Finding three other original hubcaps was an experience. The hubcaps are not produced anymore so buying them is all about online searching. Also finding them at the right price can be tricky. Basically you’re waiting for someone who doesn’t really know the true value of the hubcap and just wants it gone. The price can range from $25 to $125 dollars each. I was able to track down two of them here in AZ for 50 bucks. It’s always an adventure when you’re going out to retrieve old airstream parts. I picked up two of them from a couple that lived out east of phoenix on the property where they hold the renaissance festival every year.
Nikki and I got some new vents for Christmas (From Allen and Paula, thanks guys!). It was a real challenge installing these today. It didn’t go down like I thought it would. I watched a YouTube video made by the DYI network on how to install new vents on an older airstream and my experience was nothing like the video. I think it took about 6-7 hours from start to finish. The video made it seem like it’ll be done in 15 minutes. The worst part was removing the old blind rivets. I believe airstream went a little over kill when they originally installed the vent. This thing had about 50 rivets around it! Each one had to be drilled out. After all is said and done, I’m very happy with the new vents and they look fantastic!
|The new vents|
|metal base- with fan and lights|
|This is the old vent removed. You can see how many rivets i had to drill out|
|Nothing like a nice winter day in AZ! 73 outside|
Homemade ladder. This will actually be part of a H frame when it’s done. It will allow me to work on the roof with out actually standing on it. There are a lot of spots on the airstream you can’t put any weight on.
|Old vent remover. Surface is now ready to be cleaned!|
|new vent installed|
|Nice new vent. Looks pretty good from inside too!|