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Old 08-18-2009, 05:52 PM   #721
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Jordan & All , My Shell is Off, Wife says get rid of it Now !!! #@!%^# !
Anyway the way we did the Lift worked, very good and it Has been there for some time with out Problems...( RE WIND RAIN SNOW ETC !!).. first I Made "2" Curved wood Pieces from 4x6 to fit the ceiling curve ,Then I had a 4x4 post that was attached to the curved wood with Plywood Gussets this took the weight easy ..to Lift little at a time on both ends ... I Built a frame Of 4, 4x4 posts with 4x6 OVER EACH Vent Hole Tied together with 2x6s to form a rectangle ...And Made them high enough to HANG THE SHELL ON ...I used those 2 Inch Nylon staps with the ratchets to do it ,WOW! Worked so good ! , So then the thing (SHELL) IS IN THE AIR STREAM !! the frame can Then be Pulled out or slid Back in any time ...to work on (RE WELDING ! )
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Hey ,Do you guys Know about CLECO's They Hold your Rivit Holes together all lined up! NICE ! You will Need alot of them to Hold it together then You Pull One then replace with rivit & so On down the Line , These are used in Aircraft building ..Nu
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:43 PM   #723
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Hey ,Do you guys Know about CLECO's They Hold your Rivit Holes together all lined up! NICE ! You will Need alot of them to Hold it together then You Pull One then replace with rivit & so On down the Line , These are used in Aircraft building ..Nu
Yup... I'm thinking we've heard of 'em 'round here on the Airstream Forums... maybe a couple of times or so...: Very handy, indeed.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:08 AM   #724
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Well, it looks like the only way I'm going to keep my thread from getting HIJACKED is to start working on the Pickle again! So, I did just that. I spent the weekend working on the windows. In my haste to get the thing camp-able for my mother-in-law, I put things back together without totally finishing them up (who's not guilty of that?)

So, I took apart the side window frames, polished up all the screen retainers and latches, put in the aluminum window trim, and screen, and ouala! ! window COMPLETE!

A friend of mine broke the front window glass, so that's motivated me to make that window the next on my list. I've already gotten all the screens cut, it's just a matter of polishing up the remaining screen retainers, latches and frame, and installing it. Then I'm down to only 2 windows!! Yaaah!

I'll post pics in a bit. I let my subscription run out and have no more room to upload stuff.

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Old 08-31-2009, 05:12 AM   #725
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Screen retainers

Here's a shot of the screen retainer and latch. Does anyone know where I can get more of the aluminum screen retainers (other than eBay, of course!)

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Try the ACE hardware in Woodstock.

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Old 08-31-2009, 06:51 AM   #727
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I wrote that half in jest, half seriously. Old hardware stores many times have lots of old hardware scattered around the backroom. As a more seasoned member here once told me "go into the store and look for the oldest gut working, show him what ya got and see if he has one".

That ACE, over by the railroad tracks, looks like it's been there for a long, long time. I'll bet they have one of those old guys working there. (No offense to old guys, I'm one, too!)

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I'll try that. Lowes has them, so why shouldn't Ace? They look different, though and don't have the retainer screws and springs...

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Old 09-07-2009, 07:45 AM   #730
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I haven't had a free second to work on either trailer in a LONG time! I've been working on other things around the house. First and foremost... a place to KEEP the trailers! Hopefully, it will be done middle of next week, and I can start cleaning up the yard. I am SO sick of mud!! Here's a few pics of the future home of the pickle, shotgun, #51, and the elusive whale tail, if I ever find it!

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Hi JP, I was just reading about your barn and it sounds like you had as much fun as me, as far as the weather. The mud and rain was a real drag. Finally drying out around here for a while though. I looked over your new project, it looks like another winner and I know a lot of work.
Keep up the nice work, it is fun to watch.
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:35 AM   #731
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Good luck ! And If any one else out there wants to do one of these I have a great shape shell etc "already removed" for $500 or Best offer,in NW ,Delivery Possible for fee? it is an Overlander 1958.. Frame need some more work ...Thanks Nu In WA
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:02 PM   #732
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Hi JP, I was just reading about your barn and it sounds like you had as much fun as me, as far as the weather. The mud and rain was a real drag. Finally drying out around here for a while though. I looked over your new project, it looks like another winner and I know a lot of work.
Keep up the nice work, it is fun to watch.
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Thanks Doug! I don't know what I'd do without the barn. I LOVE leaving the trailers open after a camping trip to let em air out. Especially if it rained while we were gone. It's note to take out a window and not worry about it getting wet, too. Really opens up a lot of possibilities when restoring these things.

Now, back to the Silver Pickle... The front window screen is in, as is the curb side window, AND the door. All that's left to do is replace the glass on the front window, and finish 2 panels on the inside of the door.

Hopefully the new stainless black tank will be coming in this week, and I can get back on the plumbing, then FINALLY tackle the last 2 cabinets... a full year after I finished the first 3. Talk about a back burner job! That's why I'm resisting the urge to tear into the Liner. I know I'll never finish it until I get 2 other aluminum projects out of the way first.

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Old 09-18-2009, 08:52 PM   #733
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Rear sag

We just purchased '74 / 31' rear bath and after removal of the flooring, refer, toilet, and water heater I can find no sign of water damage, sag, or damage to plywood. There is a small water stain around the toilet, however the plywood is sound. My Dad always said if "its not broken don't fix it". With all the posts on sag it sounds like I need to look at the frame and running gear. We are planning to refit with new refer, water heater, furnace, add range/oven, wood/lam flooring, refinish bath fixtures, new toilet, pex plumbing, 2x6 volt batteries, replace univolt and control panel. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:03 PM   #734
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Sounds like you have a bunch of items to work on in your trailer, all of which sound like good upgrades.

Check the wood floor where it attachιs to the shell at the very back of the trailer. This is often a trouble spot on the 70's trailers. You can also put some weight on the bumper (stand/jump) and make sure the bumper and frame do not move away from the shell.
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:52 PM   #735
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and so, the polishing begins! I'm probably 1/4 of the way around, and only have about 8 hours in it. Not bad, really. Since my last post, I've gotten the glass back in the front window, and all new window hardware installed (yaaaah!). Then I decided to start the first polish pass. I've got some wicked corrosion up top from where I had it covered with a blue tarp earlier. DON'T DO THAT!!! EVER!!!! This corrosion is REALLY resistant to the buffer, so I've done the lower panels for now. I'll try to photograph it next time. The only thing that seems to cut it is the white rouge on my buffer wheel, but it takes damned near forever to make any progress. I think I'm going to get some advice from a polishing pro pal of mine. :-)

Still waiting for the tank...

HOPING to get back on the cabinets this weekend. The plan is to camp in it ourselves at the fall rally! Wish us luck!

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Old 10-04-2009, 12:01 PM   #736
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Geven came over yesterday and showed me how to polish. All these years, I was just buffing it. The shine Geven can pull out is amazing! Anyway, Here's some pics from the saturday 9AM-11PM polishing party. The street side is finito! I still need to finish up the curbside and the end caps... HOPEFULLY before falluminum! We'll see....

pics pics pics.. I was a MESS by the end of it!

Thanks again, Geven!
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Jordan, that "I was a MESS" picture is priceless! Sure is a great looking Silver Pickle.

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Old 10-04-2009, 03:45 PM   #738
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Polishing these things the first time is really messy work. The maintenance is a piece of cake, though. I can't wait to get the initial slicking up done.

The bad thing about getting this dirty is you really can't just pop out to the barn for an hour to polish here and there... The clean up adds an hour+ in itself! Might as well just suck it up, and get as dirty as you can all at once, eh? That was my philosophy yesterday, at least.

ps. I put my Wally Byam Caravan plaque on today as well. I'll photograph that next time I get dirty...

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So what was he doing different than you? Shine vs. buff.

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