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Old 03-16-2013, 09:51 PM   #43
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Thanks for the encouragement guys...
Dont worry... I am still going when money and time allows!

My son was in town for a week, and I had a bunch of stuff to do on his Mercedes... rebuilt the whole front suspension...

Few more things for the future...
Trans cooler and remote filter setup..
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:34 PM   #44
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Here is a little projext I am still working on from last year... Dont think I shared it..

A Mirror upgrade.
This is what was stock...
Rearview was terrible.. small surface area, and the vibrated...



Here is what I got to replace them...
Powered and heated!
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:51 PM   #45
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But that sexy Airstream shape gave me problems..
The body is curving i by the time it gets to the mirror area..
The mirrors are designed for a flat bodyside...
This is what happens when I offered them up...


Also the holes for the original mounting did not line up..
I would need to make an adaptor for the mounting holes and corrected the angle.

Started with some measurements, and some 18g steel.


Set one plate on the mirror and spaced the other out to my measurments with a little strip of steel top and bottom, then just made filler strips for the rest..
Tacked together..

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You may notice that the adapter is undersized from the mirror foot..
This was deliberate.

Once I had done a test on the MH, I moved ahead..

Set up the mirror on the bench and protected the mirror with tape, then strickled a layer of Marglass(fiberglass reinforced bondo) around the adaptor to bring it up to surface.



Once that was cured and rough sanded, I did a final finish with normal bondo.


Provisional end result.
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On the passenger side, I made an change...
The mirror view is kinda obstructed by the awning rail.
I added an inch to the thickness to improve the view.


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Old 03-17-2013, 08:49 AM   #48
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Sir you are a craftsman and an artist!
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Sir you are a craftsman and an artist!
Well, thanks!

The reality is that for 30 years I was a craftsman/artist....
Those clay models that are the first step in most automotive design processes were what I did.
A loss of vision forced me out of the business, but the habits of figuring out a solution to a problem die hard!

I am not a huge fan of the mirror I now have, as I find them clunky and unblended, but beggars cant be choosers!
Maybe one day I will redo them, but I might paint them light metallic silver to lower the visual impact against the polished aluminum...
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Comparison views from the drivers seat...




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Old 03-18-2013, 12:18 AM   #51
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Man I really wish I had your skill. I could use that about right now!
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:11 AM   #52
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Very handy idea and well executed. As an aside, however, you know it would be much easier to see without that windshield screen in place.......lol
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Thanks!

That unusual skill set I have is a curse as much as a blessing...
I have a lot of good tools, but I wish I had some of the things I used to have access to!
A pan and box sheet metal brake would be high on my list if only I had room for the monster 4' wide one I would like...
A Bridgeport Mill would have had me making some funky curved mirror feet and arms in from billet...


Here in CA, that reflective shield on all of the windows is a must!

I have a long crack in the drivers side windshield glass, and both sides are fogging. I was planning to have them done this year, but Airstream just informed us that the glass gasket is out of stock and maybe NLA!
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Junkyard find!
A beautiful pair of leather Range Rover HSE seats for the MH.
10 way power, power headrests, power lumbar support, and 2 stage heat.



My GF has a '98 range Rover HSE, and we put 600 miles down in one day with no aches.
Just need to figure out the wires, and weld up a frame...
Will probably recolor them once I figure out my intereior retrim color scheme.
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I think you have them on the wrong side in the picture, not that it matters. One arm rest should be in the middle and then on the outside would use the door armrest. Seat belt buckle on the inside also. They look good, keep us posted.
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But Range Rovers are British... Looks right to me.. LOL

Well, I got the seats cleaned up.
The drivers side will need some stitching redone.




Before I do much with them I want to condition and soften the leather.
I use Leatherique Restoration liquid first... Its a blend of natural oils and emollients(sp!), which you applly and leave to soak in. It softens and pushes dirt to the surface..
You apply it, then bag the seat and leave it to sweat in the heat.



Sweatlodge for leather seats!


The armrest is just held on with one bolt, under a plastic cover... One cover is missing, and the other cracked... I think a polished aluminum plate will work nice!. I will pull up the leather and I am hoping to find a captive nut on the other side, so I can find and add an armrest on the other sides.



Looked at the seat mountings, and I am sure I can make them work...
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