I went to order a new axle for the Airstream. After emailing and sending a photo or two to the Airstream Jedi Master, Colin Hyde, it seems unlikely that I have a 1963. Axles were not welded on in 1963, but mine is. It is most likely a 1962 or earlier, since that was the last year axles were welded. I've sent the Jedi Master a pic of my Airstream's serial number and we'll see. He is going to drop-ship an axle to Ratco Trailers here in Billings (sometime after the new year when I'm ready) and they will do the welding and install the axle.
In the meantime, my restoration work has taken a new twist. I've had to measure and plan for the plumbing system that needs to go in before the floor goes back down. Since these decisions are north of $500, and are not returnable, I've been doing a lot of math and graphing. Irish whiskey does help make the process easier to bear
As a final note, I'm getting tired of referring to it as "the Airstream" or "my Airstream". Airstreams need to have a name. We've struggled to find a name. What do you think?
I'm not an Airstream Jedi, yet. Airstream Jedi would have sounded presumptuous, like I know what I'm doing. That couldn't be further from the truth. Padawan is a title I can hope to live up to.
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My friend Mike is building an airplane. Check it out.