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Old 04-27-2008, 06:16 PM   #41
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Nicely done..... Great thread.
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:56 PM   #42
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Toastie,

I love the Marinco install, I was considering the same one for our '56. Did you have to open the hole up for it?
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:50 PM   #43
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Drag'n:

Forum poster A-Merry-Can did something similar on his '59 Footer. He documents it here, it's about halfway down the page:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...-17197-31.html

Toastie, it's looking great, keep up the good work!
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:51 PM   #44
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Toastie,

I love the Marinco install, I was considering the same one for our '56. Did you have to open the hole up for it?
Had to open it just a little with dremel sander. Bought the Marinco off ebay for about $46.00 brand new, the old inlet should offset the price.
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:54 PM   #45
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Forum poster A-Merry-Can did something similar on his '59 Footer. He documents it here, it's about halfway down the page:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...-17197-31.html

Toastie, it's looking great, keep up the good work!
I read A-Merry-Can thread, what a great job he did, learned a bunch.........
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:53 PM   #46
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Installed back taillights and they are water tight. The previous owner try-ed to seal the 13 panels with what appears to be tar, what a mess. Used Jasco sealer and adhesive remover from Home Depot and it works great. After removing the tar? decided to go ahead and compound, this is a first cut, will compound 2 more time before polishing. Will also install teardrop markers.
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:55 PM   #47
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Steve,

It was great to see you at TCT, I wish we could have talked some more. Give me another month and then you can come over and show me how to do that compunding a few times...
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:07 PM   #48
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It was great to see you at TCT, I wish we could have talked some more. Give me another month and then you can come over and show me how to do that compunding a few times...
TCT is such a great time, very nice talking to you and Rhonda. When done with our Mr. Whipple I don't want to see another compounding pad, the inside was also compounded and will be polished to a mirror finished.
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:25 PM   #49
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Installed back taillights and they are water tight. The previous owner try-ed to seal the 13 panels with what appears to be tar, what a mess. Used Jasco sealer and adhesive remover from Home Depot and it works great. After removing the tar? decided to go ahead and compound, this is a first cut, will compound 2 more time before polishing. Will also install teardrop markers.
I was curious... did you add the marker lights above the windows? My trailer does not have them, and when I had Anna inspected they said they were not required due to the age. I have not seen any other trailers out there without the three marker lights above the windows. I know folks like them glowing at night. Was just wondering. And I too think the job you are doing is fabulous.
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I was curious... did you add the marker lights above the windows? My trailer does not have them, and when I had Anna inspected they said they were not required due to the age. I have not seen any other trailers out there without the three marker lights above the windows. I know folks like them glowing at night. Was just wondering. And I too think the job you are doing is fabulous.
Thanks.......The marker lights where already there, the previous owner put 60's type marker and I'm going with the teardrop 50's style. I was talking to my wife last night about this subject, will check with the state of Michigan to see if they are required.
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I was told that if it is more than 20 years it is grandfathered in. That is here in Maryland, cannot say in your state. I kind of like the marker lights, but because they were not there I did not want to remove the end caps to put them in. Like I said, all the trailers I see have the lights there and I was wondering...
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I was told that if it is more than 20 years it is grandfathered in. That is here in Maryland, cannot say in your state. I kind of like the marker lights, but because they were not there I did not want to remove the end caps to put them in. Like I said, all the trailers I see have the lights there and I was wondering...
I'm looking at a '58 right now that does not have them. No big deal, but I do think they look really cool and I'd probably consider adding them at some point if I had that part of the trailer apart anyway.
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I think it is cool that you do not have to "follow" a new rule due to the age. Makes me feel special.
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I think it is cool that you do not have to "follow" a new rule due to the age. Makes me feel special.
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This has been the toughest job so far...............

Installed a new drip cap today, and this was a challenge. Took the old drip cap (non heat treat) and flatted it out with a rubber mallet, traced it on to a piece of 2024-T3 aluminum. Using a metal brake, bent edge and the part that fasten to the trailer was done by hand. Then very slowly form to shape using my leg. The challenge was filling the old holes with trempro 635 and drilling new hole and assembling the new drip cap so you don't see the old holes and keeping ever thing symmetrical while handling 2024-t3 aluminum on a step latter 1 foot away. Glad I had a air hydraulic riveter.
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For 2024, you had to have had the patience of a saint. Nice work.

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that looks so nice. I tried to do it too and did not have such success. The only thing I didn't do was flatten the original, which I am now trying to patiently clean up and bend back to it's original shape. You do very fine work. I sure hope you are proud of yourself.....
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Using a metal brake, bent edge and the part that fasten to the trailer was done by hand. Then very slowly form to shape using my leg.
Very nice. Will you explain or perhaps show what a "metal brake" is? Please forgive my lack of knowledge. I'm new metal work and the correct tools but very interested to learn. I checked the links but didn't recognize the answer to my question.
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It's a device for putting a precise bend in the edge of sheet metal. They come in all sizes, from about 24" up to 8'. Here's a 48" $500 model:

Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

You can get simple ones for under $200, but they don't allow you to adjust the radius of bend. I'm looking for a 36" model of about the same quality as the one in the link.

If you're working on Airstreams, you also need to make curves. I have this set and really like them:

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Thanks Zep. This is exactly what I needed to know. And I've been wondering about those curves too! Eventually I'll go there. Perhaps soon. Right now I'm looking over the preliminaries. Are there any threads here on the AIR forum dealing specifically with metal work? I'm just itching to replace a few panels and buck a few rivets.
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