Project Vintage Thunder

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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Out With the Old Kitchen

The kitchen is gone! The cabinets are in good shape, with good tambour doors, so we are keeping the cabinets and just replacing the countertop, sink, and faucets. The remaining cabinets are very light, weighing about 30 pounds or less. We also removed the Suburban furnace which was occupying a large part of the kitchen storage space. It was dangerously rusty, and we don't plan on replacing it, since Vintage Thunder will have small electric cube heaters and a catalytic heater.

The oven was also a rusted hulk, so it went out on the trash heap with the refrigerator, the sink, the countertop, and the old entry step. Spent much of the day cleaning corners of greasy dirt and gunk. We spent some time planning and feel we have identified most of the remaining tasks, but there is still a chance of surprises. Some additional floor repairs were done today.

During the week, we ordered sample materials and parts. We have decided on sand-colored Hull Liner (that fuzzy fabric Airstream uses for Safari walls on new models) for the interior partitions. Ordered the Intellipower with Charge Wizard from Bestpower.com and the replacement kitchen sink, checked out some possible flooring choices, and revised all the budgets and "to-do" lists.

In the photo, you can see the kitchen cabinets sitting toward the front, where the dinette normally sits. They are extremely lightweight, and in good condition, so we plan to reinstall them with a new countertop. Note the permanent yellowing on the vinyl-covered walls to the left. Those kitchen panels will be replaced with aluminum for a CCD-type look.