Monday, September 8, 2008

Getting Ready to Roll

Well, we're really doing it. We're moving out of our house in three weeks, putting everything in storage except what we'll need on the trip (and that fits in our car).

The Airstream is still in Alabama, our first stop. We'll be there for 2-3 weeks getting her road-worthy. We've teamed up with a welding shop to pop the rivets and do a shell-off frame rebuild. While that's going on, we'll be visiting a nearby stockpile of Airstream parts we learned of, replacing damaged windows, and scraping the peeling paint from the interior to shine it up before rebuilding any of the interior wooden parts. As soon as the frame is done, we'll rivet the shell back on and build the new sub-floor.

We'll do the majority of the restoration while we're on the road, but in the meantime, between bouts of work, sleep and packing, we've found a renewed passion for the kinds of creative projects we used to do together. We're limited as to what we can do from a distance, but this weekend we put a few personal touches on the Airstream, including a spice rack made of test tubes with wood burner-engraved cork stoppers.

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