Axles, Visitors, Details, George & Martha
I finally got a chance to head over to Plattsburgh on Saturday. Vintage Thunder's new paint job looks great, and when I arrived the guys were already fitting the first of the two new axles on.
It was a hectic day. The belly pan has been removed from rear bumper forward to the axles, so I took the opportunity to get under there and clean up the frame members and paint them. New insulation and new belly pan will be installed on Monday.
I also spent an hour or so sanding the aluminum bumper with progressively finer grades of sandpaper. It now has a smooth satin finish, and will be clearcoated in the paint booth early this week, and re-installed.
In the middle of the day, about seven people from a nearby WBCCI unit rally (on Grand Isle), dropped by for a shop visit. Colin regaled them with stories of restorations (including my '68 Caravel) and photos from his album. Everyone toured Vintage Thunder and a couple of other trailers in the shop. This knocked at least an hour out of the day but it was fun.
I installed black insert into the lower rub rail, which adds a subtle but classy detail to the lower side of the trailer. You can see it in the last picture in today's entry, and I'll have more in the gallery at www.pbase.com/airstreamlife in a couple of days. This was an easy job, taking 15-20 minutes for the entire trailer. It just snaps in.
Then, a small disaster happened. We were backing Vintage Thunder into the garage (because it was getting too cold to work outside) and failed to notice that the overhead door had slipped down a few inches. CRUNCH! The A/C cover got slightly crushed. The damage isn't too bad, but there's a hole about 1.5" in diameter on one corner. Adam is going to try to fiberglass it back together. It will never look perfect but it should at least be intact. I'd try to find a replacement Armstrong A/C cover but we don't have time to locate one and re-paint it before deadline. It's a vintage part and I doubt it can be found off-the-shelf. We'll have to try to salvage one later.
It's interesting how much the paint color changes. Outside under gray skies, the paint looked blue-green. In the shop (under fluorescent light) it appeared to be even more green. In bright sunlight, it appears much lighter blue.
The last job of the day was to attach one of the two big vinyl graphics from our major sponsor, George M Sutton RV. George and Martha Sutton are lively, fun-loving folk, as you can see from their choice of design. This should give people following Vintage Thunder something to think about ...