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Old 07-15-2011, 05:44 PM   #121
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Mr. Red.... thanks for not posting as a PM, I learned some good pointers on "How to set up WDH"..

You're welcome, sir. If you're truly brave PM me an email address and I'll send along the 40+ pages of notes I've accumulated the past few years in re WDH, trailer brakes, etc.

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Old 10-27-2011, 07:56 PM   #122
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More attention for Abby

Hello everyone,
It has been a very long time since I have posted on this thread. I know. I'm slacking. Not really. It seems that the Army has been taking up most of my time lately. But that will only be for a few months. I have submitted my request to retire from the Army effective 1 September 2012. With my accumulated leave (vacation) time, I will be done going to work every day for the Army around the 12th of June! 23 years and three months! I'm pretty excited to say the least!
As for Abby, I have been getting her ready for the wet weather. It has rained only three times since February, so I know eventually, it is going to start pouring down rain and won't stop for months. That is how it seems to be in Texas.
Abby has some leak problems up front. It has a lot to do with a replaced front end cap panel. It was done with Olympic rivets. Olympics are prone to leaking as are all blind rivets. It doesn't help that when the tree that fell on Abby stretched the center panel. So when the smashed segment was replaced there is a big gap between the new panel and the old center panel. Here are some pictures of what she looks like under the rock guard.
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I guess I should reiterate to you all how I do not recommend Parbond. Here is what it looks like after eight years.
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I think that Sikkaflex221, TremPro 636, 3M 560, Sonolastic NP1 are much better products.
I started scraping the old gunk off with a plastic scraper after softening it with a heat gun.
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I then cleaned it up with MEK. The Olympics were not shaved with a proper shaver when the PO replaced this panel. They look kinda rough. I got out my dremel and did my best to shave off the sharp edges as best I could. I managed to get it all cleaned up and one seam sealed before the sun went down and the cold North wind blew in the rain. Hopefully it only rains for a day. I have a rally to get ready for!
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:34 PM   #123
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Congrats on your retirement.Hopefully you'll find something to keep yourself busy . I have a feeling you've got some plans already. Enjoy!
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:27 PM   #124
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Abby

Sure is good to see Abby back on the front page of the forums getting her attention...
I agree with you on the Olympic rivets, that was were one of my leaks was coming in from on the front of my Airstream. You could look at the rivet from the inside and see daylight, just perfect for letting water in.

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Old 10-27-2011, 10:48 PM   #125
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I then cleaned it up with MEK. The Olympics were not shaved with a proper shaver when the PO replaced this panel. They look kinda rough. I got out my dremel and did my best to shave off the sharp edges as best I could. I managed to get it all cleaned up and one seam sealed before the sun went down and the cold North wind blew in the rain. Hopefully it only rains for a day. I have a rally to get ready for!

Hey TOP... Looks like you have your work "Cut out for you". No place to get her out of the rain? Best of luck my Friend.

Very windy here, for the last three days...thousands of grape leaves in the pool today.

From Cabana Central...

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Old 10-30-2011, 03:47 PM   #126
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Safe from the rain

Thanks guys! I appreciate the congratulations very much.

Yesterday and today I continued on with the seam sealing. I used Sikaflex 221 on the gaping holes for this seam and covered the top chewed up olympics with Acryl-R.
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I cleaned up all the goop and gunk under where the mounting rail for the rock guard attaches. I used a pick to pick the old sealant from the top of the front window frame. I did a little detail polishing around the "AIRSTREAM" letters and under the clearance lamps. I then taped off the "AIRSTREAM" letters and cut out the recessed parts and sprayed them with some blue paint. I have new clearance lamps on the way from VTS along with polishing supplies from Caswell. Looks better than before, but eventually these two panels will have to be replaced. As long as I can get the leaks to stop for now, I'll be happy
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I cleaned up around the SS wing window and the SS VV, stack and main windows. I used the heat gun to soften the old cracked Parbond and scraped the big chunks off with a plastic scraper, then used the pick to get all the gunk from the seams of the windows. I then cleaned all the seams with a rag moistened with MEK. I then taped off the seams with masking tape and applied the sealant. I used 3M 540 polyurethane sealant on the window seams. I used Acryl-R on the panel seams.
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Time to go BBQ something!
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:54 PM   #127
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Thanks guys! I appreciate the congratulations very much.

Yesterday and today I continued on with the seam sealing. I used Sikaflex 221 on the gaping holes for this seam and covered the top chewed up olympics with Acryl-R.
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I cleaned up all the goop and gunk under where the mounting rail for the rock guard attaches. I used a pick to pick the old sealant from the top of the front window frame. I did a little detail polishing around the "AIRSTREAM" letters and under the clearance lamps. I then taped off the "AIRSTREAM" letters and cut out the recessed parts and sprayed them with some blue paint. I have new clearance lamps on the way from VTS along with polishing supplies from Caswell. Looks better than before, but eventually these two panels will have to be replaced. As long as I can get the leaks to stop for now, I'll be happy
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I cleaned up around the SS wing window and the SS VV, stack and main windows. I used the heat gun to soften the old cracked Parbond and scraped the big chunks off with a plastic scraper, then used the pick to get all the gunk from the seams of the windows. I then cleaned all the seams with a rag moistened with MEK. I then taped off the seams with masking tape and applied the sealant. I used 3M 540 polyurethane sealant on the window seams. I used Acryl-R on the panel seams.
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Time to go BBQ something!


Looks like Im not the only one thats busy today. Looks GREAT Top!
Sure is good to see you working on Abby again. I always enjoy seeing the progress you make.
I need to paint my Airstream letters as well. Seems like the more items I mark off my list as done the more things I find to put on that list.
O well its all in the fun of owning an Airstream.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:27 PM   #128
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Hi forum friends,
I have been shopping for a pickup truck for almost seven months now. I have only recently gotten very serious about making a deal. I was looking at a few options like a 2000-2006 diesel Dodge or Chevy. I was thinking of getting a Mega Cab Dodge or Crew Cab Chevy so that we could use it to tow Abby on our long trips and save some money on the fuel bill with a diesel. Well, that put me into the 12k-25k range. I really only need a truck for hauling stuff around and towing trailers locally (mainly by myself) so I can't really see the need to fork over a big payment to have too much truck. I hate payments.
My other option was to find a decent older pickup that could tow trailers around here within a 500 mile radius as well as handle the normal type of truck abuse that would come from a vintage trailer restoration shop. For long family trips with Abby, we'd just have to keep towing with the Sequoia.
Today I went and looked at a vintage pickup truck. I just love old stuff you know. It is a 1970 Chevrolet Custom Camper/20 3/4ton. (same age as me) It is in decent shape and drives great. It needs a good cleaning, a bit of body work and a paint job. It has been owned by the same man since 1970. He is a gearhead kind of guy and has taken great care of this truck. He said that this truck has spent most of its life (140,000 miles) with a pickup camper in the bed and towing a boat. We negotiated a fair price and tomorrow we are going to the DMV to make the transaction. Here is a picture.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:34 PM   #129
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That is a cool TV...flash backs to my best friends neighbor's copper colored one...AND using a lamp cord to tie the secondary's closed on the 4BBL carb in an attempt to get better that 8 mpg...
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:54 PM   #131
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Lance, the '70 is one of my very favorite vehicles, let alone trucks! Very NICE!

454? THM400?
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:09 PM   #132
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Thanks for the compliments!
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It has a 350 with an auto. Not sure TH400 or 350. It has an add on overdrive unit too. He has added a rear sway bar as well. The ol' boy claims to have gotten 17 MPG at one time. That is pretty good. My Sequoia barely gets 17 if I drive 60.
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It's prolly a 350/350. Do you know if it's an overdrive/underdrive unit? I believe 17 with an overdrive. Wasn't uncommon for me to get 14 on a carbureted 350, back in the day with a 3 speed auto. Remember 70 was before all the emissions. I think all it has is a PCV valve instead of a road draft tube and a PCV has no performance/MPG penalty.
What rear end is in it?
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:44 PM   #134
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He told me it was an overdrive unit that he added in '75 or so. The rear is a 4.11.
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When I was a teenager, my "chore truck" around the farm was a '69 1-ton Chevy with a tool-box bed. My dad bought it around '73 from the company that had bought it new, and did his best to wear it out in his diesel service business over the next 8 years or so until he bought a newer truck for the daily grind, and sentenced me to using the truck around the farm, so I tried to wear it out for another few years until I left for college.

If memory serves, we put about 700k miles on the chassis, body and transmission (a granny+3 speed manual). I don't remember rebuilding the rear end, but it seems likely that we did. We probably averaged about 175k per build on the 350s, and the truck was probably at or over rated gross weight with just Dad's tools on board.

This thing, with just 140k it, is a cream puff. You'll be tired of it before you can kill it!

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Nice truck! I hear the crossmember from a later model c series's will swap in if you need better brakes or steering. Why paint? Looks great as a shop truck now!
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nice truck, lance. and in keeping with your vintage them as well. with those specs on the truck you can tow anything.
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Cool truck

Lance, I remember buying a brand new Chevrolet truck in 1969....The year I got out of High School....It had just came out and was called a CST...Truck ran forever.....Good to see someone taking care of this vintage truck....Good towing....Nice pictures on your trip.....
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There is great long-time aftermarket support on these. So, with some bucks spent on it there shouldn't be any problem ever selling it for a profit. Makes that part a winning deal should the need arise. Fresh paint, nice signage and regular breakfasts at a classy diner will have others "knowing" you in no time . . "yeah, I know a guy could help you with that, you've prob'ly seen his truck around town".

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