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Old 04-12-2011, 06:41 PM   #161
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I spent most of the morning at my oldest son's track meet. He's a runner! He ran the two mile in 11:07 today. Tomorrow evening he has the one mile run.
This afternoon I got to treating the C channel. After it dries a good 18 hours I'll slide the last piece of floor in, level things, bolt the floor in, rivet the rear hold down plate in place and do some cart wheels! Here are the pics
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:52 PM   #162
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Dude,
that is lookin' so awesome!! You'll be done before you know it. GREAT job. I hope mine turns out as well.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:55 PM   #163
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Thanks Bruce. The pictures aren't the best quality. They are from my phone. "Someone" won't let me use the Nikon when I have paint on my hands! But the C channel looks a lot better than it did in these pictures.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:03 PM   #164
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Tanks a lot!

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Nice work1 I got the same tanks for my rig. Im trying to figure out I want to build a box for them to sit in. I bought 16 ga steel formed channel to hang them with. Hope to have it figured out soon. Want to get it put back togeather!!
I thought about a box for each tank, but decided against it because the tank hangs down about 8 1/4". That is 1/4" below the supports. With a metal tank box, it would be a little more. I'm happy with the hangers I built. I just hope they stand the test of time! Keep up the great work! When you finish the grinding and welding the reassembly part seems very easy and exciting!
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Looking great TOP!
Where did you get your tanks?
I got most of my floor out today.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:44 PM   #166
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Hey Baseman,
I got my tanks from Ronco plastics. See posts 56 and 70.
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Trainer of Personnel.... Q. Are you planning to keep the interior original? Or are you going to do a custom interior, to meet your family's needs?
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:55 PM   #168
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Hey Rex,
All original. Nothing new but an extra battery, axles, tanks and floor. Oh and a frame that isn't rusting to dust...
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All original. Nothing new but an extra battery, axles, tanks and floor. Oh and a frame that isn't rusting to dust...

There's a person on the Palm Springs Craigslist who is giving away lots of 1972 Airstream parts...kitchen & bathroom parts. If you're going all original, this may be something that could save you money. Here's the link if you need any replacement parts.

Free Airtstream Kitchen & Bathroom (1972)
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Thanks for the lead Rex. From the ad it seems she wants someone to remove all the stuff for her. Maybe she needs more storage? A little too far of a drive for me.
Abby is all complete except for one sink cutting board/cover. As long as I don't mess anything up re-installing the interior ill be good to go.
I did get the last sheet of flooring in today. Just have to do a little more bolting into place tomorrow afternoon. I have a bunch of doctor visits tomorrow and Friday, so I'll be happy if I have everything bolted and riveted by Sunday evening.
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Thanks for the lead Rex. From the ad it seems she wants someone to remove all the stuff for her. Maybe she needs more storage? A little too far of a drive for me.
Abby is all complete except for one sink cutting board/cover. As long as I don't mess anything up re-installing the interior ill be good to go.
I did get the last sheet of flooring in today. Just have to do a little more bolting into place tomorrow afternoon. I have a bunch of doctor visits tomorrow and Friday, so I'll be happy if I have everything bolted and riveted by Sunday evening.
I was thinking that with your speed limits going up in Texas, it wouldn't take ya to long to drive to Palm Springs. Watch out for the wildfires, looks like your state is burning up. Hopefully the fires will slow down this week.
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Hey Top, I see you used the West Systems epoxy. I am thinking of useing it too. How hard was it to use, to set up/ clean up, coverage area? Would you do it again?
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Hey Top, I see you used the West Systems epoxy. I am thinking of useing it too. How hard was it to use, to set up/ clean up, coverage area? Would you do it again?
Yes. I would use it again. I was very happy with the West epoxy. It comes with exact measuring pumps. One pump of resin, one pump of hardener. As far as coverage area, I put three coats top, bottom and sides of three sheets of flooring. I sanded between coats, so I think it took more than if you just started in the morning and put the three coats on one after the other. It comes with a good set of instructions. I called the tech support line and they were busy so I left my number and they called me back later. Great customer support. It is easy to clean up with lacquer thinner.
Vernon (HiHoAgRV) is using a different brand of epoxy that is less expensive than West. I'm not sure how much cheaper it is though.
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Floor pictures

The last few days in between track meets, Dr. appointments and other life things, I've managed to get the floor installed and mostly fastened down. Here are some pics of the floor from above.
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Here are some close ups of the hardware. All stainless. The countersunk phillips head screws are in the areas of the floor that are in view.
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Rear hold down plate

I have the rear hold down plate and new skin drilled and ready to rivet together. I plan to completely fill any voids between the plate and the wood with 3M adhesive sealant in an attempt to keep the water from contacting the wood floor, even though it is waterproofed with the West System epoxy to the "below the water line" level. I will fill the new holes that I drilled in the wood with epoxy before the bolts are installed and tightened.
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I was thinking that with your speed limits going up in Texas, it wouldn't take ya to long to drive to Palm Springs. Watch out for the wildfires, looks like your state is burning up. Hopefully the fires will slow down this week.
Hey Rex,
As I was driving home on I-35 yesterday I was thinking about you. There was a big fire and all the smoke was blowing over the road. I had to slow down to 80 so I wouldn't rear end someone. It is very dry here. It had only rained twice that I can remember this spring. With the hot wind blowing, it makes for extreme fire danger. Even last December when we went to the Blanco State Park Christmas rally there was a fire ban. This drought has gone on a long time. It is giving me good weather to get Abby all put back together without worrying about her getting all wet.
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Hey Top that floor is looking really good! You should be proud of that. Was thinking though, and Im sure you've already thought of it to, since thats going to be your final flooring do you have something your going to lay over it while your in and out doing your inside mods so that you dont scratch, dent, or whatever it?
I really done a number on mine while I was doing all the in and out dropping tools and installing panels ect. ect. I was really glad I was taking the tiles out and laying new flooring because then I didnt have to worry with it.
Just thought I run that by you.

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Thanks Steve and Mr Smith,

Yes one of the things I'm going to buy today is some carpet pad or foam of some type to prevent damaging the floor while I'm working on the interior.
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Lookin' good, Top! i really like the shine to that floor. that will be something to see when done!
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