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Forum: 2016 - Current Classic (all lengths) 10-20-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 21,419
Posted By Dave Park
I'm a retired accident investigator. I have a...

I'm a retired accident investigator. I have a couple of observations.

First, this is steering input and not a wind deflection. The cab shifts quite wildly and the trailer follows. If it was wind,...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 09-05-2011, 03:32 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
The wheels are on the pads, but they do not...

The wheels are on the pads, but they do not extend all the way to the front, so there's a small pad in the center for the tongue jack. It still took around $300 of cement, and I think it would take...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 09-04-2011, 11:21 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
On the downside, we're having strong winds today....

On the downside, we're having strong winds today. It's blowing dust everywhere and has put my shade canopy, the bellypan and the trash can in the neighbor's yard.

I'll go pick up remains when the...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 09-02-2011, 10:26 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Good thoughts for both of us there... Thank you,...

Good thoughts for both of us there... Thank you, Frank.
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 09-02-2011, 10:22 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
I'm looking at this from two positions: I have...

I'm looking at this from two positions: I have access to modern non-wicking non-water-retaining materials with good R value that are not compressible and do not degrade over time. Also, the sides of...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 09-02-2011, 01:58 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
That's not at all the issue. The frame was...

That's not at all the issue.

The frame was originally attached to the floor and shell by seven elevator bolts and two regular bolts in each row. Steve has clearly instructed that I use just five...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 09-01-2011, 11:17 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Hi all, Wow, disappear for a few days and...

Hi all,

Wow, disappear for a few days and all hell breaks loose :)

I was named as executor so I had some rather time-consuming duties to attend to. Some of this involved travel out of town,...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-24-2011, 12:09 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Sorry folks, been distracted by events... One of...

Sorry folks, been distracted by events... One of my friends passed away over the weekend and I had to make some arrangements, etc. I have had very little free time, and will be away tomorrow also.
...
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 08-23-2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 15,403
Posted By Dave Park
I would love to go even if it is just for the day...

I would love to go even if it is just for the day :)
Forum: Off Topic Forum 08-19-2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,367
Posted By Dave Park
National Weather Service Drought Information...

National Weather Service Drought Information Statement (https://www.srh.noaa.gov/productview.php?pil=HGXDGTHGX)

Sorry for the caps - it's their format...

"IT WAS ONLY A YEAR AGO (AUGUST 2010)...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-19-2011, 02:38 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Cutting off the A-frame

Bruce (bwoodtx) is coming over and we're welding on a new A-frame and coupler.

Here is a pic of the current A-frame. Also, a pic of the rusted out front tie-down plate. The wood under it had...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-19-2011, 10:41 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
I agree that grinding the welds does solve most...

I agree that grinding the welds does solve most of the problem and I'll do that where I can.

There's a few places where there are reinforcing plates (factory) and three places we'll be adding them...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-18-2011, 10:48 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
I just suggested cork as an idea because we have...

I just suggested cork as an idea because we have a surplus of cork on the way, and limited supplies of prodex...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-17-2011, 04:06 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
I do have a 600 sq ft roll of prodex, and there...

I do have a 600 sq ft roll of prodex, and there will be some thin 2" offcuts that would be ideal for this. However, we're already cutting it very fine on the amount of Prodex...

Someone asked...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-17-2011, 02:02 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
But that's how Airstream made them, and still...

But that's how Airstream made them, and still does... It's one of the few things that doesn't consistently go wrong with Airstreams, especially now they've replaced fiber glass insulation with...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-17-2011, 10:35 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
The average day time temperature here the last 30...

The average day time temperature here the last 30 days, in the shade, was 106F - in full sun, in the trailer, it's been around 135-145F typically. That's why I have on many days done as little as two...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-09-2011, 12:25 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
The rear frame is all good and thick, and very...

The rear frame is all good and thick, and very solid. The sound and note change quite sharply about 12" inside the front wall. A test cut from the hitch shows the wall is half eroded 5" back from the...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-09-2011, 11:37 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
I was considering liquid nails, but someone told...

I was considering liquid nails, but someone told me it melts the prodex.

Due to the strong sentiment in the responses about two layers, Steve has decided to go with two layers. I will install the...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-08-2011, 11:46 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Cork would be better than electrical tape, but it...

Cork would be better than electrical tape, but it would take many hundreds of feet of the stuff. I'd like to do it if you can find the right material for the right price.

As for the glue, a couple...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 08-08-2011, 06:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,999
Posted By Dave Park
I wouldn't let a few frame issues stop me, but I...

I wouldn't let a few frame issues stop me, but I would decide a dollar figure I was willing to invest to get it right, and drop the project as soon as possible if I couldn't be sure of hitting that...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-08-2011, 05:42 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
I could make panels like these that can fit in...

I could make panels like these that can fit in the windows, OUTSIDE the screen. You close the windows and they'd be held in place. They just need a little tab of fabric on them, so it's easy to pull...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-08-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Today I picked up the metal to replace the rear...

Today I picked up the metal to replace the rear cross-members and bumper. I'll fabricate a new rear bumper, and the heavy support behind it.

I had to shop around HARD for the regular 14 gauge...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-04-2011, 07:39 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Trailer measurements for the record:- Inner...

Trailer measurements for the record:-

Inner width: 6' 10" (at floor)
Outer width (floor): 7' 1/2" or 84 1/2" (edge of outrigger to outrigger)
Full length (hitch to bumper): 29' 11"
Inner...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 08-04-2011, 05:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,919
Posted By Dave Park
This unit is about 70 times louder than a small...

This unit is about 70 times louder than a small Honda. Or the same volume as about 70 Hondas.

What do I win? :band:
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-04-2011, 05:18 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
That sounds very optimistic. I think these pits...

That sounds very optimistic. I think these pits and valleys are here for good. I just need to sell Steve on the idea of "character."

Having a crappy day today. Our eldest dog, Rocky, died. Not...
Forum: Our Community 08-04-2011, 01:42 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 14,121
Posted By Dave Park
It's too hot today. The breeze is from the south...

It's too hot today. The breeze is from the south so we're getting Austin's heat island air - it's 102 in the shade but it'll carry on heating up for another couple of hours.

We had a brown-out...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 08-04-2011, 12:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,919
Posted By Dave Park
My neighbor has one for on-site construction -...

My neighbor has one for on-site construction - they are very noisy. You would probably be kicked out of a campground for firing one up. It can run a lot of tools and a big compressor, though.
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 08-03-2011, 11:09 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Relocated...

Hi all,

This heatwave, on top of a typical Texas summer, has been putting me too far behind. The trailer reaches a balmy 120F+ by 10am and drops below that around 4pm. Well, it's now relocated to...
Forum: Boondocking 08-03-2011, 11:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,982
Posted By Dave Park
So you've met my wife, then? :devil:

So you've met my wife, then? :devil:
Forum: Forum Admin, News and Member Account Info 08-01-2011, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 968
Posted By Dave Park
It has changed - I don't know why and it's an...

It has changed - I don't know why and it's an essential feature so it needs fixing.

In the mean time, You can access the new posts through the "New Posts" link just above the Google ad.
Forum: Buyer Guidelines 07-31-2011, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,538
Posted By Dave Park
I think I quite clearly said: maybe you could...

I think I quite clearly said: maybe you could contact someone off Airforums who has the tools and experience, and could show you.

There are many here who could do a professional and safe repair at...
Forum: Buyer Guidelines 07-31-2011, 06:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,538
Posted By Dave Park
If you have to replace aluminum, the sheet metal...

If you have to replace aluminum, the sheet metal is a few hundred dollars, and installing it just means finding someone on the forums who would do it for or with you for a couple of hundred dollars....
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-29-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
I'm going to measure the exact floor width at the...

I'm going to measure the exact floor width at the front just before the endcap, and at the back before the endcap, and average them. I will also measure both the diagonals and make sure the set-up i...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-29-2011, 12:16 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Thumbs up Progress report....

Hi all,

I have been working on pouring the pad so I could move the AS to the back where it would be more secure and less visible. That work is done now, and I have made a large gate in the fence....
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-29-2011, 11:56 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Which gears stripped out? The gears on the screw...

Which gears stripped out? The gears on the screw or the gears on the bar?
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-27-2011, 11:03 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
I'm following multiple paths... The heat is just...

I'm following multiple paths... The heat is just too much some days from about 12-4pm, so instead I come indoors and do something else. There are a lot of little things like these openers where...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-27-2011, 09:33 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Hit a snag...

We've hit a snag with the window operators.

These handles have a 1/4" bar, and one handle can open every window. The replacement handles on VTS' website are a knurled socket that fits onto a...
Forum: WBCCI Forum 07-24-2011, 06:11 PM
Replies: 1,264
Views: 248,880
Posted By Dave Park
That is a good match - there was a customs tag...

That is a good match - there was a customs tag within the trailer for Alexander Stewart.
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-19-2011, 07:19 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Jim, thanks. The heat is a real energy-sapper. ...

Jim, thanks. The heat is a real energy-sapper.

Would you like to come up for a day and help me with the floor removal? You could bring that nibbler and we could make some good progress.

My...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-17-2011, 11:47 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
I am fine. The main hold-up is the ban on outdoor...

I am fine. The main hold-up is the ban on outdoor welding in Central Texas, due to the severity of the drought. You have to get a $100 permit to weld outdoors, and meet all sorts of requirements. If...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-14-2011, 12:15 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Some kind soul "bombed" it with a fogger shortly...

Some kind soul "bombed" it with a fogger shortly before sale, so it is quite deserted.

The tear-out is finished and really, nothing much was salvageable... I have templates and measurements, and a...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-11-2011, 06:43 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Today I started the disgusting job of...

Today I started the disgusting job of disassembling the interior. The idea was to carefully remove all the units intact so they can be duplicated in future.

Alas, this was mostly not possible.
...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-09-2011, 10:05 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Also, my internet has been patchy since...

Also, my internet has been patchy since yesterday, but seems to be behaving better now (up and down) - hopefully it'll get repaired soon.
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-09-2011, 10:04 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Well, since Sam's off in Buda territory, I am off...

Well, since Sam's off in Buda territory, I am off for breakfast at Monument Cafe in Georgetown.

Yesterday I spent more time cleaning - I bleached a new-found pile of rat-poop and removed the old...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-08-2011, 03:07 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
No, I was busy dealing with truck issues. It's...

No, I was busy dealing with truck issues. It's too hot to touch right now, but I'll take the bargmann lights apart later when it is shaded and photograph them for you.
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-07-2011, 03:22 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Steve came by earlier and we had Rudy's - some...

Steve came by earlier and we had Rudy's - some mighty fine brisket...

Secondary to that, he looked at this old airstream, and WE ARE GO FOR RESTORATION!

SamS, if you want to photograph her...
Forum: Member Introductions 07-07-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,703
Posted By Dave Park
Welcome - there are a good number of us in the...

Welcome - there are a good number of us in the Austin and San Antonio area and we'd love to help you out any way we can, as well as inviting you along to our shindigs!

Welcome!
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-06-2011, 08:09 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
It looks good, Rob.

It looks good, Rob.
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-06-2011, 11:56 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
I was professionally apprenticed by my father and...

I was professionally apprenticed by my father and his cabinetry/paneling company. I'm confident my skills exceed the need.

That said, I prefer to think of this as a fun project where I can build...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Sovereign 07-05-2011, 11:53 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,789
Posted By Dave Park
Nope. Last I heard from him he was preparing for...

Nope. Last I heard from him he was preparing for July 4th celebrations... I'm sure he'll be over some time this week.
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