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Old 08-01-2020, 09:33 AM   #41
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. . . the good news is the exposed frame at the rear shows no signs of structural rust.
Thanks for the update and excellent news.

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. . . my bride properly pointed out that I can now build the larger shower that I originally intended.

She is slowly coming around to the realization that is going to be a bigger project than "new floor, paint and decorating" which is good, lol.


Hopefully you won't have to go all the way down The Love Shack path!

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Old 08-01-2020, 11:39 AM   #42
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Hey, one of my favorite Airstream refurb threads on the forum started with the guy just wanting to fix the shower pan. It's a fun read: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f7/...lp-122767.html
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:14 PM   #43
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Hey, one of my favorite Airstream refurb threads on the forum started with the guy just wanting to fix the shower pan. It's a fun read: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f7/...lp-122767.html
Thanks, Ill check it out!



My handy couple lost their enthusiasm pretty quickly and ended up getting everything demoed as quickly as possible. In their defense, we had seven layers of plywood/Luan/MDF/tile on the floor. It was literally over two inches thick.

Next step is to hazmat suit up and shovel/vacuum the acorns, rodent feces and dirt dabber nests out so we can drop the belly pan.

Then well start removing the inner skins.
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:59 PM   #44
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Thanks for the update, you probably know about Hantavirus? ["hazmat"]

https://www.google.com/search?q=Hant...=airforums.com

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Old 08-04-2020, 08:54 PM   #45
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I wish we had weighed this beast before we started...

As the Lord has blessed us with unseasonably mild weather for August in Missouri, mY bride and I suited up and pulled at least 300 lbs of nuts, insulation and rodent poop out of the belly tonight. And I’m not exaggerating... 15 large heavy duty trash bags stuffed with that mess.

Every single belly skin is damaged so it will be getting all new. The sections with the most holes has the most poop, I’m hypothesizing that’s not a coincidence?

Next is interior skins and exposing whatever fresh hell hides behind those.
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:57 PM   #46
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A far braver sole than I. I wish you luck. You can probably share stories with Goranson (sp?....as he is a school teacher so I need to be correct) who did the Wally Baum around the world restoration..... A love of the journey for sure. I wish you the best of luck and energy.
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Old 08-05-2020, 08:05 PM   #47
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Okay, what have I missed? I drilled out all 84 rivets between the door and the wheel opening plus the rivets underneath. There was some sticky black mastic of some flavor between the outer skin and the banana peel/belly pan (I’m still not clear which is which) and I separated them with a putty knife.

The “bottom” dropped off but the part that is overlapped by the outer skin is still firmly attached... very firmly. How do I removed this?
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Old 08-05-2020, 09:25 PM   #48
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Well, as there aren't many of us who have even seen one of these... Take the following suggestions with that in mind. You say that you have run a putty knife between the outer skin, and the wrap, but have you run a putty knife between the wrap and the C-channel?

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have you run a putty knife between the wrap and the C-channel?
I have not... my inner skins are still intact, do I need to pull them first?
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I have no knowledge concerning the commercial models, but a number of the older Airstreams, the belly pan is wrapped over the top edge of the channel.

As Belegedhel suggested run the putty knife between the belly pan and the C channel. If the knife can only be slid up an inch or so from the bottom of the channel and stops, the pan is probably wrapped into the channel. It could also tell you if any hidden rivets are holding the belly pan to the channel.

Then I would suggest loosening a portion of the lower inner skin adjacent to the belly pan you loosened and confirm what is holding the belly pan if you still can't get it loose.

Later on, to buck rivet the belly pan and outer skin back on, you'll need the inner panel off anyway.
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I agree, it's probably time to pull off the inner skins to see what's going on. I would guess the belly pan was put on first first with pop rivets, then the shell was positioned and riveted with the buck rivets. It's those hidden pop rivets that will get you every time. - Mark
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There may be some hidden pop rivets attaching the belly wrap to the C- channel under the side skin. Peek up under the side skin. If you see any pop rivets, you may be able to shear off the heads with a putty knife and a hammer.
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Old 08-06-2020, 08:04 PM   #53
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A couple of observations...

We have yellow insulation instead of pink. I feel like the team at Mobile Industrial really didn’t care if we’d fit in with the Airstream crowd 58 years after they tossed this unit together.

The belly/banana skins are folded over the C channel.

How many rivets does one have to drill out before the zen-like peace kicks in? Right now my patience lasts about the amount of time as the three fully charged batteries for my drill and then I’m ready to break out some bigger tools...
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I drilled out a bunch of rivets...but then I found that a hammer and a putty knife sheared them AND gave a zen like sense of peace. Not really applicable in your current situation of skin folded over the C-channel and riveted through all parts, but maybe you can imagine swinging a hammer while drilling out those pesky rivets.
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This is probably my last update until I make some actual progress.

At some point in this units history its owner loved to add layers... I’m seriously considering naming it Shrek. Find a weak spot in the floor? Add a layer. Got a couple of small holes in the interior skin? Add another layer...

I’ll be back when I’ve decided if I have more disdain for hidden rivets or rivets that spin.
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Thanks for the update, and for your thorough ongoing photos and progress reports.
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Old 08-09-2020, 02:20 PM   #57
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Can I just say... I really wasn’t expecting the belly pan to be 26 feet long!?!
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The poorly added gray/black water tank and it’s associated PVC rats nest are gone as well. This was all hanging below the belly pan along with a bunch of copper piping with sweated fittings.
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Can I say that I really wasn’t expecting the belly pan to be 26 feet long!?!
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