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Old 02-25-2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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Labeling Interior Panels for Restoration

Hi All,

We are undertaking a major restoration, our first, on a 1957 Silver Streak Clipper Trailer. Tomorrow we are removing the interior panels. We'd love the hear some ideas on how best to label these panels. I know there is a wealth of experience here on this forum... Any ideas would be very much appreciated!

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Old 02-25-2012, 02:26 PM   #2
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It's best to label them some way here YOU will remember where they go.
There's the "Street Side" and "Curb Side" of your Airstream. When we took our panels out I don't think I knew which side was which. I laughed when we put them back in the trailer and I noticed they were labeled "Driver's Side" and "Passenger Side." It was funny to see them labeled that way... but I could tell where they belonged so that was the important part.

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Old 02-25-2012, 02:39 PM   #3
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Also make sure you label the aluminum channels that the edges of the bulkheads fit into against the wall. Like Someday59 said, any way you can remember, be very specific. Complete restorations take a lot of time and if it is a year later when you put the bulkhead back in you will be very glad you labeled everything with care. Same with all wiring, unless you are doing a complete rewire. Don't trust your memory on any part or piece. You will save yourself a lot of time when you start putting things back together. You will be working instead of scratching your head wondering if this piece of aluminum when here or there.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:35 PM   #4
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Someday59, love the name, and it's explanation! We, too, are referring to the panels as "driver's side" "passenger's side" and it seemed funny to me, as well, but it works. We need to replace several panels, but will be marking and keeping them all for now.

68 TWind, we are doing a complete renovation of all systems, luckily Darin is fearless and I know how to use a sharpie. I just can't let him get too far ahead of me!

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Old 02-25-2012, 06:51 PM   #5
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I am seriously directionally challenged. As such, I labeled my panels with "stove side" or "door side" LOL Whatever works!
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:07 PM   #6
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It was two years before we got the interior skins back in. I had no idea what I was really doing either, take twice as many pictures as you think you need. I took pictures but most were from a distance and didn't show the detail I wanted when re-assembling. I started labeling by numbering the windows then numbered the panels by them.
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:04 PM   #7
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For us, it was pretty easy because we could tell home the panels overlapped based on what was painted or not. The painted edges go on last.

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Old 02-27-2012, 04:48 PM   #8
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We labeled ours with permanent marker on the back side of each panel. We used curbside and street side if I did it, or port and starboard if Chris labeled that one! I scrubbed the panels on both sides laid out in the grass after we removed them, and the marker stayed in place with no problems. So however you mark them, make sure it doesn't rub off!

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Sharpie marker on the back side!
doesnt matter how many notes you write, everything helps!
you will wish you had written more later.
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