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Old 11-16-2003, 10:47 PM   #1
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Before and after

I'm about a week away from my first trip and I thought I would share some pics with you all. Thanks for the help you all gave. It's not finished but the time has come to take her on a trip.

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Old 11-16-2003, 10:48 PM   #2
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Red face Interior before

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Old 11-16-2003, 10:49 PM   #3
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Old 11-16-2003, 10:51 PM   #4
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Talking Interior after

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Old 11-16-2003, 10:54 PM   #5
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Talking And the last

Time to go camping!
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Old 11-16-2003, 11:06 PM   #6
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All I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How many months did this take? I thought I had a project list.

I bow down to the beauty of the shiny woodwork!
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Old 11-16-2003, 11:07 PM   #7
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Beautiful!! go camping and enjoy yourself. It took me 2 years to get my Airstream roadworty, but finally bit the bullet and spend the money on tires, brakes, wiring, battery,hitch, sway control, brake controller, and finally a tow vehicle. Wish now I had gone camping 2 years ago. We're leaving Tuesday for a 4 day outing, still have a lot of little things, but doubt I'll ever be finished. Meanwhile, I"m enjoying the fall and heading out too. Mike
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Old 11-16-2003, 11:18 PM   #8
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So far it has taken about four months. The interior was pretty ugly but I was able to save almost all of the wood. If you look close you'll see that I have one piece left to do. The shine is the oil I used to treat it with. The one thing that is kiling me is the polishing of the exterior. Forty some odd years of neglect is hard to get rid of.

Thanks for the good words
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Old 11-17-2003, 05:45 AM   #9
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all i can say is shazaam!

nice job!

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Old 11-17-2003, 07:07 AM   #10
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Wow!!!! 'Bout says it all!

VERY nice job!

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Old 11-17-2003, 07:16 AM   #11
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Great Transformation!!

It never ceases to amaze me that people spend huge bucks on SOB cardboard and staples, when there are classics (and future classics) out there to be had for the same amount of money or less.

Great job!!!!! I daresay that your Phoenix may look just as good 40 years from now! -- Not possible with most SOB's.

Could (or would) you share the magnitude of costs - both time and money, for the rebuild?

I'm curious, 'cause I've kept track of my time what I've spent, and, although it's getting (relatively) expensive, I am very pleased with the results. Even though I've more than doubled the initial dollar investment in the rebuild, I believe I have a unit that will last me long past the retirement date of most SOB's on dealer lots' today.
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Old 11-17-2003, 08:27 AM   #12
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Great job, you should be proud. How did you strip the paint from the wood (I assume that's paint). Also, how are you polishing the exterior and are you waxing the portions you've polished? That's my next project.
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Old 11-17-2003, 09:05 PM   #13
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looks great...love to see how other people fix up their AS...just bought some really cute tapestry fabric with a vintage license plate motif to cover the upholstery in my "new" 71 safari..can't wait!!..we went camping in our AS for the first time with our 6 yr old son at a state park near by...had a great time...hope you enjoy your AS as much as we are enjoying ours!!!!!!!
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Old 11-17-2003, 10:25 PM   #14
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Amazing!

Wanna help me with our 59?


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Ok first is the cost. Not sure but I picked up the airstream for two grand and I think I have a little under five total in it now. I did all the work myself with some help from good friends. There are alot of hours in it not sure how many but more than I care to remember.
How did I strip the wood. Well I started with two different types of stripper and that worked ok but slow. I then tried a small jitter sander. Again to slow so I tried my D/A air sander and that worked real fast but left some scratches. After I used the D/A I cleaned it up with the smaller electric sander.
The last and hardest project is the polishing. So far I am using the Harbor Frieght 6 speed polisher with Nuvite G6. I tried a number of different things and ended up back with the Nuvite. I'm not sure but if I had to guess I'd say it never had a clear coat and never has been polished. The PO polished the front about five years ago and that is why I had to polish it. I think I would have enjoyed it alittle before taking on this polishing job had it all looked the same.

Thanks everyone for the praise
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Old 11-19-2003, 11:07 AM   #16
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Old 11-19-2003, 02:55 PM   #17
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Great Job

Man I love to see these old trailers come back to life!!!
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Old 11-19-2003, 03:33 PM   #18
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WOW, and in 4 Months!

A Super job, Glad you are finialy able to take her out on the road.
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Old 11-19-2003, 03:36 PM   #19
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Nice job! Unfortunately, my 50's liner interior has been ravaged and shoddily repaired over the years-it was a hunting cabin for the last 10 or so years!

Looks like I won't be as lucky as you. . . I get to rebuild EVERYTHING from scratch, INCLUDING the floor. 59toaster and Markjoandall watch out! You will probably get a million PM's from me once I start working on it!! I have to finish my 73 first though.


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Old 11-19-2003, 05:49 PM   #20
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All I can say is "oh My" and "WOW"
Great job on the restoration. Terry and I are still working on "old rivits", 1972 Argosy. i hope ours looks as good as yours and the others I've seen on this forum.
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