Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Not alot going on these days Airstreaming wise. I've been on the road more lately than ever. Our truck went down hard for repairs last week, as the Transfer Case bit the bullet... and these things are not cheap - big $$$$$!!! It happened in Somerset, PA as I was heading to Ohio to get a Diesel Mercedes (a bio-diesel project I'm also messing with). So, the truck sat there over the weekend and I recovered it on Monday night and completed the trip. Monday night was an all nighter driving - and it was long.... Quantico, to Somerset, to Columbus, Ohio to home here in Plymouth, NY - 5 states in all! So, I just sent Colin an email to get the rest of the SOTR done enough to move it here to central NY. My uncle, who took one of my 1960 Trade Winds, is getting into the Airstream restoration business. So, he and I will complete the high end job that GSM has started.

My Uncle has been doing Vintage Chevy restoration for quite some time - Chevy Ave Restoration - did all the work on our 1965 Jeep Wagoneer, and now is tearing into the Trade Wind. He just installed a new Axis axle on our 1965 Caravel, and put two new axles on his 1968 Sovereign. And seeing the line at Colin's - he's decided to start into doing some Airstreams too! If you call, tell him I sent you his way!

"AIRSTREAM RESTORATION SHOP" COMING SOON...Frame Repairs; Axle Replacement; Floor Repair/Replacement; Window Repair/Replacement; Interior Updating/Refinishing; Polishing/Painting; Vintage Tow Vehicle Restoration; Towing Service for your Airstream or tow vehicle. Chevy Ave. Restoration. Call for an appointment, 607-334-4253.

His work is high quality too! So, Happy Holidays everyone!


Friday, December 08, 2006

Operation Recovery - Success!

My Uncle works at NAPA and last week, I left him the hub and bearing numbers and when I got home last Saturday morning, the new bearings and races were all ready for me. I got home around 9am, stopped for an hour to be with my wife and boys, and then went out, hooked onto the 75 Sovereign, drove over to my parents (my dad and mom were going to help in towing the FC for me) and we Caravanned towards Amsterdam. We arrived at the FC around 245pm. We were on the road, wheel all fixed and FC connected to my dad's Chevy, and we were once again headed towards Plattsburgh. We arrived without incident at 545pm. Colin was there with Don and Amanda - the current owners of Vintage Thunder and it was nice to meet them - they were dropping VT off at GSM too.. so Colin had 3 more trailers arrive on Saturday. I got home around 1130pm, and spent a nice Sunday with my family, cleaned out our 1960 Trade Wind (it's sold) and packed, got in the truck at 8pm and headed to Washington DC where I was flying out of Dulles for San Diego again at 6am. I made it - but man was I a tired pup! I've been out here in San Diego all, take the red eye back to DC tonight, where I have USMC Reserves all weekend. Zoe' and the boys are coming down to Virginia this afternoon as I get promoted to LtCol on Saturday. On Sunday, we'll drive home - I have a board meeting on Monday - did I tell you I'm also a Town Councilman too! We'll see you all back in NY.