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Old 03-01-2018, 07:36 AM   #421
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Milo,

Several of us have asked him that earlier in the thread.

I think we were expecting an answer like, " I'm a single, wealthy, retired, craftsman who doesn't sleep"

But no, he's married, with a family, chores, other projects and oh he's fully employed. Shows us what a dedicated family can accomplish by putting their goals together and keeping at it.

We love watching this thread.

I think in the end I would like to recap the thread with just the pictures.


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[QUOTE=Hittenstiehl;2071953]Milo,

I think we were expecting an answer like, " I'm a single, wealthy, retired, craftsman who doesn't sleep" [End Quote]

Agree with above- After following your Thread from the beginning- I checked out your profile and was amazed how young you are. It takes most people a lifetime of working at it to obtain the skills you have.

Your workmanship is a thing of beauty and I am really glad to see someone with your skill set and work ethic ended up with this trailer. Thanks for letting us all in on your project

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Confession guys the profile picture is 10 years ago . I turned 40 this summer. I know in the Airstream world I’m still considered a spring chicken. I’ll take it. I appreciate the kind words. As much as pride myself in doing a good job, every rally I attend I see others that put my work to shame. There are some incredibly talented builders out there. I just do the best I can, sometimes a few times to get it right.

As far as the wealthy part.... Let's just say my wife is very understanding of the money it takes. I play in the symphony locally and all the extra money from that goes into the trailer fund. Also prior to the 55's discovery I had a 51 Silver Streak Clipper, a 63 Streamline Duke, and a 65 Overlander in my driveway, none restored all future projects. All 3 were sold to do this project, and I've bought and sold several other Airstreams along the way to help fund this.

I pulled the kitchen out yesterday and stained, then polyurethaned. I get to reinstall most of it tomorrow.

I need to find a longer section of the furnace roof vent or extend the one I have and run gas lines for the kitchen before I can totally close things in.

I built the shelf over the front window this week too. It wasn’t too difficult to template, it was just a smaller version of the credenza top and I had already run the front lip of the shelf through the router table a few weeks back when I had it set for similar cuts in the back of the trailer.

I won’t mention the exact page, people can pm if they want to know but on Facebook I posted looking for the faucet. Hit the jackpot.

Paid way more than I wanted to but I’ll have it late next week and can wrap up that room plus the finish on it was great.



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I bet itís solid brass, probably hand cast and finished. It just sings of old style quality...what a find!
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FOUND!! Wally Byam's '55 Cruiser - 1956 European Caravan trailer

How to vent the refrigerator....

I reinstalled about half the kitchen today. I hadnít installed the inner door gasket so I took time to do that because I couldnít access the holes with my rivet gun once the heater wall was in. Now I can touch up rivet heads and surrounding areas. With the heater and refrigerator walls in place I can get the heater installed next.



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Hereís what I need to figure out. The furnace goes through the oval hole that looks like Airstream used the dullest nibbler in the factory for. The round hole is for the refrigerator vent.

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Iíve seen folks that exhausted the Krefft with a flexible exhaust pipe from the same area where the electric element drops down. That would be removed to install the heating element but a ton of heat comes up from the slots cut in the top as the coils release their heat.

Iím not going to change the outside of the trailer, I know they made it work. I need easy access into the compartment to put in the element and take it out for use on gas.

The hole through the roof is between the two sides of the wall heater, so I was thinking about making a door that opens over the stove with a weatherstrip to attempt to keep carbon monoxide out of the trailer, then vent the whole cabinet out to the right into the double wall and vent up to the ceiling with a small piece of metal ducting and put in a small fan to help pull out warm air. Click image for larger version

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Iím open to suggestions. Iím just trying to think this through and work out the safest and best option in keeping with the original setup
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Scott I went back and looked at your photo in post #400 of the stove on the frig without the wall. Is that an accurate location of how much space is behind the stove? Just looking at it I would assume the stove needs to go out from the wall about an inch.

If you created a metal cover that matches the shape of your stove's rear panel (above the burner surface). It would look like an extension of the stove and become a horizontal duct for the frig (made out of metal and painted to match the stove). Put a 'door' in the extension to access the electric element for the frig. That way your venting the propane and the electric element with the duct. Create your heater chimney behind the heater to the roof opening. Put a wye in the pipe just below the roof to create a sub-chimney to exhaust the frig and stove. Bring this second pipe down, but leave the bottom of the chimney several inches above the stove extension panel (this sub pipe should be as long as possible to make sure heater exhaust doesn't reverse flow.

Create a 'door' on the back side of the heater wall next to the stove, but above the stove extension panel so you can exhaust some stove fumes/smells out of the trailer

Not sure how to add an electric fan to the chimney. Do you want to leave a space between the fan and the bottom of the chimney to let some heat/exhaust flow around the fan when it's not on or if the fan fails while camping??

If possible wire the fan with parallel switches. Temp sensor turns it on for the frig. Sensor mounted in your stove extension panel so make sure it turns on early in heating cycle. Second manual switch that you can use for the stove or a pressure switch on the 'door' in the back of the heater wall.

There may not be enough vertical space to do all this, or maybe you can run two chimneys up to the roof. Let me know if I can assist in any way.
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Confession guys the profile picture is 10 years ago . I turned 40 this summer. I know in the Airstream world Iím still considered a spring chicken. Iíll take it. I appreciate the kind words. As much as pride myself in doing a good job, every rally I attend I see others that put my work to shame. There are some incredibly talented builders out there. I just do the best I can, sometimes a few times to get it right.

As far as the wealthy part.... Let's just say my wife is very understanding of the money it takes. I play in the symphony locally and all the extra money from that goes into the trailer fund. Also prior to the 55's discovery I had a 51 Silver Streak Clipper, a 63 Streamline Duke, and a 65 Overlander in my driveway, none restored all future projects. All 3 were sold to do this project, and I've bought and sold several other Airstreams along the way to help fund this.

I pulled the kitchen out yesterday and stained, then polyurethaned. I get to reinstall most of it tomorrow.

I need to find a longer section of the furnace roof vent or extend the one I have and run gas lines for the kitchen before I can totally close things in.

I built the shelf over the front window this week too. It wasnít too difficult to template, it was just a smaller version of the credenza top and I had already run the front lip of the shelf through the router table a few weeks back when I had it set for similar cuts in the back of the trailer.

I wonít mention the exact page, people can pm if they want to know but on Facebook I posted looking for the faucet. Hit the jackpot.

Paid way more than I wanted to but Iíll have it late next week and can wrap up that room plus the finish on it was great.



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Congratulations on the finding the complete faucet. If you want to recoup a little on the old faucet, let me know. One of the Spartan owners is still looking to find an escutcheon for hers. Iíll get you two in touch.

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Carol, heard back from her, we're going to split it up so she gets what she needs too!
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I have been “lurking” watching this truly fantastic restoration in progress. Scott, this is anecdotal, but my Dad was also a professional musician. He could repair anything mechanical, and he was immensely talented at cabinetry. I have several pieces of furniture that he built back in the 50’s. He would see a chair in a catalog and then build it for my Mom. I have a set of gorgeous teak tables with black walnut edges. Oh, and he also built boats. I’ve found that many musicians have other artistic talents. You clearly are one of them! Congratulations on what you’ve done, and I hope I see you folks on the road. Once Airstream creates this new Heritage Center, they’ll be after you for a “contribution!” Wally would rather have you on the road. That’s for sure!
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That truly is a gorgeous faucet. You may have paid more than you wanted to but you didnít pay too much. Congratulations on finding and securing it.

X2 on BABís comments also.

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Scott, glad you and Brad were able to make the deal on the faucet . It is a very nice piece.
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The faucet arrived!

Test fit.
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Tomorrow I hope to finish up the furnace wall and get the Formica on the counters. My counter trim arrived this week too.
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I have a ton of detail work left, back splashes, empty holes to fill, touch ups, second coat on the walls, curtain rods, shelves, doors, drawers, not to mention the back cabinet behind the cooktop.

Hereís where things are:

Furnace wall is in. I am waiting on a piece of chimney duct then I can hook it up and reinstall the gas burner.

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Counter tops are in, cove molding around the edges next.

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Plenty more to do but the big pieces are in.
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I havenít posted in awhile. Between a nasty cold going through the family, several festivals and the start of little league for both kids really took the wind out of my sails.

The focus has been on the dining/hosting area.

The original bed probably didnít pull out but I went ahead and built it with slides so our kids can sleep off the floor. Those I hope to install tomorrow.

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The side cabinet is built and installed, I just need to beef up the edge of the counter and put on the trim tomorrow

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The table cabinet is built. I have more aluminum trim en route and Iím still deciding the best leg configuration

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Wardrobe door slabs glued up. 1/2x3Ē poplar frame with ply on both sides. Glued up and will go through the router table this week


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I also made the two sliders for the living room roof locker. I can rivet it for real once the edge molding for the metal end panels arrives this week.

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FOUND!! Wally Byam's '55 Cruiser - 1956 European Caravan trailer

The curtains are going in soon. We just scored 5 sets of curtains, near mint old stock vintage barkcloth. They wonít even need to be hemmed!!



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April is my month to prep the outside for paint. I finished all the sink and tub drains Saturday and this morning I installed the back 6í of belly pan. The next 4í is cut but the project stopped due to 30+ mph winds.

So I moved inside...

The liquor cabinet is nothing more than a variation on the wood medicine cabinets. So I rebuilt one I had.

The first step was to reskin it all in new wood, it had too much water damage and had been painted.

I cut the door and installed the extruded aluminum panel. When I got to the stain and finish stage the door just wouldnít take stain well so it got reskinned too.

Once the poly is on the aluminum goes back in.

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And for the table this candle holder arrived. Itís a spring-loaded candle holder from Germany, Bruckenkeller brand which PeeWee filled me in on awhile back.

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Tomorrow I hope I can get out and get the next two sections of belly pan in and get back to cabinet doors in the afternoon when the rain is forecast.
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The curtains are going in soon. We just scored 5 sets of curtains, near mint old stock vintage barkcloth. They wonít even need to be hemmed!!
Score indeed on both the curtains and the candle holder! More inspiration for us. Everything we see you accomplish helps get us to the next step on our Ď48 Liner. Again a great eye for detail. MrRivet and I, along with many others, are not only waiting to see pictures of Wallyís Cruiser finished here on the forums but to also be able to see it in person. Better start getting the tour dates scheduled. LOL
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Thank you MsRivet!!

I learned another lesson today in Airstreaming. Always take off door hinges and reinstall them on a vintage Airstream.

Last night I noticed a leak, a small one but dang it Iíve sealed every inch of this thing. It was on the hinge side. I started inspecting outside and found it. A crack in the skin next to the door hinge.

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This was an area needing to be cleaned up before paint prep anyway but boy did this set me back!

I pulled the entire curb side of the kitchen, unrivited the skin and the door weatherstrip. Removed the door (and the old rusty bolts as hinge pins) and went to work. I drilled the ends of the cracks, created an outside and inside patch and made a new aluminum backer plate instead of the steel they used (dumb dumb dumb).

6 hours and the door is back on and working even better than before thanks to some field adjustments. The kitchen is back together.

I redid the bottom too. It wasnít cracked but the metal rot was bad.

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This will all start looking better when we get decent weather and I can scuff pad and acid etch this thing and get it in primer!
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Sorry if the updates are too frequent and lackluster. Itís more for my own documentation although I feel like Iím talking to myself sometimes (thatís normal right? &#129322.

I had to go into work half the day today to move into a new classroom but I did get the liquor cabinet installed and a few little trim details.

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