1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project

Watch as we completely restore this camper.
These are before shots of the original Avion, taken on the day it was towed in.

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1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
"Will somebody please make the bed!"
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
This oven and stove will be replaced with a period floor model.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
We are adding a clothes hamper to the rith of the sink base. This puzzle will be re-assembled before we remove the dinette area.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
We will reuse this very nice double bowl sink. This screen door slides behind the wall and it's art deco. (How cool is that macarena!)
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
All the windows are being removed and the bathroom wall has been removed. Rear of the camper - most of the cabinets are removed.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
Lower interior walls being removed. Front exterior skin removed.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
Camper shell is up on jack stands as we pulled the frame out. The frame is parked nex to the shell - wow!
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
The interior of the shell is re-riveted back together and it will be prepped for primer coat of paint. Next we will start removing the old decking.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
Frame will be inspected and modified for new gray tank. Any welding will be done and then sand blasting will take place to prepare for the new prime and finish coat. Plumbing will get roughed in and wiring. Wow, what a day!
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd ProjectHere we are installing the flooring.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
Now we will put the Avion shell back on the plywood sub floor and frame. Easy now - lowering the shell down on the sub floor. Now that the shell is resting on the sub floor we can secure it with fasteners. Avion shell is attached to sub floor and door has been installed and aligned.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
This cabinet's old finish has been completely removed, not bad for 50 year old wood. Wow! James has to hand sand to get in tight areas - what a job he is doing!
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
Here all the cabinets are complete, will wait for the dust to settle before we start refinishing with new color and clear coats, can't wait to see them. Here this cabinet has its old finish removed and the frame has been rebuilt.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
All the drawer slides have been rebuilt. Here the curved bed frame is wrapped with new pirch wood.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
Here we have to add some bracing to support the shell while we remove the inner panels for wiring. This will keep from adding to much stress on exterior skin and aluminum frame.
This is one of the dinette seats rebuilt and test fitted. Nice Fit!
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
Here is the galley area, the free standing stove is a new addition form the original stove. What a Classic! We have installed all cabinets and furniture for test fit. Looking Good!
This photo shows a view from the bathroom towards the galley and dinette. We are very pleased with the way this project is coming together, can't wait to see it finished! This week met with The Judd's on final lighting decisions before final assembly.
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Here is the interior with final color, the color looks great.
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This pic shows the interior coming together. Looking Good! Here is another interior view, notice the microwave in the top shelf.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
This view is from the rear looking forward.
A look at the dinette & galley.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd ProjectA look at the rear area. 1957 Avion - 22
Now we will begin the final electrical and plumbing. We also have finalized all the fabrics for upholstery and counter tops. Mike I've got you back, on that blue bedspread!
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Final detail to the bathroom done.
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One of the new Boomerang counter tops installed.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
Here is a look at the bed & bath area. Love that wood tone! Check that Chenille bed spread that Cathy and Barb designed!. Cathy we like the camper displayed in the corner. Cathy we love your decorating sense; looks like a great place to get comfy.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
What a great bath; looks like a great place to catch up on some reading! This kitchen has such a nice look with that floor model stove and oven. I'll bet Cathy loves to cook!, Those tiles actually came from an old vintage kitchen and we reused them here; talk about building green.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
I like how we left the gas lantern sort of unfinished; it looks antique. Love the curtains! Nice job Barb! We weren't the first to do this to a fridge door, but what a great look for a aluminum skinned camper with rivets.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
Nice exterior shot of The Judd Project. Check out that shine! Looks Great! Here is the door side. The screen door is very cool; it slides on a rail behind the fridge compartment. This is one of a kind.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
The front view features an awning cover that snaps on to the rock guard. This side shows the great look these old beauties have. Check out the custom hand made water heater door! Thanks James.
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project 1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
This is a close up of the entrance; what a great look! Check out the assistance handle and that screen door. Well of course I have to show off my logo on the spare tire cover; Ynot, that's Tony spelled backwards!
1957 Avion 22' - The Judd Project
Here are the Happy Campers or maybe one of them is a tired camper! Thanks to the Judd's, for letting us build their project for them. Happy Camping!!

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