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Old 01-09-2021, 10:02 AM   #1
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Ď56 Sovereign of the Road

Hello all!

I wanted to post on this page to join Sovereign family...

1956 Sovereign of the Road
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Iím active duty military, located in Nashville, TN. Just brought this thing home about a week ago. The shell is in great condition, but the subfloor is in bad shape. I just finished gutting it a couple of days ago, taking my time and saving as much as I could.
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Old 01-09-2021, 12:14 PM   #2
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That's a very nice one! Congrats.
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Old 01-09-2021, 01:02 PM   #3
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Though Rob Baker is no longer active here on the forums (that I know of) here a link to his 1958 SOR. I've seen the trailer in person, one of the best out there.

http://sweetsovereign.blogspot.com/

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Old 01-11-2021, 08:23 PM   #4
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Thanks guys...

Rideair, that is definitely a nice trailer. I ran across his blog when I was researching this one.

Here is a quick update, because I know we all love seeing these things in progress. Quick picture after gutting the interior, and yes Iím familiar with the 9x9 tiles. This is as far as Iím taking the interior for now, leaving the subfloor and interior skin intact for transport purposes.

Iím currently quarantined, so why not spend some time polishing. I got a quick first cut on the front end today, which took about 4 hours. Huge difference, but still has quite a bit of pitting. Iím using a Dewalt buffer/polisher (DWP849X) and Nuvite IIF7, following up with mineral spirits. Is it just me, or do these trailers get longer as youíre polishing...
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Old 01-12-2021, 08:36 PM   #5
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Polishing day 2, approximately 4 more hours...
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:13 PM   #6
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Greetings and welcome from Colorado: Your 56 Sovereign is sure a neat antique Airstream. The length will allow considerable modifications (if that is your intent) to make it a very comfortable travel trailer for longer trips. I think 56 was the last of the 13 panel end caps and the "sloped rear end" body style. I like the way the entry door is toward the center of the trailer. The body looks in pretty good shape. Airstreams last a long time.

You are using the right polishing technique for your trailer as it was likely built with aircraft aluminum called Alclad. It takes a long time to polish, but even longer to renovate. You have a long journey ahead of you.

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Old 01-13-2021, 10:05 PM   #7
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Day 3 polishing, this one was about 4.5 hours. Iím probably around halfway finished in just over 12 hours and I donít plan on posting any more polishing pictures after this. I feel like I have a pretty decent technique for this first cut, but Iím sure Iíll continue to adapt.

Iíve been putting small dabs of compound every few inches and spreading it out using low RPMs on the buffer, then increasing speed as I continue to buff. I havenít used many towels like most people say, probably because Iíve found that the blue shop towels work quite well. I bought a couple rolls at the local auto store and have used less than a quarter of one roll. I use the blue shop towels to clean up with mineral spirits, then follow up with cotton towels to buff clean. I think Iím on my fourth cotton towel up to this point. I can see swirl marks from the buffer still, so I may change my technique on the final polish which will be further down the road.

I think I like the picture from the rear the best where you can see the contrast between the oxidation and the two polished panels.
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Old 01-14-2021, 07:22 AM   #8
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DScud, looks like you have a fun project. The exterior skin must have been in pretty good shape to cut the crud to a shine in that amount of time (that sounds like a song). Youíll get swirls with F7 with the Dewalt. If, or when, you finalize your polishing with a Cyclo and Nuvite C and S, most of the swirls will disappear. Keep us posted on your progress. Take care and be safe.
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Old 01-14-2021, 07:35 AM   #9
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Thanks Bubba, good to know!
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