Saturday, 27 December 2008

Close inspection...

We're all as keen as mustard to get our restoration hats on but before you get into destructive mode its well worth spending time looking in every nook & cranny and recording as much as possible. Its all very clear now but when you've gutted her & come to put it all back... those pictures will be invaluable.

Whether you're going to change the layout or not, its good to know what was originally where. 

No sign of a built-in dinette. She probably had a folding table & chairs. Double enamelled sinks, Sunray cooker...

... and a Marvel fridge, which we hope to restore.

Street side cabinets - drawers, medicine cabinet, toilet (missing), sink and oven.

Curbside cabinets - magazine rack (nice !), drawers, wardrobes and Marvel fridge. One plus is that she still has all her original vents & there's no sign she ever had a roof-top aircon fitted.

On the underside of the drawers is her serial number - 3069. I hear that in the early years of the Ohio plant, all the cabinet work was done at a workshop down the road. Hence the numbering, ensuring it would all stay together for the right trailer. We do have one drawer with 3070 ! So Airstream's legendary attention to detail (which, from all the other blogs, I know is something of a myth) is not quite what they'd have liked us to believe.

Nice lights over the double bed.

Odd patches of Zolatone survive behind cabinets. Sadly the rest has been painted over, but the plan may be to re-paint with Zolatone or a similar speckled finish.

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