Friday, November 28, 2008

slow and steady

rivets, rivets, and more rivets

made the mistake of going to Northern Handyman today to buy more drill bits...


anyhow...I took out the fridge vent and the streetside lower interior panel today while enjoying the Ed Bickert Quartet and then some Neville Brothers (Live From Planet Earth)...if you don't have this CD in your collection then you are missing out on a great album!

I am catching glimpses of my frame and no big surprises yet. I continue to read airforum threads and blogs to try and educate myself on Airstream construction and restoration techniques. The "aluminitus" is easy to catch and impossible to get rid of, so I won't fight it.

My wife bought us a new toaster (she loves Black Friday) and remarked that it looks like an Airstream. There is hope for her, yet!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are keeping in mind the true spirit of the holidays.

Spoil your family with quantity and quality time.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

aft interior panel removal and my day job

Yeah, I bought some more drill bits and managed some free time. Time to remove the lower aft interior panels so I can see what's going on... always lists the music he's listening to while working so I will follow his lead...tonight featured Metallica...Death Magnetic (the new one like old Metallica...) Gov't Mule...Mighty High and Maceo Parker...old stuff with James and a bunch of newer thangs. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. Tomorrow I chill out with some Charles Mingus and Otis Spann after I work the early shift at the radio station. (see next photo)

my day job at the radio station KNXR
97.5 FM Rochester, Mn
all the hits...
from a long time ago...
not by the original artist...

My buddy Jim Giebel, the noon till two announcer. He is starting to watch hockey on TV just 'cause I like hockey and his wife doesn't. Go, Jim!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

snow storm

the forecast called for snow today
and I'll be doggone if they weren't right for once

front end with carpet and tile removed
some floor rot up by water intake
and over by curbside window

back of trailer with wheel wells exposed

rear crossmember showing bad rust-through

All in all, progress is slow and steady just like by bass playing which this weekend will take me to LaCrosse, Wisconsin for a couple of nights. The place we are playing at (Piggy's) has jumbo shrimp wrapped in jalepeno bacon by the plateful. Mmm...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

demo pictures part two

that's another demolition picture and a couple shots of I'm not sure what

out with the old, let's have a look at that floor

homemade dinette

double bed removed

found some beer money!

tub out the door

floor rot...

Today I am showing some shots of the teardown that has been taking place. Last night I got as far as getting the old water heater out, so after I get home from work today, I just need to clean up the mess from the demolition of the past week. The floor is in pretty decent shape with the usual exception of the bathroom area where I'm expecting to have some frame issues (like most people).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

inside/outside "before" pics



I'm catching up to being current on my first attempt at a blog, so I'm posting some pictures of my Safari in the condition it was when I brought it home. Special thanks go to my daughter Lucy for the continued lending of her digital camera to me. "Thanks, Lucy! I promise you'll get your camera back."

Monday, November 17, 2008

The beginning of a great adventure...

October 28th 2008

After lusting after this Airstream for a couple years, I finally got lucky and brought this girl home.

I saved my nickels and dimes for a year's worth of blues band gigs and sealed the deal with Pastor Lyle to become the proud owner of this '66 Airstream Safari Double (made in California).

Life is good!