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Old 05-22-2008, 06:45 AM   #541
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Thanks for the reply JP, much appreciated. When I get an A/S of my own, I'd consider taking the zolatone off in certain places, and am trying to gather as much information as possible about it. There are a couple of decent threads about it on the Interior forums, but in reading back through this thread I realized you must have stripped your endcaps rather than riveting in new aluminum as some others have done, so I was interested in how you did it.

Thanks again, I'm sure you'll get back to work on this one when you get a chance. Fall sounds like a good target.

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Old 05-23-2008, 04:47 AM   #542
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Not all airstreams had the aluminum end caps. You have to look for something from the late 50's or earlier. If you wanna go that route.

ONE of these days, I'll get my Whale-Tail, and I'll probably do the same thing again...

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Old 05-23-2008, 05:30 AM   #543
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Not all airstreams had the aluminum end caps. You have to look for something from the late 50's or earlier. If you wanna go that route.

ONE of these days, I'll get my Whale-Tail, and I'll probably do the same thing again...

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Yeah, understood. I'm thinking maybe something like this...?
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:41 AM   #544
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As for the whale tail, I ended up passing on that one I forwarded to you a couple of months ago. Seller was asking too much and wouldn't budge, plus it was a single axle and I'm looking for tandem. It was really nice though, great shape and about 99% original.

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Old 06-23-2008, 07:08 AM   #545
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i took an "Airstream Day" today. boss said it was alright. ha!
A-Merry-Can - I really like what you & some others are doing in the resto's, putting thin wood on the ceilings.
1 - How are wood sections attached.
2 - Can you repost a photo of the ceiling using more light from any, source, as my old eyes can't see some details, one being whether or not in the final analysis that wood ceiling might give the inside of the trailer a too dark feeling. Personally, I love it!!
Keep up the good work.
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:33 AM   #546
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Thanks for the compliments! I feel horrible for not getting the little Traveller ready! This AM, I was looking through my iPhotos, and I haven't taken a pic of the trailer since my SON was born, and he's 6 months old!

First, I took some time off to get Bethany's boat ready (that was a 6 month project), and now I've started a redo of the interior of my Trade Wind. (on a side note: I decided to totally revamp the interior of our "camping" trailer, thinking it would be a quick fix... ha! It's REALLY nice, and ALMOST done! See Pics) I'll put in before and current. Removing the wall between the bedroom and the galley has REALLY opened the trailer up. We love the new layout (though it's not that different from the original, just more open).

Short list of updates:
  • Patched floor
  • Removed furnace and patched skin.
  • Patched over PO's nasty fridge vent
  • Removed wall and door between galley and bedroom
  • New Laminate flooring
  • New paint
  • New galley cabinet (the original was water-damaged beyond repair)
  • New Fridge and Cabinet
  • New overhead locker
  • New dinette layout (still in progress, not in photos)
  • Refinished original doors that were salvageable
  • Made new doors for those that weren't
  • I scored some original '64 cabinet hardware on eBay, and am using that on my new dinette arrangement. Looks original!

I feel like I'm hi-jacking my own thread here! ha! I'll post a higher res pic og the SUBJECT of this thread next...

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Old 06-24-2008, 05:40 AM   #547
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BACK to the 1959 Traveller, now! (sorry for the diversion).

Here's a higher res pic of the interior. The wood looks even better in person than in the pics. VERY warm and inviting! I can't wait to get back on it, which actually will be really soon. As soon as the trade wind is back together (maybe 2 weeks?), I'm going full-steam on the Traveller again. My wife's mum is coming over in November, and I need to get our guest trailer ready for the November Falluminum in Hiawassee. Nothing like a deadline to get me back on task!

I've got the new fridge ready to install (electric only), and have found someone to do all the cushions and upholstery. I actually have to do both trailers (due to the new layout in the other one). PIcs of course... when it's done!

Anyway, here's a high-res pic of the Traveller from a while back. More photos as soon as I get it back on the front burner!

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Old 06-24-2008, 06:32 AM   #548
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JP-- Thanks for the update on the TW, I've been looking forward to seeing your progress on that one. I'm very interested in seeing your dinette solution once you've completed it. I know you were trying to keep it under a certain amount of hours of work for the TW, have you been able to do so?

Also looking forward to updates on the Traveler, of course. This trailer has clearly been a long labor of love for you, and it shows.

Thanks for all of the documentation, I know it takes a long time on top of the real work of renovating your trailers, and it is very much appreciated.

Good luck!

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Old 06-24-2008, 03:12 PM   #549
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Thanks for all the kind words. Sometimes I think the forums is more of a support group for the afflicted! ha!

Not to hi-jack my thread AGAIN... but here's a few pics of one of the dinette benches, ready for the plywood top. Check out the vintage knobs! Makes it look original. :-)

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Old 06-24-2008, 06:30 PM   #550
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Very cool, JP, I love the raked bench, completely unique and it looks great.

Not to further hijack your own thread, but at one point you mentioned creating a built-in crib into the TW dinette-- is that still part of your plan?

(It piqued my curiosity because I have an 8-month-old of my own and I thought that was a really cool idea.)
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:10 AM   #551
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Not to further hijack your own thread, but at one point you mentioned creating a built-in crib into the TW dinette-- is that still part of your plan?

(It piqued my curiosity because I have an 8-month-old of my own and I thought that was a really cool idea.)
It's still in the plan, sorta! The table top won't make the front wall, because of the raked bottoms, but we still plan on doing something nice with it. I'll post pics once it's all back together.

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Old 06-26-2008, 05:19 AM   #552
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again... this is our TRADE WIND, NOT the 59 Traveller! Once the table and cushions are in, I'm done working on this one for the year... my little 18 footer is feeling neglected!

:-)

On the curb-side part of the dinette, I'm putting in a door on the facing edge, so I can keep our outdoor goodies in there (chairs, tables, etc), and get to it from the front door.

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Old 06-26-2008, 04:58 PM   #553
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JP, your work is primo. One of these days, I'll get to see it up close . . . . maybe? This fall perhaps?
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:53 PM   #554
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JP, your work is primo. One of these days, I'll get to see it up close . . . . maybe? This fall perhaps?
Thanks D! Hopefully I'll have #1 AND #2 together by then!

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Old 07-05-2008, 08:59 PM   #555
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looks fantastic,what type of catches are you using to keep them closed in transit? a problem I found very aggrvating on the bottom hinged doors in my caravel
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:45 PM   #556
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OK!

LAST pics of the Trade Wind in this thread! No more stealing the "Silver Pickle" Thunder!

Anyway, I finished the dinette up today. She's ready for her first camping trip!

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Looks great! Where are we going?

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Thumbs up Very N-I-C-E !!!

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Beautiful work JP. And to think, this is just your sorry old "camping" trailer, not your real masterpiece, the Silver Pickle!
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Dude, you have way too much talent for one human being. Care to spread some around? Looks fabulous!

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