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Restoring a Dream

My Journey Restoring a Vintage Airstream

By Lecturer in Musicology Tim Shephard

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Format: Paperback, 300 pages
Published In: United States, 05 January 2013
Restoring a Dream offers a unique twist on a restoration tale. Tim tells his personal restoration story from tent camping in the California redwoods to rebuilding two vintage Airstreams. Follow Tim as he decides to sell his 1971 vintage Airstream and purchase a new larger trailer. Learn what changes his mind against buying a new trailer and why he purchases one that is even older! Tim explains what to look out for when 'going vintage', how to choose the right vintage trailer, and how to inspect it to avoid costly mistakes. Ride along as he heads out on a 2400 mile 'recovery mission' to pick up his 46 year-old trailer, and find out how a year-long restoration takes a vintage Airstream from a nightmare condition to a restored dream. Restoring a Dream teaches you how to buy an Airstream covering the necessary steps in Choosing, Inspecting, Recovering, and Restoring your vintage Airstream. Choosing - How to avoid the "Polished Turd," Search by Era, Where to find it?, What should it cost? Inspecting - The Semi-Monocoque Design, They ALL leak, Evaluating skin condition, Inspecting appliances, Learn about axles. Recovering - Prepping for the pick up, Getting it roadworthy, Bringing the trailer home. Restoring - Restoration planning, Types of restorations, Common problems, Documenting your work, Getting started, Frame issues, Subfloor repairs, Weatherproofing, Wiring and woodwork, Plumbing and tanks, Replacing appliances, How to polish and much more!

About the Author

Tim Shephard is the creator and host of The Vintage Airstream Podcast. The show, created in 2005, is a restoration resource for vintage trailer owners, and is heard in over 22 countries worldwide. Tim has restored two vintage Airstreams of his own, and lives in Northern California with his wife and children. They have enjoyed traveling in their vintage Airstreams for over 10 years. For more information visit

EAN: 9781480280571
ISBN: 1480280577
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Dimensions: 24.41 x 16.99 x 1.6 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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