Oh yeah, baby! Elvis IS in the building.
I had driven by Trailer Buff late yesterday and saw his spot in the holding yard was vacant. Today it was confirmed. He moved into the second work bay earlier this week. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Exactly one year ago I spotted this Sovereign of the Road on Craigslist. Today the smile hasn’t left my face and probably won’t for at least the rest of the week.
When I arrived, Joey, Dave’s right hand man, was drilling out rivets. Both side panels over the wheel wells will be replaced. John Coffman tells me that his father, Chuck, modified these panels with hinged sections over the wheel wells after struggling with his first flat tire. With the original low-riding design, the hinged panel made tire changing a breeze. With the new Dura-Torque axles and extra lift Dave will give the rig, tire changing without undue difficulty will still be possible.
With his bare hand, Joey (brave man) produced his first find.
Then Joey showed me the 5 gallon pail of nesting debris he pulled out from behind the refer before he found the mummified squirrel. The doomed creature had been entombed for years. I can’t wait to see what’s in the belly pan.
Dave and I discussed the resto for quite a while. It is obvious to me that he completely understands Airstreams, how they were built, the nuances between models and years, and the physics behind monocoque structure on frame. Elvis is at the right place at the right time. Life is good!