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After a tree fall left it severely damaged, this 1976 Silver Streak Continental Rocket was brought to us by Jim, unsure if it could ever hit the road again. We not only repaired the anodized aluminum shell but enhanced its resilience and functionality. This restoration features eco-friendly insulation, state-of-the-art solar power, and custom-built interiors, ensuring this Silver Streak is ready for both adventure and sustainability.

1976 Silver Streak Continental Rocket Restoration

Restoring Resilience: The 1976 Silver Streak Continental Rocket

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What went into this vintage trailer restoration? 

About The Project

1976 Silver Streak Continental Rocket Restoration

Sometimes, it's not just about restoration, but about rebirth and resilience. That was the case with Jim's 1976 Silver Streak Continental Rocket, which suffered significant damage from a fallen tree. 

Known for its robust anodized aluminum construction, matching the original materials was a challenge we were ready to meet.

In our shop, we fabricated new body panels from flat aluminum, meticulously shaping them to match the iconic design of the Silver Streak. After repairing the trailer frame and applying a coat of POR-15 rust-preventive enamel, we reinstalled the shell, setting the stage for internal upgrades.

Jim requested that we use eco-friendly sheep's wool insulation from Havelock Wool, a choice that reflects a growing trend toward sustainable materials in modern restorations. We paired this with satin finish aluminum panels inside, maintaining the Airstream's classic aesthetic while boosting its environmental credentials.

Electrical systems were overhauled to include three Zamp Solar 90-watt panels and a large Expion 360 lithium battery, anchored by a Xantrex 3000 inverter-charger, ensuring ample power wherever Jim's travels take him. The addition of a See Level tank monitor for fresh and gray water keeps essential resources in check.

Appliance updates were substantial. Two reversible ventilation fans with rain sensors, a new propane furnace, and an on-demand hot water heater were installed, along with the reconditioned original Magic Chef range. Perhaps most notably, we fitted the trailer with a composting toilet, eliminating the need for a black water tank and furthering its sustainable setup.

In the bedroom, a queen-sized bed equipped with a marine-style pop-up cover and gas shocks offers easy access to storage beneath. Custom-built nightstands with birch butcher block tops from our cabinet shop add a touch of elegance and functionality, rounding out a restoration that’s as practical as it is beautiful.

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