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SteelyDan 02-22-2012 03:52 PM

Hey Everyone! I just bought a 310 for restoration. Help needed!
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I hope everyones silver dream machines are doing well. I just returned from driving it back from Collins Mississippi, to Portland Oregon. During the 3049 mile trip, I only had problems hot starting a couple times. Other then that I drove it back at 80mph! The reason we went so far out of our way to get this particular motorhome, is it has a 7.3 International diesel in it. I'll calculate milage tonight and post what my average was.

I'm helping a busy friend facilitate the restoration of this beast. The main themes are;

My friend is very sensitive to chemicals, so doing a green interior free of synthetics is very important. Secondly, we'll run on biodiesel, and have the biggest solar charging system we can fit.
Regarding livability, this RV will have 2 primary uses. In the summertime it'll be a festival mobile, as my friend is a promoter and organizer. During the winter, it'll mostly sit on rural property and act as a second home.
Utility is just a no brainer, right? We want to get the maximum use out of all 31 feet!! :D
I'm so happy that the airstream community remains strong today, and I'm looking forward to any help I can get from those of you who are more experienced! We plan on having RV Pro Service in Vancouver, Washington do most of the work. Any chance someone has experience with them?



SteelyDan 02-22-2012 03:53 PM

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Some more pics of the trip home.

SteelyDan 02-22-2012 03:54 PM

One of the first steps I'd like to accomplish is having a 3d model made for prototyping ideas. Does anyone have experience with this or know where I can find an existing model?


vswingfield 02-22-2012 06:17 PM

I love this forum. Where else can you find things like (to paraphrase): I just drove a 310 from Mississippi to Oregon, over 3,000 miles, and drove 80 mph most of the time. My main interest is being green. :lol:

Sweet looking 310!

Good luck on finding a 3D model. In fact, it will probably be difficult to find a decent set of floor-plans other than the brochures on Airstream's site. Scroll down to the motorhome section. Not great, but certainly better than nothing.

Best of luck with your new project. Keep us updated. Good start with the photos, now we need more. :)

Keyair 02-22-2012 07:14 PM

Nice One Dan!
Welcome to the Club, and awesome pics!
I can't wait to see how that Motor conversion looks and hear how the mileage and noise levels were!

Looks like the Clearcoat is on its last legs... you gonna polish?

HiHoAgRV 02-22-2012 07:17 PM

Congrats on the purchase and I'm glad to see that beauty has found a new home. She was in Collins for quite a while, I have been passing her on my travels.

Keep us posted with lots of photos.

SteelyDan 02-22-2012 07:25 PM

@Keyair, We are definitely going to polish it, how could you not?? The noise wasn't too bad, (the rattling windows were louder) but extra cab insulation is on the list of to-do.

QuietWater 02-22-2012 07:29 PM

Twice a year we make the trip from Kansas City to Mobile to visit relatives. While going down Highway 49 I have looked at that Airstream. I have passed it at least 8 times. If I didn't always have my wife with me I would have stopped and looked it over, but she always said, "keep on driving!" I am glad it went to a good home. Did you put new tires on it before going that far? I was intriqued that it had a diesel engine. You have made a great purchase. Congratulations.

SteelyDan 02-22-2012 07:37 PM

Thanks QuietWater! The dualies were only a year old and had very few miles on them, but I swapped out the front tires for some Michelins, as the previous were crusty. I really wanted to put Goodyears on, but the nearest dealership only had Michelins. I'm really impressed with the diesels perfomance considering it's age. The previous owner claimed the swap, which is an International IDI 7.3 (pre powerstroke) and an Allison 4spd transmission, only had 30k on em.

crazeevw 02-22-2012 07:46 PM

Is this the Airstream that I believe was on eBay or Craigslist for quite awhile? Looks like you got yourself a great Airstream. Pix of the engine bay would be what I'd like to see next. I'm almost certain that the 7.3 was in the Ford Super Duty??? If it was, I'm almost certain that it was turbo'd as well. I'll go looking. Can't wait to see what you do next.
Thanks, Derek

SteelyDan 02-22-2012 08:19 PM


Originally Posted by crazeevw (Post 1110482)
Is this the Airstream that I believe was on eBay or Craigslist for quite awhile? Looks like you got yourself a great Airstream. Pix of the engine bay would be what I'd like to see next. I'm almost certain that the 7.3 was in the Ford Super Duty??? If it was, I'm almost certain that it was turbo'd as well. I'll go looking. Can't wait to see what you do next.
Thanks, Derek

I'll snap engine pics tomorrow. Im sure that this particular one is NA, and is the indirect injection system, as opposed to the powerstroke with direct injection, some of which are turbo'd. I'm a diesel newbie otherwise, and am doing my best to educate myself. It was on ebay for quite awhile. My friend and I have been researching the optimal RV for retrofitting to his needs, and as ya'll already know, nothing beats an Airstream!

SteelyDan 02-23-2012 01:14 PM

I posted engine pics in my idi swap thread.

Sonia 02-23-2012 07:55 PM

nice pictures. Enjoy it!

SteelyDan 02-23-2012 09:14 PM

Here's a proposed list of modifications.

Airstream Modification list

natural materials
natural materials
weep hole covers
Inner skin
natural material, maybe painted cork (lightweight and sound absorbing)
complete rebuild
CD/DVD deck with backup screen, subwoofer. Separate bedroom system, outdoor system

Removable ladder to the roof
Custom grill and bumpers
Headlight upgrade (incorporated into custom grill)
LED running lights, signals, brakes
Fog Lights
Rear window removal
Fold out on the outside?
Green water storage tank-
Stainless steel?
Big ones!
AC removal/replacement
Roof storage design

Brake upgrade
Shocks and springs

Turbo kit
Cruise control

Thoughts, comments and concerns welcome!

Blue Pearl 02-23-2012 10:26 PM

I like the idea of natural cork for the walls. great insulation. Have fun and post pictures of your progress.

ScrapIrony-2 02-23-2012 10:29 PM

Solar: AGM batteries, good controller, whole-house inverter(plan space for more batteries)...AC filters may need a change to something more like HEPA...shower: a venturi-type shower head will reduce H2O consumption and still feel like a real shower...replacing the doghouse insulation and seals should reduce the noise level...
A long, leisurely trip to ANYWHERE really cleans out the mental cobwebs...
Welcome to our home, it's yours now, too...m

SteelyDan 02-23-2012 11:23 PM

We'll see if it's in the budget to use all aerogel spaceloft insulation. If we can use a couple inches of it, we could get an r-value of 20! Any idea about how many square feet of insulation would be needed for the 310?

Aspen Aerogel SPACELOFT Insulation Hydrophobic Mat, Per Square Foot | eBay

Thanks for the suggestions Scrap!

SteelyDan 02-23-2012 11:24 PM

Another idea would be to do a layer of Iceynene spray foam, and a layer of spaceloft. The spray foam is just so good at sealing out any drafts.

SteelyDan 02-24-2012 05:20 PM

I took the 310 to Rv Pro Service yesterday, and wasn't impressed with their level of enthusiasm. Im sure they do good work, but as I was getting excited about the mods, the head tech didn't seem to care too much or get into it himself. Considering we're gonna invest somewhere around $50k into it, they better be doing jumping jacks, if not backflips.
I decided to give George Sutton Rv (in Eugene) a call. I'd tried to get a quote from them previous to buying the 310, but had difficulty getting in touch via email. I managed I do just that today, and things are looking much more promising! I spoke with Tom the service manager, and he sounded enthused to work on the project. They are the biggest AS dealer in the west, and they really know their stuff! Tom said they even restored Eddie Vedder's AS :D I'll let you know how it goes. I'll have rv pro do some work on the chassis, like springs up front, and have them install an engine battery, so it's easier to drive down to Eugene. Other then that, it makes much more sense to have an AS pro do the work.

HiHoAgRV 02-24-2012 07:10 PM

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I knew I had a photo somewhere...
I'm pretty sure this is your baby...:heart:

I snapped this on hwy 49 during one of my travels...

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