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Old 05-30-2018, 03:41 AM   #221
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You ROCK! Dingo Girl. All your hard work is finally paying off. It wonít be long now and youíll be out there enjoying your AS that you restored. Cool!
Thank you!
The underside is done and closed up.
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Old 06-18-2018, 04:24 AM   #222
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Anybody know if the rod that stands vertical in the center of my propane tank bracket is welded in or threaded in?
It's the rod that goes between the two tanks.
I'd like to remove it since for now I will only have one 20# aluminum tank.
Thanks!
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Old 06-18-2018, 06:17 AM   #223
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All the tank rods Iíve seen are threaded through a welded nut on the underside of the tank holding bracket. Bubba
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:04 AM   #224
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The differences in same vintage Airstreams is perplexing. I think when a cheaper way is discovered, Airstream takes advantage of lower costs, even if its design is inferior, or less serviceable.


My '68GT had an un-threaded, pinned rod at the tongue's (gone now) cross-member.



I chiseled and ground all the welded appendages from my tongue, and started from scratch, focusing on weight distribution attachments and a single LP bottle.
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Old 06-18-2018, 06:16 PM   #225
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Nice looking single tank setup. Thanks for sharing!

I'll have to look and see if mine is pinned.
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Old 06-18-2018, 06:46 PM   #226
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My tank hold down rods were also "pinned" at the bottom in a sleeve. The pin was a roll pin. Like friend Aluminuminum says, it is very low cost design. And I might add, quite reliable.

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Old 06-18-2018, 08:01 PM   #227
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Another fabulous renovation in the works. Congratulations Dingo Girl!!!!
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Old 06-19-2018, 04:12 AM   #228
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After much consideration I ordered the 30# aluminum propane tank last night.
The single tank setup in the photo looked so nice I didn't feel the bigger tank would be out of place.
Thanks again for ideas!
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30# will be a nice fit and good look for Caravel.
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Old 06-21-2018, 03:34 AM   #230
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I'll work on that propane rod this weekend.
All my bath parts go to powder coat tomorrow. They have been hogging up my time.
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Old 06-21-2018, 06:41 PM   #231
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I didn't know you could powder coat plastic or fiberglass parts. Maybe your bath parts are different than the molded plastic parts in my Overlander. Powder coating requires considerable baking temps to melt the powder so it will adhere to the part and of course, be very durable coating. I first saw the process on farm tillage equipment (chisel plow frame). Maybe the process has changed over the years and I'm way out dated. Wouldn't surprise.

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Old 06-22-2018, 03:13 AM   #232
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David you can't powder coat plastic. I remade my bath from aluminum.
I really did not like look of the plastic shower pan & sink.
This weekend is propane rod & formica the new counter top for the kitchen.
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I understand not liking the molded fiberglass and plastic parts for the new "Airliner" Airstream bath as they called it way back then. I guess I didn't realize you had made your own from aluminum. Not easy.

I did my Trade Wind with a wood vanity and a plastic sink. Was easier to do for me.

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Dingo Girl, when you get finished please post lots of photos. I, like many others, have been following along and in awe of your skill, knowledge, tools, etc to rebuild your AS. In all likelihood I will not get the chance to ever see it in person but would love to see some (lots) photos. Although I possess none of the above skills I can and do appreciate the time, labor and artistry that goes into rebuilding or remodeling anything, houses, cars, Airstreams. Wishing you many happy years of traveling in your amazing AS.
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Thank you so much. Yes I will post plenty of photos.
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:33 AM   #236
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All the tank rods Iíve seen are threaded through a welded nut on the underside of the tank holding bracket. Bubba
I tried to drive the pin out of the propane tank rod but couldn't. So it is now drilled out.
I'm hoping it is threaded as well because it still won't budge.
I will put a small pipe wrench on it & try that, other wise it will get cut off.
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It's been cut off flush.
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Maybe rusted tight. So now get your welder out and fabricate a new one. The location and height is rather important.

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With the pipe wrench all I did was actually twist the rod.
Now to figure out a new way to strap the tank down.
No tank here yet. It's been a week. Thought it would be here by now.
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