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Old 08-23-2006, 08:34 AM   #21
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Thanks for the new pictures. In your line of work the summer is probably work, work, work. One thing I've found when loading pictures is when all the pictures don't show up. Click on "manage attachments" again and reload more pictures. Sometimes it seems that it only likes to process three pictures at a time.
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Old 08-23-2006, 04:00 PM   #22
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Thanks Don,

It does seem to be only taking three at a time. Here are the rest that I meant to post

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Old 08-24-2006, 06:50 AM   #23
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I started tearing some of the very rotten floor out of my trailer. Guess I should start a new thread on the 55. Sure like the shine of your shell. Do you have any more pictures of the original frame in its original condition?
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Old 08-29-2006, 03:08 PM   #24
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I started tearing some of the very rotten floor out of my trailer. Guess I should start a new thread on the 55. Sure like the shine of your shell. Do you have any more pictures of the original frame in its original condition?
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Old 08-29-2006, 03:23 PM   #25
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Someone got quite creative with the 2x4's. Better than crashing through the floor, I guess.
This obviously needs a fair amount of welding repairs. Might be worthwhile to consider a new frame altogether. You can build it right on top of the old one, using the old one for a template. Then, transfer the running gear over tot he new one and off you go.
I am suggesting a new frame because it seems that the main frame rails are severely weakened by rust.
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Old 08-30-2006, 03:07 PM   #26
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I don't know if I made it clear when I started this thread, but I'm farther along in the process than the pictures depict. I already have the frame repairs done (I kept the main frame rails, they weren't as bad as you might think.) and am in the process of painting it.

I have to catch everyone up on what I've done so far. So here it is in a nutshell:
1. Removed rotten floor and gutted interior
2. Removed lower interior panels and braced shell prior to removal
3. Separated shell from frame
4. Removed frame and replaced all crossmembers and outriggers (these members were replaced with 3" C channel about the same guage as the main frame rails)
5. Removed axle and springs from frame
6. Replaced all lug studs
7. Replacing both brake assemblies (currently in process)
8. Painting frame (using Eastwood rust encapsulating paint) and axle (Rustoleum)
9. I also welded in gray tank supports similar to what Uwe did, but I haven't completed the installation yet.

I'll post pictures of each step I've done where I have photos. (Didn't have a camera with me all of the time.)

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Old 08-30-2006, 03:09 PM   #27
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Sorry if I've repeated anything from previous posts.

From the Department of Redundancy Department
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Old 08-30-2006, 06:39 PM   #28
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Shell lifting

I'd like to see pictures of your shell lifting. A description of your process would also be appreciated. Great to hear how much progress your making.
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:47 AM   #29
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Just dropping by to introduce ourselves

We are John and Lynn from Fullerton, CA. We bought our first airstream in November of last year and are just starting restoration...plan to take the shell off this weekend. We have a 55 Flying Cloud. There are a few pics of it posted on this forum.

Looking forward to comparing notes on our progress with you and Don...and eventually getting all the FC's together.

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Old 08-31-2006, 12:53 AM   #30
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Oops! Just went over to check and the photos must have been deleted. I haven't been on the forum much lately. I will have to repost them.
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:59 AM   #31
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Rally season over for now!!

Well we are home and the Rally season is over for us for now. I guess it's time to get back to work on the FC 55. We had a great time with all the Rally members. Its so great to put faces, personalities, and trailers to forum friends. First I need to winterize the Bambi and move stuff around and then it's back to work. Have any of you done any new work of your FC's?
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Old 10-31-2006, 11:31 AM   #32
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I have some fairly straightforward work to do on the '51. I broke the drain out of the fresh water tank when I was winterizing and that means removing and replacing the tank. To do that I will have to take the dinette area out of the front to get proper access. I will probably tackle this between Christmas and New Years which always seems to be my most productive time through the winter months. It's not nearly what you guys are undertaking by any means, but it will still feel good doing something on the old girl once again.

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