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.
- This page last updated on
January 6, 2016
"Will somebody please make the bed!"
This oven and stove will be replaced with a period floor model.
|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.|
|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!)|
|All the windows are being removed and the bathroom wall has been removed.||Rear of the camper - most of the cabinets are removed.|
|Lower interior walls being removed.||Front exterior skin removed.|
|Camper shell is up on jack stands as we pulled the frame out.||The frame is parked nex to the shell - wow!|
|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.|
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!
|Here we are installing the flooring.|
|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.|
|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!|
|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.|
|All the drawer slides have been rebuilt.||Here the curved bed frame is wrapped with new pirch wood.|
|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 pic shows the interior coming together. Looking Good!||Here is another interior view, notice the microwave in the top shelf.|
|A look at the rear area.||
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!
Final detail to the bathroom done.
One of the new Boomerang counter tops installed.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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!|
|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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