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Airstream Safari Frame Done New Axle and topcoat of paint

Hard to believe, but the frame is complete on the Airstream Safari. I knew the day would come, but I really didn’t know when. We had to do some maneuvering – switching the disc brakes onto the 35-degree axle, and off the 22-degree, but I appreciate that kind of work because it comes in handy down the road … somewhere sometime.

After I put the old tires/rims back on the new axles I took a tour of all the trailers on the A&P Vintage lot, and of all the Airstream Trailers there, none, not a single one, had the same tire-rim combination. At this point, fretting over the tires and rims (rims more than tires) seems a bit frivolous. Tires yes. Rims whatever. It’s not like we have a polished trailer or anything to go with fancy rims, but yeah, folks notice those things.

I noticed some interesting square holes on the front of the step, and think that may be either an Airstream add-on, or an improvement. What’s the improvement, you say? Add another step made from square tubing and the step and bracket to hold the step. We’re going to need it now because the Airstream just jumped about eight inches (at least) in height. It will drop about three after the weight’s back on her, but we’re a long way from the sprung axle that came with it.

I will post a slideshow of wheels, so you can see just how many variations there are – in one single place.

Feel The Heat. Feel the Heat?

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Time to head back out to A&P Vintage today, and can hardly wait to start cutting and grinding on the frame. Can you sense the excitement?

Really, the decking is all off the frame, and as bad as it looks, we know we are at the bottom, scraping along the bottom of the curve, before we begin the upswing. We found a petrified mouse and mouse trails all through the fiberglass insulation between the floor deck and belly pan. Talk about a resort for rodents, that space between is custom made for their living needs. SO, one goal in the build-back is to seal them out because we have lots of rats right here in town, in Denton, Texas. Apparently our variety is the Russian roof rat, and they are quite stealthy.

The “flipping book” plug in for wordpress no longer works, so images of the Full Monty are waiting until I can find a way to show them without being a huge photo post. Stand by.

Out at A&P Vintage, today will be a cutting torch and grinder day until the heat closes me out early. I have to save something for two days of fly fishing guide service on Lake Ray Roberts – Saturday and Sunday. Nice. Save energy to fish … there’s an irony there, but I just don’t see it yet.

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