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Old 09-04-2018, 11:25 AM   #1
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upper lockers tambour assembly 67 caravel

the upper locker doors swing from hinges which are incorporated as part of the aluminum strip at the ceiling.. how does this strip attach to the ceiling? does it rivet directly to the ceiling or is there a piece that goes between it and the ceiling? there are no holes in the ceiling that match the hole locations on the strip.



my caravels interior was completely dissembled by previous owners. I would prefer to repair old parts to keep it original but suspect there are missing parts. Creating new I can do but it will take much more time.
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Old 09-04-2018, 02:50 PM   #2
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The hinge attaches to the top of the cabinet frame.
The picture is of my kitchen upper cabinet out of the trailer.
The arrow points to the top of the cabinet frame.
Hope this helps.


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Old 09-04-2018, 05:36 PM   #3
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in other words there is an additional piece of aluminum.. is it a singular piece of aluminum that rivets to the ceiling and then the hinge strip screws to it?


my lockers have 2 doors on starboard side, 3 on port. Each door slips onto the long base aluminum strip. so looking at the 2 door side.. 1 long strip plus 2 door pieces equal 3 components. are you saying there is an additional component the long strip attaches to with screws?? how is it shaped? I thought I might be able to attach the assembled 3 component unit directly to the ceiling using a wood strip shaped like a wedge inserting it between the unit and the ceiling. Is this aluminum piece shaped like a wedge?? sorry if I'm confusing..
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I just looked at my uppers on my 68. The hinge is attached to the top of the cabinet frame, not to the ceiling exactly as shown in the pic from Dingo Girl. It is hinged to the aluminum channel that the top of the cabinet door slides into. Hard to make a pic better than DingoGirl made without removing the whole door.
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Old 09-04-2018, 06:01 PM   #5
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I'm still confused..

all I have is the doors/long strip assemblies. No sides, no bottom shelves. How do these door assemblies attach to the ceiling. Are they riveted? my ceiling doesn't have any holes that align to the long strip holes.



I will make sides and place a piece of thin plywood under the entire units..
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The cabinet frame is attached to the wall by a strip of aluminum that is riveted on the wall on the bottom and it is riveted to the ceiling inside the cabinet. I'll try and make some pics for you tomorrow. Send me a PM with your email and Ill send a short video, much easier than posting pics here.
Also send me a pic of the pieces that you have.
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Old 09-04-2018, 06:15 PM   #7
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ok thanks
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Old 09-04-2018, 06:21 PM   #8
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I'll get more pictures after work tomorrow for you.
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Old 09-04-2018, 06:22 PM   #9
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Twind I didn't see your post.
Video is the best idea yet.
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here is what I have .. triple doors assembly and double, the aluminum strip pictured I have a double and a triple, nothing else other then 5 doors as pictured
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I have searched the web and learned.. what I really need is a good photo of the frame of this tambour so I can reproduce it. I now realize my door assemblies need to attach to a preconstructed wooden frame that attaches to the rear wall and is riveted to many holes in the ceiling. I likely could create one from my imagination but maybe someone has enough photos of an original one that I can copy.


maybe I should leave them off!! but rather not
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The over heads storage cabinets are one of the best features of the older Airstreams. I've had folks with new $100K Airstreams trailers walk in my 68 and comment that I have more storage. You sure want to keep them.
As I said in a PM to you this morning, I will make a short video with my phone and send it tomorrow if you will PM me your email address. I'll also make some measurements of the dimensions of the face frame and body of the cabinets for you and sent them.
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here';s a design I created for the frame.. any opinions or corrections??
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You don't need stainless rivets. The originals are aluminum pop rivets.
The stainless will be a beast to drill out of you ever need too.
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I am in the process of building these..


regarding the plywood bottom of a tabour, on the port side (3 door unit). I see the plywood rests on the aluminum curtain track by the windows. How does it attach on the front side by the 3 doors?


I have to make the lower wood strip for the front. I imagine the plywood attaches to the strip in one of the 3 ways.


1 is there is a slot cut into the wood strip which the plywood slips in and is glued?
2 is the plywood screwed to the strip with 10 or more screws along its length and also glued?
3 is there another piece of wood attached full length to the strip used as a ledge?


4 is there another way??


any method will work but I would like to make it like airstream did it. thanks
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