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¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UltraDork
12/7/17 7:22 a.m.

I think the Airstream shape lends itself more to 50s COE adaptations:  

oldopelguy UltraDork
12/7/17 7:48 a.m.

We could make that happen, I have that exact American LaFrance chassis...

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth MegaDork
12/7/17 8:25 a.m.

My personal opinion is that Spartan trailers of the era a much better suited to the lines of most of these trucks than Airstreams. 

But then again I think this is beautiful and would buy one in a second and tell my wife about it later if I could find one. Which is why I don't look for one. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth MegaDork
12/7/17 2:26 p.m.

I was picking aluminum shavings out of my socks last night (which is what happens when you work in crocs) and Mrs. Deuce asked me if I had most of the rivets drilled out. No. Not even close. 

I will give one piece of advice. If the stem of the rivet is broken off proud of the surface, use a punch of some sort and a hammer to knock it back in so the drill bit self centers. Life is better that way. 

It's interesting how much of the interior is cut to fit. When you expose unpainted surfaces you find markings everywhere. I believe these were made with the panels in place as every one of them has been upright so far.

And if nothing else, this is why I need to pull all of the panels down eventually. Stupid mice. 


ggrjr New Reader
12/8/17 10:51 a.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

My only real airstream experienced was in the fall of '99. Deer camp burned down. Bit of a tragedy really though noone was hurt. The solution was to park an airstream of unknown vintage next to the burned out husk and carry on with the task of shooting things and turning them into cheap food to take back to college. Because of this, my brain equates the iconic shape of the Airstream as a sort of warm-ish place to rest on an otherwise terrible day. This is the only reasonable explination I have to choosing today of all days to start back on this project. 42 and raining. Airstream weather. 

Started with stealing Mrs. Deuce's heater. Even with the foot square hole in the side it's able to warm the trailer up. 

The plan to was to take everything else off of the walls. I did that, and then since I had the drill anyway, I started on the rivets. 

I'm trying to label stuff. Starting at the door and going clockwise are windows 1-5. Each panel gets labeled as it comes off with the idea that it might go back on in a similar sequence. 

Insulation has sagged through the years. I'll be replacing all of it. 

As is typical of construction of this period, and maybe all construction everywhere, the walls are full of scraps that nobody wanted to dispose of properly. 

Here you get an idea of how the trailer goes together. You have a frame covered with plywood, then the skeleton is bolted to the top, bolts from the bottom, extra wood screws every now and again as well. Then the whole thing is skinned inside and out. 

This is how far I got today. Not bad considering all of the time I spent looking for the camera charger and fighting with window trim trying not to bend it. 

The big issue is that this is the other end. I need to spend some time tomorrow de-tool cribbing all of the cabover stuff, arranging the interior pieces I want to keep, and stacking the rest in the "probably trash" pile. 

I want to get the floor out and figure out what to do with replacement and holding tanks. Lots of coffee and thinking incoming. 

The scraps remind me of friends Toyota Tercel. We were installing a sound system back in teh early nineties, and pretty much stripped the entire interior out. While pulling the panels we found a box with Japanese writing that appeared to candy, of some sort, and on teh other side a drink can again with Japanese writing. the car built in early to mid eighties.



mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
12/17/17 4:58 p.m.

Bit of a delay while I figured out what to do with the two biggest panels. Mrs. Deuce finally moved into her new office which cleared out a wall in the Grosh for the two 12 foot panels. They're nailed to to wall until I need them again. 

A little poking around to see what I'm dealing with for fasteners. Turns out they're these. Like nails on one end, bolts on the other. Not exactly any easy way to get them out. The only reason you can see this one is because the wood has rotted away. Almost every other one is sucked down below the surface of the wood. 

Easiest way I could figure out was to make four cuts with a cutting wheel on the grinder. 

And hit them with a punch. Not quick and easy, but I've fought harder with fasteners. 

I'll go a bit into the construction of the trailer as I take it apart, but the skins need to come off the bottom which is a bummer. There isn't any way to get access to the fasteners that hold everything together without access to the top and bottom. The good news is that once that's done it should be easy to lift the top up a bit and then replacing the floor is simple. I'm going to POR-15 the frame while I'm in there too because that's just how I roll. 

wvumtnbkr UltraDork
12/17/17 5:08 p.m.

Can you drill them with reverse drill bits and hopefully they back out?

759NRNG SuperDork
8/17/18 8:05 p.m.

Just wonderin' that's all???

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
8/17/18 9:20 p.m.

Too hot to work inside a tin can. Patience.

hhaase HalfDork
8/17/18 10:36 p.m.

Don't worry,  quite patient.   Completely understand.

You, uh, didn't happen to get it to a scale at any point, did you?    If not, let me know if you need me to keep the registration current in my name instead.  


CJ Reader
8/18/18 12:06 a.m.

About the floor, have you considered Coosa composite board?  Stuff is used in boat transoms and high-end boat decks.  Polyurethane foam filled throughout with layers of continuous strand glass and woven fiberglass.  Completely waterproof and no rot *ever*.  Lighter and more rigid than plywood.

Downside is that it is a 3/4" x 96" x 48" is $330 plus freight shipping.  Looks like these guys https://www.compositesone.com/people/about/locations/ have three locations in Texas which I think I remember is where you are.

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