Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-18-2020, 06:51 PM   #1
New Member
 
1957 22' Caravanner
Canberra , Australian Capital Territory
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 4
1957 Caravanner - AUS Project

Hi from Australia,

I recently purchased a 1957 Caravanner that was imported to Australia by the previous owner in 2016. Itís in okay condition but has some frame/rust issues and over here we canít be too fussy.

My plan is to restore the frame, new subfloor, and make a custom interior. Iíve spent many hours on YouTube and this site but still have some questions.

Iíve almost finished gutting it and about to start on the removal of internal skins, insulation and wiring. Given the floor is rotted out in several places and most edges are soft or simply gone, should I support the shell during internal skin removal? Or does that make no difference, and just wait until the ribs are exposed then secure support beams to them?

Thanks,

Phil
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1EC310FB-E3EC-423E-8856-8DD092D1E4EC.jpg
Views:	15
Size:	234.2 KB
ID:	359382  
Attached Images
 
__________________

Phil_AU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2020, 07:19 PM   #2
Rivet Master

 
1966 22' Safari
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Fredericksburg , Texas
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 1,113
Phil, I think youíll find that the shell can support itself. On our 55 we removed the interior skin, supported the lower shell with spreaders then lifted the shell off. The inner skin is part of the structural integrity of the shell, but the ribs/stringers and the outer riveted skin plays an even bigger role. Just donít crawl around on top with the interior skins off or let snow build up on top (point load weight). All trim removed, or anything else, label and save. Careful with the door and jambs so as not to distort. Good luck and others will chime in.
__________________

Bubba L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2020, 03:57 AM   #3
New Member
 
1957 22' Caravanner
Canberra , Australian Capital Territory
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 4
Thanks Bubba L.

Greatly appreciate that. When you say ‘spreaders’ is that something like some extra ply to distribute the weight a bit away from the ribs?

Cheers
Phil_AU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2020, 07:26 AM   #4
Rivet Master

 
1966 22' Safari
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Fredericksburg , Texas
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 1,113
Phil, I donít know if youíre planning a shell off renovation or shell on. Assuming a shell off, you would attach 2x boards horizontally at the lower edge of the ribs from curbside to streetside. The shell is really flexible if detached from the C-channel at the floor perimeter and the Ďspreadersí hold the bottom of the shell true to the original shape. If you are doing a shell on reno and replacing the flooring in sections, I donít see a need for spreaders. Temporary support to the shell is not needed when the interior skins are removed.
Stay safe from the fires.
Bubba L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2020, 07:28 AM   #5
Rivet Master

 
1966 22' Safari
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Fredericksburg , Texas
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 1,113
Also, post #12 on our renovation thread shows a picture of the interior spreader supports. Good luck
Bubba L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2020, 10:29 AM   #6
CC
 
1972 27' Overlander
Heinsburg , AB
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 97
Welcome Phil_AU. What an exciting project! I can't give you any advice on rebuilding but, look forward to following your progress. I hope you will keep us posted. There is a wealth of experience and knowledge on this forum. You will get some great help. Best of luck.
CC
Camper Crazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2020, 11:41 AM   #7
2 Rivet Member
 
2006 30' Classic
1966 20' Globetrotter
Currently Looking...
Dover , Delaware
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 49
Phil, this is how I supported my 66 Globe Trotter.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	32B2CF23-C1A2-485A-9652-2FD3C0264E47.jpg
Views:	12
Size:	325.2 KB
ID:	359440  
helwigc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2020, 05:30 PM   #8
4 Rivet Member
 
bibbs's Avatar
 
1977 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
1973 21' Globetrotter
1975 26' Argosy 26
Vista , California
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 390
No new advice yet, just watching. Good luck have fun
bibbs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 05:13 AM   #9
New Member
 
1957 22' Caravanner
Canberra , Australian Capital Territory
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 4
Thanks for the comments and nice to know others are interested.

I’ll prepare some spreaders and taking from there.

Really looking forward to removing all the old smelly floor and insulation.

Cheers
Phil_AU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2020, 12:00 AM   #10
4 Rivet Member
 
57Vintage's Avatar

 
1958 26' Overlander
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 344
Images: 21
Since the older models (mines titled as a 58, but has a 57 layout) just sandwich the sub-floor between the frame and the U channel the shell rivets to, I'd recommend a shell off. Much easier and faster to do frame repairs and start the rebuild IMO.

good luck, eager to see your progress.
__________________
Harold & Rebecca

Our thread:
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f97...er-172124.html
57Vintage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2020, 03:10 PM   #11
New Member
 
1957 22' Caravanner
Canberra , Australian Capital Territory
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 4
Although there are issues with the floor and frame, I was pleasantly surprised with the condition behind the internal skins.

Iíll remove the rest of the skins and floor today hopefully.

Cheers,

Phil
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	F3090D44-E000-4306-80CE-462D08DD4C53.jpg
Views:	3
Size:	285.5 KB
ID:	359848   Click image for larger version

Name:	5E55ED82-B90B-41EB-9846-390D57D05B47.jpg
Views:	4
Size:	226.2 KB
ID:	359849  

__________________

Phil_AU is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
1957


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1970 Airstream Caravanner :: 1970 Airstream Caravanner Fishbowl Airstream Registry Discussions 0 12-29-2012 01:45 PM
Caravanner :: 1957 Airstream Caravanner floyds Airstream Registry Discussions 0 08-19-2011 09:32 AM
'57 Caravanner Island Girl :: 1957 Airstream Caravanner pbearsailor Airstream Registry Discussions 0 08-19-2011 09:30 AM
1957 Caravanner newsletter Cruiser 1952-1960 Caravanner 10 03-23-2004 09:09 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:15 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.