Thursday, 19 May 2011

Window in a Window !!!

Now you probably thought the Door in a Door is one of Airstreams coolest features but is this a first ?

 Yes I'd stripped off the old backframe gasket and got rid of most of the glue & always had a sneaky feeling there was something odd about window No 3 (I'm counting anti-clockwise round from the door)

 But I still hadn't clicked what exactly was odd about this frame

 until I looked up to the top of the frame... its obvious there are two backframes

 Once I'd realised, it was obvious. They'd just jammed an identical backframe into the original !

 In places a clear mess...

 ... but in others a little more subtle

The curled window hinge at the top had been drilled off & re-mounted on top of the second backframe.

 Quite when it was done, who knows

 But unlike the Door in a Door, this one has to go !

 Luckily the original backframe, apart from a few extra rivet holes, was in fairly good shape

 Out she came...

Window in a Window no more !

 Refit the window hinge (after a bit of gentle straightening)

Clecos hold it until its bucked in 

 Not the neatest rivet line but it seems pointless to drill even more holes 

 and all of these will be hidden by the drip cap when its refitted

And since these are just above an interior sheet line they're easy to buck single-handed

Now to polish the roof...

 I'd already refurb'd the awning rail - unbelievably they'd fitted another more modern awning rail on top of the original (I think there's a theme developing here !). Luckily, like the window, the only damage to the original was a few extra holes

 Unlike the vertical sides of the trailer the roof is rather more tricky

Slow & steady, gradually the shine appears

 A variable speed Makita polisher & Nuvite F9

A second pass of F7...

 ... and we're beginning to get there

The central panels are a bit trickier to reach especially as the vents are too small to get through

 But a rigid crawling board resting on the vents worked well as a solid platform, from which I could...

 ... lower my legs (just) through the vents and balance on some steps inside - sorry you'll have to imaging that one as even my photo skills couldn't manage to snap that one !

 Its grubby work and there's no short cut... but you get there gradually, and the first F9 cut is by far the hardest to do.

 Done -  F9 & F7

Now just the endcaps with their original patina...

... but soon they'll match the interior ones.


  1. Never seen a window within a window. Looks like an Airstream worker had a little too much to drink back in 1953. :) Your '53 is looking great. Keep up the good work. - Mike

  2. did she get moved to a different venue? Her own little wing further away from those ugly Vickers?

  3. Thanks Mike - hopefully things will move along rather more quickly now.

    No Frank, she hasn't moved yet but will soon... I hope. Will do my best to give you some sneaky Vickers glimpses in the next post.


  4. Windows are enough fun without doubling them up. Looking good Chris, The polish looks great too!