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Old 12-10-2019, 10:57 PM   #661
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Old 12-11-2019, 03:47 PM   #662
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So Rob, are you planning on living on the new property and is it in the same area, in northern Indiana?
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Old 12-11-2019, 08:32 PM   #663
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Yep, that's the plan! Already has well and electric, working on getting walls/cieling/insulation and we'll climate control the whole barn. Unfortunately you can't spray foam below freezing, and the warm spell broke just in time

A 60*20 lean-to along the north side would make a nice 5 car garage, park the Airstream inside in the winter and outside in the summer, and that should be nice for a few years while we get around to deciding what else to build.

Oh yea, and the acerage is hay, so somebody else will pay me to mow my grass

A lot of work ahead to try to set up what we're thinking, but it should be fun
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Old 12-11-2019, 09:29 PM   #664
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Congrats on the barn and property. Enjoy it while you can. But I have to warn you, many years ago I built a 40'x60' shop. I had visions of storing my bus conversion, antique cars, and assorted toys and having lots of room for tools and a nice work area. Right. The bus, two Airstreams, assorted equipment and boats live outside. It was very early in my move from Calif. to Washington that I realized the building was way too small.

My advice, padlock the doors and don't let anything in that isn't aluminum.
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Old 12-12-2019, 12:38 PM   #665
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Congrats on the barn and property. Enjoy it while you can. But I have to warn you, many years ago I built a 40'x60' shop. I had visions of storing my bus conversion, antique cars, and assorted toys and having lots of room for tools and a nice work area. Right. The bus, two Airstreams, assorted equipment and boats live outside. It was very early in my move from Calif. to Washington that I realized the building was way too small.

My advice, padlock the doors and don't let anything in that isn't aluminum.
What Dan said!

I had a 36'x80' shop in Arkansas that I thought would be way to big for my needs. By the time I moved from Arkansas to Kentucky the shop was so full I could barely move around let alone do any work in.

Worse, five years later my shop in Kentucky was only 40'x50' so I had to downsize. Now I have just enough room to move from one end of the shop to the other, but definitely not in a straight line!

Good luck keeping your shop organized.......

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Old 12-13-2019, 08:37 AM   #666
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Why says I'm limited to one shop!?
Well aware of what the size is actually good for, there will be expansion in the future, but I'm happy to get started
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Old 12-13-2019, 08:49 AM   #667
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In other news, still no furnace... Grr...

Behavior changed from shutting down and locking out, to instead just not lighting.

I see spark, so it's air or fuel.

Combustion chamber is clean, fan blows strong, I don't see anything in the vents, so I'm guessing fuel

All the other propane appliances are fine. It *sounds* like the solenoid is actuating, but I'm suspicious.

I'm guessing either the motherboard/solenoid, or the gas line is clogged

Will pull it out tonight and troubleshoot on a bench
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Old 12-16-2019, 02:59 PM   #668
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Confirmed, it fits!


Unfortunately it had no power on the drive there...

Had my foot on the floor most of the way just to get it up to 60

It sure felt like I had a brake lock up, but they were all cool to the touch when I got there (half hour drive)

The engine was warm when we left, and nothing overheated.



Since it's not the brakes it must be drivetrain.
Carb tune, not enough gas, old gas (might be pushing 6 months), or misc. transmission issue. Thoughts welcome!

I know it has a tendency to die if put it in gear and give it gas while it's still warming up from a cold (as in cold outside) start.

I chalked that up to being a carb, but normally it's fine once warmed up.
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Old 12-17-2019, 05:54 AM   #669
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Confirmed, it fits!


Unfortunately it had no power on the drive there...

Had my foot on the floor most of the way just to get it up to 60

It sure felt like I had a brake lock up, but they were all cool to the touch when I got there (half hour drive)

The engine was warm when we left, and nothing overheated.



Since it's not the brakes it must be drivetrain.
Carb tune, not enough gas, old gas (might be pushing 6 months), or misc. transmission issue. Thoughts welcome!

I know it has a tendency to die if put it in gear and give it gas while it's still warming up from a cold (as in cold outside) start.

I chalked that up to being a carb, but normally it's fine once warmed up.
Rob,

Add 3 or 4 cans of Sea Foam to the fuel tank. My old 310 had the same issue after it sat for long time. Your symptoms seem to match mine. The Sea Foam made a huge difference. You might also remove the air filter and slowly dribble some down through the venturi throat.

Good luck!

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By the way, did I send you the files?
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Old 12-19-2019, 10:26 AM   #670
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Thanks Brad!
And no, I don't think I've received the files
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Thanks Brad!
And no, I don't think I've received the files
Just sent you a zip file. If you don't get it check your spam filter.

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Wow, can't believe it's been 5 months since I posted

Been crazy busy with work, even moreso since the shutdowns, and settling into the new shop

Anyway, finally started getting back to the exterior work. Brushing by hand with scotch brite actually progresses quite quickly and looks good, the wife knocked out a whole panel in about an hour
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Old 05-16-2020, 07:57 AM   #673
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Wow, can't believe it's been 5 months since I posted

Been crazy busy with work, even moreso since the shutdowns, and settling into the new shop

Anyway, finally started getting back to the exterior work. Brushing by hand with scotch brite actually progresses quite quickly and looks good, the wife knocked out a whole panel in about an hour
Welcome back

Sounds to me like you should turn the scotch brite work over to your wife to finish.....

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Old 07-29-2020, 09:15 PM   #674
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This thread was all the way back to page 3 already??
For shame


Just got back from a 3 week backpacking/road trip in the 4runner/potential toad.

Back to work on the airstream, prototyped a quick cockpit desk I'm actually quite happy with, and cut new sheet metal panels for the bathroom around the toilet
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I donít know if Iím more excited about the 4Runner or Airstream. That would be such an awesome toad!
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Alright, I don't think I have any other more pressing projects, been putting it off for 2 years... time to get the airstream exterior taken care of


Starting from the top down, the plan is, in rough general order
Install second maxxair fan
Unclog or run new AC drains
White Elastomer paint for the roof
Capt. Tolleys all the rivets and replace any loose ones
Reseal windows (window gaskets are a separate project)
Reseal all exterior lights and fittings, and convert all bulbs to LED
Brush aluminum
Sharkhide aluminum
Fiberglass/ABS weld banana wraps and spare tire cover
Paint bottom
Install or paint new stripe
New 1/4" rubrail (the big rail is already new)

I think that just about covers it...


Today I knocked out step 1, installed the maxair fan. The legends are true, wires were sitting waiting for me to hook right up. Knicked the 110v but didn't go through the insulation so no biggie, just some tape. Oddly my projects that involve cutting holes in the airstream tend to go smoother than the little stuff.


I also tacked in the new bathroom walls with a couple rivets, looks like they'll fit well, new sheet metal trim is on the way from McMaster Carr that should blend in with the rest of the airstream trim, then I'll rivet solidly after installing that.
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Keep us posted on how that goes. I tried it on one of my trailers years ago and the results were kinda streaky. I applied it with a big soft rag and had to move super fast. Maybe there is a better way?
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Old 08-03-2020, 07:46 AM   #679
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Keep us posted on how that goes. I tried it on one of my trailers years ago and the results were kinda streaky. I applied it with a big soft rag and had to move super fast. Maybe there is a better way?
Will do for sure. I did some small test patches that worked ok, but probably not big enough to notice what you're talking about.

One of the test patches turned white, so I think I didn't wipe it clean enough to get the aluminum powder off and the aluminum underneath continued to oxidize, but the other 3 patches have held up well for (either 1 or 2 years... I forget)


Were you putting it on polished aluminum, or brushed? I could see how it would be very hard to get a good finish on a polished surface.
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Will do for sure. I did some small test patches that worked ok, but probably not big enough to notice what you're talking about.

One of the test patches turned white, so I think I didn't wipe it clean enough to get the aluminum powder off and the aluminum underneath continued to oxidize, but the other 3 patches have held up well for (either 1 or 2 years... I forget)


Were you putting it on polished aluminum, or brushed? I could see how it would be very hard to get a good finish on a polished surface.

It was just stripped to bare alu. Once its starts to oxidize the sharkhide won't help to get rid of that. The problem with application is the fast evaporation rate due to it being solvent base. It does protect protect the aluminum, but by no means looks like a sprayed on clear coat.
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