,

TC is rolling - we have the smallest 12' airstream done but for the plumbing (and I am considering selling my 22' - who needs all that space!). and a 16' studio airstream that we use for shooting animations underway. See pictures below... and here is an article on the project. Thanks again for the donation!

Little Village Magazine - Issue 83 - August 2009 - page 20

I'm currently at the University of Michigan making a human snowflake animation at the school of art.
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:17 AM   #98
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Old 04-08-2016, 04:11 AM   #99
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Question :)

Carlos,
It is amazed me your work on that tiny airstream you did. I would like to ask if you do any work like this for a customer or it is just a hobby of yours? If u do would be possible to cut a 31 footers to 17 or 15 feet short? If you do that kind of job is time to sell my boat and start save some money lol.
Please let me know if is possible and what would be the cost?
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:27 PM   #100
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Hi Everyone! I've been out of sight for a few years working on larger (like house-sized) projects. I've been driving the lil' one around for about 10 years now and it might be time for it to find a new home! Let me know if you have any friends that need a tiny (the tiniest?) airstream. It's about 1800lbs so in range of most vehicles that can tow.

My insta is here, follow me over there if you like instagram! I'm trying to build a space that will show the history of the trailer.

Thanks! I'll be around these parts more, so if you have any questions, ask away, or ask on Instagram.

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