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Old 12-13-2019, 09:32 AM   #141
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Started mock-up and fabrication of the belly pan cover for the fresh water tank.
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:31 AM   #142
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:32 AM   #143
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started mock-up and fabrication of the belly pan cover for the fresh water tank.
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Old 12-15-2019, 07:43 AM   #144
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That is so true! I just ordered another hundred! I try to pick up a few when I find them on sale.

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Old 12-15-2019, 09:27 AM   #145
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I have a lot, I mean a lot, a thousand maybe, (all sizes and types) but I’m always 100 short of the size I’m using.
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:53 PM   #146
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We have made good progress over the last couple of weeks. The cover for the fresh water tank was completed as well as the belly pan that covers the center area of the frame. This area contains the dual grey tanks and plumbing for the dump valve and the future shower drain. We wanted to make sure that we would have easy access if any issues came up in the future. The panels are secured with screws that fasten to nut plates so if should be an easy process to remove them in the future if needed.
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:29 PM   #147
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You are to be commended for considering future maintenance and repair issues in your design details. Not in all cases did Airstream provide that same consideration.

You're building a "Luxury Liner".

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Old 01-22-2020, 01:28 PM   #148
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Thanks David! In our design planning we try to keep in mind accessing vital components or systems. No matter how well something is made there is always the possibility of failure.

This past week I worked on fabrication of the trim pieces that will finish the area around the rear tube. This trim will not be installed until the final paint is applied to this area but the fabrication of these pieces are easier at this stage with the frame inverted. Our plan for the paint is to wait until after major work is completed to minimize the possibility of damaging the final paint. I also fabricated chafing pads for the ends of the outriggers that will add additional protection to the outer skin. I have seen several Vintage Airstreams with damage to the wraps from the ends of the outriggers rubbing or slicing through the skin. This may not be completely necessary but this did not take long to fabricate and I utilized scrap aluminum that I had on hand.

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Old 01-23-2020, 04:34 AM   #149
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Nicely done. That should keep the mice at bay as well.

I do like your solution to the out riggers. Cleanest I have seen. I'll be using that one for sure. - Mark
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Old 01-26-2020, 08:06 AM   #150
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I started the side wrap fabrication this week. To give me a consistent bend on the sheet aluminum, I used a 4” pipe clamped to a work table. I calculated where the bend should start and made a reference line on the back side of the sheet. I then added additional reference lines at 2” intervals. I clamped the work piece under the 4” pipe starting with the first line and used a piece of plywood to spread the pressure contact along most of the sheet and then made the first bend. I then moved to each reference line and repeated the bend process. With the Liner’s frame being 6” to match it’s original frame, I utilized 6 reference lines to form the bend. If you are using the method to bend sheets for a newer Airstream frame you may have to adjust the reference lines to work for your application.
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Old 01-26-2020, 06:36 PM   #151
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Very clever way to home build a rolling machine. Thank you for posting the method you developed. It appears it turned out very well.

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Old 01-26-2020, 08:20 PM   #152
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I agree with David. Pretty ingenious MrRivet! Very nice work.

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Old 01-26-2020, 08:40 PM   #153
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Ms and Mr Rivet,

This is simply incredible work. The level of your craftmanship and ingenuity are astounding, and indicate a truly terminal case of aluminitis.

And this lovely old Airstream will come back to practical life and be saved from a recycling yard! Life just doesn't get any better than this: sincere congratulations on this project. And on top of that a new project followed you home! I envy you your energy and big plans.

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Old 01-27-2020, 07:27 AM   #154
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I wish I would have thought of that...good job!
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Old 01-28-2020, 08:11 PM   #155
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Very nice

Wow, what did you do before you retired, build F1 race cars?
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Old 04-05-2020, 08:19 AM   #156
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Thanks for the complements! I cannot take full credit for the idea of using the pipe to form the side wraps. Several years ago while having a conversation with a fellow Airstream restorer, he suggested bending the aluminum around a pipe to form the bends. I just came up with the process that worked for me. I have completed fabrication of the trim components that covers the front pipe transition through the front belly pan. It is of a similar design to the rear that was completed earlier. Both the front and rear trim pieces will be held with Clecos until final installation after the finish paint is applied. I chose to wait to spray the final paint until we are close to completion if the project since paint damage would be hard to prevent. I have also completed attachment of the rest of the belly pans and wraps. Belly pan done and getting closer to flip time!!

Stay healthy and safe during our time of social distancing. This pandemic will soon pass and we can all get back to our Airstream travels.

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Old 04-05-2020, 06:55 PM   #157
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Ms and Mr Rivet, just came across your "new" project. Looking forward to following from the ground up so to speak. Very nice work.
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Old 05-04-2020, 06:55 AM   #158
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We were able to squeeze in a little work on the Liner over the past month amongst the other items on the “Honey Do List”. It’s been a good time to catch up on some of those chores during our stay at home time. The new axle received a fresh coat of paint and installed. The remotely operated dump valve and control cable were also installed. The final plumbing from the gray tanks to the dump valve will be installed later once the drain from the shower is in place. Next week we start the preparation for the shell transfer by removal of the remaining interior skins and insulation followed by a good pressure washing to remove the 70+ years of funk and critter remains.

Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!

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Old 06-12-2020, 09:03 PM   #159
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Hey y’all! MsRivet here!! I thought I would post this update since MrRivet has made all the recent posts. Today marked a major milestone! We flipped the new frame right side up today!!!


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Old 06-12-2020, 09:13 PM   #160
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Major milestone as the excitement continues. Looks solid. If you have any extra Liners laying around, please let me know. Keep up the good work and progress. Take care
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