Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rock guard and rub rails

Made a little more progress this week, tried making a rock guard for the front window, turned out pretty good. It tucks into the hinge on top and a couple wing nuts on the bottom.

Also made up new rub rails and rain shields for the storage doors. I am installing the rails all the way around the bottom. Not sure why airstream didn't have them on the sides, I think it looks more complete.
To end things up this weekend I tried installing the front belly pan, that was a challenge and ended up cutting into 3 pieces and only got the street side in.Maybe the other side will go better?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Great Airstream Weekend

I had a great weekend working on the Cruiser! After a enjoying breakfast with my beautiful wife Jan I got out to the barn to enjoy a nice sunny day working on our airstream. We have really been tossing around lots of different ideas and plans for the interior and are pretty happy with the layout now. I started wiring everything Saturday morning and pretty well finished this afternoon.  
I wired in 18-110 volt outlets, this seems like a lot but we are so tired of our previous trailers with 4 outlets in the hole trailer and none of them in a convenient spot. It is a challenge getting all that wire into an inch and half thick wall.

I also started installing equipment in the side hatches. The city water connection, 110 volt power cord and a couple of external outlets.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

New wheels and new plans

Finally got the axle rebuilt for the cruiser over the last couple weeks, I was surprised that the shop had new brake assemblies that would fit a 57 year old trailer. They recommended rebuilding over replacing the axle because the original is built better then new models. They did re-arch the springs to gain a little height.

Along with the axle also came new wheels and tires, Just a little shinier and reliable then the originals.

We had a visit and inspection from Brad today also, it was a lot fun to review his and my progress. Also it helped a lot to go over his trailer plans and others, we have been struggling over ours for quite a while. I think we are pretty close now.
Side views
Top view

Now I think I can start wiring the interior and keep things moving.
Thanks for the ideas Brad

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ben's 18th Birthday!! Wow

Hard to believe that my #1 son is 18 today, he makes us very proud! 
Just recently he picked up the welder and started creating. It has been a lot of fun to see what he comes up with. Through the help of a friend of ours he was introduced to the owner of an art gallery in Hudson and now has a few pieces on display there.

He really likes robots and creatures.

 He has made quite a few wine racks, 3 years before he can drink the contents of the bottles.

It will be very interesting to see where he goes with this?