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Old 02-28-2011, 08:11 PM   #101
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That grime is so familiar! The whole belt line had that on mine. There was moss growing out too.

Great job. Looks spanking new! Better!!

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Old 02-28-2011, 08:22 PM   #102
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I asked this on another thread but how are the emblems fastened to the AS
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:31 PM   #103
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I asked this on another thread but how are the emblems fastened to the AS
Pop rivets usually. Sometimes bucked.

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Old 03-01-2011, 05:27 AM   #104
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I asked this on another thread but how are the emblems fastened to the AS
The emblems have a six studs on the back of them. They are fastened with self threading screws on the inside of the exterior skin. If you have rivets, the studs were probably cut off at some time.
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:03 PM   #105
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Getting some things done

I didn't make much progress this weekend, but I got a few things done today. I had the Airstream letters powder coated at Alamo Cross Link powder coating in San Antonio. They took two weeks to be done. They had a hard time with the pot metal they are cast from "off gassing" they aren't perfect, but look pretty good I think. They were not happy with the way they turned out, so the guy didn't charge me anything! He had them redone three times he said. He said his guys were cussing like crazy when he made them do them over and over! I taped and sprayed the blue on the face of the letters, then sprayed them with clear enamel. The clear gave a few of the letters a wrinkle finish on the blue parts. I wasn't too pleased with how the clear did that, but they look good from 10' away!
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I got the hanger for the first of two gray tanks installed. I had to do a little trimming of a cross member to get the top flush with the level of the floor. I think I'll do some small adjustments to it.
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I also sold 12 sheets of the 1" polyiso insulation to a guy from Austin that was looking for insulation for his Overlander. I had to order 22 sheets minimum, and I only needed 10, so that is a good thing!
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Looking good Lance. I see your polishing the trailer one small section at a time. Keep it up at it'll be all done soon.
My crossmember was adjusted like that at the factory to get clearance for the output of the grey tank.
Do yoo think you'll still make your timetable deadline?
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:09 PM   #107
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Do yoo think you'll still make your timetable deadline?
The deadline is Thursday. I doubt it but maybe.
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Old 03-12-2011, 12:49 AM   #108
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A full day working on Abby yesterday. I got the bath removed.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:24 AM   #109
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How will those tanks be able to be removed should they ever need to be repaired, etc? It looks like the hangars span the entire width of the space...
iow--I can't see in the pics how they are actually attached to the frame, and how they can drop down.
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How will those tanks be able to be removed should they ever need to be repaired, etc? It looks like the hangars span the entire width of the space...
iow--I can't see in the pics how they are actually attached to the frame, and how they can drop down.
The black tank hanger is bolted to some angle iron that is welded to the frame. See post 87 where I attempted to answer your question. The gray tank hangers are welded to the frame directly. If I have to repair the tanks, they can easily be removed by making a nice cut on both ends of the forward hanger with a reciprocating saw or hack saw. Since I own a welder, re-installation will involve welding. No problem.
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Why is this page wider than the other's? Or is it my PC.... Nice work TOP, Trainer of Personnel. Sorry you missed you trip, projects to the airstream always take long than you think or hope.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:22 PM   #112
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Why is this page wider than the other's? Or is it my PC.... Nice work TOP, Trainer of Personnel. Sorry you missed you trip, projects to the airstream always take long than you think or hope.
Thanks Rex. When you view my page with Internet Explorer, it doesn't wrap the pictures I posted. They all come out wider. I use Mozilla Firefox and it moves things around so you don't have to scroll left and right.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:27 PM   #113
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New wheel wells not a good move

Here's another example of a great idea working against me. Abby's old wheel wells were cracked and tore up in a few places. I figured I'd save some time and just replace the old with new ones. I hit a few snags. First, I had to get the old ones out. No problem. But of course to install the new ones I had to drop the belly pan in front of the axles and remove the bolts holding the floor to the frame that also sandwiches the wheel wells. On the curb side, there was a nice big rotten hole in the floor under the sink where it appears the sewer vent has been leaking for a very long time. No biggie! I just cut out all the rotten wood, about 12"x13" section. I cut a nice piece of leftover MGP and put three coats of Defthane on it. That took the better part of two days. When I got all that ready for the wheel well to be installed, I discovered that they aren't the same as the originals. They are wider, shorter and the outer skirt does not go low enough to match the rivet line of the exterior skin. So a I made a skirt extender! It is 64"x4" and riveted to the plastic.
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I guess it's all good. Just takes a lot of time. I'll probably get more clearance when I install the Michelin LTX 235/75/15 tires. I also got to practice on my riveting skills on an area that won't be seen.
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Oh Lance...getting smart on us. Adapt and overcome.

Yadda, yadda, hooah, yadda yadda.

Can't wait to see the progress in person (hopefully) in 10 days!

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I had a hole in the same location in the Old Girl, and my plywood patch is approx. the same size as yours. I feel you pain, the pain of being a man! Good job on the new wheel wells, you're thinking on your feet. Keep it up TOP, Trainer of Personnel!
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I haven't been working on Abby much while the kids were home for spring break. We've been out enjoying the time that we would have been spending in Abby if I were done with her. Yesterday the whole family ran a 5k on Ft. Hood. Man I'm sore! My daughter got first in her age group and my oldest son got second in his. I finished
The frau mentioned "I think we need a new Airstream" the other day. She thinks we should have two. One to work on, and one to camp in! So, what do I do? Well, I start looking, of course! We looked at two Airstreams for sale here in central Texas. One was an '86 Sovereign with a salvage title listed for $7,500. It had some bad hail damage in the front. BAD! I could live with the hail damage, but the OSB floor was rotten in many places. The entry door had flown open while underway and was terribly sprung. No need to look at that one much further! I shook his hand, and said good luck! The other one was a '73 Tradewind listed for $7,000 near Waco. When I drove up the lane to this guy's yard, I knew it would be a short viewing. I kinda chuckled to myself, said thanks and moved on. I called a dealer in San Antonio about a 2008 28' International CCD for $37,000 but it was sold already. So, I scratched my head and figured I better get back to fixing Abby, because she'll probably be "The One" forever...

I did manage to get the skirt extender on the other wheel well today while simultaneously making beer butt chicken and corn on the cob.

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Nice work Top, but where are the food pics?

Are we still on for Operation Axle sometime next week?

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TOP....remimber "The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions, so hang in there!" One day at a time... and where are the food pics?
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BBQ pictures from yesterday and a few days ago...

Beer butt chicken. I'm kinda tired of making it but my kids love it. It was good. You can do a lot of things to chicken, but you can't make it taste like beef! The Mexican sweet corn was good too.
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I made some great pork chops a few days back. Not sure if I posted these pics here or on my BBQ thread.
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