Repairing a Vintage Airstream A/C (Part 3): Replacing Parts

While my contractor, John, was researching and buying parts for the A/C repair, I needed to help him figure out how to power the A/C so we could test it throughout the process. Up until this point, I’d spent the majority of my time working on structural elements and making the interior livable, and had entrusted the systems work to my contractors. Fortunately, I’d purchased some vintage Airstream manuals

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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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New Deal for Wheels of Steel

Working in Manhattan as a residential construction project manager, one of the things my bosses clued me into was that the further along you get in a renovation – creating pristine, finished surfaces – everything else around your work starts to look a little rougher. Such was the case with my Airstream’s vintage wheels. I’d already put a lot of work into the systems and interior, but once I’d

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