After the slow success of yesterday, I decided to try to remove half the belly pan today. Like yesterday, it was slow, dirty work. It felt successful because of the dramatic change, though. Opening the belly of the trailer to the ground felt huge. It went from totally closed (ok mostly closed):
To open to the ground:
Here is the obligatory, standing-on-the-ground-inside-your-airstream photo. I guess this photo is required to prove you've done the "fully monty" in the airstream restoration world. <You can insert your own joke here.>
Last, I used a grinder and ground off the elevator bolts that gave me so much trouble when removing the plywood sheets. I'll need to put new ones back in, but Airstream bent all of the bolts to prevent the nuts from backing out. So these had to be cut out. I feel like such a badass when using an angle grinder.
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.