Repairing a Vintage Airstream A/C (Part 2): Shroud Replacement

The original Armstrong air conditioner that was installed on my ’69 Airstream came with a plastic shroud (cover) to protect the unit from the elements. Over time, the plastic degrades, and the shroud needs replacement. In a case like this, where the company is no longer in business, finding parts can present a challenge. On top of that, when parts are not universal and need to conform to the

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Airstream Polishing (Part 1): Removing the Plasticoat

One of the tasks I wasn’t sure I’d cover during this phase of the renovation is polishing. The Airstream is famous for its mirror finish, and completing a proper renovation meant that I’d eventually want to shine it up. On the other hand, it’s primarily a cosmetic job, irrelevant to the goal of getting safely & comfortably to my destination. Despite earlier delays that added months to my construction

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Working with a Professional Airstream Restorer (Pt. 3)

The title of this post is a bit of a misnomer… the most recent contractors I’ve been working with are not technically pro Airstream restorers. However, they are professional welders with skill & experience in a variety of disciplines – including stock car repair, plumbing, electrical work, and solar panel installations. Still, since taking on this project (and in addition to updating the chassis and electrical system as previously

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